In an effort to be more active on the blog in 2018, I’m bringing back the Friday Five. The basic idea is that I share five things each week that I’ve found and love so that you can explore them, too!
Making: silly faces
Cooking: poppyseed casserole
Drinking: sweet tea in my AppState Tervis
Reading: Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker and It Starts with Food by Melissa Hartwig
Wanting: more hours in the day Continue reading
Two and a half years ago, I sat on our couch beside my friend Chrissy as we shared what God was teaching us in a Google Hangout with my dearest friend Tori. It was cold and winter and all three of us felt like we had lost perspective on what mattered. We wanted to change that. So once a week, we gathered just like that, two in Charlotte and one in Boone connected through technology to share life together. We decided to read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts in an act of sheer desperation to understand how to shift our perspective, how to focus more on the good than all the bad that threatened to consume us.
Today I’m sharing my 2017 goals. It might seem boring, but I’ve had the best ten days or so reflecting on what I’m hoping for this year. For the past several years, I have loved using Lara Casey’s goal setting series + Powersheets as a way to set goals in the new year– and (for the most part) actually achieve them! I can’t recommend her blog, company, + book enough. I’ve worked through my 2017 Powersheets prep + I’ve decided on 10 goals for 2017. Some of them are broad, some are specific, and some are downright scary– but I’ve prayed + know they are what are best for me and our little family. I want to share them with you here today + each month as a form of accountability + so you can follow along in case you’re interested. Continue reading
Happy New Year’s Eve, friends. I come to this day with a mending heart, a quiet spirit, and a sigh of relief. Most of you know that 2016 has been a heartbreaking year for the Halls, and I don’t say that lightly. We’ve spent the past few months doing the near-impossible task of taping our hearts back together and realizing there is no way to make sense of it all– there is only the opportunity to move forward, ever-so-slowly, into a new way of looking at the world and loving those around us. We come to the end of 2016 holding each other closer, praising Jesus with tear-stained cheeks and shaking, but still-lifted hands. We survived, and we owe it all to Jesus and those He so carefully surrounded us with in this season.
Many have asked that I post the words I shared at Tori’s memorial in September. I’m so grateful for the opportunity the McLean family gave me to share about my dearest friend. I hope you are able to get a glimpse of her heart and love for others.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking back on this second year of marriage. Man, what a year it’s been.