Friday, June 24, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: June 24, 2022

 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 and Happy Summer! We had our first full week of everybody home from school and work and all the things. Although they're not exactly home much. My boys are in and out all day and the pantry is constantly empty, but it's been lots of fun to have them all under one roof. We also have a beautiful day on tap with a high of 85 degrees, so I want to get outside asap. This will be quick.

PS Dallas Friends, I'm so sorry to brag about the weather. I see you and your 103 degrees. Wishing you a day of a fully functioning A/C and a large diet coke with Sonic ice. Godspeed, my sweaty friends.

Here are some favorites from the week:

1. Thank You - Ben Rector

This song from Ben Rector makes me weep. It's so simple and sweet. I can't remember if I heard this song before I started writing last week's 1 Friday Favorite or after. Either way it continues to take me out every time I hear it. 

2. Chicken Scallopini

With all of the boys home for the summer I've been cooking a lot more. Coming up with something to feed these people is the hardest part, so I grabbed a folder of old recipes I had. Remember lo so many years ago when we wrote out recipes on paper? I found this Chicken Scallopini from Cooking Light. It was a hit with all the people. 

3. Madewell Dress

I bought this dress at Madewell when it was on sale for 30% off. It also comes in black and in white. I've decided that this is the summer I am fully committed to wearing things that barely touch my body. There will be no constriction - nothing form fitting, nothing tightening, nothing squeezing. There shall be neither button nor zipper if I can help it. Most of the time, it will be the summer of the dress or the overalls or perhaps something with an elastic waistband. This is what it has come to, folks. Soon enough we all become Mrs. Roper. 

4. Brian Regan Stand Up Specials

Brian Regan has long been one of our family's favorite comedians. Steve and I first saw him live before we were married. At that time, a friend encouraged us to go see him and we had never even heard of him. I left that show with sore muscles in my face and my stomach from laughing so hard. He is brilliant and totally family friendly. Not a curse word to be found. No topics that make you blush. You can watch this with your little kids or your big kids and I promise you'll have to pause and rewind to hear him, you'll be laughing so hard. All of his stand-up specials are great, but we watched Nunchucks and Flamethrowers on Father's Day and a good time was had by all five Skinners.

5. Jenn, Can you stop talking about the State Championship now, please?

No. I cannot. This week, I happened on this fuzzy image of Drew and one of his best buds - who graduated and is leaving to play ball in college - hugging after the win. It's so dumb that it makes me emotional because it basically looks like two blobs with hair. But then this photo came up of the two of them on my Facebook memories when they were mere little babies. 

Carry on, friends. I suppose I'll get over it at some point. Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, June 17, 2022

1 Friday Favorite: It happened.

So here's the deal. At the end, despite Tom Hanks's famous declaration, there absolutely, positively was crying in baseball. Even by big, huge, manly men. 

But first, there was sitting calmly. Quickly followed by NOPE, I gotta switch to standing now. I went from hands clasped in prayer under my chin to arms crossed trying to hold myself still, from pacing behind the 1st base dugout to I CANNOT MOVE one inch from this spot lest the whole thing falls apart. 

There was head in my hands in frustration and hands on my head in awe. There was breathing in and out and almost passing out. Seriously, I saw stars and everything. And then, blessedly, there was the crack of the bat and a whispered, "please, please, please" and a catch in the outfield.



There was screaming. Shouting. Laughing. Hugging. High fiving. Jumping up and down. There were mamas burying our faces in each others necks as we laugh/sobbed. When I finally looked up from the pile of us, I realized that I had no recollection of how the last out had occurred even though I saw it happen with my own two eyes. So I scanned my muddled brain and thought, "Well, it seems like maybe it worked out. We're still screaming and laughing and crying, so I guess somebody caught the ball?" 

What I'm telling you is that I lost my whole entire mind for a good 2.5 minutes.

