thursday is the new weekend.

In college Thursday kicked off the weekend.  Although I frequently had important classes and exams on Fridays then, and I’m certainly not in college now.  However, Thursdays are my weekend now.  During outage season Tommy’s day off is on Thursdays, so it is our weekend day now and Saturday and Sunday are feeling quite similar to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you get the picture.


In honor of my new “weekend”, here are some good reads for the day:


Some awesome meals to fix and freeze.  Or just fix.


I mentioned these yesterday and for a light, fun read they are perfect!Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn  and  The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life


I always need to learn more about listening.  Not my best quality.  This is an awesome article about listening.


Wise words about loving our husbands well.  Such words of wisdom.




It’s a beautiful day in East Tennessee.  Clear, sunny skies, perfectly windy, and 75 degrees.  We are going to go enjoy this perfect weather!


i’m back and it’s wednesday already.

It’s Wednesday already, and I’m having a hard time believing it.  But I guess that happens when you sit the first day of the week out completely.  Monday is a blur — Jack and I were both exhausted, so we had a lazy day recovering from our busy weekends.


I got to spend the weekend doing DiscipleNow with the church I grew up in.  It was awesome.  I was a guest minister in a house of 8th graders, staying with a host family who poured so much into our lives when we were youth.  It is so cool to see those things come full circle.  I got to meet some awesome new people and spend the weekend studying God’s word.  It was seriously awesome.  And seriously exhausting.  It’s been a long time since Tommy and I have worked with youth, and it felt really good and really challenging to be back in it.  I told the youth minister it was like a work out that uses muscles you forgot you had.  That definitely describes my weekend.  It felt good, but I’m also really sore from it.  Good sore.  It’s also the first time I’ve done anything like this since I’ve had an autoimmune disease, so that was a different twist on it.  I think where I normally would have just been tired, I was exhausted and hurting.  But I’ve been taking it slow this week and giving myself a lot of room to just sit and rest after a busy weekend — and busy month, really.  Hence the reason why it doesn’t feel like Wednesday to me.  Monday was fantastic.  I just sat and read a book.  A whole book.  In one day.  I cannot remember the last time that happened.  If you’re looking for a light-hearted read that will make you laugh out loud I highly recommend this book. The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life  The chapter “nilla wafers aren’t a food group” had me laughing so hard.  Jack must have thought I’d lost it as I laughed out loud.  Or that’s the good thing about a 2 year old, he didn’t care why I was laughing, he just joined in laughing with me.


It’s hilarious, as is her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn  She has a line in there about how you buy kids a kids meal and they eat like 1/4 of a chicken nugget and then 12 packets of ketchup.  Um, yes.  Free ketchup always gets more attention than the food you paid for.


Jack had a great weekend staying with his Nan and Pops.  He loves to be with them, and I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual seeing as how he has them wrapped around his finger.  He got a large amount of attention being with them all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so I’m fairly certain he didn’t think twice about me or Tommy over the weekend.  Tommy worked the whole weekend, so he was the one not having a different and fun weekend.



I’m thinking over a lot from the weekend.  I’m not one who is good at sitting, thinking, and resting in something.  But I am learning and God continues to shape me into some different.  This is part of that.  I’m trying not to rush back into reality so quickly.  Spending time away was freeing from the every day tasks that were bogging me down.  It’s so refreshing to sit and rest and be and to look at things like bills and budgets, and bathroom cleaning and kitchen cleaning as joyous works and not burdens.


I took 2 pictures over the weekend.  This one is an elevator selfie of the students in my house, me, and another guest minister.

DNow 2014

These are some awesome people!



Hope you had a great weekend and have had a good first half of your week.