Friday Links

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

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Happy Friday! It has been a crazy week around here, so this weekend is about fun, lounging, and naps with Finley.  I’ve got no plans other than a date night to see La La Land and lunch with my bestie from Chicago who is passing through town on her way to see family (YAY!!!). I hope you all have a great weekend, too. XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

January Reading List

  1. Eligible by Curtin Sittenfield. Eligible is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which isn’t necessarily it’s crowning achievement. While it doesn’t compliment the original really at all, I thought the novel was cute and charming. It was a perfect beach read that I enjoyed while laying by the pool in Hawaii. But then again…how could anything be bad there? 🙂
  2. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. I’m still feeling a tad bewildered by this novel.  First, I typically love any sort of novel or memoir about food, restaurants, and cooking. I just find them fascinating. Sweetbitter is a novel about a naive twenty-something named Tess who leaves her life behind to start over in NYC and gets a job at one of the best restaurants in the city.  The parts about food I loved. The rest was just bizarre. There didn’t seem to be any real narrative or direction. The main character (and most of the characters in the novel for that matter) is a mess and spends most of the novel in a drunken, drug induced haze. I just couldn’t get into it. But I have another food memoir on my nightstand that I’m pretty excited about…

Breaking Through

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All that is sweet, delightful, and amiable in this world, in the serenity of the air, the fineness of seasons, the joy of light, the melody of sounds, the beauty of colors, the fragrancy of smells, the splendor of precious stones, is nothing else by Heaven breaking through the veil of the world.

-William Law

Friday Links

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

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Hello friends! It’s Friday, and I know today is a hard and sad and scary day for a lot of us. The last few months have been incredibly difficult and divisive for our country, so today (more than ever) it’s important that we choose love. Today I’m taking a break from social media and keeping my tv turned off. Today is not the day to engage in more hate and hurt. We’ll be traveling some this weekend to see friends, but I’ll be following along with what’s going on with the women’s march in D.C. tomorrow (and others across the country).

Let’s stand together, friends—for love and peace and for those who can’t stand up for themselves. We got this. XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

 

Hawaii

The Friday after Christmas, Bryan and I left for a week on the big island of Hawaii.  It was an incredible trip. We went whale watching, took a boat tour to see an active volcano, ate some truly amazing food, went snorkeling, and of course, spent many glorious hours simply relaxing in the sun. We absolutely loved Kona and are already dreaming about going back. Here are a few photos from our trip:

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A Prayer for MLK Day

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The Civil Rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith.  We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something. 

-John Lewis

May we always be advocates of justice, equality, and peace. Not only because it is right, but because it is the work of the One who calls us all children of God. Amen.

Friday Links

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

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Hello, friends! It’s Friday (yay!), and I’m over here enjoying 70 degree weather after a week of snow…welcome to North Carolina 🙂 This weekend we are catching up on house stuff and hanging out with Finley. Hope you all have a lovely (and warm) weekend, too! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

  • Important, poignant tributes to President Obama: here and here.
  • Some lovely words from my friend Jessica on comparison and joy.
  • I love this from Rachel Held Evans on 2016—a strange, awful, beautiful year.

A Word for 2017

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Well, it’s been pretty quiet around here for the past few weeks.  Last week I took a little break from the internet while Bryan and I spent a week soaking up the sun in Hawaii! We had such a wonderful time, and I’ll definitely be sharing more about our trip here soon.  We came home to snow and ice (sigh), so we’ve spent most of the past couple days curled up at home watching Netflix and snuggling Finley. For now, though, it’s back to real life. Today I’m sharing my one word for the year—the word I want to meditate on as I go through the coming year and the word that I hope becomes a bigger part of my story. This is my word for 2017:

Grace. 

As I thought about what I needed this year, what I was truly longing for, I kept coming back to the word grace. For me, it means grace for others—withholding judgment, offering forgiveness and understanding freely, and striving for compassion. For so many of us, this year has been difficult and divisive.  We’ve had to bite our tongues about issues of great importance and swallow our anger when friends and family members make remarks that are hurtful or cruel.  It’s a painful time in our country and most of us are struggling with how to respond.  I have to admit that my first instinct in these situations has been judgment or anger or even disgust. But if we’re going to move forward then each of us must learn to show grace…even when we disagree.

It also means grace for myself.  It means letting go of perfection and hustle in favor of a more present and content way of life. It means accepting that things may not always turn out exactly like I hope, and that’s ok. It means relaxing my grip and expectations and living with gratitude for the life I have, just as it is. It means cutting myself some slack when things don’t get done and learning about the beauty that exists in the imperfections.

Finally, this year I am praying for grace for our world. We are hurting and broken, but God offers us grace freely and unconditionally. My prayer is that we would accept and live into that grace, extending it to one another and working towards a different way of living.

So, what are you hoping for this year? What is your prayer for 2017?

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

1 John 1:16