Friday, October 24, 2014

30 in 30

Y'all, I'm turning 30 in January. Yes, I know it unimagable to me to. I have come to realize that there are things in my life that I've always wanted to do, yet never take the time to actually pursue these dreams. So, in 2015 I'm going to do some things that I want to do. I'm making plans now. I'm not letting things hold me back. I'm ready. I'm excited. Can I start early?

Here's my list so far:

1. New York- I'm going!!!!! The excitment is so grand I can barely contain it.
2. Attend a Women of Faith event- I've wanted to go for many years. The closest ones are always at a bad time in my schedule. Already got a date and making arrangments.
3. To read 30 books- I would love suggestions.
4. Go to Six Flags- and yes, I've never been
5. See the Arch in St. Louis
6. Go white water rafting
7. Annual trip with my friends
8. Ride a double decker bus
9. Learn to play the piano- at least one song
10. Ride in a hot air balloon
11. Get a tattoo- I'm just a chicken
12. Ride a train
13. Complete a 5k- actually running it
14. Take a dance class
15. I'm going to not let fear stand in the way of my being more open to sharing Jesus with others.

Anyone want to join me? I'm going to have a blast!


In this season of my life, I've asked God to reveal Himself to me like I've never seen Him. You know that "be careful what you ask for" saying. I'm agreeing with it. I've stepped out my comfort zone and jumped in by leading a bible study with a few friends. Here's the background story:

Every time I'm in Nashville, I attend Crosspoint Church. I absolutely love this church. A few weeks ago, they began a study covering a bible study by Mike Foster named Freeway. The sermon was excellent and I spend 95% of it in tears. It touched me that strongly. I got the book and made plans to go along with a couple of friends. I got the book home and the more I looked at the book as a whole, I knew that I needed to go through this study with people that are actually present in my daily life. Not just friends that I can correspond with through technology. I needed hands on friends to walk out the truth of the study. So..... I approached a friend and asked her what she thought about joining me. It turned into 3 more friends joining our group. So now, every other Wednesday night the 5 of us gather and have dinner and bible study. The first week, I was completely nervous. Actually cried because I didn't feel equipped. I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. I was brave enough to share this with them. And you know what, it went well. Last night we were more open to being honest about life. About the nit and gritty. Not just the rainbows. We are all struggling and are now on this path of discovery. It has stretched me to find out what I believe is truth concerning God. I'm digging deeper. I'm growing. And I learning to share life. It's really a beautiful sometimes messy thing.

I would love the prayers for us during this time. May we bear our souls so that God can mend what is broken. May we come away with a better relationship and love for Him. May we come away with better friendships.

our group

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

One Tweet Changed My Life

I am a lover of social media. I think there are pros and cons to it. I happen to like the pros a lot. Almost 2yrs ago, I saw a tweet on Twitter that lead me to reach out to a fellow nanny. That one tweet opened a door for one of the most meaningful friendships I've ever had.

As this is nanny recognition week, my hat goes off to my friend Nicole. She is an incredible nanny, person, and friend. She's one of my favorite people ever. She's hilarious, thoughtful, and selfless. Over the past couple of years, I've learned so much from her. God knew a long time ago that I would need her in my life. For that I will be eternally grateful. He provided this friendship in just the right season in my life. We've laughed and cried together (ok, I cried). Our lives are so similar. Sometimes you just need someone who understands where you are coming from. And that she does. I honestly can not explain in words how much I treasure her and her friendship in my life.


Also, how GORGEOUS is she?

Nanny Week

With this being national nanny week, I couldn't not share that I have the complete honor to nanny for a terrific family. I absolutely love them. Being a nanny is hard at times and greatly rewarding. I've been with this family for over 5yrs. I never thought I would be here this long, but now it's hard to see me leaving. I'm invested. I'm attached. I'm involved. And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.

I get to watch as they grow up. I get to share in exciting moments. I get to help wipe tears. I get to snuggle when they don't feel well. I get to hear about their days. I get to stand on the sideline and cheer for them at events. I get to pray with and for them. Very simply, I get to share life with these three.

It's a privilege to be apart of their lives. Everyday is not sugar drops and rainbows, but really that's not reality. And at times, I get caught up in the day to day life stuff, that I forget to just stop and be. Just to be present in the here and now with them. Even in the small things. I could never thank their parents enough for trusting and allowing me to be apart of their lives. They have forever changed me.