Sunday, February 22, 2015

Relishing: day 5

This week has been ugly- nothing major or dramatic, I've just been "off" and can seem to find my groove. 
I've cried. I've fought. I've withdrawn. 
Yesterday I waived my white flag of surrender. 
{God was way ahead of me though- "His mercies are new every morning". Good day or bad, He makes every day new.}

So here I am. Reminding myself, letting God remind me, that I don't have to ask for a "do-over" to be free from yesterday's shortcomings. He gives that mercy freely. 

Currently soaking it all in...

Slow weekends
Good coffee

The grace to move forward in freedom when you want hang on every painful thing of the past

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

40 days of relishing: day 1

I've never "celebrated" Lent.
growing up, it was the time of year that some of my friends had to stop drinking sodas and eating dessert… and that wasn't for me. :)

this year I'm changing that.
{but not in terms of chocolate…}
I've started this study and would love for you to join me.
I'm going back to my New Year's "resolution"
and focusing on there here-and-now,
the amazing things God has put in my path.
I'm going to be intentional about writing those things down-
wherever- here, in my planner, on a post-it note at work…
because when we pause and acknowledge the good things in life,
we can't help but give thanks.

I'm focusing on happy.
enjoying every minute.

today's happy...

a job that is teaching me and stretching me. {whew, it's streching me!}
a husband who is withoutadoubt my biggest fan and best friend.

and this furry babe.  i can't even begin.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red Rocks

We spent most of our time in Denver exploring everything within walking distance of our hotel.  You know us though, and you know we can't be in the middle of all this creation goodness and not get out and soak some of it in!

So we rented a car and drove to Red Rocks- just outside of Denver, and easy to get to (if Siri doesn't lead you astray…).  Y'all, this place was breathtaking.  

We were with other people, so we didn't spend a ton of time there and would have loved to spend hours longer hiking around.  It's the perfect little trip out of town if you're like we were and don't have a lot of time.

Friday, January 16, 2015

so long, 2014!

What a year...

New job.
and so so cold.

and rest.

and Shauna.


Lots of outdoors.
and some special house guests.

World cup watching.
and family weekend.

Filled up our love tanks in Cali.

27 (me) and 5 (married)

Fightin' Texas Aggie football.

Pumpkins and PR's


and more adventures

Saturday, January 10, 2015

resolutions and such

I love New Years.

I love a fresh start, a clean slate. It's the human in me, the sinner, that welcomes with open arms a chance to start anew. 

I've made all the resolutions- to eat better, run more, take my vitamins, make my bed. 

...and then I screw it up. It never fails. (Back to that human/sinner thing, I guess.)

This year, I didn't put any measurable goals into writing- nothing to start on January 1, only to break on January 10.  

"The thing" to do is declare a word for the year. I didn't plan on it, and I'm still kind of non-committal, but every time I read about someone's word for the year, one word keeps coming to my mind...
(And not like pickles...)

I want to soak it all in- to thrive on every bit of joy this life has to offer (and oh, there is so much!). I want to dance through the exciting seasons, but I also want to love the mundane. 

I want to throw off the things that keep me from relishing in this life- to learn to live in freedom and give grace, whatever that looks like. And if life has taught me anything, it will look different every day, every week, every season. 

I need to give myself grace. I can be so hard on myself. I beat myself up at work, at home, in my relationships. But this year, I want to start every day anew- His mercies are new every morning. And just as I give myself grace, I want that to overflow to others. Grace upon grace. 

If the son has set you free, you are FREE indeed.
Freedom. Free to admit my shortcomings, embrace the messy, listen to my body's limitations. Free to boldly declare that I am enough, that I am valuable.  I have been bought with a price. My debt has been paid- the One who created me said I am worth it. Why is it so hard for me to believe that sometimes?

Did you make a resolution this year? Do you have a word? Share with me- I love it!

(Probably influenced by Shauna Niequist and Jen Hatmaker... Good stuff right there.)


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