1)I am slightly confused about the shade of my natural hair color. I think I’m going to dye it the color of my roots and just see what happens.
2)I’m thoroughly enjoying a new set of exercise dance videos I found on instant Netflix. Although the hosts combine a series of odd facial expressions with unfortunate phrases like, “this is funky fresh” and “you are now going to get your groove on” they’re pretty good dancers with surprisingly difficult choreography.
3)Last night I was dancing my heart out to the aforementioned video, dressed in my shamrock pajama pants, home-made graphic blue t-shirt, and tall brown boots. (My tennis shoes have gone missing.) Sean referred to this ensemble as “Thrift Store Throw-Up” or “I Have to Go Grab More Wood From the Pile”. This wasn’t mean-spirited… I knew my get-up was a target from the second I started my first step-ball-change.
4)It is so cold in Nashville that I turned the heat on. Sarah is bundled up on a blanket next to the air vent and I’m in fuzzy pullover with my second cup of coffee. This is awesome!
5)I had a dream last night I was trying to get in a building but there was a wasp on the door and when I went to grab my phone (to have someone open the door from inside), my phone was under a webbing of spiders. Every time I tried to get the phone a bug would jump on me. I woke up itching so bad I couldn’t go back to sleep. Eventually I took a Benadryl. Not sure if the itching caused the dream or if the dream caused the itching. Either way… t’was no good.
6) Painted Pumpkins:
7) The Middle and Modern Family come on tonight. J
Sean has taken some time off of the road to write, and in the meantime he decided to make a FREE download available on his website. "Kiss" is one of his favorite songs to perform, but was never put on a record. You can click HERE to go get it, and if you haven't heard Sean before, I highly encourage you to watch this video. I was a fan before we ever started dating, so I'm not just being biased... (PS This performance was recorded for radio, so the man sitting on stage without an instrument is the radio host )
Last Fall, I was sitting in my living room, browsing Facebook when I saw a link my dear friend Tricia had posted about helping her friend raise money for an adoption. Curious, I clicked the link and was immediately taken aback by what I saw. Tricia's friend was young, single, beautiful, and was not adopting one child, but FOURTEEN children. I was absolutely stunned and had to know more. Through a series of links I was led to her blog where I spent an entire day reading. Since then, I have continued to follow Katie's journey and I have been consistently inspired by her courage, her heart, her writing, and as she puts it in her new book: her decision to "quit her life." While most of her friends were worried about frat parties and college exams, she was the mother of 6 and founder of a non-profit by age 19. Her ministry now sponsors over 450 children, providing them with education, medical assistance, food, and more. Did I mention she's only 22?
A few months after our discovery of Katie and her non-profit, Amazima, Sean was downtown talking to some people at work about our choice to adopt when he mentioned her name. One of the awesome men Sean works with, spoke up and said he actually knew Katie well. Long story short, he remembered how touched we were by Katie's story, and a few weeks ago he and his wife invited Sean and I to be their guests at an Amazima fundraiser. Not only would we be able to learn more about the ministry and eat a fantastic dinner, but we would also be able to hear from Katie herself. The event was this past Saturday, and it was truly incredible.
Hearing Katie speak was amazing and at the end of the night she even signed our copy of her new book, "Kisses from Katie." She was unassuming, genuine, articulate, and passionate. While she is admired by so many, she somehow always turned it away from herself and made it all about God. She could have gotten up there and said, "I did this. I did that." But instead, her entire focus was on what God had done, and how thankful she was to have been witness to the miracles and have people state-side invest in that journey.
The event was profoundly unique and I even ran into my 7th grade Science teacher, whom I had not seen in over 10 years. (She was one of the reasons I went into teaching, so it was so fantastic getting to see pictures of her kids and hear about her life.)
Sean and I are truly thankful we were able to attend the event and look forward to seeing what happens through Amazima in the future.
You can check out more about her book HERE and more about Amazima HERE.
P.S. I'm about halfway through the book. It's amazing.