Favorite Things Monday: Tuesday Edition

Welcome to the Favorite Things Monday: Tuesday Edition.

Here it goes…

I love weekends. I love Sunday’s. I love the church.

Planning meetings. That’s right. I said it. Planning meetings. I love and whole heartedly believe in the purpose of the local church. I am so grateful for those we get to do life and ministry with. Those meetings encourage, challenge, stretch and inspire me.

These crazy people.

IMG_9707  We are planners. The weather in Austin has made for a bunch of unpleasant and rainy surprises over the last few weeks. My morning run and our family bike ride plans were totally thrown out the window by thunder and rain. We still enjoyed this morning.

IMG_9693Both of these beauties graduated this week. Milestones make distance an enemy. I remember the day they were born and the first time I held both of them for the first time. I am so proud of them!

Congratulations Macayla and Hanna!






The Olympics are coming! Even my socks are ready!





We moved to this area of Austin a whole 5 1/2 years ago. And 5 1/2 years later, I am so grateful for this neighborhood. Not just it’s fantastic access to all major roads, proximity to everything and I get the best of all the worlds. It’s the people that make it and last minute Monday plans were fantastic. An afternoon full of food, neighbors, friends, new faces and what must have looked like 1,000 children.  

Memorial Day – For the sacrifices I will never fully understand, yet reap the rewards of. For the men and women who gave all. There are never enough words and one day is certainly not enough to express the gratitude of an entire nation. For Freedom. God bless America.


Weekends are easy to be grateful for. Monday’s are a bit of a struggle. I am grateful for my job and the people I work with and work for. However, Monday’s are a mental fight for me. This is why Favorite Things Monday is important for me. If you are honest, it’s probably important for you too. Reading this probably doesn’t top your list of important but being grateful and calling those things to remembrance probably should. I am a huge fan of Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” and think she is probably on to something. Also, the bible will absolutely shock you in this department. 

I have known this. It is nothing new, this public expression of gratitude. I hope it encourages you to do the same.

There are a thousand moments in a day. On the first work day of the week, I am going to choose gratitude for the present. Gratitude is worth the fight, every time.


Favorite Things Monday – Round 2

It’s easy to talk about Favorite Things on the day after your birthday. It’s like singing Everything is Awesome from the Lego Movie and totally meaning it. Life is totally worth celebrating. Turning 34 may not seem like a milestone but I’ve decided that they are all milestone birthdays. Celebrate big and on purpose.

My Favorite Things for this Monday are basically things I am grateful for over this past weekend.

Sophia has been playing soccer since the Fall 2014 season. This weekend was her end of season party. When we signed up, I would have never imagined the following:

  1. She would love it so much
  2. She would excel the way she has
  3. I would fight you over these girls and their families. IMG_9621

I married me a great one, folks. It has been a great weekend, full of good things. Last week I said I was cheap. This week, I declare that I am simple. Really. Simple…and an extrovert. A birthday lunch with a small army of dear friends was perfect. I must give Ray serious credit for his gift giving. He may be impossible to surprise and shop for, but he does really well taking care of me 🙂

IMG_9662Also, we did dessert for dinner. If you are in the Austin area, Andy’s custard easily makes my favorite list every time. 







I don’t typically run on Sunday morning because of an early worship practice time but I have become a believer in running on your birthday. I’ve got breath in my lungs and an able body. I started running out of conviction back in early 2009. I was running out of breath leading worship and there was zero reason for that. When purpose is put on hold because of something I had control over, there was a problem. I started with one mile…and discovered that I am indeed a crazy person. I’m not sorry.

5 miles to kick off 34 and friends who will brave the stupid early with you.


Having my birthday on a Sunday means I get to do what I love, be around people I love and kick off a new year reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

And there were Reese’s. You guys… there are many a sappy post about how much God shook my world living in that town and leading those teenagers. Now they are grown and make me more proud and grateful than they will ever know.IMG_9658

This weekend left me grateful. I’m excited to see what 34 has to hold.


Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens (Favorite Things)

Last week was full of all the good things. Ray and I celebrated 13yrs of wedded bliss and crazy. Then, I got to end of the week with Radiant Conference at Celebration Church. Timing is everything and this weekend was amazing and so timely.

Since this week is back to the norm of life. I thought it fitting to start with some favorite things. A couple of things you should know about me.

  1. I’m kind of cheap
  2. I’m kind of cheap

I’m working on it. You see, my cheap-skate like behavior has meant that I won’t spend money on myself. It’s impressive how quickly I could talk myself out of buying something for me…even when it’s necessary. Running shoes being the only exception to that rule since the wrong shoes equals pain. I am a work in progress…and now I love Bareminerals.

Starting Monday on a positive… Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of my favorite things…



Why this book? I am a sucker for a good story. Give me the struggle, the joy, the hard work, the fails and the successes and tell me how you got there. This book has it all. Leadership? Good story telling (hello, it’s PIXAR)? Determination? All of it. I declare it’s greatness every time I pick it up. You should read it.




Infomercial coffee maker. The Ninja is everything I hoped it would be. I am suddenly a crazy fan of a coconut milk latte (see photo on the right)…and now I make it at home. It has a milk frother for crying out loud. The coffee brews perfectly, no K-cups, very user friendly and I can make one cup at a time on the rare days I only need a cup for me (they do happen). It does all the things. And thats my favorite mug of all time on the left. The more you know…



It’s not infomercial makeup. It’s a miracle in a little tube. It’s a little magic eraser. It’s my fake-it-till-ya-make-it or get coffee or a nap little bottle of wonderful. BareMinerals has made me a believer…but this product kind of convinces me that this is all I really need…except for coffee, let’s not go crazy.

And last but CERTAINLY not least…the best meme I have ever seen.


I am all for healthy eating. I am all for posting pictures of food on social media (cause why not). I am all for honesty and vulnerability. I am all for a good laugh. Three out of four ain’t bad.

These are a few current favorite things.


13 Years and Counting…

Time flies when you are having fun…

And moving…

Starting a family…

More moving…

From unknown to unknown…

To different cities and different ministries…

Walking into more unknowns but trusting God is leading and the crazy one beside you…

Starting a church and staring at the future knowing God gives us the big picture and the next baby step and that’s it…

So here we are, thirteen years after I walked down an aisle, we said “I do” and we walked back up that aisle hand in hand.

Life is messy and beautiful.

So here is to the future and all the unknowns, all the dreams in our heart and the BEST THAT IS YET TO COME!