“Busy is a choice. Stress is a choice. Giving yourself to joy is a choice. Choose well.” -Ann Voskamp (My friend @brandi.mcintosh shared this quote on her IG stories today. I’m keeping it front and center, especially this Holiday Season. It’s so good.)
Hey friend, I’ve been wanting to do a #fridayintroductions post for ages. So long, in fact, that I’m not even sure if that’s still a thing? Also it’s not yet Friday, I’m aware. I had a list in my head of fun things I wanted to talk about, but now as I am writing it out I can’t think of even one thing that might be of interest. Brain fog. Maybe this is why my blog had been horribly neglected this year? There’s a lot I’d love to share but when I try to string words into a coherent sentence nothing flows. • I’ve been thinking a lot about how I view people and circumstances. I find it so easy to make assumptions and cast judgement based on my clouded and imperfect view. I realized recently that I’ve been hard on myself in multiple areas —for how conservative I am with how I dress, for how soft my body still is four months after having a baby, and also, for goodness sake! how I am obsessing over trivial things like fashion and my appearance when there are people hungry and hurting all over the world and in my own community— and when I start to get in that headspace of constantly criticizing myself, you know what happens? I become critical of others too. Something I keep reminding myself, is that I can become a person of gracious assumptions. I can look for the good and call that out, in myself, and in others. It’s freeing really, to graciously assume things instead of jumping to, often negative, conclusions. • What have you been learning lately?
Everyone needs a cousin their own age.
I think there might be an oldie tucked away similar to this photo of Gina and I with our siblings. PC: @ginagraber
We overwhelmed Farmhaus on Main, an old farm house turned coffee shop, with our motley crew.
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Gina is learning the art of pottery. She guided Kate and I through the process of throwing on the wheel. We made two items each. I’m pretty sure if given the chance, this is something I would really enjoy.
It’s been one week since Herm left for his hunting trip in the Midwest. To pass the time while he was gone the kids and I kept our schedule full. We accepted every dinner invite given, went shopping just because, had multiple play dates with friends, and went on a road trip to VA to visit @ginagraber and her family, picking up my sister @katelyn.esh and her son Lincoln along the way, and bringing them back to NY with us. To top it off, today — the last day of Herm’s absence — our dog went into labor, and I get to be the midwife. The week went really well, but we all miss Herm like crazy, eager for his return. P. S. Even before Instagram, we were notorious for taking fun (and mildly embarrassing) photos whenever we got together with Gina, her sister @kayliestoltzfus, and our friend @lyndsistoltzfus. We tried to recreate that a bit, but apparently having kids has literally grounded us. 😂
I am not a theologian nor do I do a good job of teaching theology. This was evident this week when, early one morning, I overheard a conversation that went something like this: “Brooklyn, did you know God made you?” “I don’t want to talk about it!” “But he made you!” “I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!” “And he made the sun and the moon and those telephone poles and the mechanic who fixes our car. He’s basically like a little superhero!” This conversation went on for a while, Brooklyn not in the mood to chat that early the day and Carson with more words than time would allow. He’s been coming up with some hilarious conversations: telling me how he knows God lives on the moon because he heard a song about it. I later realized the song he was referring to was actually saying “God is on the move”. Another favorite song of his: Kevin On Merff. Say what?!? It took a bit to decipher this one, but late one afternoon, after Carson had spent the morning running errands with Herm, it was finally figured out - that current favorite song... it’s lyrics say “it’s like Heaven on earth”. Say that three times fast and what do you get? KEVIN ON MERFF. This stage is so much fun! (PC: @lydiaesh_)