The next day there was spontaneous giggling as I stood in line at the pizza joint to pick up dinner. There was a rush of tears as I sat in the McDonald's drive thru. (Clearly, there was no cooking.) There was a lot of just walking around with a goofy smile on my face like I was some kind of nutjob. There was Drew leaving the house the next morning and calling me within two minutes from the car. I answered, "What? What did you forget?" And he said, "I just want to tell you that my best friends and I won the State Championship yesterday." Then he hung up. 

In the end, it wasn't about wearing a lucky t-shirt. It wasn't about where we sat or where we stood. No matter how meticulous we were about them, it wasn't about any of the other baseball superstitions we relied on to help us get through seven innings. It was about a bunch of kids who've worked their butts off since February and who've dreamed a very big dream. And, also, it was the unfathomable, unrelenting kindness of a gracious God. So in the past few days, after all the screaming and shouting and giggling, for me there has been a constant, repetitive, over and over, whispering, "Thank you, God. Thank you, God. Thank you, God. Thank you so much."

Should I be moving on now? I mean it's just baseball. 

Nope. I will not. The world is full of so much pain. So much division. So much darkness. So much evil. So when God sees fit to hand out some pure joy? No matter how. No matter where. This girl is going to grab it with both hands and hold on to it for as long as she can. 

Listen. If you thought I wasn't going to weave some Jesus into this State Championship situation, you must be new here. ;-)

On Sunday as I drove home from church whispering another thank you, I pictured the mamas of the boys on the Lake Braddock team who our boys defeated on Friday and on the Herndon team who they defeated on Saturday - both, by the slimmest of margins. And I thought of the fact that those mamas love their boys as much as we love ours. And that those mamas believed that their boys worked as hard as we know ours did. And that they wanted this moment for their boys as much as we did for ours. And many of them prayed just as hard as we did. But their sons didn't get to run screaming out of the dugout like straight-fools on Saturday afternoon. Those mamas didn't get to hug and jump and cry in each other's arms, shouting, "They did it! They did it! Can you believe it?! They did it!" 

And the thing about it is that I don't know why. Yet again, I'm reminded of the mystery of the world and the mystery of my God. We are quick to remind ourselves that we don't know why bad things happen. Why earthquakes destroy populations. Why children die of cancer. Why evil snakes its way into an elementary school on a random Tuesday in May.

Just as surely, I don't know why good things happen. I don't know why some diseases are cured. I don't know why my college kid escaped a car accident unscathed. I don't know why my children's annual doctor's appointments are routine and boring. And though a victory in baseball is nothing to compare to those miracles, I don't know why my boy and his friends and his coaches and my friends and I found ourselves piling on top of each other, screaming our lungs out, and basking in the glory of a State Championship win. 

Of course, I can say that our boys worked hard. I can say that they supported each other and built each other up. I can say that there are numerous young men on this team that are incredibly gifted at this sport. Still, as much as I believe in our kids, I don't know that I could line them up next to kids from the other teams and say they deserved it more than the others. I just can't. I certainly can't say that my pleas were more important to God than a mama wearing a different color tshirt, cheering for a different team on the other side of the field. In the end, there is as much mystery in a prayer answered as there is in all the unanswered prayers I've uttered in my lifetime.

All I know for sure is that in that moment, on that day, the Lord was good to us. He was so very, very kind in the grandest, most gracious way. And I just have to accept that without trying to figure it out.

The thing I know to be true is that there will be a time when it will feel like He didn't hear me and it will feel like He isn't kind. In our family, I have watched a son walk off a basketball court on the losing side of a State Championship game. And there wasn't shouting and giggling and hugging. There wasn't awe and wonder and grand celebration. 

I know for a fact that I will be on the losing side in countless instances in life going forward. And so will my kids and so will their friends - time and time and time again. There will be a time when the score will not be greater on our side. The kid for whom I'm cheering might not make the play. The boy I love the most might not see his dream come true. And for a bit, it will feel like God ignored me and chose someone else.

