Little Things

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” -Luke 16:10

Here is what I’m wondering: What “little things” in my life am I ignoring because I’m in too much of a hurry to get to something that I perceive will be bigger and better?


Sometimes I feel like I am waiting for Life (big L!) to happen, when it is actually going on right under my nose, disguised as everyday moments like listening to one of my patients who feels sad, or going on a walk with a friend, or making dinner when I would rather be lounging on the couch with a glass of chardonnay (don’t worry, I do that too).

Today I am asking God to give me new eyes to start seeing the “little things” as opportunities to be faithful to Him; moments in which I can pay attention to my actual, messy, beautiful life.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for theย Lordย rejoices to see the work begin…” -Zechariah 4:10

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Loving Lately [#15]

Hi friends! I feel like I haven’t done one of these bad boys in awhile, so here goes:

1. Bananagrams. Have I mentioned how much I love this game? I think my introvert self likes that there is minimal interaction with others. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also- words! I love words. This game reminds me of Scrabble but… better. Plus it comes in a cute banana pouch so you can’t argue with that.


2. Nello’s lavender sauce. My in-laws gave this to us to try, and Josh and I both loved the lavender flavor so much! It sounds weird but it really isn’t overpowering at all. I mixed some fresh basil and ground chicken into it, then served it over pasta for dinner one night.


3. Pumpkin Spice Rx bars. When I initially tried Rx bars I didn’t love them because they were a little too chewy for my liking, but I will buy a seasonal item in a hot minute. I’m glad I gave these bars another chance because I loved this flavor! It was the perfect on-the-go snack. Will definitely be stocking up before they go out of season.


4. Not in a Hurry by United Pursuit. My friend sent me this song a few weeks ago and I have been listening ever since. It reminds my soul to slow down and rest in the presence of God- the only place we find true peace. The lyrics are so beautiful!

5. Perfect Bars. Apparently I’m into overpriced bars these days? I found this one at Trader Joe’s in the refrigerated section and just had to taste test. It is basically a brick of almond butter and honey (aka perfection), and it was especially delicious after being warmed up in the microwave for about 10 seconds. There are several other flavors that I’m excited to try whenever my wallet allows!


That’s all I got for now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your week!

NC State Fair 2017

Aaaand it’s Monday again! Time flies, doesn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This weekend my dad and his girlfriend drove up from Charlotte to visit, so on Saturday we went to the NC State Fair along with my little sister.


Fun fact: I met my husband at the state fair! No, he wasn’t a carnie, although personally I think Josh would look super attractive handing out cotton candy or popping kettle corn. My roommate/best friend was dating his cousin at the time, and they set us up on a blind date of sorts. It’s strange to think that was 3 years ago!


My two favorite things at the fair are the swings and the kettle corn. Never mind the fact that the swings were constructed circa 1917 and are apt to break and catapult someone into space at any moment; these things mustn’t be considered when enjoying your day at the state fair. (I also love the giant turkey legs but am a little salty that the price is now $10!)



Our time at the fair consisted of all the usual suspects- random foods, petting prized farm animals and immediately hand-sanitizing, admiring thousand-pound pumpkins (and I was complaining about chopping a little butternut squash!), and just generally enjoying walking around in the sunny October weather. Call me a southerner, but I really do look forward to this weekend every year!


Just for funsies- I found where I (briefly) recapped our time at the fair last year. My hair was so short! On a side note, I am terrible at hair care and that was actually the last time I got it cut. Whoops.ย 

Enjoy your week, everyone!

Fall Salad

It’s so weird- I rarely craved salads during the summer, but now that it’s fall I’ve been making them right and left! This particular salad is modeled after my favorite “Incredibull” from Happy + Hale that I have written about here and here. The original has beets and quinoa as well, but I just don’t have it in me to whip those up after wrestling a 3 pound butternut squash into submission. The roasted squash, by the way, is totally worth it. You could also buy pre-chopped if you’re short on time/patience. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you enjoy!

Fall Salad (serves 3-4)

-1 biiiig bunch kale
-4 tablespoons olive oil
-3 tablespoons tahini
-juice of 1 lemon
-fresh dill, to taste (I use a lot!)
-salt, to taste
-1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 large butternut squash or 4 sweet potatoes, cubed and roasted*
-1/2 cup pepitas
-2 large or 4 small avocados, sliced

1. De-stem the kale, if it isn’t already. Place in large bowl; add dill and salt.

2. Massage kale with olive oil, tahini, and lemon juice.

3. Divide kale mixture onto plates and top with beans, squash, nuts, and avocado. (This would also be great with shredded chicken if you have it!)

