Friday, October 25, 2013

wagon wheel

Johnson City, TN.  

A place that will always make my heart smile.  A place that draws a breath of relief from my lungs as soon as I pull off at the Roan Street exit.  A place with Greg's Pizza.  A place where so many of my favorite people (and puppies) reside.  A place where my mountains remind me of my Creator.  A place that will always be home.

"When I was at home, I was in a better place." - William Shakespeare

Friday, October 11, 2013


It is Friday. Friday is good. Therefore, by the transitive property (A=B & B=C, so A=C), it is good.  If I had it my way, today would be filled entirely with reading a book by candle and Christmas twinkle light, sipping coffee from a mug that looks like it came straight from the quaintest of little bed and breakfasts, and wearing excessively snuggly socks.  Doesn't that sound like the loveliest of days?  Although I can't commit to a day like that, I will enjoy the cool breeze of fall and look at the sky and smile at strangers and wear boots.  Because it is October. And it is Friday...and Friday is good.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

heroic courage

Courage.  That's a word we hear often, and yet, I rarely give it much thought.  So, I stumbled across these words last night and they have been bouncing around in my head ever since.  

C.S. Lewis understood the importance of imagination and the power of a story and used them to share the gospel.  Interestingly enough, Jesus loved stories too - why else would Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John be bursting at the seam with parables?

Here is the other thing about courage - it doesn't have to be big.  Courage can be small acts. And sometimes, small acts have a resounding impact.

A middle schooler blessing their lunch in the cafeteria.  A shy student raising their hand in class.  A quiet co-worker speaking up in a staff meeting. A dad coaching their child's soccer team, even if all he ever played was baseball and football.  A poor college kid paying for the person's coffee in the car behind them.  A mom putting aside all she has to do to watch her daughter dance in the living room for the hundredth time.  A football coach going for it on 4th and 1.

Courage doesn't always take words. Courage can be quiet. I am eternally grateful to my parents - because they read me fairy tales and told me stories of real life heroes.  And although I may not be the bravest of knights, when I have faced those "cruel enemies," I've wanted to be the strong and courageous - the way they told me I could be.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

pleasant surprise

Spontaneous date night: 

Window shopping. Strolling. Bookstores. 
New traditions. Coffee. Trader Joe's. 
Breakfast for dinner. Movie viewing. 
Introduction of Jordan to the blog.

Total success.