Friday, April 18, 2014

testing 1...2...3...

Last year, I had one of those Pinterest fail experiences.  You know the ones.

So this year, I thought I would actually test out the resurrection rolls in advance so that Easter morning wouldn't be a total fail.

And what do you know......

They worked this time!

I used this recipe from  

I still like my friend Lydia's idea of Jesus rising out of a cake (amazing, watch the video!), but I haven't been able to find such an amazing Jesus action figure.


I loved my kitchen assistant.  It reminded me of this post from 2008 (another amazing video- look at my little baby girl!)  and of God's faithfulness yet again- the salvation that came from His great love.

It's Friday, but Sunday's coming. 

I hope you all have a Happy Resurrection Day! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

my bestie

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:  'What!  You too?  I thought I was the only one.'"  CS Lewis

Of course we're more than just friends but I'm so grateful for the rich and abiding friendship component of our marriage.

It's a pretty big blessing being married to your best friend in the whole world.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

gimme 5

my I'm-a-mom-and-I-have-to-clean-up-puke selfie

It happens to all of us parents, doesn't it?  At some time or another, your little bundle of joy will spew the contents of his or her stomach all over something that was NOT meant to be puked upon.  Your bed, their bed, your carpet, their floor- it doesn't matter where it is- every time it brings up a dread the likes of which is hereunto unmatched in my nine years of parenting experience.

And speaking of experience, this ain't my first rodeo if you know what I mean.  When another round of vomit poked its unwelcome head into my bedroom last night, I was ready.  I was by no means pleased, but I was ready.  So I thought I would compile a list.  Here's what I had on hand that I think could be helpful for parents everywhere experiencing the yucks:

1.  rubber gloves

They've come in handy more than once, friends.  I also like the bandana around the face method.  It keeps me from adding to the mess.

2.  good people

Friends and family.  The kind that would say, drop off laundry detergent when you've run out or the kind that would take your other non-sick child to the orthodontist and on the way home get her lunch and take her shopping.  I'm blessed beyond measure in the friends-and-family department.

3.  perspective

The Passion of the Christ happened to be on TV when everything went south at my house last night. Cross-centered lives don't flinch at the thought of cleaning up someone else's bodily fluids. Love sacrifices. The film was a timely reminder.

4.  imagination

I may be an un-showered mess cleaning up messes in my house on a rainy day, but that doesn't mean I can't go to a warm beach in my imagination.  Music helps and we happen to have access to a world of music all day everyday through the wonders of technology.  I was just thinking the other day about how underutilized our imagination sometimes is.

5.  a frozen casserole

This is something I've only recently started doing, but it is quite helpful to make double batches of dinner and stash the other half away in the freezer for a rainy day.  Or a sickly day.  Or both.  Needless to say, I am utilizing one tonight and I am thanking myself for doing myself the favor several weeks ago.

So I do believe that is a start.  If you have any other helpful hints or advice, do tell!  Unfortunately, I have a feeling I'm a few days before we're back in the clear.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

my shade

Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

I don't really take my eyes off of him as I sit at our back door, folding and sorting socks, while my little one sleeps in his make-shift tent.  How much more does my Father watch over me?

He indeed is my shade.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

first 5K

Learning perseverance alongside her father, knowing her father is WITH her in the midst of the struggle to keep going.  

That'll preach.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

our EPIC adventure: the Great East 2


 adjective \ˈe-pik\
: telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures
: very great or large and usually difficult or impressive

It's most definitely thrown around way too much these days- the word epic- but really there's no other word to describe our 8 day, 2,270 mile spring break road trip.  It was an exciting adventure.  It was very great and very long and parts were very difficult and the hours spent in the car qualify as impressive in my book at least.  

It was epic.  

The first leg of our spring break adventure took us from Shreveport to Atlanta. 

photo credit AGC
greatest 13.1 miles I've ever run

A couple of our buddies from Shreveport ran a half marathon with me while Jack rocked the 5K.  In the meantime, my dear friend Carrie came at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning to watch our kids while we ran (what a friend).  Asher was asleep when she got there, but upon waking, he let her know that "we eat breakfast."  He had not met her before, mind you, he just wanted her to know the rules.

So after the race, Carrie debriefed us on her Ugandan adventures and we were blessed by her love and friendship over coffee and donuts.  Carrie is a powerhouse of a little person and one of my best friends from college and I loved every minute of our time together.  It had been too long.

And then we were off to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains just outside Waynesville.

The same friends from Shreveport who talked us into running also invited us to stay with them for a few days at her parent's mountain retreat.

It was beautiful.

don't judge

songololo - Afrikaans for caterpillar, as our hosts were from South Africa

we love these friends!

photo credit Zeke Chaney

the hospitality was outstanding

and the trampoline entertained for hours

our view the next morning!

exploring Western North Carolina Nature Center

Our next stop on the journey:  Charlotte, North Carolina.  First stop:  Discovery Place.  Yes.

More gracious hospitality met us in Charlotte.  More old friends, more catching up, more laughs and reminiscing.

Andrea represent! 

"No friendship is an accident."  O. Henry

Next stop:  Charleston, South Carolina.

Jack and Andrew reunited- college roommates and two peas in a pod even now

fast friends, born only days apart
"worst walk ever" with Andrew (except that it was the best)

don't they look great?

packing by day instead of by person- the way to go
Next stop:  Atlanta... or Peachtree City rather

more new friends for the kids, more old friends for us-  Lauren and Matt's three + our three
we even lost a tooth along the way 

Delicious fish tacos, great conversation, and prayers marked this leg of our journey.  And we barely escaped the stomach bug here.  I think Lauren and Matt's crew still may be recovering.

my red-headed chums from Auburn, Carrie and Lauren, still adorable in every way- LOVE these girls!

 Next stop:  Birmingham, Alabama.

cousin Caroline!

Mellow Mushroom of course

and we made it for Caroline's baptism

And there you have it.  Our spring break 2014 is in the books!

Thankful for all the relationships, hospitality, created beauty, and memories.


It was epic.