Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Five

1. The second shipment of Purpose Box is now available! It is so incredible to me to see all the orders roll in--they're from people I know, people I don't know, places I've heard of, and places I never knew existed. I know I said it last time, but it's so cool seeing God use this to share stories of children, women, families, and more.

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2. Framing has started on our new home. The boy got to go stand in his room yesterday. It's getting very real (and still looking very small) around here!

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3. Opening day of Little League is Saturday. I can't believe our bitty boy is now a big boy--big enough to be playing t-ball! I have a feeling it's going to be hilarious.

4. Wheel of Fortune auditions are coming to Austin this weekend. Everyone cross your fingers I get drawn to audition; then cross them again that I get to be on the show. How cool would that be? I am so stinkin' excited about it! Are you a Wheel watcher?

5. I read Still Alice this week. It resulted in several dreams that I had Alzheimer's. Now I'm reading about a boy who ended up with a severed head on his lap during a roller coaster ride. I hope I do not dream about that!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Can't Live Without... This Photo

I joined in with Katie and Lindsay a couple of weeks ago for their I Couldn't Live Without... link up. Then I forgot about it last week. Then I was looking for an excuse to share this photo and I remembered it was time to link up again! Hooray!

It's a week early, but I just can't wait. It's my favorite Easter photo of all time, and now is the time to share it.

(Well, in just a second.)

I couldn't live without Baby Gray's first chick pic mini session photos, but this one in particular:

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(No chicks were harmed in the eating taking of this photo.) No, he did not get Salmonella or e. Coli or anything. He was just having fun! Yes, that's a real chick he's "eating" there. 

I just can't look at that picture without smiling. Then I laugh and remember that whole session. Sometimes the chicks would walk. He would cry. They would stand still. He would try to eat them. I changed his clothes and sanitized him right after. I had no idea how good that chicken eating photo would turn out and how much I'd love it! I couldn't live without it... 

What can't you live without?


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who Says I Can't Be Free?

I've been in a funk lately. I can't quite pinpoint what's causing it, but I'm right in the big middle of it. Sunday it was presumably worse. Sundays are hard.

So I did the only thing I know to do when I can't shake a funk. I got in my car, opened the sunroof, turned up the music and drove. I can think, pray, sing, laugh, cry, and just get it all out. As I drove, lyrics I've sung a thousand times were suddenly brand new and fresh to me.

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I'm not the girl I was when I pulled out of here in that 1994 Ford Explorer in 2003. I wasn't even 24 hours out of high school when I left. I came back with two college degrees, a husband, a son, and life experiences I wouldn't trade for the world. Of course I'm different. In my head, though, it was as though I was coming back like the clock struck midnight on the life I had been living and the carriage turned back into a pumpkin.

God didn't call 18 year-old me back to our hometown. He called 29 year-old me to step out in faith and go to where He was leading our family. We've been here almost a year, and some days, 30 year-old me feels as unsettled as the first night we spent here (we woke up Easter morning and promptly took ourselves right back to Revolution). Other days, I feel like maybe this is good. Maybe we are settling a little. All the days, though, I know that we are supposed to be here. I know that we took a step of faith and obedience in coming back when we did.

I know the time is coming when we will be more settled. Our home is underway. We have prayed that He would use us and our home to love those around us. That we could be part of reaching our hometown for His Kingdom. We are making moves toward being more plugged in in this community. My word for 2015 is settle, and we are trying to. I know it's a process. Making friends and getting connected in a new community always is; I guess I'd just hoped we'd have a bit of an edge since we already knew people.

The hard days are still hard. Really hard. I don't know exactly why we're here or what it's all supposed to look like in the end. I do know that when it's all said and done, it will be worth it. Walking in God's will for our lives always is. I catch glimpses here and there of why He has us here. I see little glimmers of what He might want for us in the long run. I know it will be good.

"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in one single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" --Galatians 5:13-14



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