On those days, I will have to remember that despite my circumstances, God has always remained the same. He is good. His plans are good. He is for us. Always.

So, just for today and for as long as I can, I will live fully in this kindness. And I'll encourage my kid to live in it as fiercely and intently as he can. Because a time will come when the kindness of God will seem elusive. And maybe on those days we'll take a minute to remind each other of the day His favor shone as blindingly as the sun. We'll remember that when the sun disappears behind the clouds, it's not really gone and that in the same way, the Lord is never really far away either. He will show up again. We just have to keep waiting and looking for Him.

Today I am grateful for the way He showed up this weekend. So I suppose I'll stop trying to figure out why He was so gracious. Today I'm shrugging my shoulders, shaking my head in wonder, giggling like a fool and saying, "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Lord. You have been good to us."

Have a great weekend, friends. We're off to Richmond for the first baseball tournament of the summer. Ain't no rest for the weary.

Most photos courtesy of the very talented and kind, Chong Chung.

Friday, June 10, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: June 10, 2022

 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.

My son and his teammates are playing in the Virginia High School Baseball State Semi-Finals at 10:00 am this morning. If you know me at all you can rest assured that this is what's been happening since about 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Which is why I wrote most of Friday Favorites on Thursday because I knew if I tried to concentrate on anything else this morning, it would be pretty much like this:

This is to tell you that I'm - shall we say - INVESTED. So if you have a positive thought, a well wish, any amount of good juju or my personal favorite, a good ol' fashioned on-your-knees-hands-in-the-air prayer of peace and calm for the mamas and lots of hits, double plays, stolen bases and a ticket punched for the State Championship for the Freedom Eagles today, please know that it will be much appreciated.

Here are some favorites from the week.  

1. Trader Joe's Grapefruit Body Butter plus Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil

I haven't had this Grapefruit Body Butter for very long and I already need to buy another one. Since Trader Joe's items are seasonal, I might buy five more. I would rather eat dirt than eat a grapefruit, but I love the scent, especially in the summer. This is really thick and really moisturizing and smells amazing.

Here's a little trick I learned from either Jamie B. Golden, Melanie Shankle, or Kathleen Jennings. I can't recall because those are three people that I follow and I will do pretty much anything they tell me when it comes to skin care products. You take a dropper full of Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil and mix it with the body butter. Who cares that they say the Palmer's is for your face. Whatevs. I use the body butter/oil combo on my legs, arms, chest, and neck. It smells amazing and I feel like I'm doing something better for my skin than just basic lotion.

2. Bibb Lettuce Salad with this Dressing

When I was in Austin in April with my sorority sisters we ate at Clark's on 6th and had the Bibb and Watercress Salad and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. It was so simple and none of us could stop talking about it for the entire ride home from Austin to Dallas. My friend, Lynn, went on a search for a similar dressing and found this one. This week I have had this dressing on a bunch of Bibb lettuce with red onion and shaved parmesan four times. It is so good. PS. I don't know where she found this dressing recipe, so to all the dressing recipe creators on the internet, please don't sue me. 

1/3 cup sherry vinegar

1 large clove garlie

2 teaspoons dried oregano (I used Italian Herb Blend. Lynn thinks we should also use Tarragon. I don't have it.)

1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

3. Top Gun: Maverick

Well, I'm not the first one to say it or the last. Top Gun: Maverick is every single thing I wanted it to be. This movie is so worth the wait. We saw it on Monday and as soon as the theme music started Steve and I both were like this:

Suffice it to say the movie makers kept those of us who saw the original in the 80s in mind and I honestly felt like it was such a kindness. I know that being 17 in 1986 wasn't as easy as we all remember it being. But being an adult in 2022 ain't no picnic and we needed this little bit of nostalgia and straight-up fun so much. I LOVED IT.

4. Short Sleeve V-Neck Tunic Top

This top looks like the perfect loose fit top for summer time. The only issue is that I can't figure out which color/pattern I like best. It's $24.99, but if you click the coupon box you get a whoppin' 6% off! What a deal!!!

