Friday, February 23, 2024

5 Friday Favorites: February 23, 2023


It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick 

Hello and I cannot believe it's already Friday. This week flew by. Along with appointments and regular life stuff, I've had a bunch of writing to do this week. I've also spent most of the week with my face glued to my phone so that I could watch Drew's college baseball games on livestream. With four games this week, that meant I found myself watching baseball in some very interesting places. I watched from the nail salon, from the church parking lot and from the dermatologist's office, where I alarmed everyone in the waiting room when I stood up from my chair like a fool and muttered "atta boy" louder than I intended when Drew threw out a runner on the base path. Then there was the afternoon I sat at a table at Starbucks while I tried to write a sermon, a devotional and do edits on an article. Let's just say that I need to spend today doing some very careful editing to be sure that there's no mention of a runner on 2nd with 2 outs in the middle of a passage from the Gospel of Luke. 

Besides multi-tasking, here are some of my other favorite things from the week.

1. Torchy's Tacos Queso


On the way back from Drew's game last weekend, we stopped in Charlottesville at Torchy's Tacos. I'm about to make a very bold statement and my Texan friends might take issue because most of us are very, very serious about our opinions on queso, but I stand by it. The queso at Torchy's is officially my favorite of all time. I've been thinking about it pretty much every day since we ate there. I said what I said.


2. Iphone Case with Kickstand



Ever since a piece of my Iphone cover broke off a few months ago, I've been playing it fast and loose with no cover. You would not believe the number of people who are alarmed by this reckless behavior. So many people comment on it. So, when I dropped my phone on the floor the other day, I prayed, "Lord, if I pick this phone up and it's not cracked, I promise I will repent of my careless ways and get a cover." The Lord heard me, so I ordered this Iphone Case . As a bonus, it's got a kickstand so that I can set it up on the desk and watch baseball while I write about how He can do more than we every asked or imagined.

3. The Book of Polly 

I had purchased this book on my Kindle at my mom's suggestion years ago. I just realized I had never read it so I started it this week. Usually I don't like to mention a book until I finish it, but I really am enjoying this one already. The characters are charming and funny. My favorite line so far: "She goes to the Methodist Church. She might as well go to a nightclub." (I'm a Methodist, so it really made me laugh.)

4. Maeve Collared Twofer Sweater


I've been eyeing this sweater from Anthropologie for over a month waiting for it to go on sale and it's not budging. It's so cute. I love the colors and the collar. For now, my will power is holding strong, but I'm not sure how long it will.

5. Life Lately brought to you by the Iphone Family Group Chat

I've gotta go because I still have lots of writing to do about Jesus that requires deep thought and good sentence structure, so for #5 today, I'll say my favorite thing is our family group chat and the way it allows the five of us to share our lives - no matter how exciting or boring - with each other everyday even though we don't live under the same roof anymore. The big boys are very invested in Drew's games and it's the sweetest thing to hear how they try to find the time to watch him at work and blow up our chat as they do so. 

And since I feel like this blog has been Drew-centric lately, please be assured that I love my other boys, too. Even though they left their mama to move far away and be adults contributing to the American economy. Also, know that as proud as I am of them, being witness to their lives reminds me that while many of us love to reminisce about how fun being young and carefree in our 20s was, it was also challenging, uncertain and a little boring sometimes. I love that these adults still have very important things to ask and share with their family. So please enjoy the pictures I get from my young and hip 20somethings. 

Somebody wants to show us the steak and vegetables he made. 

Somebody went to Taco Bell.

Somebody wants to know if this is legal in a carry-on for his business trip.


Somebody cut his hand.

Somebody got a new washer and dryer.

Someone ate pizza.


Thank God for Merrill who will send me a picture of Kyle's face every once in awhile even if he does act a fool every time.


We take what we can get. Life is not always glamorous or exciting, but it is a gift.

Have a great weekend, Friends.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

5 Friday Favorites: February 16, 2024

 


It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick

Hello and Happy Friday. Man, this week flew by. I hope everyone enjoyed all the Super Bowl Shenanigans, Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday, pancakes and what not. We had a pretty boring week around here, but boring can be a blessing.

