Tuesday, June 10, 2014

No Cigar, etc...

Welp, I found out this afternoon I ended a "close second" for the Noonday trip to Rwanda. The good news is, I had a strong hunch this would be the outcome since Saturday, when they released the first numbers to the finalists. The better news is, at that point, I was sure I'd end a "distant third", so we made progress! Real progress!

Of course I have you guys to thank. And I can't thank you enough, really. But I did pick strawberries for an hour this afternoon, and I did it in your honor. I thought of all of you and how I'm so lucky to be loved by you.

I wish I could serve you a slice of pie.

I am completely at peace. A little disappointed, yes. Making the trip would have been dreamy.
But God is the boss of this trip and everything else ever, so I trust Him. I do.

I'm excited to follow along with many of my friends as they trek across the globe. No matter what, I believe in the work being done. I believe in the women going. I believe there's great power in story.

The big kids are going to Spring Hill camp all this week. It's a full day, so I sort of feel like school hasn't ended yet. I'm getting twitchy and itchy to start Real Summer Vacation.

Complicating matters is the fact that I wore jeans and a long-sleeved T today. (It's a bit blustery.)

But hey, I did get the floors swept and the bathroom no longer looks like a crime scene. Glass half full!

I'm resolved to not make a summer list this year, but to just live and let live and play and rest. We have 8 weeks, so time's a wastin'.


For all of you crafty moms, or all of you "I need a plan" moms, my friend Courtney Walsh is partnering with my other friend, Jeanne Oliver, to offer an online summer art camp for kids ages 5 and up. In other words,

This online course is the perfect way to bond with your child, so feel free to get in on this artsy fun, save projects for rainy days or do them all in one week, the choice is up to you! - Courtney Walsh

Register here. Classes being June 17th, though you can work at your own pace and you'll have access to videos for one year. Cost is $28. {Read here for all the details!}

Finally, remember The Fatherhood Project videos produced by our friend Corbyn Tyson for Soulpancake? He will be sharing his project tomorrow (Wed.) morning on The Today Show!!!! I'm so excited. The entire project has blown me away and we are honored to be a part of it.

Word on the street has it that he'll be on between 9-10 Eastern.

I know I'll be watching!

So giddy to see where this summer takes us.You with me?


  1. You have such great perspective about life! Sorry you didn't make the cut for the trip, but that just means God has other plans! The strawberries look yummy - my mother used to make the best strawberry shortcake! Strawberries mean that summer has definitely arrived!

  2. I love this... and you... and your attitude/knowing/resolve that God is the boss of it all anyway... still - I voted for you! And I'll take that piece of pie! Mmm!

  3. I am a bit bummed about you not making the cut but I hope you know how much you are loved by so many and that your day will come!!! Too, He is the Blessed Controller of all things and He has even greater things planned for you. You could just come to Alabama and we could make some strawberry freezer jam! Praying for a fun-filled, relaxing and refreshing summer with many special memories made with your family , friends, and neighbors!

  4. Glass half full! Hugs.

    No summer list for us this year either. We're playing it by ear, too.

  5. "God is the boss of this trip" and His ways are higher. You are a great example that you can have the normal feelings of disappointment and yet have peace knowing you are in God's plan for you. Love it and love your sweet spirit AND the fact that the Fatherfood project is coming to TV.

  6. I'm sorry things didn't pan out the way you'd hoped. You're photos are divine. That art camp sounds too fun. I'm going on a service trip to Mexico in July. It's with the dental club (my husband's about to start dental school). We're going with a team of dentists and such to help serve the orphanage there. It should be interesting and close to my heart since my little Sophia is Mexican. I just may have to bring another one home with me. xo, Jess


  7. Sorry. :( Yes indeed God is control. We had a super obvious to us "yes" this last year that we were praying God's will for...and boy were we slack-jawed when it was really a "no". Huh? Oh right...Your will God. God bless your 8 weeks of summer memories in the making.

  8. Aw man! Bummer about the trip. I love your heart. I'm all in for summer. I can't decide if we're making a list or not. :)

  9. So, The Beard, possibly on national television? What are you going to do when Duck Dynasty actually calls your house? ;)

  10. You're so right about a couple things-- We do love you and God is the boss. You would have contributed so much to the trip... and-- I'm the queen of making summer lists --a teacher who wants to make the most of my 10 weeks. But this year we have our son, daughter-in-law and 3 small grand-girls staying with us so I love your plan to just live the summer, list-less!! I think holding this ship afloat will be just good enough. thanks Shannan.

  11. It's on! it's on!!! Watching it now!!! Oh and congratulations on 2nd place!!

  12. Congratulations on being a finalist and for having such a great attitude. God does have a plan for you and it sounds like you are ready for whatever His plan is. He has other things in store for you right now, so keep listening and praying. Wishing you continued blessings.

  13. you know how much i was pulling for you--it's entirely possible i'm more disappointed than you are. :) love you to the skies, my dear.