5. Freedom Eagles Baseball

It was a little stressful on Tuesday. In fact, at one point when our pitcher got out of a tense situation with a strike out, I literally had to put my head between my knees. The boys pulled off the win in the State Quarterfinals, so here we are with the gift of (at least) one more day to watch them play. I gotta go stretch and hydrate now. Let's go, kiddos We believe in you.

Happy Weekend, Y'all. 

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Friday, June 3, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: June 3, 2022

 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, all. The world is still all jacked up, right? 

As I said last week, there are more voices out there that are worthy of your time on the matters of the world. I have lots of thoughts, lots of reconsideration I'm doing on some things, lots and lots of prayers and lots of questions. 

Today, I'm going to bring back a few favorites from this week because the abundant life He promises us is full of joy, full of heartache, full of laughter, and full of suffering. There is a time for every season under heaven. And sometimes you just need to eat a steak sandwich and watch some guys from 1986 play volleyball on a beach to get you through. Here we go.

1. Marlboro Man Sandwiches.

The boys are home. ALL of the boys. So on our first family dinner together this summer, I decided to celebrate all the testosterone in the house and make these Marlboro Man Steak Sandwiches from the Pioneer Woman. (A Note: there is so much butter in this recipe. SO much.)

They were a big hit. Also, it came to my attention that not one of my children had seen the original Top Gun movie. And I felt like I had failed them as a parent. So, Steve and I mandated a family movie night after we ate our man-sandwiches and goodness gracious does that movie still hold up. I cannot wait to see the next one.

2. Tom's Willow Platform Sandals

I ordered these platform sandals and they are so cute. There were only seven other pairs of shoes on the website that I wanted to order including these. The Willows were the winners. 

3. Target Dress

Target has some really great pieces for Summer. It was 150 degrees give or take last week and all I wanted to wear was a flowy dress.  This dress is only $20. It comes in five or so colors. Easy breezy and it has pockets. 

4. Abbott Elementary

I've been so sad since I finished New Girl a few months ago and looking for a new show that isn't about dealing drugs or laundering money. I found it. Abbott Elementary is going to be like Parks and Rec in an elementary school and I am here for it. I've watched about five episodes. The characters are hilarious and endearing and I'm so glad someone out there is still making shows like this.

5. Baseball, Baseball, Baseball

I can't even pretend there is anything else on my mind, but baseball. These two weirdos are my favorite catchers in the land. They are headed to the Virginia State Tournament next week along with their teammates. Every game from here on out could be the last they play together and this has me way up in my feelings. So, if you happen notice me wandering the neighborhood sobbing and singing "If I could save time in a bottle" please just move along. It's FINE.

Y'all have a good weekend. Go Eagles.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Where Else Would I Go?

For over ten years I've been writing in this space. About my family. About parenting. About the Texas Longhorns and the Freedom Eagles and the Loudoun South AllStars. About skin care products and a cute pair of shoes I saw. But mostly, at least in some small way, I've written openly about my faith. Whether directly by citing Scripture or just by sneaking "a little Jesus" in here or there, I've always felt a calling to share that although I've had great loves in my life - my parents and brother and sister, my husband and my three little boys - Jesus Christ has always been the greatest, most enduring, most trustworthy love of my life. 

Lately, due to other writing and speaking projects and life in general (plus the fact that blogs seem to be "so 2010"), I just stop in here on Fridays with some favorites of the week. Most of the time, Jesus shows up in those Five Favorites in one way or another. I've missed some weeks for sure, but I try to be consistent - mostly for me and also for the odd reader or two that lets me know they appreciate my showing up here.

This week, as it has at other times over the years, writing about my favorite things seems selfish. It seems frivolous and tone deaf. Today it seems practically impossible. 

