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Happy Friday!

(source: DesignLoveFest, like almost every other image that I love)

Holiday weekend, y’all!

Here’s a few things:

1. I plan on wearing my white skinnies after Labor Day and I don’t really care whether or not it’s kosher, because it’s still one million degrees here and I do as I please.

2. This won’t be a social media free weekend, it will just be a social media LESS weekend.  I’ll still post my #29nicethings updates, and probably a #sundayconfession.  If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should just know that that’s where a lot of the action goes down.

3. The giveaway for the mason jar tumblers is open until 8:00 tonight.  You should enter here or here.

4. This weekend/week/ish I am working on the sessions that I’m leading for a parents respite/retreat shebang in Georgia next month.  I’m so excited about it.  I get to share a part of my story that I’ve never spoken about publicly before, and I get to work through the acronym B.R.A.V.E., which stands for “Beautiful, Real, Amazing, Valuable, Enough.”   In case you are having trouble reading between the lines:  I get to talk about beauty.  Not female beauty, or all shapes and sizes beauty, but all-over-the-world-beauty – in creation, in love, in forgiveness, in bravery, in gratitude, and in the faces of children-beauty.

And I get to talk about REAL.  Mercy.  I can’t even.

And enough.  And bravery.

It’s going to be good.

Happy Labor Day weekend, and happy Friday, folks!
Love to you,


Happy Friday!

Happy Friday, friends!



I’m really excited about what’s in store around here next week and next month.  I’m taking another #socialmediafreeweekend to gear up for it.  There is a lot of laughter and writing and heart coming your way.


Happy Friday

Talking about surviving the upside down, inside out, sacred, maddening, exhausting, BREAK-YOUR-WORLD-WIDE-OPEN-BEAUTIFUL journey of parenting is one of my very favorite things.

You all have CRACKED ME UP and blessed my  heart this week.

Happy Friday to you and your crews.

See you on Monday as the #SurvivorSeries continues, talking about surviving jealousy, anger, insecurity, and the battlegrounds of our own minds and hearts.

Happy Friday!  Happy 4th!  God bless America.

Happy Friday

It is the first official Friday of summer!

I hope your weekend is full of things like fresh peaches, ice cream, swim suits, sandals, summer storms, and jars full of fireflies.   I’m traveling for a wedding, so mine will be full of hugs, good tears, and DANCING.

I’ll see you on Monday as the #SurvivorSeries continues.  Happy Friday!


Storms and Kisses


This morning “pre-storm” was in the air.

The hours and minutes before a storm are like negative space.  Like all the molecules in the air arrange themselves into little concave vessels, ready to be filled with with water and wind and electricity.

This morning the sky was dark and green.  The birds were conspicuously absent.  The wind came out to play.

I stood out in it – feeling the wind, the electricity, and the eager, open-armed molecules on my skin and it occurred to me:

The moments before a storm are both empty and full; they are tentative, and charged with invisible energy, like the moments before a kiss.

Happy Friday, friends.


Morning Happy

I got up early to send Madeline off to school this morning.

I was going to have a bowl of cereal, but we were out of milk.
I was going to do my Bible study “homework,” but my book was in Dan’s car.
I was going to clean, but HA HA HA.

So instead, I’m sharing with you all the internet things that made me smile this morning.  I hope that, in your mind, they take you to a quiet, cozy place – with tea – and make you smile really, really big at your computer screen.  And maybe giggle to yourself.  And, if you’re like me, cry tears of happiness.

This orchestra flash mob was beautiful!  Joyful, joyful, indeed.

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1. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” [Aldous Huxley,1931]
2.  The man at 4:09 – I did the exact same thing.

This video from Kid President via SoulPancake was not at all what I was expecting.  While it is funny, it is mostly heartwarming and encouraging and beautiful.

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“And it hurt, man!  Not cool, Robert Frost!”
“What if there really are two paths?  I want to be on the one that leads to awesome.”
“We were made to be awesome.”

And this little fella, who stole my heart.


Happy Friday, friends!