Friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done #fridayintroductions , so here we go! 🍑 I’ve been a Georgia resident for about 20 years and an Athenian for 10. I love #theclassiccity. 💗 My hubs and I met on eHarmony in October 2014 and were married 9 months later. 🐶 Our pup Bailey is kind of my BFF and I’m not ashamed of it. 📖 I love to read and write and am working on my second book, which comes out in May! 🌮 Mexican food is my fave and I could eat it every day! Tell me a fun fact about you! 👇🏾
I’m excited to be a part of the #standupandshinechallenge ! There are so many crazy awful hard terrifying things going on in our world today. But we are made to shine. We are made to be lights in the darkness. What are you doing to shine your light, friend?
We had so much fun with the great people of @boardandbrushathens for our fourth Valentine’s Day together! (Also I wore the same outfit as last year because apparently I’m a creature of habit). Grateful for my first and forever valentine!❤️😊😍
This is for the girl who wants to barf at the site of Valentine’s Day cards. This is for the girl who’s sick of engagement announcements. This is for the girl who’d give anything to receive a bouquet from someone special. This is for the single foster mama who just wants a partner in life and a father for the kids. This is for the divorced woman who wonders if she still has worth and value. Today #ontheblog is a repost from the archives for all my single friends. Valentine's Day can be the *literal* worst and can just be a day that you kind of want to get through and survive. But it doesn't have to be, and it's ok to acknowledge your unmet longings and still hold on to joy. Hope this encourages you today.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes it’s boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together! I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. - Psalm 34
Warning: long/mushy post ahead. Last year in the car on the way home after attending the Choosing to Care conference hosted by @chosenforlifeministries, Rory and I both knew that we were supposed to be foster parents. So we prayed and asked God to guide our steps. We started reading a book written for couples/families considering adoption and foster care and had some hard conversations. A few months later we began the process of educating ourselves on the process, ha. And here we are, at the final stages. Sunday afternoon we had our first home study, and it went so well. The contractor was incredibly kind and gracious. We worked this weekend to get everything all ready, and it all came together pretty well. Not perfectly, but good enough. :) It is easy to be excited about the prospect of kids in our home. But it is also extremely sobering. Because while I'm sure we will consider it a joy to care for the children we have in our home, foster care exists because of a broken and fallen world. Stuff happens. Really hard stuff. I know I'm rambling here, but all I can say is that I am grateful. Grateful that we have the means to be able to provide a loving home. Grateful for a husband who without even batting an eye is willing to help in time of need, even when it means giving up our comfort. Grateful for a church family who leads by example and supports foster families. Grateful for a God who is greater than all and Who has a heart of compassion. Grateful. Not only am I grateful, but I am praying. Praying for the kiddos who will enter our home. Praying for the case workers with whom we will interact. Praying for the mamas and daddies who will not have custody of their kids for a time. Praying for restoration and reconciliation and strength and peace. Praying. Grateful for you, friends.
So I know that everyone has already been talking about goals and resolutions, and something like 80% of people have already failed at their resolutions. But for the last several years, I haven't made any resolutions, I've used #powersheets to help me make specific goals for various aspects of my life where I wanted to grow or invest in. And friends, it has made all the difference. This year, I want to trust Him in all things and live a victorious life. So my phrase for this year is resting in victory. Because I don't have to strive to do it all when He has already made a way. I don't have to live from a place of defeat when I am more than a conqueror through Christ. Today #ontheblog are my goals for 2018. What are you working toward, friend?
I am most assuredly no hand lettering expert, but this quote makes me remember that it’s my choice to make day great or not. _______ Today #ontheblog is what’s going on currently! 💗
Ok friends, it has been a while since I have posted about my favorite reads, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been reading! Here is my stack of my most favorite reads from the last several months: - Christy: an all-time favorite and one that I will read and reread for the rest of my life - The Horse and His Boy: admittedly not my fave of the Narnia series, but I made it through and am really enjoying Prince Caspian now - The Lucky Few: super encouraging and vulnerable read that opened my heart toward the beauty of special needs adoption - Fiercehearted: a battle cry for women everywhere to root themselves in Christ - Dance Stand Run: amazing balance between grace and holiness, a message we all need to hear and receive - Falling Free: beautiful story of how God's ways are so much better than the American Dream - If You Only Knew: fave of 2018 (so far) and incredibly beautiful insight into how God can use anyone despite their past or present struggles What have you been reading, friends?