But I am drawn to this keyboard. I can't seem to stay away. So I find myself here in the dark early hours of a Friday morning with the glow of the computer lighting my desk and a cursor blinking at me. And I'm wondering if I will even post these words at all. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. It is the way I speak to God. It is often the way He speaks to me and maybe, sometimes, I think, through me. But the words I've been saying to the Lord in the past few days aren't necessarily the sweetest. They might not be appropriate for public consumption. Because this faith of mine? This God of mine? We're on some shaky ground right now. 

There are so many words out there about what happened in Texas this week. So many voices. I don't think it necessary or helpful for mine to be added to them. So, if I share, I'll be sharing what's been going on with the Lord of the Universe and me in the aftermath. These words will not be funny. Or sweet. Or charming. They might be offensive. But they're honest. 

Maybe cursing at God is not what you showed up for here. I get it. I'd much rather write about the mascara I bought last week or the baseball victory we had or the laughter that happened on Tuesday evening when all three of my boys were home to sit around the dinner table together. It so happened that on that same Tuesday evening a bunch of parents in Texas found themselves with empty tables, empty bedrooms, empty arms. 

Just last weekend, I was the guest speaker at a local church. I delivered the message to a congregation that included two of my boys. When my boys are listening, I am more nervous and more prayerful that I'll get the message God has given me right. This was a message I believed so deeply in that my voice shook with conviction at the end and my eyes filled with tears in the final prayer. I reminded the congregants that God sees them. I reminded them that God has a plan for them . . .that not one of God's people is invisible. Not one is forgotten. Not one is alone. To close, I looked directly at my children imagining the Lord looking at them as He does at every single child in the Universe and said, "He sees you. He is your biggest fan. He will never ever look away. Please, please don't forget it."

And then Tuesday night I crawled into bed next to my husband. In the dark, with tears rolling down my face and anger consuming my words, I spat out, "Everything I said feels like BS right now. Everything I said feels foolish. Everything I said feels empty. How are the boys supposed to believe a word of it? How are they to believe in a God who sees?"  On a personal - perhaps selfish - level, I felt ashamed and embarrassed and so violently angry I could barely see straight. The truth was that I felt betrayed by the God who I've been pointing people to for years and years. Where was the promise to not look away? Where was my God on Tuesday afternoon in Uvalde, Texas? Where the hell was He?

I would like to tell you that my anger dissipated over night. But the next morning I scowled at the cross at the top of my church building even as I walked dutifully into my Wednesday morning Bible Study. I sat with my beloved group members. And I listened. And I shared. And they listened. And they shared. And they didn't judge me for my anger. Each one that spoke was trying as gently as she or he could to brush away the weeds and thorns that threatened to strangle my faith. Each reminded me in calm assurance that the message God had laid on my heart on Sunday was not a mistake. 

I left Bible Study to go to the outlet mall because I am nothing if not a gal who will fill up her God-sized hole with some discounted designer shoes. As I walked to my car with a couple of shopping bags that shockingly had not eased my anger, a pastor and mentor of mine called me. His wife had been in our morning study and had told him that I was struggling. I sat on a bench outside the JCrew Factory store as he listened to me and I listened to him. He reminded me in the most measured and confident way that my message on Sunday was right and it was true. He also said something along the lines of "if we aren't cursing at God at times then we're probably not paying attention and we're probably not being honest." 

As the day wore on my anger began to lighten. A little. A very, very little. As I drove home a story from the Old Testament came to mind. It was the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur from Exodus 17. When Moses tells Joshua that he must take his men out to fight the Amalekites, he assures him that he will stand on the hill to watch. Throughout the battle every time Moses has his arms raised, Joshua and the Israelites are winning, but when he gets tired and his arms fall, the Amalekites start winning. Eventually, Aaron and Hur provide a stone for Moses to rest on. They each hold his arms up - one on one side and one on the other. Soon enough, Joshua and the Israelites are the victors. 

That is exactly what my sweet friends did for me on Wednesday. They held up my arms. With open ears and tender eyes and calming words and "I've been there, too" nods and reassuring phone calls they held up my arms. 

