24 June 2022

this probably isn't even half of this week's gifts....

  • the "marathon" i thought i would be running on Friday really just ended up being 2 5Ks with plenty of rest in between
  • "do not allow the state of the world around you determine the condition of your heart." - Jon Tyson
  • truth sharpied on my arm
  • a houseful and poolful of some incredible middle schoolers friday night
  • having fantastic folks at everbe to take care of things 
  • first book of vacation (quickly followed by the first nap of vacation)
  • God's faithfulness, revelation and healing for my dear friend.
  • this bridge.  means we're ALMOST to St. Simons
  • best McDonald's cheeseburger on the beach I've ever had (happy to be the recipient of yaya's blessing of the day)(truth be told - I'm the recipient of her blessing of the day soooo many days! can't even count all the blessings yaya has bestowed this week!)
  • plenty of porch sitting, coffee drinking, conversation having 
  • lane's willingness to set up the tent..and constant willingness to serve and bless others
  • sunrise ruck with my favorite national guard army chaplain (ruck for him, walk for me)


  • buffet of salt water taffy
  • walking on the beach...with my dad...with my brother...with my other brother...with my sister...with my daughter...with my other daughter...with my other daughter...with my son...with my husband.  so very happy to walk on the beach. 
  • chimes from the prayer chapel playing hymns
  • sunset at epworth 
  • knowing to bring/wear socks in the house
  • the "coincidence" of running into Jonathan on my walk
  • getting to be with my family at St. Simons
  • the mcmichael manatee walk 

17 June 2022

Oh the Lord's been good to me! And so I thank the Lord...

  • everybody is HOME
  • hot and sour soup (x2)
  • "I am" by Judah. (jess hall always shares the BEST songs)
  • looking out and seeing eli in the kayak in the pond...and the fact that nick and caroline and i had just been laughing about the very idea the night before
  • consistently hearing "it's all going to be ok" everytime i've prayed for a particular friend who is going through a ridiculously difficult time
  • the ease of having CS youth here for their pool party (nick's parking lot directing was especially impressive)
  • peaceful decision/unity about caroline and soccer for the fall
  • sisters and silly faces
  • being invited into the dirt
  • delightfully delicious apple chips from aldi
  • the gift of a perfect orange skittle from reagan during church
  • swimming with terry the turtle 
  • the encouragement and testimony michelle shared from sunday
  • especially sweet tuesday time with laura lea
  • new to me jean skirt that fits just right (and pairs perfectly with white keds and braided hair)(just kidding about the white keds and braided hair)
  • more good stuff from written to speak

  • laughing with lane about the court drama going on in warrenton
  • remembering Ms. Mildred Raley and the way she loved and served so well for so long (especially thankful for her willingness to lead GAs - and to teach us "fruit basket turnover" and "steal the bacon")
  • a veterinary clinic that was able to see our kitty cat
  • jupiter is drinking water (and eating!) again
  • the authenticity/vulnerability/Truth of nick's preaching - tough topic handled beautifully with grace and truth
  • "all You are is all i want" - lyrics from here again
  • acc passed the math part of the accuplacer! 
  • successful potluck at cityscape (and many hands that prepared it :))
  • faircloths reunited!
  • 2 more sleeps until SSI
  • chuck's plumbing was able to come out quickly (again)
  • clever messaging from the rabbit room about the book i ordered/its delivery

10 June 2022

another week full of gifts

  • "may your holiness inhabit my humanity." - John Eldridge 
  • "God, how do you want to replenish my reserves?" - John Eldridge
  • getting glimpses of Souled Out on Instagram and from Jim and Shelley
  • Emma's dance showcase and all the fabulous people who were able to come support/celebrate her

  • "...You (God) do what is right." from Psalm 71...porch ponderings,,,
  • "...made alive in the Spirit." from 1 Peter 5...more porch ponderings...
  • "....overjoyed when His Glory is revealed." from 1 Peter 4...more porch ponderings
  • the way Zoe greeted Sally Wednesday morning
  • good stuff: 

  • "we desire to depend on You." - lectio365
  • the gardenias and forsythias papa brought
  • how incredibly easy it was to pick up the Boston Butts for Cityscape's potluck
  • how much Zoe enjoyed "scruffers" (and knowing they'll have almost 2 weeks at the beach together)

  • a little weekend taste of what is to come at SSI in just over a week
  • sweet little venture to spend time with Katie in their new house (and meet ollie! and get to see William again! and have CFA!)
  • nice fella at cascade hills park that gave us access to the bathroom
  • monday's playground marathon (ellerslie park wins the prize!)

