For Your Weekend | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

For Your Weekend | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Before we celebrate a three day weekend, let’s stop and remember why we have this upcoming Monday  holiday. 

Many soldiers over our nation’s history have given their lives for our freedom. If you’re ever in Washington, DC, make time to visit Arlington National Cemetery.  There’s a Metro stop right at its entrance. 

I’ve visited Arlington several times.  I’m never quite fully prepared for the physical sight of acres of white soldiers’ tombstones on gently rolling hills. 

While often used as a set backdrop, these tombstones are real.  And more likely than not, you’ll come across a funeral in progress, a sobering reminder that soldiers are still dying for our freedom. 

So pray for those families who have lost their family member. Give thanks for our freedom. 

The Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery
So enjoy our freedom and celebrate it.

Here are your weekend links!

Summer offically begins with a stack of awesome books!

I religiously read Anne Bogel’s blog  Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne publishes a summer reading guide and I love her recommendations! 

Grab your own copy of her 2016 Summer Reading Guide here.  

Help Parenting Teenagers!  Last week I tipped y’all off to a new favorite podcast, The Lazy Genius, and I have to highlight an episode I listened to this week about parenting teens.

Kendra chatted with Meg Duerksen for almost 90 minutes about dealing with a rebellious teen. I loved this real, encouraging conversation that parents need to hear! I’m so glad Kendra didn’t cut off the conversation at 30 minutes.  Just real honest advice from a mom of five who’s lived it and living through it still. 

Coldplay’s on Snapchat!

end of Coldplay’s concert in Barcelona

I’m a Snapchat junkie, goofing with their silly filters more than a grown woman should be!

Exhibit 1: My abuse of Snapchat !

When I found out this week that Coldplay is on Snapchat and documenting their stadium concerts, I flipped out!  If you love Snapchat and Coldplay, you’ll flip too!
Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday Motivation | Eternally Encouraging

Monday Motivation | Eternally Encouraging

It’s Monday, again.


Your freshly built weekend optimism has dissolved. 

But there is One who strengthens, offers good hope and eternally encourages us


So if you’re at the end of your motivation, turn to the One who encourages.


We need You…especially on Mondays.

Strengthen our minds.

Strengthen our hearts.

Strengthen our spirits.

Help us accept Your good hope.

Help us receive Your encouragement…Your eternal encouragement.

Help us as we move in Your strength to do good deeds and speak good words so we may shine like the sun.


Shine on!

For Your Weekend | Mid May Edition

For Your Weekend | Mid May Edition

Around here, it’s time for graduations!

Graduation time again!
So here a few quick

links to help you between the end of year activities, recitals, concerts, graduations, proms and field days!

Jen Hatmaker’s husband has written a new book!

This book speaks to what your heart needs to hear!

Brandon Hatmaker’s book A Mile Wide launches September 13th, but you can preorder it here.

Ai Weiwei’s Instagram

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and political activist. I was first blown away by his work several years ago when I saw his exhibit “According to What?” At the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.

Ai Weiwei’s art provokes strong emotions…

I love following his Instagram. Lately, he’s been in Greece documenting the Syrian refugee crisis as well as his new exhibit..

A riff on his famous photo of breaking a Ming vase

Whether you agree with his political view is beside the point.  Ai Weiwei is genius for making his art make the viewer react and think. 

The Lazy Genius Podcast

So much fun!

Podcasts are a must during drive/chore/exercise time and Kendra Adachi’s Lazy Genius makes all of these so much better!  I love her mantra “Be genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t.”

What’s getting you through the last of school activities?