i am.

this. on repeat. since sunday.

wherever you are…whatever you are carrying…He’s with you in the middle of all of it. He’s holding onto you, & you can cling to him.

He will not leave you.
you are not alone.

there’s no space that His love can’t reach
there’s no place where we can’t find peace
there’s no end to Amazing Grace
take me in with your arms spread wide
take me in like an orphan child
Never let go, never leave my side.

i am,
holding on to You.
i am,
holding on to You.
in the middle of the storm,
i am holding on,
i am

i am,
holding on to You.
i am,
holding on to you.
in the middle of the storm,
i am holding on,
i am

Love like this, oh my God to find!
i am overwhelmed what a joy divine!
Love like this sets our hearts on fire!

i am,
holding on to You.
i am,
holding on to You.
in the middle of the storm,
i am holding on,
i am

i am,
holding on to You.
i am,
holding on to You.
in the middle of the storm,
i am holding on,
i am

this is my Resurrection Song
this is my Hallelujah Come
this is why to You i run
this is my Resurrection Song
this is my Hallelujah Come
this is why to You i run
there’s no space that His love can’t reach
there’s no place that we can’t find peace
there’s no end to Amazing Grace

i am,
holding on to You.
i am,
holding on to You.
in the middle of the storm,
i am holding on,
i am

i am,
holding on to You.
i am,
holding on to You.
in the middle of the storm,
i am holding on,
i am

the little prince 2015.

this trailer for the upcoming “the little prince” movie…oh my, i can’t tire of it.

the little prince is one of my very favorite stories. i had always heard quotes from it (you likely have, too) but didn’t read it until high school. it was at that time that i had the very good fortune of reading it. in French (as Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote it in 1943)…in one of my very favorite classes…with one of my very favorite teachers. the story came alive to me, and quotes & thoughts from the book cross my mind regularly.

if you haven’t read this sweet story, i highly recommend it. at about 90 pages it’s a quick read, however you will return to passages time & time again. it’s a timeless story about imagination, innocence, & possibility that life keeps bringing you back to. the book has been adapted in a number of formats, but the movie debuting next year* looks fantastic! the trailer is in French (the song – “somewhere only we know” by lily allen – is in English), but it communicates the sweet story just the same: “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

a few quote translations for those who are wired for understanding (that’s totally me):

:: as the little girl opens the paper airplane that landed on her desk,
     “once upon a time, there was a small prince who wanted a friend.”

:: when the airplane begins to fly off the page, the old man begins,
     “i flew almost everywhere in the world…until, one day, a miraculous thing happened.”

:: the little prince to the pilot,
     “please draw me a sheep.”

:: the old man, handing the little girl another drawing,
     “i’ve always wanted to find someone to share my story with, but i think this world…it’s become too adult.”

:: as the trailer ends,
     “it’s only the beginning of the story!”

the movie is engaging & beautiful with the little prince’s papercraft animation scenes blended with the rest of the story’s computer graphics. the scene where the little girl turns her headlight on as she sits on her bed looking at the pages of the story?! when the little prince runs up to the entrance of the tunnel of flowers & greenery?! the end of the trailer where the little prince & the fox are sitting in the grass with the prince’s scarf blowing in the wind & the fox’s tail wags?! so sweet & delicate & lovely. i can’t wait!

*it will release in France in october…the US release is TBD. but wouldn’t it be the sweetest movie for next Christmastime?

monday gratitude.

practicing gratitude truly turns what we have into enough. lately i have been grateful for…

twinkle lightstwinkly lights at every turn…

breakfastslow mornings with pancakes & bacon (and brooklyn nine-nine)…

christmas 2014 giftshomemade christmas-gift-making…

sk gingerbread biscottismitten kitchen’s gingerbread biscotti dunked in decadent hot chocolate

hsg 2014 encouragementpeople that know & love us, not only share life’s journey but jump right onto the path to be with us, & overwhelm us with encouragement & truth…

and for ellen. 40 seconds of hilarity ensues as dancer (the 12 days reindeer mascot) busts out some sweet moves. at 2:45 i was crying i was laughing so hard.

happy monday!

joy to the world.

happy monday, friends. t’is the beginning of our second week of december, 35º today, & a good day for a great christmas song that will make you want to dance. i give you one of my favorite versions of “joy to the world,” brought to you by andrew ripp & the ever wonderful you tube. enjoy!

 

gratitude, day 10.

gratitude_xsgratitude is a miraculous, wonderful thing. it really does turn what we have into enough. sometimes – often, even – it reminds us that what we have is even more than we need. although it’s kind of a “thing” for people to list something they are grateful for each day in november, this isn’t really that. it’s sort of my mash-up of a daily writing exercise i see people do every day in october paired with practicing gratitude. it won’t be the same every day. sometimes it will be a short, quick post, and other times it will be a reflection or recipe. but most importantly, every day there will be gratitude.

today, i am grateful for youtube.

that’s an odd one, isn’t it? but honestly, one short youtube video can deliver 30 seconds of laughter that can brighten a day, share a story that warms your heart & reminds you of the good in people & in the world, or inspire a movement. there is a growing list of adorable kid, tearjerking, and laugh-out-loud videos growing on this piece of blogland, but today i’ll call out two that are sort of related. they’re videos of kristen bell & dax shepard appearing separately on ellen, and they are related in part because kristen & dax are married and in part because each of their videos is about the thing that they both adore. kristen: sloths. dax: brad pitt. so random, and so darn funny.