  • unexpected lemon pepper chicken tenders with Yaya and Zoe Wednesday night
  • more opportunities to trust the Lord with my children and their hearts/lives/future plans
  • making the most of some very slow drive thru lines...(the cappuccino blast was worth the wait)
  • free water :) 

  • getting things on the to-do list done (and how a to-do list really helps)
  • watching the little skunk video nick sent (never had I ever watched a skunk move about)
  • laughing with Eli at the John Crist special
  • knowing each cash was right where they were supposed to be this week

03 June 2022

looking for, naming, collecting gifts

  • really kind customer service from Columbus Water Works
  • Thai and Thai double date with Meghan and Mason
  • unexpected walk with Lauren - and realizing just how valuable weekly rhythms are
  • sitting between 2 of my favorite humans at the Jeeah's Hope Breathe celebration lunch
  • nick's awesome meeting leading abilities
  • great historical/biblical fiction by Tessa Afshar
  • blueberries, blackberries, gardenias and zinnias at Everbe
  • the way gardenias make the world smell better
  • make up "Tuesday time" on Thursday morning
  • abundance of cherry coke
  • hearing testimonies from Louise and Bill...strength, faith and trust in God
  • Elevation Worship: Same God
  • lifelong friendship between Eli and Eli 
  • time with Carey
  • Christ Be Magnified
  • perfect little plant pots from Tiffany
  • praying through the JH's dad's list
  • staff meeting around Jonathan and Lisa's table
  • good quote about looking for the gifts: 

  • talking to Meme this morning
  • getting to talk to my dad most every day
  • the deliciousness of Boston Butt 
  • lemon pepper seasoning/jim's thoughtfulness
  • last minute airbnb bookings that are so refreshing/easy
  • the sickness seems to be over and done with
  • hearing laura lane laugh



27 May 2022

right side up (and a few upside down) thankful things

  • antelope canyon - hidden in plain sight
  • finding a touch of warrenton/jebco on most blue mail boxes
  • horseshoe bend + sunset + every moment holy liturgy
  • walking to the PO with Caroline
  • finding the fingernail polish colors that Emma wanted
  • sweet playground time with Zoe (and Caroline!) x2
  • random things/gifts to contribute...
  • good news from Columbus Water Works
  • celebrating zoe's 4th birthday
  • kids willingly and volunteering-ly cleaning up the kitchen after dinner
  • such good conversation over date night dinner (and victor's generosity)
  • my buttons
  • laughing at Herd Mentality
  • "process your emotions with Me" devotional email that came at JUST the right time
  • super awesome cinnamon roll + coffee in flagstaff
  • nick + me + Caroline running in flagstaff
  • wil's generosity with his hotel points
  • time in/at the hotel pool

  • snack shopping spree
  • fun birthday packages for Zoe to open
  • cash kids in Cracker Barrel rocking chairs
  • how a hotel window/ledge can be an altar 
  • liturgy for waiting...complete with a paper coffee cup 
  • best use of delta "meal" vouchers - Starbucks at 4:30am
  • Eli's attention to the boarding passes
  • being back in GA
  • being back on Whitesville Road
  • Laura Lane wanted to come to Columbus
  • so happy to see my brother! 
  • zinnias and deer meet from my dad
and a few upside down thankful things...
  • all the times masks are not required
  • all of the times I have not forgotten my pajama pants on trips
  • all of the times we've flown and flights have not be cancelled
  • all of the flights where I have not gotten motion sick
  • all of the days/afternoons not spent problem solving and trouble shooting airbnb issues

20 May 2022

words fall short...very very thankful.

  • "the unseen is not insignificant." - beth redman
  • philippians 4:9 "the God of peace will be with you" (so simple. so profound.)
  • very delightful breathe event...with eucalyptus shower spray take homes and very delicious lemon blueberry cake (and meaningful connections and conversations)
  • pretzels and coke at some high level of altitude
  • channeling my inner Lane - having coffee in the back of the plane
  • driving along the Arizona road listening to Andrew Peterson's Nothing to Say
  • getting to watch "American Underdog" on the flight
  • the delight of traveling with the Cash Family
  • this guy...he plans our trips (and leads our family) so incredibly
  • amazing friends and family willing to take care of things at everbe to help make this trip possible
  • very delicious french toast, bacon and sausage for dinner
  • the MAGNIFICENCE of the Grand Canyon.  goodness.  words fall very short. 
  • clean and comfy and air conditioned places to sleep
  • the way all 3 older cash kids look out for/help with zoe
  • our God is King of Canyons (every moment holy)


13 May 2022

gifts and provision and abundance

  • couch swapping 
  • running into dear friends on our anniversary date night...(and getting complimentary dessert!)
  • 20 years of marriage!

  • "teach me to trust you fully and to continually return to you for insight throughout my day." - lectio 365
  • new screen on my phone (and a renewed intention to not drop it)
  • the best line in children's literature that I've read in a long time:
  • "empty out of my heart everything that is false - every lie and every crooked thing."  proverbs 30:7
  • shocking procedures that go well 
  • lovely carnations in a recycled capers jar
  • lane and papa made it to the soccer game!
  • losing soccer games aren't the end of the world (ridiculously thankful to get to hug Caroline in the midst of the disappointment)
  • instructions (rejoice in the Lord! be joyful in God my savior!) and promises (He is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enable me to go on the heights!) 
  • hearing Caroline teaching Zoe about the Bible
  • sweet Mother's Day....full of kind and thoughtful words and gestures...
  • plenty of pool time this week! (and after pool kisses and snuggles)