21 March 2014

Loves Lately (hello, Weekend)

this instagram feed. because. all of my adventure feels.

this music video. and these artists. because they have been a pretty major  part of my life soundtrack. 

this song whilst running lately.

late night phone conversations and all day emojis.

countdowns. and crossing off days.

this picture of my brother slaying a ginormous snake. because. um. WHEN CAN I VISIT?

cheers from me and the weekend, live saving team.
weekends are for work. huzzah!

26 February 2014

Loves lately (hello, Wednesday)

Cardigans. Is "crazy cardigan lady" a thing? 

Packages from a favorite artist. And his people. 

Keep your Head Up by Ben Howard for being such a great Idon'twanttorunanymore song.

Check Lists (and checking things off).

Long email conversations and sister bonding time.

Co-workers who are the bomb.com. Seriously. I got the best ones, in all of my jobs. 

Brother friends. 

Dumpster diving and impulsive friends (I miss the college days. Sometimes.)

A whole pan of my mother's cinnamon rolls to myself. 

Steam rooms and hot tubs. And awkward stranger bonding time.

Pictures from my niecephews. I hope we never stop writing each other notes. 

14 February 2014

Valentimes: throwback to that one day in Monterey

two weeks and four days of fiancĂ©.
the best surprise.

congrats if you made it through all those pictures.
here's the obligatory Valentimes video as a reward.
cheers to all you lover and haters. may this hallmark holiday live long and prosper.

17 January 2014

Music Someday: NTB

always, always a sucker for these guys.
pretty stoked for the new album
here's a fun, new, foot stompin' song I've had on repeat (as usual).

12 January 2014

another day, another dollar

I feel like that's ^^^ been the theme of 2013. Did I mention I worked a lot? ha. 
It was a full year.

Some highlights (and random pictures that don't really have anything to do with anything):
Remembering that I am definitely not an academic and that school is not my thing as I took the Advanced EMT course...and passed. thankyouJesus. Bonus: making new friends.

Reuniting with Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil and learning about planning ministry trips with my brother. Also realizing that I am super thankful I have flexible and roll-with-the-punches relatives.

NYC on a 10 hour layover. I needed more time.

30 June when I got the heart stopping news of my friend's death in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott, AZ. Still takes my breath away. Still marveling in how much God's grace is shown through it all. 

Summer, when I remembered how to steam milk for a latte and scoop up ice cream cones and was thankful for culture coming to visit me when I couldn't go to the world. Lots of late night dinners and chats and adventures because some of us don't work a 9-5'er. 

August, when my best friend and I decided that since we're like a really small gang, we should probably just be best friends forever. And by best friends forever, I mean letsgetmarriedandmakebabies. 

Getting my pals married off in KS. Oh, the blessedness of reunions. Oh, the nonsense of my college friends. Good timez. 

Atlanta, GA with my brother to take in a youth conference on the topic of suffering. So last minute, so, so good for the soul. Also, I got strep throat right before we came home... not the most pleasant traveling experience I have ever had. 

Utah with the fam bam for another wedding and more reunions and desert camping. Hurray road trips! Hurray for catch phrase around the fire with the nieces and nephews who are stalling bed time. Hurray for hammock sunrises and an impromptu Sunday service with our French Press before everyone parts ways.

Here it is 2014, and in the midst of wondering where the haystack last year went... I have come to the realization that winter is not my favorite thing. I also have been challenged to think about the New Year in light of MAKING LOVE YOUR AIM and SOME OTHER STUFF. Good thoughts.

And in true Anne of Green Gables, "Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes" spirit, here's to 2014. Pursue Christ. Pursue Love. (and drink lots of coffee) 

13 December 2013

Music Someday: still a fav.

Just don't ask me why I haven't bought their new album yet... I have somehow managed to hold the album purchasing monster at bay. 

27 November 2013

Music Someday: grace notes

sometimes all the weight of all of the hurt seems so stifling and overwhelming.
this stuff is only supposed to come in seasons, right?
why does it feel as if suffering just does not stop?
broken people. dark struggles. unexpected loss over and over and over again.
love is breaking my heart.

but maybe it's not about me and my heart.
maybe it's not about how suffering affects me and how the hurt overwhelms me at the most unwelcomed times: at work, at home, at church, alone, in a group.

maybe it's how Philippians 3 puts it "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord...that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith -that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings becoming like him in his death..."
maybe it's all about bringing glory to God in the middle of everything.

maybe it's because it really isn't about me.

"though you slay me, yet I will praise you"

24 November 2013

Zion Spam: sorrynotsorry

because it was warm. and gloriously fall. 
and now I am living in a freezer and have to scrape ice off my car.
it was a glorious weekend.