5 Reasons Snail Mail is My Favorite

FullSizeRender (7)1. Writing a handwritten note takes a little more time, and time is one of my love languages.

2. After only receiving junk mail, or bills through USPS; isn’t it nice to get a letter? It’s like a little bit of Christmas that day.

3. Letters can be reread over and over. They can sit on your desk or hang off your fridge for a quick reminder of how much you are loved. (I guess a text or voicemail can do that too, but IT’S NOT THE SAME.)

4. Emojis are cute, but have you seen some of the stationary from Rifle Paper Co, The Great Lakes Goods, or Little Low? They are adorable and perfect for so many occasions.

5. When I’m having a rough day (or sometimes a great one!) it helps to write about it. And sometimes I think that maybe the person on my mind might have a rough day sometime (or maybe a great one!) and a little note in the mail will brighten their day. I know receiving letters always makes me happier. 🙂

One great thing about having so many far away friends is being able to keep in touch in so many different ways! From FaceTime to Snapchat; technology has greatly improved how we communicate across the globe, but my favorite form of staying in touch is still (and probably always will be) a handwritten letter.

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Q & A

“Who is your closest companion?”

seestersMy closest companion is, unquestionably, my little sister. (The irony is not lost that my ‘little’ sister is a good 6 inches taller than me.) For almost 25 years, she has been my best friend and also worst enemy. 🙂 It’s a sister thing.

We are complete opposites. She is tall. I am short. She is an extrovert. I am introverted. She is vocal. I internalize. She’s getting married. I am single. She’s a cat person. I prefer dogs. She runs endurance. I sprint. She likes the morning. I am a night owl.

BUT…

As different as we are, we both showed up to a Santa Fe date in printed pants, LOFT sandals, and a black top.

198404_4518945325_517190325_70448_548_nWe both love to travel, but we’ve only done one international trip together: Korea. (We, unintentionally, matched on one of our day trips. Apparently we match a lot.) I can’t wait to travel more with this wonderful spirit and to see more of the world through her loving heart. 🙂 Thanks for being my constant companion little owl. I can’t wait for new adventures with you (and your soon-to-be-hubby can come on most of them too)!

Thanking God For My Troubles

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(and yes that is whipped cream on top of my coffee.)

Each time I open “Jesus Calling,” I am in awe of how good God is- and how perfect His timing is. While I was prepared to spend today (Mondays, am I right?) throwing myself a pity party about how I am jobless, He instructs me to not let my rage and self- pity lead me farther from Him. Ummm perfect. Is it easy to thank God during this time: no. Is it necessary: yes.

I am a planner and it’s difficult to plan when I’m uncertain of where I am going. I am so THANKFUL that wherever my next job is, whatever it is- God is with me. He is sovereign. AND I can serve Him in any job. His grace is so much more than my problems. (and I am also so thankful that this is my problem. Thank you Lord for giving me such a manageable one first.)

Today’s devotional pretty much said that thanking Him isn’t easy and doesn’t always come natural- but the more you do it, the more genuine it is. I read that as ‘fake it until you make it.’ I’ve heard that when you’re having a bad day, to smile &/ laugh. They aren’t real smiles or laughs, but these fake moments actually lower your stress and release happy hormones. I feel that’s the same way with giving God your thankfulness of bad moments. Do I really mean it right now? Maybe not, but when He leads me out of this darkness- I will praise Him. And then next time life’s issues arise, I will remember His faithfulness and thank Him for the opportunity to trust Him.

“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:4-6

Thanking God for your sucky day also saves us from falling ‘into the depths of despair,” (thanks Anne of Green Gables for my dramatic flair). By recognizing His power over our problems, does not negate the problem, but it does protect us from the lies that we are going through the problem alone. He is with us always. And it’s really nice to have someone support you during the difficult times.

So thank you God for this period of my life that I’m unemployed. Thank you Lord for the unknown future.

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.”

Psalm 116:1-7

(Edi Cat was trying to eat my whipped cream. No thank you, kitten.)

(Edi Cat was trying to eat my whipped cream. No thank you, kitten.)

Dear Dad,

Happy Father’s Day to you. Even though every day is technically father’s day- you are a dad to me 24/7/365 (or 366 depending on what year it is). I just want to tell you how much I love you! And to thank you for being, truly, the best dad ever.