Here are some of my favorites from this week.

1. How to Stay Married

I just finished the book, How to Stay Married: The Most Insane Love Story Ever Told by Harrison Scott Key and it was so so so good. It's vulnerable, hilarious, sad and hopeful. All the things. Key has an amazing way of infusing humor into tragedy and there is nothing I am here for more than laughing in the middle of a meltdown. He also has some really profound statements to make about marriage and faith including these gems:

"The human heart is a terrain that cannot be mapped by reason alone. Virtue cannot solve the riddle of marriage. All I really know is this: the most powerful force in the universe is love and the strangest is forgiveness. I will never fully understand either, but then I still don't know exactly how elevators work and I enjoy elevators all the time."

"Maybe I let bad things happen because for many years I had the emotional intelligence of a potted succulent. Maybe so. There are a lot of maybes in this book. Sometimes maybe is all you have to hold on to. That's all faith is, an enthusiastic maybe. A passionate probably. A hopeful hopefully."

2. Suits on Netflix


Is this the best show I've ever seen? No. Is Meghan Markle a good actress. No. Am I enjoying this show? Yes. It's February. Everything is boring. The bar is low. 

3. Whole 30 Chicken & Mushroom Soup

Photo: The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook

Steve was out of town last week so I thought I'd do something really crazy . . .just throw caution to the wind and be my own independent woman doing whatever the heck I wanted. So, what I did was I made Whole 30 Chicken and Mushroom Soup from this cookbook. You see, because he won't eat mushrooms. Listen, we all need to sow our wild oats once in awhile.  

2 slices of Whole30 compliant bacon, chopped

1 package of (8 oz,) fresh cremini or button mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

4 cups of Whole30 compliant chicken broth

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

3 cups of chopped cooked chicken

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Cook bacon in large pot of medium heat, stirring frequently until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Heat the bacon drippings in the pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, onion, salt and pepper flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender, 4-5 minutes. Stir in broth and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer covered, until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the chicken and thyme and heat through, about 1 minute. Top servings with bacon.

4. Wishbone Earrings

These Wishbone earrings from Park Lane's newest collection are my favorite to wear lately. They are so cute, the perfect size, and very lightweight. They come in gold or silver and are only $36. 

5. The Baseball, The Children Who Become Grown Men, & The Very, Very Good God


We had so much fun getting to see Drew play in his first college game last weekend in Brevard, North Carolina. As you can see, the kid still really has a hard time enjoying the game. The photo above is seconds after he got hit in the head with a pitch. Mama gasped. He, instead, smiled, looked toward his teammates in the dugout, stuck out his tongue, and took his base. Some things never change.

As a bonus, we also got to see his buddy and roommate, Maddox, who he has played with on and off since he was 7 years old. It is such a blessing that they ended up at the same school on the same team. I have often mentioned how blessed we have been by the friends we have met through this game. So, when I peeked into the dugout and saw the boys/men there, it took everything I had not to lie down in the grass outside the dugout and cry like a maniac. Because five minutes ago, this was Drew and Maddox:

And now this is Drew and Maddox:


I don't even know what to say. It annoys the fire out of me when moms tell younger moms who are in the trenches, "Don't blink." I don't think it's helpful when you're covered in baby vomit, can't go to the bathroom alone and eat leftover chicken nuggets every night for dinner. 

So all I will say is that it appears that I did, indeed, blink. And here we are. But do not let your heart be troubled, young Mama. When you open your eyes, it can be startling, but it is still a beautiful, blessed adventure.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, February 9, 2024

5 Friday Favorites: February 9, 2024

 


It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick

Happy Friday! Happy Super Bowl! Happy Taylor & Travis Extravaganza! Happy first weekend of College Baseball for my kid! I have to scoot because games start soon, so let's get to my favorites from this week.

1. The Promise by Tracy Chapman

When Tracy Chapman was on the Grammys the other night I suddenly remembered one of my favorite songs of all time. I probably hadn't heard in in 25 years. The Promise is one of the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard and I don't think it's just romantic love. When I looked it up this week, I listened to it three times in a row. Get your tissues ready. 