So this morning, I'm reminded again that the Lord is patient. He will wait for our return. And when one believer's faith wavers, perhaps the best thing we can do is to lean heavily on someone else's faith. 

To be sure, whatever short-lived crisis of faith I might have encountered this week is nothing compared to the months and months, if not possible years, of the potential loss of faith of one who lost a child or a parent or a spouse on Tuesday. There is no comparison. Also, I understand that every single day across the world there are atrocities and tragedies that could compel any one of us to question the existence of a good and loving God. This is just my experience in the last few days. It's the only experience I have. The only one I have to share.

In the last 24 hours, as my stone cold heart softens bit by bit, I am slowly, but surely, lifting my eyes to Him again. And while I understand the idea that thoughts and prayers are not enough to take away the pain of our hurting country right now, I know that I will be taking a place on either side of the broken to help hold their arms up whether they know it or not. 

The reason I know this? Because in addition to the story from Exodus, the words that Peter asks Jesus in John 6:68 keep playing on a constant loop in my muddled-up mind. After many of His followers abandoned him, Jesus turned to His twelve disciples and asked if they might also like to leave.

Peter responds, "Lord, to whom would we go?" 

This morning, after a few days of turning away from the Lord . . . after a few days of my arms growing weary and defeated . . . after a few days of being held up by a community of loving, gracious, kind believers . . . after a few hours of tapping out words in the darkness, I find myself crawling back. I find myself noticing once again that there is a light in the darkness. I find myself knowing in the deepest part of me exactly Who it is that holds the light - the One who has always held the light. In the end, as I await the sunrise, I find myself answering all of my questions with another question.

O Lord. Where else would I go?


Friday, May 20, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: May 20, 2022


 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, Friends!!! I've got two of my three kids home this weekend, a district championship baseball game tonight, I'm delivering the message at Aldie Methodist on Sunday and it's going to be in the 90s this weekend! So if you see me today, it's going to be pretty much like this:

There will be a lot more food to buy and more shoes in the hallway and more half-full plastic cups of water all over the house, but I am thrilled that summer is here. Here are some other favorites from the week.

1. Madewell Tie-Neck Tunic Top

I ordered this top yesterday, so I can't officially claim it's a favorite, but I have high hopes. I have one top from Madewell and I've had it for five years and wear it all the time. I'm hoping this one and I will have a long term relationship as well. It's 25% off today with the code LONGWEEKEND.

2. Short Sleeve Tunic Top 

Since it's getting warmer here, I also ordered this top from Amazon. I'm looking for some short sleeve casual tunics to wear with leggings that will cover my bum because my arms might be ready for summer, but my legs are still in mid-February mode. This one comes in lots of different colors and some patterns.

3. The Mod Necklace

This is one of my new favorite necklaces from Park Lane. It's called the Mod and since I'm great at selfies, you can barely see it in the photo. You're welcome. It comes with a white or black enamel circle. It's $82, but Park Lane offers buy two items at full price and get up to 4 at 1/2 price with the full price items being your lowest priced items! What?! So, if I'm using my trusty calculator, I find that if you buy a pair of these and a pair of these and then add the Mod, you just got yourself three items for $91 plus free shipping instead of one necklace for $82. BOOM!

4. Women's Tiered Gingham Maxi Skirt

This length in a skirt does not work on me at all, so I have to abstain. However, someone needs this skirt this summer. Grad party, bridal or baby shower, just running around with your flip flops and a t-shirt? I think it is so darn cute. Get to it, tall girls. It's only $35.00 at Old Navy today.

5. Thought You Should Know - Morgan Wallen

I will end with this today, friends. And then you will hate me because if you listen to this song you will cry into your coffee all morning. The other night I was up late working and my son came in right before he went to sleep and said, "Hey, Mom, you should listen to this new song by Morgan Wallen called Thought You Should Know. Just listen to it." He said it real casual - as if it wouldn't destroy me so that I had to shut down my laptop and take to my bed. 

