Friday, November 21, 2014

Celebrate Good Times!

My sweet husband put together quite the shindig last night--complete with a toast full of tears and most of my favorite people.


We have amazing friends who keep showing up--via FaceTime, text, photo collage, or what have you, they show up. They are there when it counts--big moments or little moments. God has truly surrounded us with incredible people.



I feel so incredible humbled and grateful for everyone who had a hand in this whole thing. So many friends and so much life was represented last night--from birth (my own) to Happy House, elementary school, high school, college, Heart Group, Revolution, and beyond, friends from all ages and stages were represented. Not many people have that. I don't go a day without thinking of how grateful I am to be immersed in my own support system from so many facets of life.

Probably the most excited party-goer of all was the smallest one.


If he told me happy birthday once, he told me a thousand times. He was so thrilled to be part of the party, in on the surprise, and be part of the celebration. That boy melts my heart.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Today I Do Not Turn 30

Today I do not turn 30, but we are celebrating my 30th birthday today. Since my birthday gets swallowed up by football and Thanksgiving next week, my husband arranged a little celebration today. We've been celebrating pretty much all month (thanks, honey!), but we are having a shindig of some sort this evening, I believe.

The year I turned 25, I had major apprehension about it--a quarter-life crisis, if you will. It was so weird. I don't understand it at all as I look back on it.

As I look forward to this 30th birthday, I am excited. I've made it this far, but I have so much life left to live! I remember telling my brothers how old they were when they turned 30, but I don't feel old at all (now I tell them how old they are for being in their 40s).

I really am excited about 30, though; a new decade is unfolding as we get ready to start life in our new home back in our hometown. So many things to look forward to! Of course, I learned a few things in my 20s that I'm taking with me to this next decade: 

+ Don't take yourself so seriously. Laugh. Enjoy. Love. Play. Clean it up later. Make jokes. Take silly selfies. Let your kid color outside the lines.

Take Silly Selfies

+ Be friendly. To everyone. I laugh and joke that I'm like Drake, No New Friends, but the truth is it's completely possible to have your inner circle and still be friendly to others. It took me a while to get there; I can come across as stuck up and snooty (still; present tense). Being kind does not correlate to giving access to your heart. It's not the same thing.
Speaking of... 
+ Guard the access to your heart. Only certain people should be in your inner circle and have the authority to speak into your life. Close friends, the ones who have your best interest at heart and whose values align with yours, are the only ones who get that kind of access. Take everyone else with a grain of salt.  
+ Drive without your GPS once in a while. Take a drive and see where you end up, explore where you are. You never know what surprises you might find.
+ Tell people how you feel. If you're grateful for someone, tell them. If your feelings are hurt, share and work through it. Don't assume they know how you're feeling.
+ Prioritize date nights. Make your marriage a priority so you can enjoy it for many years to come! 
+ Live life completely. Be present. Enjoy spontaneous moments. Lean into the Word. Strive to be a better [friend, mom, wife, daughter, etc] than you were yesterday.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time for YES

Adoption is near and dear to my heart. If you've been around a while, you probably already know that our family plans to expand through adoption in the future.

I heard pieces of this story via Instagram before I found the blog with the back story. When I went back to read the full thing this morning, my heart nearly beat out of my chest. You see, we got a similar phone call not too long ago. A phone call we were completely unprepared for. A call we didn't think would come this soon. I remember trying to formulate words, wanting to drop everything to get to my husband and pray through what we should do.

Ultimately, for us, it wasn't the one. It was the hardest no we've ever said, but it was in good faith, and our decision was affirmed in many ways after.

BUT... for Carina and their family, this is their YES. This is such an incredible story, and I pray you will head over to her Instagram account to shop or to her blog to find out how to donate.

Carina Family

Shop: here
Read or donate: here


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