I had serious FOMO when I saw Taylor and Rachel posting their first day of Blog-Tember stuff this morning. I didn't even realize it was September, though I've been longing for it like I long for chocolate chip cookies....everyday. But I digress. Blog-Tember is a super fun way for us sort-of-bloggers to be nudged along to actually post on our blogs like real-life-bloggers do. I love all of Bailey's prompts for this year, and I'm mapping out an optimistic and realistic plan to hit a bunch up this September!
Today is all about me (my FAVORITE. Fact one: I'm obviously a narcissist. And I had to dictionary.com that word for correct spelling.).
Born a North Carolinian, raised a Virginia, never want to stop being a Southwest Virginian.
I hail from a family of laughers and lovers and livers and lovely, lovely people. I have a mad crush on my parents and my sister, and I truly--without a doubt--believe that God must have spent a little more time on them.
I applied to Virginia Tech because I knew that, if I somehow got in, I would know in December and get to just coast through the rest of my high school career. There's no more evidence of the glory of sweet Jesus (post-resurrection, of course) than my GPA getting me a spot at VT, but Someone knew it'd change my life forever.
And by that, I mean I met my forever best friends, studied in a field I love, learned what it means to love Jesus, and--OH YEAH--met my hunky husband. I MEAN, Y'ALL. Morgan. I cannot get enough of him. I write about him every now and then but he doesn't like the fact that I have zero filter. Teaser: I'm going to try and get him to guest-post for me this month. BLESS IT.
We got married three years ago (two weeks after graduating. ahem.) and have lived a whirlwind life since then. I wrote this post when I actually thought I had been through some hard stuff, and now we're foster parents and want to just lightly pat my old self on the back and whisper, "You have no clue what's coming."
Foster care, and specifically November 6, 2015, has marked my life--as if someone took a really freaking thick Sharpie and drew a line on that day, saying "You'll never, ever be the same." We became foster parents to be part of the change in the lives of children in need, and we never knew that a little boy named B would take our life and shake it up like he shakes his old school etch-a-sketch every time I finish drawing him a picture on it. It has wrecked us and built us up and given us a calling for forever. (I write about foster care a whole lot, and I write Little B a love letter each month.)
My day job is as a writer and editor at my alma mater (Go Hokies), and I get to work with passionate colleagues and passionate students and I just love my job.
I also get the distinct privilege of serving as an assistant editor (and writing for) The Rising. It's a place where a lot of phenomenal writers get out their hearts and their words, and I'm so thankful to be part of it all. In addition, I write monthly for another sacred corner of the internet, My Big Jesus.
I'm a firm believer in Strengths (as in this and working out but more so Gallup). My top five are Harmony, Belief, Empathy, Developer, and Input, quickly followed by Positivity, Communication, and Connectedness.
In the tiny spaces between the letters I type, in the breaths between the words I say, in the pictures of our hot-mess life, in it all, all I want is to make more of Jesus and less of me. I cannot overstate how much I just absolutely adore the King of the universe, the Savior of my soul, the Creator of all things, and the Lord of my shambly life. He's making all things new, and I may be bias, but I really love the story He's writing for me.
My boss had us create an "About Me ABCs" for a retreat a few weeks back (wait...did I mention I love my job?). Here's a little snapshot of all the things I love so much.
Apples and Peanut Butter | B | Chocolate Chip Cookies | Date Night | Entertaining | Fruit | Grocery Shopping | Home | Indoors | Jam | Kindle | La Croix | Morgan | New Clothes | Opinions | Pinot Noir | Quiet | Reading | Supper Club | Talking | Upcycling | Vegetating | Weekend | eXcitement | Yams | (not the) Zoo
Happy September and Happy Blog-Tember!