Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/photo/projects/videos from around the web.

Photo on 5-11-16 at 2.11 PM 

Hello, friends! It’s Friday, and that makes me oh-so-happy. I’ve been in Greensboro this week for the CBF General Assembly, and it’s been fun to catch up with some old friends and be away from the office for a few days. I’m headed home today to get my house back in order (my husband’s been there alone for almost a week) and relax before a long day of church activities on Sunday. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure….

  • The sermon my pastor preached this past Sunday on the Orlando massacre. Loving and brave.
  • Some words from one of my all-time favorite players on being a Tar Heel.
  • Beauty bloggers’ favorites products.

June Reading List

  1. Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle. I loved Melanie Shankle’s memoir about marriage, The Antelope in the Living Room, and her newest book on friendship did not disappoint either! Melanie writes like she’s sitting across the table from her best friend with a glass of wine, which I love. Her writing is honest, brave, and downright hilarious. Nobody’s Cuter than You is about what it means to be a friend—what it means to show up, to walk through the good and ugly parts of life with the people you love. Just lovely.
  2. The After Party by Anton DiSclafani. I saw this book on summer reading lists over and over again, so I was excited to pick it up.  For me, it started out slow—really, really slow. The novel is set in 1950s Houston and follows the lives and friendship of two wealthy socialites. One is beautiful and mysterious, with a world of secrets, and the other is her devoted (almost to the point of obsession) and loyal friend. It took me forever to get into this book. The first 200 pages dragged on with not much happening, and then I sped through the last 20 pages when everything finally came together. Well-written and interesting, but not one of my favorites.

Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/projects/photos/videos from around the web. 


It’s Friday! I have been so excited for this weekend for a really long time. We are headed to Virginia today for my best friend’s wedding. It is going to be so beautiful, and my bridesmaid’s dress is fabulous. Most importantly, I get to watch my friend marry the love of her life, and I couldn’t be happier for both of them. I also couldn’t be more excited to dance the night away! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too. XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…


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Rome was the last stop on our European adventure. It was a whirlwind day…we took the train in from Florence that morning and had just one day to see everything we wanted to see in the city.  We started the morning at the Colosseum.  Rome is the only Italian city I had visited before this trip, so I had seen a lot of the famous sites before. However, the Colosseum is one of those things that is pretty darn impressive no matter how many times you’ve seen it…


Rome was CROWDED….way more so than the last time I was there, so it was a bit of adventure just trying to get from place to place.  We spent most of the day doing our best to make it to all the major tourist attractions, including stopping to see Papa Frank.


We also made a wish in  the Trevi fountain….


Fun fact: the last time I was in Rome was during my study abroad trip in college, and I made a BIG wish in the Trevi fountain and it came true! But just to be safe I can’t reveal what I wished for then…and I definitely can’t say what I wished for this time!

Ah, to be young….


That night we had a delicious dinner on the rooftop of our hotel, and the next morning it was time to go home. I am so thankful for this incredible trip with my family…and I CANNOT wait for our next adventure!



Friday Links

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/projects/photos/videos from around the web. 


Happy Friday! Bryan turned 27 this week, so this weekend we’ll be continuing the birthday celebrations (and also hopefully taking lots of naps…because we know how to party). I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the sunshine! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

Under the Tuscan Sun

After leaving Sorrento, we took the train into Florence. Florence is a really beautiful city, rich in art and history and really good wine. We spent the first day exploring everything Florence has to offer. We saw the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and of course had more gelato. (I miss it soooo bad!)


And you can’t stop in Florence without seeing this guy…


Our hotel had an incredible view of the city, so we enjoyed a rooftop dinner on our first night in Florence. It was the perfect way to end a lovely day.


We also just happened to be celebrating our third wedding anniversary that day. Talk about a once in a lifetime anniversary dinner. I love that guy. I love Italy. I love gelato.


The next day we took a tour of Tuscany. We visited several small towns throughout the region, did a wine tasting, and took in the gorgeous scenery. It made me want to watch Under the Tuscan Sun so bad!


Our last stop of the day was in Pisa. One of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen is a whole bunch of tourists trying to get the perfect picture “leaning” against the tower (us included, obviously). It was such a fun day, but we were definitely ready to pass out by the time we got back to our hotel that night.


And because you have to…


Next Up: Roma!


The Epistles of Paul and the Internet


I’ve decided that I’m going to write a book. It’s going to be about internet etiquette, and I’m going to call it HOW TO BEHAVE LIKE A (DECENT) HUMAN.

My friend Leslie and I were talking about the abhorrent behavior that we witness on social media on a daily basis, and she mentioned that she’s been reading through Paul’s epistles.  She said, “I feel like I could write an entire treatise about how to engage on social media based entirely on what Paul had to said 2,000 years ago.” AMEN.

Listen, I get it. I scroll through Facebook and Twitter and see all the horrible things that can be found on the internet. The internet has made tragedy, ignorance, and hatred constant companions in our daily lives, and it makes me mad, too. Even worse, I see people I know—in real life (!!!)—post angry, shameful comments that speak only hate and degrade entire groups of people with just a few words. I see them use scripture to defend racism and sexism and bigotry.  It happens, and sometimes I just want to scream at them, “WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO YOU TO MAKE YOU SO AWFUL??”

But I don’t. Because it’s not my place. And social media is definitely not the place.

I can’t really explain why I felt the need to write this post except to say that I think my friend is on to something important. Maybe instead of using scripture to defend our own opinions and views, we can use it a guide for how to engage with other people.  Maybe it should be our compass for how to respond when something upsets us, a reminder that there are other, better ways to live together. Maybe it can help us speak truth in love before we speak more hate.

Here are a few things Paul had to say….

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:13-14

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Roman 12:18

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:4

By contrast, the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Friends, the internet is a wonderful thing. But I think that maybe we need to be reminded of what our friend Paul had to say and take a lesson from Jesus on how we’re supposed to treat one another…on the internet and in real life. Oh, and also just be decent human beings.