Verse of the Day:
“For He Himself is our peace”
~ Eph 2:14

Quote of the Day:
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
~ Jane Austen

Photo of the Day:
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~ “I Carry Your Heart” by h.wilson (Print of EE Cummings poem at the Wilson House in Belegrade MT

Currently listening to Glades – “Drive” “Her (Loving You)”

Verse of the Day:
“I have made you.
I will carry you.
I will sustain you and
I will rescue you”
~Isaiah 46:4

Poem of the Day:
“Life is short, break the rules,
Forgive quickly, kiss slowly,
Love truly, laugh uncontrollably
And never regret anything that makes you smile”
~Mark Twain

Video of the Day:

Currently Listening to “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton – “Tennessee Whiskey” “Sometimes I Cry” “Fire Away”

Verse of the Day:
“God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.”
~Ps 36: 5-6

Quote of the Day:
“Surround yourself with people who are hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”
~ Unknown

Poem of the Day:
“silently if, out of not knowable
night’s utmost nothing, wanders a little guess
(only which is this world) more of my life does
not leap than with the mystery your smile

sings or if (spiraling as luminous
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams,
less into heaven certainly earth swims
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss

losing through you what seemed myself;i find
selves unimaginably mine;beyond
sorrow’s own joys and hoping’s very fears

yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
–you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars”
~”#38″ by e.e. cummings

Currently listening to “Thirty One” by Jarryd James “Do You Remember” is one of my favorite songs of 2015

Verse of the Day:
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint”
~Is 40:31

Quote of the Day:
“She has fire in her soul & grace in her heart”
~Unknown – My quote for the year.

Excerpt of the Day:
“The sad thing is, these are all moms that I’d love to be friends with in real life. I wish that rude, nosy folks hadn’t ruined the art of conversation for everyone, because there are people like me who genuinely seek connection with parents of all stripes. I’ve never been one for wasting time on small talk—I want to get to know the real person I’m speaking with—but I feel like chit chat is all that’s available anymore. Living in a culture where people are quick to get offended, I worry that being on the defensive all the time is preventing us from initiating true friendships and sharing our unique stories.”
~ 10 Moms I can No Longer Speak To on ScaryMommy

 ~A friend of a friend on facebook added this:
“I’m not even a mom yet and I can relate. Not being a mom makes it even worse bc ‘I just don’t understand’ or ‘I cant relate to them so they don’t turn to me.’ When I asked a friend awhile back via text “hey what are you doing tonight?” ..and their response a was, “Raising a child.. What are you doing?” …I realized at that moment that I was going to lose those types of mommy friends and that broke my heart. I’m SO appreciate my friends who allow us to still be around them and their kids and allow us to play and help take care of their kids and ask these types of questions with a willing heart to share. I love when our hangout nights consist of Murder Mystery with the adults followed by a pillow fight and Xbox games with the kids. Please know that just bc we don’t have kids, doesn’t mean we don’t want to be around you or think your kids are nuisance. I ADORE children (and sometimes might prefer hanging out with them over adults in all honesty.) haha.  And know that we ask bc we care or we want to LEARN from you. But I feel the same as her, I just don’t ask.”


My 2 Cents:

I’m pretty dang lucky that the majority of my friends (moms & dads) that have kids are amazing, and are the exception to this article.  Thanks so much for being who you are.  I hope you know that I love you and and your kiddos with all my heart.

The thing is that this article is incredibly accurate for quite a number of people.  I crave deep connected relationships (I think we all do, we’re just all pretty afraid) and when you can’t ask the real questions and speak to the places that are deep in our hearts, then how can we really have community/belonging/connection.  This goes to more than just being a parent, it reaches to the other parts of life (marriage, career, passions, relationships, beliefs).

And though I fully acknowledge that being a parent is a huge part of your identity, it doesn’t solely define you, my friend, in my eyes. Sure it’s a part of you, and one I love watching thrive, and bloom.  But I hope it doesn’t define you in your eyes either.  You are all the wonderful things you were before you brought that awesome tiny human into this world, only you are better, wiser.  And I haven’t forgotten that.  I still see you.  I still want to know you.  So I will ask those questions.  Because I love you.

Currently Listening to “Songs to Make Up To” by Ta-ku – Especially “Love Again” “Down for You” & “Sunrise/Beautiful”

Verse of the Day:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” ~Heb 10:23

Quote of the Day:
“Enthusiasm creates performance that others thought impossible…
high trust team = high energy teams = successful teams.”
~Proactive Coaching

Excerpt of the Day:
When you hold your dreams with open hands, you let them breathe, grow, and have life. This can be scary because living things move, change, and take shapes we can’t predict or control.

