What will be said of you?

School starts tomorrow. It’s crazy to think how much planning, anticipation and build up centralizes on the first day. This particular first day is special because I can’t think of it without remembering the first day last year. Around this time a year ago, (confession: it wasn’t quite on the first day of school, I…

Throne room Inventory

  Meet my new chair. It seemed only fitting since I’ve been doing a little throne room inventory here lately. Everyone has a throne, not actual thrones, but the metaphoric type. What’s most important to us is what’s on the throne. The sweet Lord knows I’ve been accustomed to toss all sorts of wild and…

Makeshift Jesus

Update: I’m not a homeless gypsy anymore! That said, I had to post this picture because it just went too perfectly with last week’s Gypsy Living part 2. I stumbled across this gem in central Austin this past week. I love being back, being moved in and gearing up for the school year. The other…

Gypsy Living Part 2: Europe

There are specific moments, they only come about every so often, where time seems to temporarily stop and I find myself asking, ‘How on earth did I get here?’ In the past year, I’ve only had two of these moments: The first was when I was inching along in rush hour(s) traffic on Mopac (my…

Gypsy Living part 1: Africa

Today I finished another journal. When I finish a journal I like to look back at the first page’s date and see how much time the journal covers. I like to think of one or two sentences or lessons that sum up each month (yes, this is further indication that I suffer from chronic literary-mindedness…

The Pursuit of Happiness

I love this view of the Austin skyline that I pass every day on my way to work. Teaching middle school English is a blast. A few weeks ago my 8th graders read a text that exposes what is arguably the most foundational theme of humanity– most commonly referred to as ‘the pursuit of happiness’….

Learning to Decrease

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30   This is one of those verses I’ve read hundreds of times, but have only recently stopped long enough to realize that it’s no easy task. It’s only 7 words, so you’d think it would be easy enough to wrap your mind around, but I’ve…

To Delight

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 This is a female favorite, is it not? Here’s the deal: I have a tendency to read this verse backwards. It looks something like this: “…the desires of your heart.”….. yeah, what about them? “…and He will…

Shifting Shadows

    Well, a lot has happened in the past month of my life including… Moving to Austin, TX… Visiting India with Jake to see brother Bo… Marrying off a Best Friend…   That’s just to name a few. The last month or so of my life in 3 words: What. Just. Happened.   Here’s…

Words Cheapen

I’ve yet to get through a day here in Destin without getting choked up, breath taken, or awestruck with gratitude. I feel so blessed to get to be down here for this summer, and such gratitude frequently demands my attention. It’s no secret that I love words. I majored in English, this is what we…

April 22– June 2, 2012… in Photos

It has been a full and delightful month or so, and I am yet again seeing the Lord’s provisions in innumerable ways. Major blessings: 1. I have a job and roommate in Austin. 2. My team is incredible. 3. 2 of my sweetest friends are married. 4. I get to live at the beach and…

What a Ride…

It’s been a little over 4 weeks since I last wrote and God has taught me a lot in that time! That said, I will be sharing one thing, one post at a time this upcoming week. He is so good! My sweet friend Chloe Jordan sent me that little note enclosed with a support…