discovering awesome local shops with Val + coffee + lunch + lots of talking.
love & humility.
the beauty of an old house.
down time after camp.
gross, hard work.
new books to read.
texts from my brothers.
getting to be around wheat harvest again.
safe travels. And a few misadventures that ultimately turned out fine.
getting to play with some of my favorite little guys! I don’t get to see them nearly enough!
the way Cherry and I can talk about a shared memory, that when I think about it, happened 20 years ago.
sharing meals with favorite people.
accidental matching in church, patriotic edition. This happens to me way too much.
heroes and lifesavers. Such as the entire Hanson family, my dad, Miss Tina and Amanda (and Grace and little Finn too, why not… I went to their house the morning my car broke down. Finn gave me hugs and attempted to kiss me on the mouth, but just laughed at my face instead? It did cheer me up though.)
a great afternoon tubing with Eli! We had so much fun, it was so relaxing! …. Followed by a not entirely great evening/night that wasn’t so much fun, or relaxing, involving some unwise detours, losing the car keys in the river, Dad not answering his phone, clinging to the highway for warmth as we waited in the dark, things like that.
great weeks at camp.
John 15:16, how it says, “You didn’t choose Me. I chose you.”
enough sunsets, stars, storms, barns, mulberries, dirt roads, dust, mud and slushies to last me for a while!
time spent at my favorite spot on my favorite county road.
safe drives to & from camp.
watching 3rd & 4th graders listen intently to Dad’s Bible stories.
perfecting my slushie-making technique!
Bible memory + amazing breakfast + even more amazing friends. I have it so good.
another great wedding!
seeing old friends & 628 roommates! (Sorry Val, we didn’t think about taking a picture till after you had already left!)
a 2 bandaid, 1 ice pack kind of day.
how hard it has been to stay humble recently. :)
setting attractive photos as the background on Val’s phone. (Apology #2 to Valerie should go here but, I’m not sorry.)
celebrating Kalyn and Duke’s birthday with grilling, retelling favorite old camp stories, and laughing too much.
work & rest.
matching Bibles at memory group.. apparently Val and I both use old hair ties to hold ours together! Hey it works. Great minds think alike?
a really wonderful wedding day for Anna & Derek!
how well our group of friends works together. I am always impressed.
time spent with the moms, bridesmaids & a few close friends, praying for Anna right before she walked down the aisle. It was just powerful and amazing.. and emotional, it nearly undid all the work we put into makeup that morning.
Val being a genius in the kitchen! I’m proud of her! She made a wedding cake, hundreds of mini fruit pizzas, marshmallows, and brownie bites with mousse.
a walk with cousins, neighbor kids & a giant rose. Yes that’s what we did.
finding a note on my phone reading “steampunk hedgecogs for fairy gardens” just because I wanted to remember a random conversation between very exhausted friends.
Kathy washing the shameful amount of leftover pasta salad containers that I had been just ignoring in the fridge cause I had no time.
glory in the morning light.
a really great weekend with these two! My brother Joe and his wife Crystal. We went to the zoo, had lots of good family time, laughed and talked, watched their dog chase squirrels in my backyard, and accidentally matched for church, among other things. I love them!
when things I do don’t turn out perfectly.
my friends bringing their picnic to me at work so I could join! Pasta salads, cheese, pesto, cupcakes, dear friends, baby feets, these are wonderful things!
the stress of belonging to a family of accident-prone people. (Joe broke his wrist, he’s having surgery this morning, just to name the most recent injury.)
friends & conversations. When we can “be there” for each other.
finding a flash drive I had given up for lost long ago!
a home that is perfect for hosting many things.
laughing till my sides ache.
my incouragers group being full of inspiring women. Silly me, I was nervous no one would sign up! We are off to a great start!
back yards & relaxation & perfect weather.
needing a re-reminder of what grace is.
strong feelings over who won the Jeopardy champions tournament.
farmer’s market lunch after church with a few of my favorite people.
tea & memory verses & friend babies.
the way this verse is SO true: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 esv) When I first started learning the verses for last week, I thought, “I’m good, these don’t really apply to me” but as time went by they got more uncomfortable! God’s Word began to sink in and I started see my little selfish thoughts & motivations & moments of pride for what they are.
sitting in the sunshine watching my cousin’s soccer game.
bright hope for tomorrow.
blue skies & sunshine.
that dealing with a horde of 240 gifted seventh graders was a one time deal for me, not a daily occurrence, because I don’t think I could handle that. (Full disclosure: I just misspelled occurrence. Also lots of those 7th graders got a better ACT score than I did, as a high schooler, wow, yeah, let’s move on now.)
people to help. I meet the nicest people through my work.
waking up laughing at a funny dream.
rain when it comes.
the return of plants!!!
the joy I get from planting, watering & watching them grow. (Hopefully!)
a lovely morning garden party with the women of my church. It was fun to listen to some of them who are at an advanced level of garden knowledge and hear their passion for growing things! It is a way we learn more about God and His creative work.
an excuse to wear a big goofy hat. I feel so awesome in that hat! And it makes me laugh.
my friend Cherry, it’s her birthday today and also this year marks 20 years of us being friends. She knows my past, loves my family, carries our shared memories, and is a loyal friend.
the second bridal shower of the spring, accomplished! This time with more cookies.
music, I love music.
how nerdy my cousins are, I think they are great!
books that catch me up & won’t let me set them down.
that I can trust God, I know He is my loving Father.
Friday mornings. I think I say it every week but, those memory group times with Julie & Hanna (& baby Martin) are special.
political ads and roommate notes.
“The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise Him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.” -Psalm 22:26 NLT
a lovely 3rd year of (in)RL, an online & local women’s conference put on by incourage. My friend Erin & I co-hosted a meetup this year. Hosting by myself last year was fun & worth it but I have to say I highly recommend doing it together!
a beautiful bridal shower for Anna! Yes I was busy this weekend, and yes I continued my trend of co-hosting, this time with Jill. We had so much fun putting it all together and bouncing ideas off each other!
friends, stories, encouragement. We need each other.
that God cares for me, small aches & big wounds alike.
interesting.. floral.. choices.
getting a thumbs-up for a good job parallel parking, from a random passer-by dude with dreads. Sometimes I take life too seriously and something like that, well it just makes me laugh and lighten up!
dessert first, dinner later. Val & I split the tiniest amount of pistachio ice cream and a cupcake, which is just how we roll!
keeping this list. I do this fun picture and highlights version on Mondays, but the nitty gritty daily stuff goes into my notebook and keeps me sane. When I’m stressed, worried and hurried, I sit myself down and fill out a page, thinking of God’s gifts in my life and writing them down. For over three years now it’s been helping me so much, changing my heart to be more trusting & thankful, and I really recommend it!
friends who bring me ice cream after a hard day of caregiving.
a “how are you, dear?” from a sweet walmart employee, making me think of Jamaica, where it’s hard to tell the difference between friends & strangers.
this interaction: “My dad let me have coffee this morning,” said a little girl at church, with a guilty grin. “Wow, do you feel jittery?” said me. “Um, my tongue feels funny” said girl. This is on top of the Easter candy sugar high all the kids in the room were experiencing. (And me too, to be completely honest.)
walks in the park with my roommate.
finishing a book in one day.
things I miss, like brothers and azaleas and my Mamaw.
this baby shower game idea of mine being pinned 100 times! Fun fact, I colored in the lettering with markers because I was printing it in the camp office last-minute and didn’t want to use up ink.
that God gives me strength and helps me when I ask Him.