Since I'm having an iced coffee right now...I'd love if you sort of blogger-coffee-joined me. We can pretend it is face to face. A sweet, friendly chat...Just to catch up.
I'd tell you that Phil is in Colorado here. He's been gone since early Thursday morning. He is not allowed to call home in order to minimize the distractions. I am so proud of him. SO SO SO out of his comfort zone...to leave for four days by himself, not knowing a single soul at this men's retreat. He is so changed. It just moves my heart~~I want what he has with Jesus. That is a good man.
Left to ourselves, the kids and I seem to have abandoned all responsible things and any sort of schedule. They have slept in the living room on an air mattress. With our dog Blue snuggled between them (a no-no). We all stopped for lattes yesterday as a 'grown up' treat. We have eaten ice cream 53 times exactly. We started on this project. Painted chairs. Re-arranged the kitchen. Swim lessons. A movie. Dinner out. Played games. Sang. Danced. Laughed. And by 2am, we all look at each other cross-eyed and say good night.
I would tell you that treating your 7 and 10 year old to lattes could backfire on you. When they walk through Target and ask in front of strangers if we can please stop for another coffee. They need to stay awake tonight.
I would ask you about your summer...Has it been everything you hoped it would be? Ours has been this sweet and beautiful and difficult mix of wonderful moments~ the kind that feel like a movie in slow motion~ and hard, stressful, hurting moments. That mingled together, all these things have been moving our family in a direction of trusting deeply in Jesus. Trusting Him to love us. Rescue us. Come for us. Talk to us. Meet us. Forgive us. And free our hearts to live recklessly/ radically/ completely for His Kingdom.
I'd tell you that the end of summer doesn't bother me nearly as much this year. I am excited to have the kids home this fall and totally dive into this homeschool thing. All materials are ordered. Their work area is ready. And I am thrilled to give this a go!
I'd tell you that I love new friends. That I specifically asked Jesus for friends like 6 months ago. That probably looks so silly to read, like I'm in sixth grade or something. But for years~ really forever~ I have hid behind the 'I'm shy' or 'I'm quiet' or 'I don't need friends' type statements. Just totally closed my heart off to getting to know people. I know it came from a place of fear~ rejection, failure, what if they really get to know me~ eek. But I asked Jesus in a quiet moment to just bless me this way. Take that wall down and allow me to accept the friendship of others. And holy cow. He is doing it. And my heart is just bursting with joy!
I would ask you if you have a green thumb. Because I do not and I am sick of buying new orchids. Those suckers are expensive and I can't keep them blooming for more than a month. Any tips?
I'd tell you that Philly hardly ever has a shirt on and when he does, it is usually inside-out. That Niamh has become organic-obsessed. That our pit bull is the sweetest dog ever and likes to smoooooosh all up on you. That Joe's Tea rocks. That Niamh and Philly can literally re-inact the entire Teen Beach Movie word for word and song for song. That I have a secret obsession with Plants vs. Zombies. And that I wore Phil's white undershirt to bed every night since he's been gone. In fact, we all have worn one...and we even re-apply the cologne. So the shirts smell just like him. Niamh calls her cologne smell "dressy dad." (You can call us weird. It is okay with us:)
And I'd ask what is going on with you...What are you excited for? Worried about? Longing for? What little moments in your life make you smile right now? What made you laugh hysterically this week? Or cry quietly? What would you share over a cup of Joe?
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Thanks for the coffee, friend!
PS...Winners of Jen Hatmaker's 7 book are listed below. If your name is on the list, you have until Wednesday to email me your address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please use the email subject "7". Congrats to the winners~ I hope it messes you up as much as it did to me~ it's a good thing:).
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Looking forward to sharing this book with you girls!!