Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Wishlist

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Christmas is coming!  Usually, I have very specific things in mind with direct links and no creativity for the buyer.  This year, I have general ideas like some pretty Anthro mugs, a comfy scarf, sweater or booties, soup spoons, a camera tripod and a gorgeous camera strap.  The Nespresso machine is a reach, but hey, I guess that's what wish lists are for, right?

What's on your Christmas wish list?  

T-36 days!

Monday, November 17, 2014

#CelebrateCari

This weekend was a weekend for rest, recovery, remembering, and LOVE.  So much love.

Husband, my sister-in-law, and myself headed to the mountains to celebrate our incredible friend who is beyond worthy of celebration.  At a camp with the most beautiful scenery and no cell service, a group of 26 of us gathered together from all over the country to tell our dear friend that she is loved by us and by a good, good king.

I can't even begin to describe the amazing woman that Cari is.  She is a consistent friend.  She is present, she anticipates needs, she provides healing and truth, and she exemplifies Jesus more than anyone else I know.  She is the friend in which everyone wishes they had and I am lucky enough to call her family.

This weekend was the best reminder that I am a daughter of a good, good king.  That people matter.  And that His love for us is sufficient.  There are times when my extroverted self comes out and I just want to talk and meet everyone, and there are times where I feel like sitting back and simply observing.  Although there was plenty of good conversation, I feel like observing these beautiful people was my favorite part.  To see so many strangers who are vastly different come together because they have one very important thing in common is beautiful.

We all love Cari.

And ultimately, we all love Jesus.

Cari, my heart is filled with so much gratitude for who Jesus has made you to be.  You are so important to my husband and my family, but also to so many others.  It was a privilege to be able to see and hear how much God has used your life to bless and encourage others.  Your light is evident in a world that needs Jesus and I'm thankful to know you.  I'm thankful for the opportunity to know Jesus more because of your presence in my life.

Happy Birthday, friend, and thank you for being born!