oh so good : February

My sweet friend Emma (she’s 13 and awesome!!!) has a ministry in Houston making baby blankets for babies who get abandoned in the hospital or have nobody there for them to bring new things to. I got to help her make some when I went to fisit them last year and She cranks these out… ,but the demand is high. (which is sad… but I life that the hospital is wanting her to do this!) So can you donate fabric? make squares? give money? give time?  Go check out her BLOG and find out how you can help life the littlest and least of these in Houston!

I want this devotional! Paul Tripp might be one of the most influential writers in my life.

The difference between offering and inviting.  I can’t love this post any more than I do.  (it also helped me understand what being hospitable feels like to my more introverted friends and family)

Enjoyed watching the Oscars if only for the two performances by John Legend/Common and Lady Gaga. It was OH SO good!  Movies that I personally loved seeing… dare I say life changing, that were up for awards were   * The Imitation Game  * Selma  *The Theory of Everything  * Begin Again  * The Judge.

A free e-book download, The Surprises of Success: 15 tips of living the life you’ve always dreamed of. It’s written by a collection of some of my favorite bloggers/writers. I kind of had an epiphany while reading these chapters, I’ll tell you about it sometime later.

A case for taking more selfies.   “By documenting ourselves, we’re valuing the intrinsic good that we bring to the lives of others. Because we’re not just girlfriends, wives, mothers, and daughters. We’re humans that are loved and love. That make funny jokes, and have good hair sometimes, and make awesome lipstick choices.”  

A case for printing more selfies… and all of your photos for that matter. Will today’s memories be the forgotten dark ages of the future?

Oh that churches and ministries stop making people who have had premarital sex feel like they are Damaged Goods.    “Your marriage is not doomed because you said yes to the boys you loved as a young woman. Your husband won’t hold it against you, he’s not that weak and ego-driven, choose a man marked by grace. It’s likely you would make different choices, if you knew then what you know now, but, darling, don’t make it more than it is, and don’t make it less than it is. Let it be true, and don’t let anyone silence you or the redeeming work of Christ in your life out of shame.”  

*as a personal vent, I’ve been to a lot of wedding where the bride and groom were pure and they made a really big deal of it in the ceremony. Now… I get it, I thought I was all that and a bag of chips for not kissing until my wedding day. (yes… I was kind of duggger-ish back then.) But honestly now having been to many weddings… I listen to what pastors say and wonder what in the world anyone who is attending who didn’t have that as their story might be feeling about themselves… about their worth. We can make it sound like “look what a great spouse they get because they saved themselves for marriage”. When marriage is a gift from God and not something we earn or deserve.

Stay at home moms…. don’t wait until you explode to let your husband know you need a break and some time alone. Tell them! stop waiting for them to notice and tell you to go. THIS post is a great reminder. 

THIS recipe. Oh my stars!!! Might be the BEST Pinterest recipe I’ve ever made. It’s SO freaking good. A few steps… but worth it.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. THIS post on Why are we so afraid of Down syndrome is a great read!  “I feel like the technology for detecting Down syndrome is far more advanced than our understanding of what it means to have Down syndrome — or raise a child with Down syndrome. And for the sake of objective reporting and compassionate care, we should all strive to understand the bigger picture.” 

I couldn’t pick between THIS POST for brand new parents or THIS ONE that challenged me to go vacuum my living room. But my sweet friend Heather… she just knows what to write to challenge me where I’m at. Hope it does you as well.

and finally since it was the month of love… I finally finished a highlight video of one of my very best friends wedding back on thanksgiving weekend of last year. Capturing this and seeing the literal answer to years of prayers… it was a complete joy!




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