One of my friends in my Bible Study, Cornelia - who happens to be 94 years old - recently said that her son told her not long ago that every time she prayed for him, he could feel it. So when I heard this song, it made me take a deep breath. Keep praying, Mamas. They'll know some day. If not now, some day.  

Gah . . .the little boys turning into men can really be a kick in the gut, can't it? Deep breaths, Mamas.

Bonus Favorite: Play-off Baseball

Let's go, Freedom Eagles.

Y'all have a great weekend!

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Friday, May 13, 2022

5 Friday Favorites: May 13, 2022


 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! Goodness gracious, May. AMIRIGHT??!! We had approximately 7,000 innings of baseball this week and I'm slammed with writing and speaking projects and with some Park Lane stuff, so I gotta roll, but I'm glad you stopped by. Here are some favorite things from this week! Have a lovely weekend!

1. Hello, Molly: A Memoir

I love memoirs. I especially seem to love memoirs by funny women. Two of my favorite books ever were Tina Fey's memoir, Bossy Pants and Amy Poehler's memoir, Yes, Please. So when I heard that Molly Shannon had her own memoir out, I got it right away. I'm not far into it yet, but I am already stunned by the heartbreaking tragedy she endured as a child. People's stories are so important - whether they are famous comediennes or just regular ol' folks. I have always adored Molly Shannon, so I knew I didn't have to be far into this book to claim it as a favorite this week.

2. Floral Dresses

I wasn't sure I was down with all the floral dresses that are are literally everywhere because I usually don't wear many prints. But then my sister ordered a bunch for some events she has coming up and sent me pictures to get my opinion. Holy moly are these cute. They're so cute, in fact, that they make me sad because I literally have zero plans in the near or far future that would require me to wear a dress. (Yes, please do keep me in your prayers.) 

If you have something on the calendar besides a baseball game, please check them out. The one above is from Anthropologie and I think it is worth getting even though it looks like it will require a complicated bra situtation. Also, I think it looks much better in person (or maybe just on my sister than  this model), but she would never allow me to post pictures of her.

I also love this one from Nordstrom. The hemline is so pretty and the color is gorgeous. 

3. Target Platform Sandals

I remember years ago after I bought a pair of shoes from Target that were straight garbage, I told a friend that while Target was heaven on Earth in many ways, we were not allowed to buy shoes held together by one of those stretchy strings they use there again. This was a rash decision because I saw these sandals and decided rules were made broken. They are so comfortable and come in three different colors.

4. OTU Women's Rain Jacket

It rained all last weekend. It is going to rain for the next four days. 

It's annoying, but I think this rain jacket might help make it less so. It comes in a lot of great colors and I'll probably end up with black because I'm lame, but I'm thinking about this pretty blue color. Also, it's on sale for 20% off plus if you click the coupon box, it's an extra 5% off.

5. Take a Wild Guess

We had four baseball games this week. Some were kinda boring blow-outs. Some were close and exciting. I love all of them. And I love this boy o' mine and I love his team.  Play-offs start next week. And this is the final season for a few of my favorites that I've watched since they were seven years old. Those two jokers up in that picture gave their mamas about 8 minutes and 12 seconds of their time on Wednesday night at our local sports bar after a game this week. They graced us with their stinky, sweaty presence by sitting across the booth from us and making us laugh and roll our eyes at them a bit. I am kicking myself for not taking a picture of them. They would have acted like I was asking them to donate an organ if I'd ask them to smile for the camera, so I guess it's better that I didn't. Here's what they looked like 5 minutes ago.

What, I ask you, in the world am I supposed to do about this? I'm told that there is no crying in baseball, so please excuse me while I take to my bed and ignore this speeding train of time that keeps running me over again and again. While the game of baseball is one of my favorites every week, the boys who play it are my favorites forever.

Have a good one, friends!

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