Being Known

Being Known

I remember years back at a get-togethers with some close friends, the husband walked in our house and said, Huh. I didn’t know you listened to this kind of music. I thought you only listened to one kind of music. I immediately defended myself and explained that of course I liked different kinds of music and, of course, I only have one kind of music on during the day because my children are so little, on and on I bumbled. Fast forward a few years to another get-together with another couple of close friends and a different husband says, Huh. I thought you’d need a nap today. I thought you were just like me that way. Again, I responded with flustered responses and a hint of irritation. Hopefully he didn’t notice…

Kara’s Collection: Sleepless Morning

Kara’s Collection: Sleepless Morning

from an article originally posted August 6, 2014...

I awoke early, early this morning. Eyes wide open, I tried to attempt to fall back into the slumber I had been enjoying. Dreams have returned to my sleeping moments, and I so love a great dream. I started to think through my retreat talks and my mind took off. Then, all at once, I heard the blessing of the crackle of a pull-up walking to my side of the bed. I looked upon the sweet face of my youngest and simply said, I was hoping you would come. She smiled up at my face and crawled to her spot between Jason and me. I smothered her face with kisses and hoped she would stay awake with me at 4am. Sadly, or not sadly, she reentered a contented sleep beside me—arms tightly gripping my neck and one leg draped over me. Soon her grasp loosened and she fell back into deep sleep with my guy deeply breathing and enjoying sleep beside me. Both of them sleeping soundly, I decided to make my way downstairs.

Lovely Links

Lovely Links

in which we share impactful links we pray will encourage our friends...

On today’s edition of Lovely Links, we are featuring links that are related to rest. As you know, I’ve been pursuing rest, learning what rest looks like for me, and seeking God’s direction for rest in my heart and home. Here are a few different resources that have impacted me in my journey and might (maybe!) help you, too.

A letter to school mamas

A letter to school mamas

Dear School Mamas,

As I thought about the school year approaching, I remembered back to when my daughter started kindergarten. We'd done preschool two mornings a week before that, but there's something different about kindergarten. There's something scary about brand new beginnings and new schools and that feeling that we have no idea what we're doing. I remember looking around...I could tell which parents had older children that had gone to our school before. They knew which way to go for pick up. They knew each other. I sat in my car and just observed. I wondered if I would ever feel like I belonged at this school. Eventually, I did. But it wasn't overnight. It took time. Just as any relationship take time, growing community at your school will be the same. Maybe you're an overnight grower. That's how Kara was. But some of us are not that way. We take more than 2 minutes to feel as if we've been best friends for life. :) I am not saying that you will certainly find your people at your child's school. But you might. Especially if you are open. If you stay 5 minutes and talk to one another and get to know each other. There can be beautiful community to be found.