Tuesday, August 23, 2016


This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited Book Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, click here.

I am a big fan of Lysa's books.  I've also heard her speak several times and just love her heart and her message.  I was able to spend some time with her a few years ago and she is a genuine and kind woman who loves Jesus.  

She has a new book, Uninvited, that I think will resonate with pretty much all of you.  The subtitle says it all - "Living Loved when you feel Less than, Left out and Lonely".  

Or maybe you have never felt Insecure.  Or Left Out.  Or Lonely.  

I know I have and do regularly.  

In "Uninvited", Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection - from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father.  She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection's ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.  

With chapters like "Her success Does Not Threaten Mine" (DING) and "Ten Things You must Remember When Rejected" (Boom) and "Hello, My name is Trust Issues" (Anyone?) - this book will probably touch a nerve with each of you.  

"The More fully we invite God in, the less we will feel uninvited by others" - Lysa Terkeurst

Because I know this book will really change how you feel about yourself and God, I am excited to give away two copies of this book.  Leave a comment and I will pick two winners on Friday afternoon.   And if you don't win - you can get a copy on Amazon.com or pretty much any bookstore near you! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

First Week

Well, we had a successful first week of school! 

The girls both are loving their classes and teachers.  They have made friends - but they don't know any of their names yet. ha! 

We had open house for Will's MDO on Wednesday.  

And his first day was on Friday! 

He had a GREAT day! He has two great teachers who I know well and I'm so thankful for them!

These are all three of my babies on the first day ever of MDO for them.  They were all around the same age.  This is our seventh year at the MDO/preschool.  It feels like home to us.  

On Friday I had a PTO meeting so I went a little early so I could see the girls at lunch.  I can't believe my baby girl is big enough to sit in the cafeteria and eat and stay in lines and all that comes with kindergarten.  She is doing so great! 

And I always love seeing this girl! She is loving second grade! 

Her first assignment was to bring three favorite things in a paper sack.  She took a turtle she got at the beach, a Little House on the Prairie Book because and an apple.  I love that these are the things she loves.  

We had promotion Sunday today and all the kids moved to their new classes.  We are teaching Will Holden's class this year.  And when I say "teaching" I really mean wrangling toddlers.  I will miss being in our adult class but I try to take every 2nd or 3rd year and teach.  I'm excited to be with his class. 

Hollis' teacher sends me little pictures of her every day.  It makes me so happy to get a glimpse of what she is doing.  

It's been great getting back into a routine.  The early mornings are a little rough and we are still working on getting the girls to bed early.  And if I could just keep up the habit of making lunches at night and laying out clothes at night - we might have a good year.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Greater the Movie

If you know me at all - you know that I LOVE SEC football and especially the Arkansas Razorbacks.  (Go Hogs!)

Let me tell you about one special player.  

Back in 1994, there was a guy named Brandon Burlsworth from Harrison, AR (30 minutes from where I grew up).  He wanted to play football for the hogs.  Other small schools offered him scholarships but he wanted to be a razorback so he chose to walk on.  He worked harder than any scholarship player has ever worked and won a scholarship in 1996.  He went on to be a team captain and all SEC.  He also worked hard academically and earned his master's degree before he played his final game - the first AR football player ever to do that.  He was also a guy of very strong faith.  

The Indianapolis Colts drafted him in 1999 and 11 days later he was killed in a car wreck.  

A slogan that has been at Arkansas ever since has been "Do it the Burls way" - which means do your best even when no one is looking.  A foundations was set up based on his work ethic and Christian values and they bring in kids for each home game who would likely never be able to go to a Razorback game and they sit in a special section for "Burls Kids".  They also work to give kids in Arkansas eye exams and glasses for those who might not be able to afford them.  Brandon was known for his thick glasses.  

I love SEC football and the Razorbacks but I also LOOOOOOOVE a good sports movie.  I don't think I have ever cried at a chick flick but I sob like a baby at every sports movie.  I can't watch this trailer without tearing up.  

Greater - the story of Brandon Burlsworth - is coming out on 8/28 and I want to encourage you to take your family to see it.  It will inspire you and uplift you! Even if you aren't a Hog fan!