What we loved about the Holidays.

Image-1-42 1. Zero relatives asked us if we were going to start having kids soon. We had 5-6 different speeches prepared just in case.

2. We handmade all of the gifts we gave. Stenciled Mugs and Pillows.

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3. Good food. In every house. At every meal.

4. Good reads... Brett finished his Greek and Latin finals a week before Christmas and waited about a day before diving into more Greek and Latin classics... the kind of stuff most people wouldnt choose to read on their Christmas vacation. One thing's for sure, Brett never gives me a reason to doubt his desire to become a Professor. I, on the other hand, have loved getting to read a little bit of everything. Some people read one book at a time. Some people read ten. I'm somewhere in the middle. Books I'm carrying over into 2014 are...

  • A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken: A true memoir about a man and woman who fell in love and became Christians after their interactions with C.S. Lewis. My mom bought this for me. And any book my mom recommends I usually love and cry through.
  • Making Room by Christine D. Pohl: "Recovering Hospitality as  a Christian Tradition"
  • The Education of Mr. Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart: Children's books are meant to be read by adults. Brett and I are addicted to The Mysterious Benedict Society Books.
  • And books I've read most of but am trying to finish because I'm not a finisher but want to be: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

5. On a trip to Walmart, My iphone fell out of my coat pocket into a jenky looking toilet right after I flushed my business. And it quit working (my phone quit, the toilet was fine). And that bag of rice thing really didn't work for me like it does for everyone else. AND...I loved every second of it (except reaching into the toilet to get my phone out). A Hall Director's paradise is this: for their phone to fall into a toilet and quit working... because it's another great reminder that we are, in fact, NOT married to our iphones on vacation like we are the rest of the year.

6. Choosing these words to walk into 2014 with, both personally and professionally:

"May my plea be near to the Lord. May he maintain the CAUSE of his servant as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may KNOW that the Lord is God, there is no other. Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God." 1 Kings 8:57-61

7. Time to reflect, because life moved so quickly this semester that I honestly feel like I lost part of myself. And I don't like not being self-aware. I forgot how to sit down and really allow the Lord to search my heart and show me where I was hurting myself or allowing myself to believe lies. I loved this season, but looking back, I can see that underneath it all, I've been believing that I'm not enough and that I'll never get this job or any job right. I've been believing that I'm an emotional and unstable burden Brett didn't realize he was marrying, and that I have been a monster of a wife (the selfish nasty kind, not the cool badass kind). Those are big lies, right? How hard and sweet it's been the past few weeks to weed out the lies and let truth grow in my heart regarding those lies alonsgide Brett and our Truth-giving God.

8. Lots of time to kiss and snuggle. 

9. EVEN MORE time to kiss and snuggle.

10. I got to see the Cowboys... lose. I also got to hang out with my sweet friend and college roommate, Brittany, while we watched them lose. And it was sweet and made me wish she didn't live in California so far far away.