For the Love…A Teaser

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A few months ago, I announced that I was selected to be on the Launch Team for Jen Hatmaker’s new book, For The Love.  I am still on the biggest high about all this.  There is no joke when I say that I sorta want to be Jen Hatmaker when I grow up.  Being on this Launch Team has been more than just getting an advanced copy of the book…I have 499, actually make that 4,499 new friends.  Yep.  Jen and her amazing, giving, hilarious self decided that she wanted the 4,500 others applicants that didn’t make the official launch team to be involved too.  So, while you are living your life we are all in this underground society of women (and some men) reading, laughing, loving, sharing and feverishly praying.  It is BIG TIME.  These launch members are young/old/black/white and everywhere in between.  Some have a lot of money and some have very little.  They are happily married, sadly divorced, college students, and empty nesters.  We have welcomed new babies and puppies, and cried when loved ones have died.   These people make shirts, mugs, and leather bracelets.  I have never in my life been a part of something so large where EVERY SINGLE MEMBER own these wide-open hearts.

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Yep.  Bought a mug.  I am only pretending to drink out of it.  It is just for looks.  I don’t want the letters to come off in the dishwasher, or my husband to accidently drop it and it shatter into pieces.  I am afraid the merlot coffee will make a stain and it will be ruined and gone forever.

Just like this whole Launch Team deal.  The book comes out August 8th.  That will be here tomorrow basically.

I don’t want this whole Launch party thing to end.  It has become part of my life.  These women, the book, the connection.  I have re-read the book over 100 times.  I still laugh and cry.  Jen has actually invited us 500 to come to Austin for a live party.  I am so giddy even thinking about meeting her.   I would actually sit my butt on her couch.  Like where her butt sits everyday.  #ican’teven.

This book is genius.  If you haven’t preordered…go HERE now and do it.  I know I have a tendency to exaggerate…but I am serious when I say this is one of the best books I have ever read.  For The Love is a book on how amazing YOU are.  Yes, you.  How this whole grace thing is real, and how we are free to live and SHOW UP in this beautiful life.  We are free to be ourselves, free to serve, and free to love.  We were essentially created to love.  To love God, to love ourselves, to love our families, our co-workers, our neighbors, to love yoga pants, to love our partners, to love cheese and red wine, and even to love that semi-annoying person in your life.  Show up and love.  It can be that simple.  It is that simple.

In chapter 3 of this book, Jen talks about our “calling.”  This is something I think we all struggle with at some point in our lives.  I have struggled in the past with my life being equal to my calling.  Mommas, you hear me.  Changing your shirt 17 times because the baby keeps spitting up on your shoulder.  Are these dirty dishes in the sink really my calling?  Is it my calling to pee in my pants every time I do a jumping jack?  (Don’t stop doing jumping jacks…it can happen when you sneeze party people.)  Yes. All of this is our calling.  We may not be in a lab finding the cure for cancer.  That is not our gift.  Our gift is showing up.  So show up.  Teach our children what it looks like to to show up and how to love.  Letting them see how we speak to others, and model behavior and kindness.

Jen’s chapters on Telling the Truth, Dear Kids, and Marriage are deep, touching and so on point.  I still bawl my eyes out every time I read them.  In Telling the Truth, she reminds us that secrets are wild and free in the dark…but truth telling is liberating and freeing.  Dear Kids is a chapter dedicated to her children. Reminding them to choose kindness, to love Jesus, and to be themselves.  The chapter on Marriage is so REAL.  Jen uses her own success/failures to come up with 10 to-dos. Some of her ideas include having FUN with your man, finding a couple to date/vacay with,  and having lots and lots of sex.  I snuck and let my husband read that one sentence of the book.  He loves Jen Hatmaker now too.

She talks about dress codes, turning 40, and if there were no social media around way back when.  There are four hysterical chapters that Jen titles, Thank You Notes.  She sarcastically thanks people who reply “all” to emails, automatic flushing toilets, and the lady who ends up in in the dressing room next to you who always needs a size 2 because the size 4 is simply falling off.  #ican’teven.

Do yourself a flavor.  (not a typo)  Go order the book.

Start reading  Start loving.  Start SHOWING UP.

 

 

Layered Salad

My sister-in-law used to always makes this layered salad when we had family gatherings.  I would beg her to make it because I loved it so much.  Once when she was visiting, I drove her to the store and bought the ingredients for her to make this…she does this thing right. Since she lives too far away to mail me a salad, I figured I would make my own for one of my recipes for May Project 12.   This salad turned out almost as good as Aunt Molly’s.  🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Spinach (2-3 cups)
  • Iceberg Lettuce (2-3 cups)
  • 8 Boiled Eggs
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 12 ounces of cooked bacon
  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 package of frozen peas (Slightly thawed)

 

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Start to layer the salad in order of ingredients listed; spinach, iceberg, diced boiled eggs, sliced red onions.