 

gratitude, day 1.
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gratitude, day 7 & friday fun.

gratitude_xsgratitude is a miraculous, wonderful thing. it really does turn what we have into enough. sometimes – often, even – it reminds us that what we have is even more than we need. although it’s kind of a “thing” for people to list something they are grateful for each day in november, this isn’t really that. it’s sort of my mash-up of a daily writing exercise i see people do every day in october paired with practicing gratitude. it won’t be the same every day. sometimes it will be a short, quick post, and other times it will be a reflection or recipe. but most importantly, every day there will be gratitude.

today, i am grateful for halloween 2014.

for as long as i can remember, i have had an aversion to dressing up. i find this rather strange since i am a pretty creative person, but it’s just not my jam. i didn’t even like it when i was little. i would guess that the last time i dressed up for halloween was maybe 4th grade? i remember wanting to like dressing up & thinking it really wasn’t so bad…but when i see that picture of me dressed as a witch, i can see the discomfort on my face.

the beauty of halloween, however, is that you don’t have to dress up to enjoy the day. to me, the very best part of halloween is all the little kids in their adorable little costumes in their glory. and the creativity of those costumes?! it’s over the top fun to watch.

**speaking of over the top fun to watch – check this little minion out. it’s all of 21 seconds long, & i will be shocked if it doesn’t make you laugh out loud.**

this year, we were invited to a halloween party that was, considering my aversion, right up my alley: costumes optional. hooray! dustin knew exactly what he wanted to be, and he didn’t mind at all if i didn’t dress up. although at first i had admitted that i might be ok with dressing up, as our crazy month of october sped along, costume research & making didn’t rise to the top.

to our dismay, the day of the party, we found ourselves exhausted. we came home from work, power-napped like champs, and somehow when i woke up, i had a completely uncharacteristic idea for a costume. maybe it was delirium? at any rate, it required minimal fuss, kept me in normal clothes, and seemed at first blush to be something i might be able to pull off. a quick youtube video (i am the least educated person on how to do one’s hair) and 30 minutes later, we were off to the party – both in costume! (although i may have been quietly repeating rosie the riveter’s “we can do this!” all the way to the party…”)

halloween 2014 will go down as the halloween that changed everything – in terms of me dressing up for halloween, that is. not only was i finally comfortable dressed up (which seemed like an impossible feat), the costumes at the party were SO GOOD! cousin eddie from national lampoon’s christmas vacation…mary poppins & bert…american gladiators…the undeniably awesome banana & pea pod suits…too many to list, but just seriously SO GOOD*! we pretty much spent the rest of last weekend dreaming up possibilities for next year’s costumes. go figure! :o)

*does anyone else hear jimmy fallon & justin timberlake now whenever they hear/say, “so good!”??

gratitude, day 1.
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gratitude, day 6.

gratitude, day 6.

gratitude_xsgratitude is a miraculous, wonderful thing. it really does turn what we have into enough. sometimes – often, even – it reminds us that what we have is even more than we need. although it’s kind of a “thing” for people to list something they are grateful for each day in november, this isn’t really that. it’s sort of my mash-up of a daily writing exercise i see people do every day in october paired with practicing gratitude. it won’t be the same every day. sometimes it will be a short, quick post, and other times it will be a reflection or recipe. but most importantly, every day there will be gratitude.

today, i am grateful for our church.

we are incredibly thankful to be a part of a community where sometimes worship looks like this…


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because mondays need laughter.

if i am honest, sometimes there are “mondays.” and then there are overcast & gray, über rare “first monday after traveling 7 time zones away mondays.” whew!

but! – sunshine is on it’s way later this week, i think i’m back on a normal sleep pattern, we tried a new soup recipe last night that turned out awesome, and this little girl is adorable. laughter is a wonderful thing.

happy monday, ya’ll. let’s do this.

 

friday fun: a fave from The Voice.

friends…it’s that time of the year. fall shows have kicked off, the weather is for real turning chilly (i think it actually blew in all night – so windy!), & the trifecta of warm jammies, comfort food, and a good show make for a great night in. i want to say, “a quiet night in” or “a relaxing night in” but the honest truth is sometimes that is just not the case. for example, when the voice is on in our house. between adam & blake’s hilarious banter and the stellar performances that pop up, “quiet” and “relaxing” may not be words others would use to describe our house. but it sure is FUN!

this particular performance caught me from the moment blessing began singing. i just love that it’s been stuck in my head all week, and his story: inspirational & overflowing with joy & hope.

enjoy, and happy friday, y’all!

do you have any fun weekend plans?
i’m headed east next week. i’ll post some pics this weekend to share how far east ;o)