IMG_5987Thank you for never, ever making me wonder if you loved me or not. A lot of dads are not vocal with how much they love their children, and how proud they are of them. You are. I think this communicative strength of yours instilled my strength that I can do anything (and if I fail- I am still loved).

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Dad, thanks for spending time with us. From reading us bedtime stories, to playing patty-cake until we’re in our mid-twenties. Thank you for showing us that family is important (and so is fun). A lot of daughters are not as fortunate to have such amazing parents- and I try, try, try to not take this for-granted. Thank you for being a father to my friends. For loving them. I see so many of my girlfriends struggle with image issues- cutting and starving themselves. Thank you for taking time to talk to them; and to listen to them. Thank you for accepting me. You never tried to make me into anyone other than my weird, weird, weird self. You bought me a dog when I decided my only friend was an imaginary giraffe (Oh, sweet Maxine. She’s still alive in Africa, you know. Imaginary giraffes live for a very long time.)

You are the most patient person I know. I’m not sure if we have ever let you finish a story. 3 daughters and a wife: the world’s greatest interrupters. Thanks for showing me to listen (I’m still working on it). We are so different. If you’re not 5 minutes early, you consider yourself late. If I’m 5 minutes early…. well that will never happen. 😉 And while we are so different, we are so similar. You understand my need for alone time. That sometimes large groups can be overwhelming to me. I, so, appreciate your understanding. It makes me a happier person.

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Dad- will I ever find a man who loves me as much as you do? Who will answer my questions? Who will push me to be a better person? Who is excited by my need for adventure? I hope I do. I hope you love him and you guys are best friends (and that I am a little scared of, because I am slightly already jealous of that). You teach me everyday that family is a priority- and that love, as much as it is a feeling, is a decision. Thank you.

Most importantly- you teach me to make my relationship with Jesus my own- that it is not about legalism, but about the Gospel. My peace is that He is always with me- and the best Father of all.

I love you Dad! Happy Father’s Day!

Vacation Time

My family is the greatest. Upon hearing the news that my job was no more- their immediate response: vacation time. Thanks Mom and Dad for always, always, always showing me what is important in life. Sometimes you just need to get in a good vacation before the “real world” happens.

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Yes I did bring Dolce dog. AND yes my nephew is the best dog walking partner around.
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I whispered to my older sister in the car, “I think Dad is taking us for ice cream.” I have never felt more like a 7 year old in my life. Also my dad was not taking us for ice cream. When Lisa and I both expressed our GREAT disappointment over this, he turned the car around and stopped by the ice cream store. (Nephew is comparing his cone with mine. I won.)IMG_5943

Just the cutest kid in California.

Also thanks to my family again- for recognizing that even during a family vacation I need recharging time. They are currently at a winery- and Dolce and I are here alone enjoying introvert time. Remember to voice what is important to YOU- it was important to me that even during the greatness of family time, I get alone time. I am happier for it, they are happier for it. Everyone wins.

C H A N G E S

I lost my job last week. Totally unexpected. (basically throughout the country 1/2 of my store’s co-managers were seen as not necessary and let go.)

I will miss my work family.

I will NOT miss rude people.

I will miss knowing what I’m doing everyday.

I will NOT miss being bored.

I will miss my paycheck (let’s be honest here).

I will not miss most of my paycheck going back to the store.

I will miss my friends.

I will NOT miss my friends, my work family are my friends and I will continue to invest in their lives and be loved on by them. They have no choice. 😉

5 years at the store. It is time to  move on. I am not mad- rather this is the light under my bum that is going to make me GO! This is an exciting time for changes! I am ready.

(Also so thankful God is my peace and my future, or I’d probably be going cra-crazy right now.)

we need people

Lately I’ve had some free time to reflect on how fortunate I am. After receiving some news that needed to be processed, I realized that I needed help processing it. God has provided me with amaaaaaaazing friends to do life with- to celebrate, mourn, dance, eat, watch movies, pray, and talk with. On some days I need to be alone, but other days I need people.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10: 24-25

When you need help, it’s ok to call someone. Thank you to all the friends who have picked up.