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Next add the crumbled (cooked) bacon, shredded cheddar and chopped tomatoes.

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Every layered salad has to have peas!  (Make sure you let them thaw for a few hours before topping the salad.)

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The dressing…top priority here.    I used sour cream and a ranch packet, and it was thick and yummy.

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Look at the layers!  Yum!  Let this sit for a few hours in the fridge and then toss right before you eat it.  I took this to church last week and it was a hit.
What may have not been a hit:  I  shouted across the room to my husband, “Babe, can you toss my salad?” He (and possibly all the deacons/elders/minister/Jesus) looked at me like I was crazy, then got that I meant I really needed him to go toss the salad.   Laugh, Mom.  It’s funny.

This is a crowd-pleaser and great to take for a potluck. Next up for May Project 12… every Southern woman has to be able to make deviled eggs.  I’ll show you a little spin I put on them.

 

Weekend Fun!

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Last Thursday, my little girl turned 12.  It is hard to believe that she was just a little thing not to long ago.  I was a nostalgic mess, looking through old photos, and strolling down memory lane.  Being a mom is such an important role for me, and I cannot believe how amazing this girl has turned out.  I am beyond proud of Kadyn.  She is beautiful, smart, responsible, sweet, and Jesus is her homeboy.

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This just happened to pop up on my Instagram feed around the same time.  I LOVE IT.  I have felt the most success at being a mom and a wife.  Probably because I like this role, and I bring love to this role.   I remember in college how all my friends were picking a major and couldn’t wait to go to work wearing their power suits and carrying their briefcases.  Not me.  I just wanted to be a mom and a wife.  That was and is my passion.  I feel even stronger about it as my children have gotten older.  I was not passionate about my major in college, or most of my career as a PE teacher.  Luckily, I found yoga.  I love loving my job.  And I am passionate about it.  I would be crushed if I couldn’t teach yoga anymore.  But it doesn’t hold a candle to how I feel about being a wife and mom.

What do you find your success?  It is probably in areas of your life you bring love to.

IMG_1395My husband and I were able to sneak away for a date night on Friday.  The upper elementary kids were doing a service project at school, where they offered to watch the lower elementary kids after school.  SOLD.

IMG_1366 Spring means we spend our Saturdays on the soccer field.  I am sure most parents can relate to this…baseball field, track, gymnastics center.  Luckily, the weather was beautiful this weekend.  My son is usually less concerned with what position he is playing, and more concerned with what the snack is afterwards.

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I completed my Level 2 Intuitive Energy Healing on Saturday.  You can read about my experience with Level 1 training HERE.  I have practiced on friends and family, and even did a house clearing with a friend.  I feel ready to take on clients.  Let me know if energy work is something you want/need more of in your life. The pendulum is Tiger’s eye and was a gift from my mentor.  I have already used it several times since Saturday and sleep with it by my bed.

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Saturday evening, my daughter had a few friends over for her birthday.   We made candles, then headed to Sweet Frogs for frozen yogurt.  This was the happening place to be…can’t you tell by the trash can!?!    I ate a huge yogurt with tons of toppings and have regretted it ever since.  Sugar and too much dairy are no good for my UC.  I have felt an overwhelming amount of stress since I lost 4 yoga classes a few weeks ago.  Stress is no good for my UC.  When I get stressed, I really get stressed.  I am a feeler.  I process trauma in my body through my digestive track, tight hips, and losing sleep.  Last week I lost my winning streak against Ulcerative Colitis and I am no longer in remission.  I am devastated for several reasons.  It really really sucks, I  feel terrible, I look terrible and I was almost at my longest streak ever, and I am competitive as shit.  I have a six week game plan that I wrote out to get it under control so I don’t have to go on any steroids.  (Pray for me ya’ll.  Or pray for yourselves.  I do not function well on those types of drugs…you do not want to be around me. )  I will check in periodically and let you know how my game plan is going.

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Sunday I went to a dear friend’s baby shower and got to hold this little joy nugget.  I know this is a blurry grainy picture, but you get this idea of how precious this thing is.  Cute babies and girl talk are both really good at spirit lifting.

Have an awesome week!  I will check in with you this week with a new recipe for May Project 12, a sneak peek at For The Love, and always check out my Teaching Schedule…I am teaching Yoga on Tap on June 2, I have a Yin Yang workshop on June 13, teaching Movement Charlotte on June 22, and have some open spots left on my retreats!

 

 

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