2. Zesica Knitted Chunky Pullover


There is no need for me to suggest another Quarter Zip Pullover from Amazon that goes great with leggings is there? But here we are. This one comes in a ton of colors. I bought it in red which is way out of my comfort zone, but I've worn it so many times. It's soft and comfortable Five stars.

3. Cities of the Future

For the past several years, I've done some freelance writing for a Marketing/PR firm. Recently the firm has been working with the creators of a film called Cities of the Future which releases on February 16th in select IMAX theaters. Because I am a person who has read People Magazine pretty much every week since 1980, for me, the most exciting thing about this was to find out that John Krasinski narrates the film. (And he's married to Emily Blunt, who is fantastic. And they're friends with Matt Damon, who is my favorite actor of all time)

I digress. A really close second to the most exciting thing is that this film allows audiences an inside look at engineering and scientific innovations that will transform our cities to meet the challenges of the future. It celebrates human ingenuity and visionaries of all ages. In fact, what's really cool - I mean besides listening to Jim from The Office, of course - is that the film highlights the Future Cities Competition, an annual contest where 60,000 middle school students compete to create a model future city. Kids with interests in science and technology will be inspired to see how they can affect meaningful change for their communities.

This is where I point out that the Skinner boys were creating piles of smelly cleats and collections of Axe Body Spray in middle school. We all have our own journeys. It's fine. 

Go here to see if Cities off the Future is playing near you. 

4. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Rose Velvet




When I was at my parents' house in January getting some of my mom's stuff cleaned out, I came upon some of her makeup. There is probably nothing a Texas woman would rather pass down to her daughter than her lipstick and hair products, so I grabbed quite a few things. I found this Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet and I love the color so much. It was almost gone, so I found a new one on Amazon. One of my mom's top tips whenever I was feeling down was "Take a deep breath and count to 10. Then put on a little rouge and lipstick and you'll feel much better." It actually kinda works. Thanks for taking care of me even from heaven, Mom.

5. Chicago by the students at Woodlawn High School

Photo credit: George Laumann

Last Friday night we went to see my niece in her high school's production of Chicago and it was fabulous. Chicago is my favorite musical ever and to see these kids do it so well was amazing. My niece was Matron "Mama" Morton and she blew me away with her talent. My very gifted nephew was also in the orchestra which was really fun to see or hear, I suppose. Goodness gracioius does it fire me up watching kids doing the things they love to do. It makes my heart want to burst out of my chest.


BONUS FAVORITE: Baseball's Return

Well, here we go. A brand new baseball season. A new uniform. A new number. A new group of kids to cheer for. Who knows how much he'll play? Who knows how many wins or losses? Who knows how many strike outs or base hits or walks?  The only thing I know is that today there's a kid named Skinner on the roster. I'm so incredibly blessed to catch the view from behind home plate again.

Have a great weekend, Friends!

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Friday, February 2, 2024

5 Friday Favorites: February 2, 2024



It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick

Hello and happy Friday! I missed publishing favorites last week because I was really sick, so a lot of my favorites from the last week or so all were things I enjoyed while being in my bed. I actually should list "My Bed" as my number 1 favorite thing. I love it an irrational amount. My husband makes fun of how happy I am when it's time to go to sleep. I used to try to blame it on winter. Maybe I'm like a bear who likes to hibernate and the deep devotion I have to my bed is just seasonal. Come to find out this is an outright lie. Being in my bed is a delight to me. I saw this earlier this week and I felt it deep in my soul.


Now that we've established what an absolute blast it is to hang out with me, let's see what else is on my favorites list this week.


1. Eye Pillow

This seems like a good place to start. I first experienced the relaxation magic of an eye pillow over 20 years ago in a yoga class. Since then I've never been without one on my bedside table which means mine was getting pretty nasty. I bought this one on Amazon and it's so great. It is filled with flax seed and smells like lavender. It's perfect for calming eye strain, alleviating headaches and for blocking out light if the person who shares your bed with you is reading or watching the Celtics at 11 pm.

