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8.07.2016

TWENTY-EIGHT


I turn twenty-eight today.

I'm not really sure how I got here. In a lot of ways, I still feel like that twenty-two year old girl who had just graduated from college, was working three jobs, and left everything to be a counselor at a summer camp in Colorado. I guess you could say no matter how old I get, I'm always feelin' twenty-two. ;)

In case you were wondering, I'm not freaking out about it...the whole getting older thing. I already got that out of of my system when I turned twenty, and then again at twenty-five. So maybe I'm on the "freak out every 5 years" plan. We'll see what happens when thirty rolls around. ;)

But in all honesty, for the most part, getting older doesn't really bother me anymore. (Do you like how non-committal that sentence was?)

There is a struggle sometimes not to feel like I've missed something along the way that would make my life look different than it does right now. But I am reminded that God does not make mistakes, and that I am not running behind or running late in life. I am right where I am supposed to be.

I realized a couple of years ago that I had to quit looking at age as something to fear and start looking at it as something to appreciate. Another year means more experiences, more wisdom, more laughter, more time with friends and family, and more days to know Jesus better. After all, we don't get to be here long, so each year is a gift.

Here's to more adventures and more laughter and more grace in twenty-eight.

8.01.2016

PAINT MINES


Welcome to August! It's my favorite month of the year. Why? Well, it's the month that holds my mama's birthday, my parents' anniversary, my birthday, and the anticipation of autumn (my favorite season, obvi.)

Someone told me recently that I should start documenting my adventures again, and I completely agree. So in order to do that, we've got to do a little time travel back to April when my best friend from Tennessee came to visit me in the great state of Colorado. Nat got to come out to the wild, wild west for a long weekend and we filled it full of fun adventures, yummy foods, and real conversations.

Sunday morning we got up, grabbed coffee and started our day at The Overlook, which is one of my favorite spots to sit and think and pray. We sat in the car, sipped on our coffee, and let the words hiding deep in our hearts slip out. It was honestly one of my favorite mornings of this year. We talked about the things we were really feeling, unafraid of what the other might think. It is so freeing to have a friend like that to share life with.

We had planned on hiking in the afternoon but didn't know exactly where we wanted to go. With a suggestion from friends, we headed to the Paint Mines. I had never been before and didn't know what to expect. We started driving east and the prairies started to appear as the mountains got smaller and smaller behind us. Nat could hardly contain herself because she grew up in Arkansas and the wide open spaces just make her heart swell. #LittleNatOnThePrairie

It's about an hour drive from Colorado Springs to the Paint Mines, but it's a beautiful one. Once we arrived, we headed down the trail to the Mines and it took our breath away. I couldn't get over the different formations and textures and colors created by wind and water. It's places like this that remind me how incredibly cool and creative God is, and it makes me appreciate this life even more.





















Have you ever been to the Paint Mines or a place like it?? Tell me about it!

7.22.2016

LIFE'S A GARDEN




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During my first summer at camp, I had a counselor who liked to used the phrase, "Life's a garden. Can ya dig it?" Twelve years later and I still think about those words and how much I love what they mean. Life is a garden. And a good garden takes a lot of hard work. You have to do the groundwork, preparing the soil for planting. You have to protect it from weeds growing wild, you have to prune back plants to give them new (and healthier) life, you have to water it, and you have to wait. Wait until the goodness you planted will begin to take root and to grow. But first, you have to put in the work.

Our lives are a lot like this. Whether it's getting in shape, learning a new skill, or making a new friend, the same principals apply. This summer I've mostly been thinking about how it applies to our relationships with others. Beginning new friendships and nurturing those growing relationships (or sustaining the friendships you already have) is not always easy. You have to put in a lot of effort, you have to put in a lot of time, and you may find it takes a while before you finally get to a place that feels safe and life-giving.

Friendship is full of joy and fun but also a lot of good lessons. Sometimes friendship means learning to be less selfish, learning to listen well, learning to practice patience, learning to compromise and meet in the middle, and sometimes it means driving to a garden center just because your best friend wants to look at succulents. :)

Let's keep digging and planting and watering, friends. I promise the time it takes is worth it.