Swapping “bitter” for “better”…

It’s your final dinner on earth; who do you invite?

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Bob Goff, one of my favorite writers, tweeted his thoughts on the Last Supper this morning. It’s Maundy Thursday for Christians and marks the new commandment we were given as Jesus shared a final dinner with His closest friends, including the one who would betray Him, prior to taking the death that we deserved. (I know I am going to lose some of you right here; I’d love it if you’d stick with me but that’s entirely up to you.)

“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34)

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Worth the wait…

IMG_5011Our oldest is 16 years and 21 days old; a busy start to the junior tour season made yesterday, Masters Sunday, the first available date to celebrate with family. And wow, was it worth the wait!

We have been Tiger Woods fans for as long as we have been golf fans. As soon as J was old enough to have a real driver in his bag, the only extra he asked for was a Tiger head cover; that head cover is now almost 10 years old. 7 months after getting that head cover, the golfer he so much wanted to be like when he grew up would be in a car accident that would expose a much different Tiger Woods than the world had come to know. Continue reading

Just a…

img_4792Anyone else feel like we spend a lot of time selling ourselves short? I know I do. I catch myself doing it regularly and make a mental note to avoid it in the future.For me, the sentences usually starts with, “I’m just a…” or “I don’t do much, just…” The intent is humility but it feels like it comes across as a laundry list all the things I do, as a lack of confidence or to elicit an affirmation of my worth the 7th grade girl in me still seeks.

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Where do we start…

139999e6b613a277b53b2dd1d9370334I got back into writing by sort of “insta-blogging” about a verse of the day from Air1 or You Version’s bible app about a year ago. When I got really intentional about it being the first thing I did each day, I’m embarrassed to admit how it changed my thinking and how the words affected me. I mean, I love Jesus. Boldly love Jesus and yet, here I was surprised at what He was able to do when I gave Him the first moments of my morning each day. Continue reading

Countdown to launch…

IMG_3281“We’ve raised a human and now he’s 16” are words I never imagined I would be writing and yet, the day has arrived: the kiddo that made My Fave and I parents turns 16. (((sigh)))

“I’m never having kids!” was a frequent declaration I made growing up. I’m sure My Fave and I talked about kids during our pre-marriage classes but I really don’t recall either of us expressing any serious desire to be parents. A few months after we were married and bought our first house, I got pregnant. I was nearly 9 weeks when we found out and we were both honestly surprised at our excitement. 30 days later, we’d lose the baby we didn’t know we wanted. That saying “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” is so true. Continue reading

We make mistakes; we aren’t mistakes…

16836178_10210440368024235_1776701787614035813_oI’m a mama so mistakes are an every, single day occurrence. My Fave and I joke that we want J and C to do whatever they want in life with only these two “rules”: 1) Never go to bed on Sunday with dread for the job you have to go to on Monday and 2) Be successful enough to afford the therapy required from having been raised by us. Ironically, I wrote this post about a week ago and just noticed that when I published it from my phone, the draft hadn’t updated from what I’d typed; yep, “Mistakes” and I are on a first name basis. So this is sort of a “Take 2”. Continue reading