2. The Kominsky Method on Netflix

My dad told me that he was watching this show on Netflix. He told me it was really resonating with him with some of what our family has  been going through and yet he was finding it really funny and charming. It is so good. The friendship between Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin is hiliarous and sweet. I finished the whole first season in my beloved bed while I was sick. I cried, I laughed and I truly, truly loved it. 

3. Tommy John PJs

If there is anything that I am an expert in, it is pajamas. Perhaps this does not surprise you based on my undying commitment to my bed. I've tried Jcrew and Target and Old Navy and various Amazon brands. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince and my prince is named Tommy John. They aren't the cheapest, but they are worth it. I mean, definitely, if you tend to put your pjs on at 4 pm. Steve got me the Power Nap Tank and Pant Set for my birthday and I love them more than is reasonable. I am even considering wearing this set out of the house. I'm not saying I should. I'm saying I might. 

4. Prada Perfume Dupe

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how much I loved the sample of the Prada Paradox perfume I got from Sephora. I also mentioned that it has a bananas-crazy-pants price tag. After reading my blog Kyle's girlfriend. Merrill, texted me right away like some sort of superhero to let me know that Zara had a "dupe" perfume that costs a whole lot less. So I ordered it. So moms of girls: is this the kind of solid gold information you get on the regular? What a life. 

5. Trying to Trust . . . Again and Again and Again


Just about every single week in Bible Study we go around the room and each person can ask for something they need, People ask for "patience", "focus", "peace", "joy" "health". Just about every week of 2023 my word was "trust". 

Why oh why oh why is it so hard to trust God? With our health, with our children, with our parents, with our purpose, with our dreams and our futures? I wish I could find the answer.

I've had my head in a Bible for years. I've learned from the testimonies of family members and friends who have relayed experiences proving how fully and completely the Lord protects His people. I've experienced this protection myself. He has been incredibly good to me for my entire life. Too good to me. And still I have so many days when it such a struggle to trust. Days when I have to fight tooth and nail to clear my head enough to rest in the sovereignty of God. It's exhausting. . .perhaps this is why I love my bed so much? ;-) 

Anyway, all I have today is this sunrise and this verse:

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love. For I have put my trust in You."

Psalm 143:8a

I will put my trust in Him this morning. And I'll have to do it again this afternoon and tonight and again tomorrow morning. His love WILL NOT fail. 

Have a great weekend, Friends.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

5 Friday Favorites: January 19, 2024




It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick

Good morning. It's snowing like crazy here and I actually love it. Everything looks so pretty and peaceful. Pretty and peaceful is a vibe I'm into right now.

Here are some other favorite things from this week.

1. Dream Pairs Mid Calf Snow Boots




I bought these snow boots a few years ago and they have come in handy this week as we've had quite a few snow days. They come in lots of colors and are super comfortable.


2. Under Pressure: The Women's World Cup Soccer Team

It appears that I'm on a soccer kick. . .ha.  . .get it? Last week was Beckham and this week was Under Pressure about the Women's National Team's effort to win the 2023 World Cup. I was a little preoccupied last summer and really didn't watch the World Cup. I do remember them getting blasted in the press for not performing as usual. I'm looking forward to watching many of these athletes compete in the Olympics this year. They're all so talented - whether they win or not - they're fun to watch. I've said it before and I'll say it again, "I LOVE THE SPORTS."

3. Chocolate Peppermint Cashew Milk

Pretty much every weekend if Steve and I work out together we hit the Greenheart Juice Shop in Aldie, Virginia afterwards. If you are local you should absolutely visit one of their locations for acai bowls, smoothies, juices and my new discovery, Cashew Milk. Last week was my birthday so I thought instead of hitting the Chick Fil A for a milkshake and throwing myself into a lactose intolerant hell-hole, I would treat myself to the Chocolate Peppermint Cashew Milk. I have little to zero idea what most of these ingredients do to benefit you or if there is any benefit at all. Don't ask me what makes a cashew "activated". In any event, there was no hell-hold situation after I drank it and it was truly delicious. Two thumbs up from me. 

