6.22.14

I can remember pulling out of Springfield and recording this voice memo this summer.  I was 4 days away from being home, and 15 days on the road.  traveling cross country with the kids, stopping in cities and towns to stay with friends who’ve become so dear to us.  most of these friends I didn’t even know five years ago.  It’s amazing how quickly you can bond with people over mission trips together, adoption, starting a business, being in ministry together.  It was a dream of a trip, and by that I don’t mean it was free from frustration, tears, fights, sleepless nights…because it was full of those too.  but the chance to take off for almost 3 weeks to cruise around the southeast is not lost on me.

these are the moments I don’t want to forget.  

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first stop without Stephen, was outside Atlanta to stay with my Noonday girl Paige and her family.  her teenage girls greeted us in their front yard when we got there Sunday afternoon and we spent hours sitting around that afternoon talking about our story, adoption, and playing with Camp + Asher.  Everywhere I went, I learned something new in the kitchen – and Paige has a lot to teach me with her homemade pizza.  Mornings around the breakfast table with coffee in hand while the kids explore their backyard, and a whole day at the pool made our time in Atlanta so memorable.

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It amazes me how close everything is in the southeast, it was a joy to drive 20 minutes up the mountain from Chatanooga to visit my adoption sister Tobi on the way to Nashville.  We met at Created for Care 2 years ago and were instantly sisters.  Her home was a magical dream land, and it was incredible to meet her sweet daughter Ivey, that we had prayed home.

 

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I pulled out of Atlanta [via Chatanooga] and made our way to see my photography friend Misty and her family in Nashville.  I get tears in my eyes thinking about her standing in her front yard with her son Asher on her hip  in to welcome us to music city.  Her sweet husband emerged from the house to unload my car [which had already gotten pretty tiring], and as I sat down on the back porch swing, I had a glass of wine in hand.  These people know how to welcome their guests!  Walks to dinner, late nights on the front porch, and a much needed night out with girls filled my tank so much.

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I had an extra day to spend, and why not travel 300 miles out of the way to visit the Mohr’s in St. Louis?  Katie is a dear dear friend, and we had no idea this trip would be the start of what is now The Carry Camp.  Sarah happened to be in town too, and our little playdate downtown was the start of something so beautiful.  ONLY God could have ordained that meeting!!

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Springfield has a special place in our hearts.  I literally think about it weekly.  Most of our “man up” missions family lives there – and through adoption and Africa, those people have become so dear to us.  we’ve made multiple road trips to Springfield, MO over the years and I was excited to visit.  The Gibsons made me feel right at home.  I finally got to sleep in a separate room than the kids [ they had fun slumber partying with Zoie!], and thanks to all the fun goodies waiting for me by the bed, I felt like a queen.  Farmers market, the fun ice cream party with everyone, and going to church with them made us feel like part of the family!

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I’m SO GLAD I recorded that when I did.  Not that I have forgotten those moments, but they take me back.

 

I challenge you to do the same!  record your thoughts and memories in the moment!  you will be glad you did!

  • paige - love you like crazy & ya’ll are welcome here any day!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chantel Klassen - <3 YES! I'd love to go on such a trip, but even more so, this makes me want to be a more hospitable person.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - What a sweet and fun road trip full of so much great friendships! Bless you for being on the road just you + the two little ones ;) Quite the brave momma! I love how small the world is. One of my very best friends who I was just visiting in St. Louis is friends with Katie. I have heard her talk about her over the years, and now it runs full circle since you are friends with her.

    Small world.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Bunker - That’s so cool how you’ve made sweet connections all over the states! So cool to see how people can connect because of our stories.

    If you’re ever in Houston, holla at me! :)ReplyCancel

7.14.14

let these beautiful voices singing praise to the Lord wash over you today.

God is good.

and he’s doing his work of JUSTICE all over the world.

“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him.” – Isaiah 30:18

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my time with International Justice Mission in Kigali, Rwanda will not soon be forgotten.

you too, can be part of bringing freedom to the captives for $24/ month.  join the fight with IJM by becoming a freedom partner today.

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photos by Paige Knusden

 

11.26.13

Africa has taught me a lot.  but when I recorded this, I was doing a testimonial for the Mocha Club and their I Need Africa campaign.

 

“Africa has taught me that family is built on more than a blood line”

and I don’t know how to else to say it, but show you pictures of our “Africa family”.

they are a part of me, of us, forever.

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  • Catherine Diehm Wilson - Love these pictures! That is SO true. My 8 year old was telling me the other day that he loves how easy the people here except him. You meet someone, they introduce yourself, and now you are instant friends, easy as that! The acceptance and relationship happens so openly and quickly!ReplyCancel

1.16.14

listening to this bucket list makes me smile.  it makes me want to go out and DO STUFF.  not just TALK about doing stuff, but really do stuff.  to truly #livealive.  life is busy, and some weekends it’s just way easier to stay home, clean the house, get “prepared” for the week…which I absolutely love doing that.  it makes me feel put together and ready.  but the weekends where I truly am myself, are weekends like these on my bucket list.  this is where the memories are made.  ok, bucket list, let’s do this!

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go to a concert + dance

go to a winery

wonder the streets of a small town square

reading time on the lake city, colorado porch

pray with someone to receive christ

get another tattoo

lake weekend with good friends

baylor baseball game in the spring

slumber party with girlfriends

experience friday night lights again

hill country road trip with my man

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what’s on your bucket list?

(31 of 57) one night at the Royal Daughters Glampout in August, my friend Jami sang thing song over us.

Beloved. 

THE BELOVED OF THE LORD

TAKE REFUGE IN THE SHADOW OF MY WINGS

THE BELOVED OF THE LORD

TAKE REFUGE IN THE SHADOW OF MY WINGS

 

THERE YOU WILL DRINK FROM MY CUP SO FULL OF LIFE

OH I CHOSE YOU, I CHOSE YOU, I CHOSE YOU

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

MY LOVE IS DEEP

YOU WERE MADE BY MY HANDS

TO LOOK JUST LIKE ME

YOU ARE A PRICELESS TREASURE

KNIT TOGETHER

SO PERFECTLY

THE BELOVED OF THE LORD

OH HOW YOU MATTER TO ME

I’M THE LOVER OF YOUR SOUL

THE BELOVED OF THE LORD

I’ll WALK BESIDE YOU

YOU’LL NEVER BE ALONE

 

OH COME AND DRINK FROM MY CUP SO FULL OF LIFE

OH I CHOSE YOU, I CHOSE YOU, I CHOSE YOU

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

MY LOVE IS DEEP

YOU WERE MADE BY MY HANDS

TO LOOK JUST LIKE ME

YOU ARE A PRICELESS TREASURE

KNIT TOGETHER

SO PERFECTLY

YOU ARE RADIANT

NEVER COVERED IN SHAME

THE BELOVED OF THE LORD

OH PLEASE SEE THROUGH MY EYES

YOU’LL NEVER BE THE SAME

MY BELOVED, OH

MY BELOVED. YEAH

MY BELOVED, OH

MY BELOVED, YEAH

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and it made me think of all of you – 

we are His beloved

we are chosen

we are NOT forgotten

let the truth sink in

you are HIS. 

Jami will have this song up for grabs on iTunes in the coming weeks, but until then check her/her ministry out at The Hen House