4. FEAST.

*To roast cubed squash, I coat it in olive oil and salt and bake at 415 degrees for 30ish minutes.

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Pumpkin Picking

The title of this post is a little misleading because we didn’t actually pick any pumpkins, but we did visit a pumpkin patch on Saturday with our nieces and nephew and it was so much fun! Whenever I spend time with kids I am always so refreshed by their fun-loving, carefree spirits. It was a great Saturday filled with lots of family time, goofiness, and grilling/eating.

At the pumpkin patch we played in a silo filled with corn (sounds weird but was actually great), rode a cow train, and got lost in a corn maze. Solid day with the fam. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Next fall activity on the docket = NC State Fair next weekend!

Rejoice always

This week really wore me down for some reason. Anyone else? I’ve had this verse on repeat in my mind:

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice. Pray. Give thanks. This is God’s will for us always! Not just when circumstances are favorable, but all. the. time. I think it’s important to note that God doesn’t necessarily call us to give thanks for all circumstances, but in them. I am such a work in progress when it comes to practicing that continually.

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Whether this weekend finds you working or resting or maybe a little bit of both, I hope you can find the time to practice rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks.ย I’m excited because we have friends coming for dinner tonight, and then tomorrow we’ll spend the day with family who are in town. Sunday I work again, so I am going to make the most of my rest day. See you back here next week!

 

Weekend Gratitude

I loved reading this reminder last week to be thankful for the “mundane” things in life. In that same spirit, I wanted to make a list of things I was thankful for this past weekend!

-Sweet potato fries + vino… and my husband, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

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-Playing Bananagrams

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-Grocery store coupons (because I didn’t choose the Dave Ramsey life, the Dave Ramsey life chose me)

-Attending a continuing ed course at Duke (the subject was pediatric traumatic brain injury- super interesting! Made me miss the grad school days)

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-Rollerblading with Josh

-Snuggling babies in the church nursery

-Watching Moana (might be my new favorite Disney movie!)

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-Eggs and avocado toast

-Reading 1 John

-The smell of laundry

-Trying a new snack recipe

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-Morning cups of tea

-Hosting small group at our apartment

-Crockpot chili

Have a great week, friends! When the days start to feel busy and overwhelming, let’s pause and come back to these simple moments of gratitude. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dear “Needing-A-Break” Soul

Every morning I get a lovely, inspiring little email from Brave Girls Club. I received one last week that spoke straight to my heart, and knew I had to share it on here. I hope it resonates with you as much as it did me, and helps you give yourself permission to enjoy the gift of rest!

“Dear Needing-a-Break Soul,

We would never expect a car to run without fuel. We would never expect an appliance to work without being plugged in. We would never expect a flashlight to work without batteries.

Why do expect ourselves to operate at full capacity without refueling, recharging, recalibrating?

We need white space.

We need eye rest. We need peace and quiet.

We need to stop thinking so hard, stop moving so fast, stop worrying so much.

Sometimes we forget that one of the most important parts of our daily work, our weekly work, our life’s work — is the chill time.

You need rest. You need time to chill and be. You need to be nourished. You are a living, breathing, feeling being.

Take some time. Schedule it in. It is part of your important life work. No one is going to take care of this part of things, so you must. You are too important to wear out.

You are so very very very loved.”

chill

How She Does It

Somehow it’s October now?! That is insane. I think Octobers in North Carolina are amazing though, so I am one happy girl.

I wanted to let everyone know that one of my very best friends, Alex Davis, started a gorgeous blog called How She Does It and you have to go check it out! She even let me guest post on it, and I wrote (here) about hustling versus resting in grace. Something I am constantly learning, as any reader of this blog knows. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Alex and I at Wine & Design for her bachelorette ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a little bit about How She Does It:

How She Does Itย is a lifestyle and career blog that celebrates the many different ways that women work. Our mission is to empower and inspire women to work as they live: joyfully, and on purpose. We publish relatable articles that touch on all facets of our careers, from navigating workplace conflicts, to crafting stellar resumes, to championing the many ways real women have overcome professional challenges and seized opportunities.”

Love love love it. So go check out Alex’s blog STAT and enjoy the beginning of this most beautiful month!