4.  Pill Organizer


Insert sad trombone playing. Well, friends. We have come to the portion of Friday Favorites which we call "Maw-Maw's Favorites". We have been pushing my dad to get one of these pill boxes to manage his medications for awhile to be sure he remembers to take them correctly. He was really resistant for awhile and it was frustrating me. Then the other night as I was trying to remember if I had taken my Vitamin D and/or my Calcium and/or my Nutrafol hair strengthening BS pills or not, I said to myself: 

So, it is what it is. I officially became a person in her mid-50s last week and perimenopause brain fog is a real thing. But LOOK HOW CUTE my pill organizer is! All colorful and bright! Insert another sad trombone.

5. The Gift of Flowers (and a true blue friendship) in the Winter


It was my birthday last week. The first without my mom to call and sing to me and tell me about the day I was born - how I had so much dark hair and the cutest little nose. I guess there are only a few of these "first without my mom" days coming. I'm sure I'll mention all of them here. Apologies from Debbie Downer. 

January birthdays are more often than not, rather gloomy and grey and cold. This one was, too. Which is fine. I've been tired from all the activity and travel of the last month. Anyway, I had told Steve that all I wanted for my birthday was to make zero decisions. So he made great decisions for me for the entire weekend. We went shopping and to dinner and even saw a movie at the actual theater which I haven't done in forever. It was great. 

One of my favorite things though was when the doorbell rang and I was delivered the most beautiful bouquet of flowers. I usually never get flowers except from my mom. My sweet friend, Mindy, who is a brand new friend sent me the most beautiful bouquet of orange and white flowers. (She's a Longhorn nut job fan just like me). And that little gesture just took me out. It made me cry and laugh all at the same time. 

I'm not a great gift giver. I overthink gifts and end up paralyzed by options. Mindy, I have found in the short time I've known her, is a 5 Star Gift Giver. Even more, she is a 5 Star Friend. So pro tip: don't overthink it. Especially in the middle of a grey winter, when in doubt, send flowers. And if they're orange and white? Even better.

Blessings and warmth to you this weekend!

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Friday, January 12, 2024

5 Friday Favorites: January 12, 2024



It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick


Happy Friday. I am so happy to be back home and in Virginia. I love Texas. An obnoxious amount. I buy into all the hype that we have created for ourselves. But Virginia is a beautiful gift to me. And I'm so grateful for the comfort and peace of home this week. I slept for about three days after I got back, so the energy and go-get-'em-ness I usually have during a new year is a bit delayed.

Here are some of my favorite things from last week - in addition to sleeping.


1. Beckham


The Beckham documentary on Netflix is so darn good. I don't know what I was doing in the late 90s, but I wasn't fully in tune with the whole David and Victoria thing. Which is weird because I read People magazine every blasted week. The great thing about this documentary for me was of course, that I'm all in for the drama of sports, competition, leadership on a field or court or pitch - all that stuff fires me up. Also, I didn't have any recollection of whether or not Beckham's teams were going to win or lose, so I was totally on the edge of my seat. The 2nd best thing is that David Beckham is awfully pretty to look at. About half way through Episode 3, Steve said, "Um, so I guess the women were kinda into Beckham?" I shrugged. "Um. Yes. Kinda. I think so."



2. Amazon Half-Zip Sweatshirt




In the first month of 2024 it appears my main goals revolve around comfort and ease. I realize that since I spent most of 2023 in overalls and/or rompers, this is not exactly a major change that I am making. However, I have found my favorite leggings in all the world and now all I want is sweatshirts and or tunics to cover my rear end. This Half-Zip sweatshirt feels a bit fancier than a regular sweatshirt. Alright, it's not close to fancy, but let's just go with it. The white as well as some other colors are on sale today for only $23ish.

3. Sweater Set




This sweater set looks like it's directly in the center of God's will for my life in 2024. My discernment skills might not be accurate right now, but I'm thinking this is what He wants for me. 

