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my teenagers taught me something again…

pokemon boystonite i had a house full of teenagers.

jackson had a few friends. (freshmen)

quint had a few friends. (juniors)

as quint and his friends were leaving, i heard a symphony of “love you’s” going back and forth among the groups.

i can’t seem to capture in words how much joy this brings me. first of all, because they have these people in their daily lives that they love so much and love them back.

most of all, because WHO DOES THAT? i can’t imagine that this is a common thing. and it wasn’t the first time. i am so grateful that they have the comfort and confidence in themselves and in their relationships that they are willing to put themselves out there, time and time again.

they have created an environment where love is part of their vernacular. and even better, they don’t just say it, they do it. you can tell that they enjoy each other, they have fun together.

grown ups… learn something from this example. learn to say the things that people need to hear and need to know. don’t assume that people know that they matter to you – tell them.

are you as good at this as my teenagers? i don’t know about you, but i’m gonna take a page out of their playbook…

love you.

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not to goad you or anything…

bag of photo props for family fun

bag of photo props for family fun

carol goad gave us this amazing christmas gift was a handmade bear bag, filled with photo props. ughhhh why didn’t i think of that!! brilliant. i love it.

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and that’s a rap.


wrapped a project today… 

last year jamie hamilton asked if i would design the beech bucs football program. i gladly said yes, and spent the next few weeks getting everything together and designing it… the best part was hanging out with jamie and mitzi during the process.

this summer i got a similar call and couldn’t wait to get started again. the project itself is relatively cumbersome and tedious, but the amount of time i get to spend in conversation with these two women is worth any price… so i was thrilled to do it again.

now… i sit and wait, hoping that i didn’t leave out anything crucial, that the majority of names are spelled correctly, etc. i hate that feeling of being worried about that part. but i also am thinking about what a great 2 years this has been here in hendersonville, tn.

we have all learned so much and had so many stretching and fun opportunities. more importantly we have added some really special friends to our lives. we have some people that really really matter to us and it is a blessing. life is hard, friends. stuff is hard, things that you encounter aren’t what you had in mind, but at the end of the day… if you have people… it’s better. it just is.

today i’m grateful for all of my people.

and that i turned in the final program.

now, let’s see if we have a football season.

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hunger games and Jesus

so glad i went to the movie with my boy. and his friends. and their moms… who are conveniently some of my favorite people too. i love that it worked out like that.

me and @quintythepooh

hunger games… i haven’t read the books, so forgive me if i missed something… but here was my first run. first impression. take away…

the main character takes the place of her sister, who would face uncertain death.

she enters the “games” without the intent of the other players… to destroy and kill and be the victor… no, our heroin helps other players, and causes an entire change to the game. because of her spirit… she actually preserves the life of another team member.

sound like anyone else you know?

think about it…

i’ll tell you. it made me think of Christ. it  made me think about a savior who volunteered to take my place, so that i would not face certain death. a savior who played the game differently than anyone else in all of history… which resulted in saved lives. the remnant. so 2 out of 24 lived… instead of just one. and he didn’t take lives unnecessarily to result in his ultimate victory.

he took our place. he volunteered to take our place, when we would’ve faced certain death. for eternity.

he brought us into victory with him. he preserved a place for us. if we would only follow him.


right?! just wow.

so glad i saw the hunger games with my boy.

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