For fun, I thought I’d post again today.  Plus, I’ve had a sleepy puppy all morning so I might as well take advantage of the quiet and snuggly time. I saw this on Alece’s blog and she gave credit to Brene Brown who said, ” I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments strung together by trust, gratitude, and inspiration.”  I did add the last FAVORITE part to it for an extra dose of joy =)

I am TRUSTING that god has a plan in this crazy wild ride that includes grad school, internship hours, marriage, and wonderings about how it’s all going to come together and work out. I’m trusting that all that I’m doing today will not be wasted and will not be for nothing, but that it has a purpose. 

I am GRATEFUL for slow mornings with my puppy and my Bible and for nights with my husband.

I am INSPIRED by bright colors, sunshine, friends, puppies, music, pinterest, traveling

My FAVORITE parts of the week were watching the voice with the husband, getting planet earth, and napping with Boaz.


How about you? What’s your TGIF look like today!? Any other ideas for another word that would work for the F?


5 minutes of fun, free writing on a Friday! Thanks to Lisa-Jo our prompt this week is….


i’m waiting here for you Lord. you’ve never left my side yet I sit in the silence waiting for the gentle nudge for me to be not afraid. you’re calling me out upon the waters. i know not where we are going yet i trust you for you’ve never failed me before. even when i was ever so angry and upset and disappointed….you were faithfully working behind my understanding, faithfully planning something even better and something set aside just for me.  yet in the same breath, you’re right there with me my fierce protector who shelters me from the one who steals, kills, and destroys. he may try to take my joy. he may try to take my hope. he may try to take my trust. but you’re the one who makes all things new. you won’t let my feet fall and  you hold my right hand. i’m secure in you. so i’m walking toward what we do not know. we’re walking toward you. hand in hand. learning this crazy dance called life and marriage. where you lead. we know not. oh how i so sometimes want to hand you a detailed plan, but then i’m reminded that you know so much more. there’s a reason you’re god and i’m not. so let meet us here. meet us in the questions and the wonderings.  meet me here, lord. i’m waiting here for you.





boaz is so silly.

Reading…Bringing Up Boys, Love and Respect, The Healing, and The Paradise War

Watching…The Voice, The Amazing Race (I heard there was an episode with Africa in it so we started…!), Planet Earth, and soon The War

Drinking…lots of water but craving a blended vanilla chai from dunn bros


Wondering…when spring will come

Thinking about…just how good God is at reminding me that He sees me.  Also, thinking about Andy Stanley’s book that lays out anger as saying, “You owe me.” and jealousy as saying, “God owes me.”

Hoping to…be able to run outside soon!

Thankful for…my Jesus, my husband, my church, my puppy, my home, good books, sunshine, joy, and things to look forward to in the future!


five minutes of writing on friday! i’m ready. are you? jump on in on the fun over here.

here’s the prompt!


the music fades, the people have left, the airplane lands, the fanfare slows, and we find ourselves in the after. the after moments of eery quiet filled with tense wondering of is this all there was and the wide eyed anticipation of just how these moments will change everything.  for in these moments and places and situations the course of our story changes.  sometimes i’ve known ahead of time that i will lay down my rock to create an altar of remembrance.  other times the moments pass me by before i’ve realized that that was the time when things changed. there’s the before and the after africa. the before and after “i do.” the before and after “god, you are my all in all.” my life is filled to the brim with these sacred moments and while some of them hurt so bad that i’d rather skip them altogether, i can’t help but still recognize the powerful ways they’ve changed me.  they’ve rearranged me. He’s rearranged me. He’s wrecked me. wholly and fully for His purposes and plans. being conformed and being renewed requires a whole lot of bending and stretching and fitting awkwardly into the new afters.