But what good is a dream if it doesn’t grow along with us?”
~”When Your Dream Begins to Change” by Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky

Currently Listening to “Riser” by Dierks Bentley

Verse of the Day:
“For whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye” ~Zech 2:8

Poem of the Day:
“It was rather
beautiful: The way he
put her insecurities to sleep.
The way he
dove into her eyes
and starved all the fears
and tasted all the dreams
she kept coiled beneath her bones.”
~Christopher Poindexter

Video of the Day:

Currently Listening to “Chaos & the Calm” by James Bay

Verse of the Day:
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
~Heb 12:2

Poem of the Day:
“I am pieces of quotes
From my favorite books
Stitched together by
Song lyrics
And I am glued together by
Midnight conversations
And the sweet taste of coffee
And I have the tendency
To fall apart suddenly

And I need you to somehow
Be okay with this
Because I am created by
The souls who are brave enough
To gather all my tattered pieces
And put me back together

And oh God how I would love to be whole again”
~Amanda Katherine Ricketson

Lyrics of the Day:
“It ain’t like midnight and cigarette smoke
It ain’t like watered down whiskey and coke
I guess some things just don’t mix like you hoped
Like me and you
And diamond rings and old barstools”
~ “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools” by Tim McGraw

Currently listening to “Talking Dreams” by Echosmith

Verse of the Day:
“For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil” ~Jer 29:11

Quote of the Day:
“The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering.  Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.”
~Vasudev

Video of the Day:

I have said for a very long time that I actually really LOVE t-swifts songwriting, I just usually prefer someone else singing the songs (Mine, Everything has Changed, I Knew You Were Trouble, Begin Again, Safe & Sound, Back to December Sparks Fly The Best Day).  Select ones I have still enjoyed (White Horse, Love Story) but the statement still holds true.  This beautifully written song is stunning in this cover sung by Seth Rinehart.

“Just grab my hand and don’t ever drop it
My love, they are the hunters, we are the foxes
And we run
Baby I know places we won’t be found
and they’ll be chasing our trace tryin’ to track us down
Cause I, I know places we can hide,
I know places”

Currently Listening to “Four Five Seconds” by Rihanna, Kanye, Paul McCartney

Verse of the Day:
“God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.”
~Ps 34:4

Quote of the Day:
“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
~“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupér

Excerpt of the Day:
“A whiskey-drinking woman knows that none of us fit in these neat little boxes. She’d never pigeonhole other women — or men, for that matter. She knows that each of us are infinitely full of gorgeous nooks and crannies waiting to be explored, and that the people who are willing to brave our fire in order to enjoy our warmth are the ones worth keeping in our lives.

She knows it’s not about what it’s in our glass, but the fact that we drink life in completely”
~ “For the Girls Who Drink Whiskey” by Kate Bartolotta at Huffington Post
Everything about this article is me.  To. The. Letter.

Currently listening to “XO” by John Mayer

Verse of the Day:
“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing–that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”
~Rom 15:13

Quote of the Day:
“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (I’m not a big one for paying compliments), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.”
~Jonathan Carroll

Video of the Day:

I seriously LOVED living in Kansas City.  I miss it and the amazing people there so much.

Currently Listening to “What Kind of Man” by Florence + the Machine – OBSESSED

Off of her soon to be released NEW ALBUM “How Big How Blue How Beautiful” .  People this is big.

"Art picks up where nature ends." ~Marc Chagall

my attempt:
 my photostream

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ CW Elliot

my currently-reading shelf:
Hannah's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (currently-reading shelf)
my always-reading shelf:
Hannah's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (always-reading shelf)

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When your siblings are your day ones and you're only together a few days a year you gotta make the days count! Last night was a great one watching our buffs win! Run Ralphie Run #skoBuffs When there's 37 in your not-that-extended  extended family, you do it big. My responsibility was the 20 pounds of mashed potatoes that were as fluffy as clouds. So thankful I come from so much love. It was a day full of joy and laughter! When you get to a wedding early and your sister looks like a walking H&M ad. You do a little photo shoot. Proud big sister moment: watching my brother coach in his first college football playoff game! And hesitantly happy with my Spartans!! And later cheering on the top 10 ranked Buffs! Oh how I love football. #SwardsUp  #GoGreen  #skobuffs #TheRiseIsReal A wonderful Friday afternoon drive just north of Yellowstone. Montana at its best! In this life when something goes wrong (today that's the Left) or there is going to be hard work ahead (today that's the Right) it's easy to point fingers at another, cast blame, throw stones and say it's someone else's responsibility. Someone else can fix it. It's someone else's fault or problem. 
But I try live to by the principal that your watch and your wallet directly represent what your heart beats after. And I can say pretty confidently that in my 10+ years of adult living it's the only way I've made any sense of life. Because intentionally defending, fighting, supporting, cheering, coaching, leading, funding, and investing in hearts of all shapes, stories and experiences has changed me. In particular supporting the fight against the exploitation and oppression of others has impacted me.  It informs and colors the lens I see the world by.  And the way in which I try to live.

So today all I know to do is continue to do my part. Be faithful with what I've been given, be present and intentional with those that have been put in my path, give radically (both financially and of my time & self), live every day I get to keep breathing with relentless passion, act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.
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Here's my list: @love146 @worldvisionusa @twloha @invisiblechildren @wwp @thereformationproject @flatironschurch @truth.fc @girlsleadinggirls  #jasoccerteam Who's in?!?! "How do you not have Cartwheel. That's like unAmerican" when one of your best friends gets back from Africa & you go to Target. Happy birthday to one of my favorite humans on earth!! My life is better (and memories are full of laughter) because you are in it. You cheerlead, challenge, celebrate, listen, and love so well Suva. Have a great day, friend!!

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