01/05…of the day

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”

05/11…of the day

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

03/15…of the day

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

02/11…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
~Hebrews 10:23

Excerpt of the Day:
“I need all the women in my life who are dangerous and hilarious, who don’t choose between their womanhood and their callings, women who push back the powers of darkness, women who lead uniquely and differently, women who love.”
~“I Needed to See Her” by Sarah Bessey

Video of the Day:

Who would have thought I would say that Lady Gaga was one of my favorite Grammy moments (also on the list Sam Smith with Mary J Blige and Miranda Lambert’s kick ass performance.)

Currently Listening to “The Power Ladies” playlist on Grooveshark which features:
Sara Bareilles
Ellie Goulding
Florence + the Machine
Natasha Beddingfield
Carrie Underwood
Adele
Alicia Keys
Miranda Lambert
Kate Voegele
Emeli Sande’
Missy Higgins
A Fine Frenzy
Lee Ann Womack
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Fleet Foxes
Rebecca Ferguson
Brooke Fraiser
Sia
Rachael Cantu
Brandi Carlile
Katie Herzig
Sara Evans
Sugarland
Rachael Yamagata

02/02…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For you, God, have put my life back together.”
Ps 4:8

Excerpt of the Day:
“What you do.  How you dress.  The way you love someone and how you talk. Your smile and your personality.  What you believe in and all your dreams.  The way you drink your tea.  How you decorate your home or party.  Your grocery list.  The food you make.  How your writing looks and the way you feel.  Your Life Is ART.”
~Helena Bonham Carter

Video of the Day:


Sam Smith is hitting the spot lately.

Currently Listening to “Oz” by Missy Higgins

1/22…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
~Heb 10:23

Excerpt of the Day:
“One of my deepest core beliefs is that we find God most often in the raw and human moments of our lives, that God doesn’t differentiate between sacred-and-secular for us. All of our work, all of our life, can honour God. Our very regular lives can be altars for meeting with the truth of Love. In fact, those human moments are the sacred moments – birth, grief, work, death, suffering, sex, joy, laundry, all of it. When we feel most human, God hides in plain sight.”
~Sarah Bessey in “Hold Fast

Video of the Day:

Currently Reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown

12/29…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness”
~Lamentations 3:22-23

Excerpt of the Day:
Many I love are hurting.  I am hurting.  I’ve been learning very hard lessons this Christmas.

“Most of us don’t want to talk about the not-so-pretty stuff of life. We’d rather focus on loveliness. Hued sunsets. Tinted leaves. Indigo skies. Golden grass. Christmas.
Christmas is supposed to be one of those lovely seasons – right? Except when it’s not. Except when it’s broken.

I’ve come to discover that God offers hope in the form of “broken family values”—values like commitment, courage, humility, reality, relinquishment, diversity, partnership, faith, love, respect, forgiveness and thankfulness. He understands that no one is perfect. He knows the unique journeys of loved ones. He gets it that abnormal is actually pretty normal. That people mess up and yet are worthy of respect and love and are never—ever—without hope. God holds each family close, crying with his wounded children, tenderly assembling and reassembling fallen fragments, creating us into better versions of ourselves.
God doesn’t sweep the broken up into a dustpan and discard it. In order to reach the broken in our world, God himself broke, sending his Son into our broken Christmases and to die a broken death on a cross for us. He brings beauty in the broken. God loves the broken. God uses the broken.”
~Elisa Morgan in “Broken Christmas” at Women Pursing God

“That we might be attentive to the vulnerability and need of those around us in the coming weeks, and to be more honest and open about our own needs, that we might receive the care of others.”
~Anne Bogel in “Waiting Room” at Modern Mrs. Darcy

“I don’t think we pay enough attention to the silent cares of the soul. We ignore her for long periods of time and then when she starts to flail within us by becoming overly emotional, getting frustrated too easily, or being bothered in an otherwise neutral interaction, we try to shame her into better behavior.

It seems simple which may be why I so often overlook it. But taking some time to “celebrate the joys, grieve the losses, shed my tears, sit with the questions, feel my anger, [and] attend to my loneliness” creates space in my soul.
A spacious soul makes room for others. A week before Christmas, I can’t think of a better gift to give.”
~Emily Freeman in “One Thing My Soul is Begging Me to Do” at Chatting at the Sky

Video of the Day:


Thank you Invisible Children for all you have done over the past 10 years to fight on behalf of those who couldn’t fight for themselves.  It has been an honor to partner with you since 2006.  I camped out with you for Displace Me with my little sister. You helped me show her there are others hurting all over the world, and that we can do something about it.
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I have proudly worn your shirts to spread your message.

31563_10100231431271694_8076440_nAnd I will continue to support your work, even as it looks different.

Currently listening to “How Can it Be” by Lauren Daigle