4. Prada Paradoxe Perfume


I will not be buying this perfume because it's crazy expensive, but I got a sample of it in Sephora recently and it smells amazing. If you are up for treating yourself, go for it. Otherwise, I'm planning on seeing how I can grab another sample or ten next time I'm there.

5. Kate Olivia Rhodes


Kate Rhodes passed away at the age of four after battling leukemia on this day in 2016. I wrote about that here. And later here. I will forever be changed by her story. In equal measure, I will forever be changed by the writing of her mother, Lindsay. In my estimation, Lindsay Rhodes is one of the best writers of all time. I say that without a hint of exaggeration. Her writings on grief have made more impact on me in the past year than perhaps any other. There are those of us who, against all reason, will always hold tight to the hope that there are glimpses of beauty in the ashes to be found. Today, in particular, for Kate's people, the air will be so thick with dust and ash that it will threaten to blind them. Please pray today that the light will find its way through to Kate's family some how, some way. Please.

Have a blessed weekend.


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Friday, January 5, 2024

Friday Favorites: 1987 edition



It's time for my Friday link up with  A Little Bit of Everything and Momfessionals

On Fridays I share things that made me happy from the week - a photo, a song, a quote, a beauty product, a recipe, a pair of cute shoes, etc. If it's a product, sometimes it's something I actually own and sometimes something I just saw online that gave me a smile. Sometimes it's serious and sometimes it's silly. I suppose I believe that God is in the simple details of life and yes, I can even find Him in a tube of lipstick

Happy Friday. I have been in Texas again this week because my brother, sister and I are in the process of helping my Dad move, so not a lot of favorites to share. However, of course, I have to mention the Texas Longhorns. 

I was all smiles before the game started.

Unfortunately, they lost in a closer-than-it-should-have-been game. We almost stole a win and missed the championship in the last second. Washington absolutely outplayed us and Michael Penix Jr. is some sort of superhuman. It was a great season and I was proud of my team. 

I know you are confused by the mature, rational response I am having to the loss. No one is more surprised than me. Also, I feel like a delayed reaction is forthcoming. Please buckle your seatbelts for a full meltdown come Monday night.


If I could I would invite each and every one of the guys over to my house and make them a grilled cheese sandwich and then tell them to all go take a nap because they worked so hard all season. They were such a bright light in the darknesss for me this year. I'm grateful to every last one of those young men.

This week of going through my parents' house has been pretty emotional and stressful, but being with my siblings is always a good time. We find ourselves to be the funniest people alive. I am certain most people would disagree, but this is not our concern. 

We found some cute pictures of our 1970s photo shoots:


 Well, I guess it's cute if you're referring to my sister. It appears my mom was going for a Carol Brady shag with my 4 year old hair and she failed miserably. 


Later Mom figured out my hair and my brother moved into a 'fit that Jack Tripper and Larry Dallas would have proudly sported at the Regal Beagle.

And now, please allow me to entertain you with my high school senior photos. Tell me you graduated in 1987 without telling me you graduated in 1987. 

Bless my heart and what the hell?


I clearly enjoyed a popped collar. And I loved the fire out of that striped rugby shirt. Fun fact: I wore this shirt to my first Bon Jovi concert. This was not the normal attire for teens at the Bon Jovi concert and I'm shocked that I didn't get my ass kicked by the cool chicks.



Apparently, I really needed you to notice how serious I was about the popped collar. And also the banana clip was near and dear to my heart. 


Please applaud my effort to match my socks to my sweater. God gives us different gifts and this was mine. Don't be jealous. We all must work together for the Kingdom. We can't all be blessed in the same way.


Friends, the answer to your quesiton is "I don't know." Who owned this Teddy Bear? I don't know. Why am I holding it for a photo? I don't know. How many seniors did this photographer convince to hold this Teddy Bear? And why? Let's not think too long about that. None of us will know the answer to these questions on this side of heaven. There are things we aren't meant to understand.

I have to go pack up some more stuff. I hope to be back here next week with some really fun favorites which will include neither a creepy stuffed animal nor an unfortunate collar situation.

Happy New Year.