...becca and holland are coming to sleepover and spend time with me this weekend and that had to be the first thing i said here because i'm so excited and touched by their love that i'm actually welling up as i type this.
...old navy had a 50% off sale that ended tonight and it took so much to not turn my car in that direction after work! phew. trying to be more mindful of my budget these days and what i need and don't need. before you commend my self-control, last week i definitely bought a top and cardigan and stupid $7 face cream that i didn't need from target... oof.
...do you guys ever receive compliments from people and think that the person giving the compliment must be talking about someone else because they cannot possibly be talking about you? that happens to me rather frequently. this isn't a note trying to solicit some kind word from you or false humility, i actually regularly wonder why people love me so much or find my presence so compelling. and sometimes am genuinely baffled that significant words of love and affection could be referring to me. i guess i just don't get it sometimes. haha, i know it sounds sad, it's really not! i'm not sad about it! just mostly wondering if anyone else feels that. and it really makes me all the more thankful for the love and kindness shown to me. and it causes me to be more in awe and admiration of the people who truly know my good, bad, and ugly and still can say such things.
...i think my coworkers are wonderful. i love the people i work with. especially vic. i still can't believe i get to work with her. what?! it's amazing!
...i need to think of people more. you know how we all need regular heart checks to snap us back on track and reroute our wandering hearts to Jesus again, etc. etc.? well one of my things that's come up lately is thinking about myself waayyy too much. just an embarrassing amount. so much that i forget to remember things other people tell me about their lives or needs. i'm really frustrated at that.
...i don't know if you'll remember but a little bit ago i mentioned i was having a hard time swallowing some of the old testament and what i was seeing about God and how He seemed different from how i thought He should be. i still feel that way a bit, but am thankful i kept reading. He's more than i imagined.
...meghan marek is such a gift, i can't even begin to tell you. i can't explain her impact on my life or how her friendship and love has touched my heart. just have to say that. also, she's one of the wisest people i know. i don't ever use that word lightly, either. i'm consistently surprised by the depth of her!
...i'm rereading the magician's nephew, mostly so i could read the part about how aslan created narnia from nothing with a song. i needed that story this past week. sadness, cloudiness, low-liness, can sometimes hit out of the blue with no one huge reason, and a random day every so often hits me hard and narnia is necessary.
i don't know, there's probably more on my mind, but these are bedtime thoughts after all, and lexi lex is a big fan of bedtime, so GOODNIGHT, FRIENDS! i'm so thankful that you would care about what i have to say here. peace to you tonight.
i recently read a tweet (lol, anyone else still check their twitter? ...just me?) that said "my friend group is the definition of women empowering women" (hollllaaa casie kamph!). and, ugh, i totally love that because i feel the same way about my friendships! i know some of the most incredible women and even get to be their friends! tega, nicole, and bethany are three of those incredible women whom i treasure so much, and it had been a long while since i'd seen them all, so today was the biggest treat. we had no plans all afternoon except being with each other, and minneapolis was rainy in the very coziest of ways. we sat in a cafe and just talked and talked, and then moved to a coffee shop to talk some more and enjoy being together. it was truly my favorite kind of day. i feel like myself when i'm with them and i love that. i feel like the way we talk to each other and enjoy and care for one another is the most important thing we can do to empower each other daily. this day was another gift in the midst of my hunger for more real and true friendships.
also we took some pics when we were together because it's just so fun! (p.s. beautiful nicole took most of these pictures! you can tell when the quality increases haha)
^^ that pretty garland outside the door to the cafe!
^ i can't believe how beautiful she is! and so full of grace. one of the sweetest, humble, people you'll meet.
dear nicole. i love her so much!
get yourself around beautiful come-as-you-are, you-can-sit-with-us, encouraging, kind, gracious women like these.
to be honest, the last few weeks have been long and a little sad. not a lot, but a little sad. just sort of mundane and seemingly meaningless. doing the same things, not getting to really see or feel the sunshine, feeling a lacking in close friendships/community near me, nothing really to look forward to, blah blah. i don't know. just down. i don't mean to sound like a bummer, it's just how it's been. i think a lot of us feel those things to some extent this time of year. so it was so very refreshing to my soul when i had this saturday afternoon to look forward to, with these two beautiful and inspiring women, katie and emily. (like when i say inspiring, i mean emily johnson is freaking moving to thailand to teach english and work to rescue humans from sex trafficking... yeah... inspiring!) i'm thankful for it.
and we snapped a few pics while we were together. (the good ones were taken by katie beard, the great!) we did two of my favorite minneapolis winter things... minneapolis institute of art and the copper hen! of course of course!
emily johnson, what a life!
beauties with such good hearts.
^^ oooh lexi lex... your hair's getting long, girl! like nasty long. i am semi-embarrassed (but clearly not embarrassed enough) to tell you that the last time i had my hair cut was... last january... yep. i'll just leave that there.)
if i ever have the pleasure of an afternoon in minneapolis with you, i'll take you to the copper hen and buy us a skillet cookie. i love to share beautiful things and that, my friend, is a BEAUTIFUL thing. ha. i also was thinking how fun a date with someone you really like would be there! huh?!
hoping for many more afternoons like these.
"hear, o israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. these commandments that i give you today are to be on your hearts. impress them on your children. talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
"aslan, aslan. dear aslan,” sobbed lucy. “at last.”
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