Tag Archives: love

Nephew Time

I got to babysit my one-year-old nephew yesterday ❤ It was wonderful. He is adorable and very well behaved. 

And clearly he was very excited to visit his Tante Amy because he pooped three times while I was watching him. 

We went to visit Auntie Bethany at work and he brought joy to everyone with his adorable, shy grin. I think stores should pay people to walk around with cute babies. It would make life so much better for everyone. 

It was just great. I love that kid so much. Exactly what I needed for post-final recovery! I think I need to kidnap him for the next two weeks. He recharges the soul. 

Happy Summer Memories

Some days I stare at my computer and wonder what the heck to write about. (If you ever wonder which days those are, look to the ones where I talk about books. Books are my inevitable go-to for inspiration.) Other days, I seem to drown in things to say. As this happens to be one of those days where I cannot seem to pick which thing to settle on, here are three happy summer memories that occurred over the last few days:

  • I got to see Ginnie and her kids. Ginnie and I have been friends since high school (maybe middle school in my case) and I am always grateful to see her. Old friends who continue to stick around are some of the best people out there. And if she was not enough, Ginnie has 3 adorable children! We took them to the Madison’s Children’s Museum and had a lovely time. I highly recommend the place. 
  • Friday night I saw my nephew AND went to a neighborhood bonfire! Both proved super fun. One of the neighbors is my age and also entering her 3L year of law school. It is always fun to compare notes and bemoan our life decisions. 
  • Finally…I attended a birthday party for my  cousins! I got to see family and celebrate three of my amazing cousins (plus my brother) last night. They all continue to age at a rapid pace. Delightful company and food…what is not to love? 

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

As a speed reader, I think one of my greatest weaknesses comes from how fast I digest information. No sooner have I read something worth chewing over than I’ve moved on to something else. So, when I find an author who forces me to stop and ponder, I value that author immensely.

C.S. Lewis has always been one of those authors. I picked up The Weight of Glory, which is a sermon he wrote, about three weeks ago and have yet to get any farther than the first paragraph. There is just so much to unpack. Here is how it starts: 

“If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love.”

If you haven’t read the sermon already, I highly recommend checking it out and reading along with me! It is 9 pages long and available as a pdf here.

Thailand Church Goodbye

My final days in Thailand left me feeling very loved by my church family. 

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It wasn’t necessarily anything specific…

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Shopping, laughter, extra messages asking when I’m leaving or what my last days looked like. 

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But they made me feel loved and seen. I even got a shout out in church. 

And though there isn’t a lot I would say I miss about Thailand, my church there is definitely one thing. 

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I cannot imagine the last few months without them. They became my family. ❤

Mother’s Day From Thailand

Living in Thailand, I often feel sapped and brittle, one misadventure away from finally snapping. But when those moments happen, I have one person I can turn to who will fill me with grace and encouragement to keep going: my Mom. I’m grateful for all the friends and family who have encouraged me over this past semester and really blessed me. But heading the group, hands down, is my Mom. 

So this Mother’s Day, I just want to recognize the woman who is in my corner no matter what. She supports me no matter how far away I move and loves me through all my varying emotions, frustrations, and adventures. She points me towards God with her actions and words. I’m so grateful for the Godly, wonderful woman who is my Mother! She is the best!


Happy Birthday, Mom!

9 (Out of a Million) Reasons I’m Thankful For My Mom: (in no particular order)

  1. She loves me regardless. 
  2. She supports all my crazy adventures. 
  3. She buys me food.
  4. She listens when I ramble.
  5. She almost always knows the answer – even if the answer means letting me sort it out on my own. 
  6. She reads my blog and occasionally reminds me to share it with the rest of the world.
  7. She tells me what she’s thinking about.
  8. She rocks at her job! 
  9. She rocks at being a Mom.

(I know she will read this, shake her head, and deny she rocks at her job, but really does. And she better not deny she rocks at being a Mom because she has 5 successful children that say otherwise.) 

Nephew <3

My nephew was born yesterday!! He’s the cutest little chunker ever. (Over 9 pounds!) Both my sister-in-law and baby are doing well. I got to hold him today and he is so precious. With 2 loving parents, 9 aunts and uncles, 4 grandparents, and a great many more great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles, first cousins once removed, and second cousins (not to mention all the friends and acquaintances of the above named people) to dote on him, I challenge you to find a more loved little boy right now! 

Welcome to the world, Baby Bucky! We’ve been eagerly awaiting you.