November 17, 2016

things i love thursday

I firmly believe that in every situation, no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than where we were before.
-Andy Griffith

Doing these lists every Thursday has made me realize how quickly the weeks go by. This will probably be the last post for a little while because life is about to get really busy. It's only Thursday, but this week has already sucked a lot out of me. Do you ever have those weeks? You just get a little bit more "in your head" and maybe a little overwhelmed and you find yourself ready for the weekend and a long nap where you don't have to think about anything. As Scarlett O'Hara would say, "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about it tomorrow."

those friends again
Catching up with the ones who've moved away and kissing their babies and getting those sweet little hugs.

Hiking with the ones nearby and discussing life.

Staying up until 11pm eating chips and laughing at snapchat filters. It truly is the little things. 

ten of my favorite people

pasta salad and chicken salad
It's up close to 80° again today, and those are the perfect things to eat. 

pumpkin everything
Pumpkin chai, pumpkin bread, pumpkin creamer, pumpkin candle, pumpkin cupcakes...pumpkin is a funny word. Most people around here say "punkin".

I sat in on a Missions Conference 2 nights this week and got re-energized for our own. The missionaries and their presentations always tug at my heart - especially when they expose their own heart for the people they're called to. 

This particular presentation was very special - we've know this missionary for so many years, and my church has built over 20 of these orphan homes. He is moving and changing this country because he truly cares about them.

It's one week away! I may be "behind" on a lot of things, but holiday preparation is not one of them!

poem of the week 
Y'all ok with these? I just love them! (Plus, I think this one's neat because he wrote it for his brother.)

Hymn for My Brother's Ordination

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Christ to the young man said: "Yet one thing more;
If thou wouldst perfect be,
Sell all thou hast and give it to the poor,
And come and follow me!" 

Within this temple Christ again, unseen,
Those sacred words hath said,
And his invisible hands to-day have been
  Laid on a young man's head. 

And evermore beside him on his way
  The unseen Christ shall move,
That he may lean upon his arm and say,
  "Dost thou, dear Lord, approve?" 

Beside him at the marriage feast shall be,
  To make the scene more fair;
Beside him in the dark Gethsemane
  Of pain and midnight prayer. 

O holy trust!  O endless sense of rest!
  Like the beloved John
To lay his head upon the Saviour's breast,
And thus to journey on!

I hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I, for one, am very excited about it! Thanks for reading, what do you love today?


  1. Hmm hiking, that sounds fun, and with a great group of people! What are you all (that = 'y'all', or for Texans 'all y'all') doing with 80F weather? We're hoping for a record setting 70F today! Not to invoke envy with as much a you're looking forward to Thanksgiving... but we've already celebrated twice (with 2 more coming)!

    1. We say "all y'all" too. ;) The weather's been amazing, but it's supposed to end Saturday and get pretty chilly.

      Wow, celebrating Thanksgiving four times, that's awesome! We'll have 3 in two days next week but that'll be it for us!

  2. Oops sorry to lump all y'all in with Texans... Such bad (conservative) associations ;). It was about 70 here today... But we're expecting snow tomorrow.