When you're the third kid 🤷🏻♀️ • I wrote a blog post last week about how we're letting consumerism plan our families, and it's making the internet roundz. (Aside: almost any time a post of mine does well it's because @haleycarrots shared it. Because she da boss lady.) Anywho link is in profile if you need a midday read! 👶🏼👶🏿
Today I'm working on finding a medical provider for this surprise pregnancy and am so thankful to be on Medicaid. I can't help but wonder what women in my position will do in the future if this current bill gets passed in Congress - there is simply no way we won't be seeing more abortions, legal or not. Jesus said woe to you who tie up heavy burdens and won't lift a finger to help people carry them. If we want women to birth their unplanned babies, we have to be willing to help them pay for it. It's the Gospel. Period. 🙅🏽#healthcareforall
Bringing these crazies to Jesus every Sunday is never easy, and I can think of a hundred reasons not to do it. But He said to bring them and not to hinder them and as we wrangle bodies and whisper shhhs in the pew, I feel the delight of Christ in them every single time. And I pray more than anything that they can feel it too. 💛
Yesterday I had lunch with a dear friend; someone much older whose life experience with mental illness and homelessness has been vastly different than mine. Her difficulties have been real, yet over the past four years she has been an unending source of support and love for our family. She is a true friend to me- not in the trite way us people of privilege have of referring to our relationships with the marginalized, but an actual, needed friend. She has encouraged my motherhood, spent time with my children, and baked for me more times than I can count. Yesterday we ate $2 fish tacos and celebrated her health and stability and laughed about the man who works at the dive that maybe she has a little crush on. We all have so much more in common than we think, and so much more to offer one another than we realize. May we dare to look for friendships in unlikely places, and find the humility to admit that those might be the very friendships that we need. #drawawidercircle
St. Terese of Liseux wrote, we carry with us the poverty of not knowing where You're leading us, and I don't know that I've ever felt that as acutely as I do these days. I'm doubting and confused about everything, but at the same time the center of mystery and, yes, fear is one of the most poignant places I've been. I love Him and I trust Him, and though I'm not sure of anything else, I'm sure of that. • (This grace before meals poster is available at @blessedisshe__ and my affiliate link is in my profile if you love it as much as I do. I hear it looks gorgeous framed, but you know... we broke. 😏)
Today my sister and her hubby (@elisetilson @seantilson) hopped a plane with a one way ticket to Uganda to work with Love Does. I'm so excited for their adventure and feel so lucky to have yet another family connection to this country that I love. Tonight I'm toasting risk in all her unknown forms and with all the Hard that she brings. Here's to a life less ordinary Elise and Sean. 🎉 I already miss you.
Be still my pregnant heart. ❤️
If I'm going down I'm going, going down a free man. I will not be a slave in your false promises land. @kevinheidermusic // I can't imagine a less socially esteemed choice for a father to make than forsaking stability to follow his conscience. I also can't imagine a more important choice for a father to make. Today I feel my thankfulness more acutely than ever, that my sons have a daddy who will teach them with his own life what bravery really means. 🎯