a little slice of heaven

 

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Amy and I have been friends for almost twenty years! We first met at Texas A&M (she is Jason’s cousin!) and now live just a few miles apart!

Last month my friend, Amy, and I went to a live taping of the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey!

 

Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey is one of my favorite podcasts because each week Jamie interviews inspiring women who are doing amazing things. Jamie is not only a podcaster, she is a mom (she and her husband, Aaron have 4 kids), adoption advocate (three of her four kiddos are adopted!), pastor’s wife (Aaron is on staff at The Austin Stone), speaker, writer and soon-to-be author (Jamie recently signed with a literary agency and is writing her first book!).

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Amy, Jamie & me. Jamie’s sweet daughter, Story, took our picture!

 

I think all of her listeners feel the same way I do – like you know her  and are just one of her girlfriends. It was so fun to finally meet her in person!

 

She walked right up and introduced herself as soon as we got there! We hung out on her gorgeous property and met lots of her other listeners and friends.

 

 

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just hanging out with Jen Hatmaker. #nbd

Jamie’s good friend, Jen Hatmaker, was there hanging out on the back deck hugging and taking pictures with everyone!

 

We met ladies from all over Texas and I sat right next to a sweet pastor/church planter’s wife from western Washington! We bonded over our love for the Pacific Northwest and swapped church planting stories. I connected with her on social media so I can keep in touch – you never know when you are going to make a new friend!

 

We all gathered around the beautifully decorated tables as Rachel Hollis (author, lifestyle blogger and founder of The Chic Site), Jessica Honegger (entrepreneur and founder of Noonday Collection, one of Tribeza Magazine’s 2015 people of the year), Jen Hatmaker (NY Times bestselling author, speaker, reality TV show star, trusted fashion advisor) and Jamie talked about everything from losing control of our bladders to room moms (all good things!) to what it means to be successful.

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You can listen to a clip of the Live Happy Hour Podcast here and download the entire audio from the Live taping for $1.00 here. I pre-ordered it myself so I can relive it all over again!

After the live taping, we enjoyed the most delicious tacos ever in the history of tacos. (I only wish that Guinness World Records could have been there to make this officially official). Jamie’s husband, Aaron, has mastered the art of the pork taco. He cooked the pork himself and topped it with things like mint and pumpkin seeds – I might be making these ingredients up but that is what happens when you are not a master in the culinary arts and only familiar with non-fancy taco ingredients. Also I was too busy shoving the tacos in my mouth to ask questions! Jamie’s friend, Tara Royer Steele was also there serving up slices of her world famous pie from Royer’s Pie Haven. (They are world-famous, aren’t they? WELL THEY SHOULD BE! Their pies are amazing!!!)

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As the evening came to a close, we went home with a bundle of goodies: A super cute koozie from Jamie with her new Happy Hour logo, books! (7 by Jen Hatmaker, Party Girl by Rachel Hollis, and Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler), a beautiful necklace from Noonday, a journal by May Designs, delicious coffee from Two Sparrows Roasting Co., samples from Beautycounter, gorgeous prints from Paint and Prose and Maker + Ink, paper from PaperWorks and coupons for fun stuff like Prep Dish and Milk & Honey Tees.

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The entire evening was incredible – a little slice of heaven: enjoying the presence of God and all of his beloved, spending time with old friends and making new ones, sharing stories of where you are from and what God did while you were there. I think that is a little bit of what heaven is going to be like. And if we’re lucky, maybe Aaron can cook us all some more pork tacos while we’re there.  

more #happyhourwithjamieivey :

Listen to a clip of the live taping

$1.00 Download of the Happy Hour Live

Jamie’s blog and Happy Hour Live Recap 

 

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the time I went to Nashville and found Jon Acuff in the airport

I am so thankful to still have close relationships with friends that I spent my childhood growing up with in Louisiana. We spent this past weekend catching up in Nashville talking about everything from the time Jay Deville’s dog followed him, snuck in and ran around our elementary school – to parenting, marriage, and whether or not we could pull off a pair of culotte pants. These are the kind of friends that help you make decisions in life and also in Anthropologie!

These girls are entrepreneurs, partners at fancy accounting firms, actors and activists, nutritionists and fitness instructors, mamas and prayer warriors living lots of places in between Mississippi and Orange County.
These girls are entrepreneurs, partners at fancy accounting firms, actors and activists, nutritionists and fitness instructors, mamas and prayer warriors living lots of places in between Mississippi and Orange County.

Sunday, as our trip came to a close and I was waiting on my flight in the Nashville airport I noticed that I was in the same place at the same time as one of my favorite authors.

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I was doing a quick Facebook scroll to see what everyone was up to when I noticed that he was flying Southwest and I was flying American out of the same terminal. I had to meet him.

I have been quietly following Jon’s work since he began the blog Stuff Christians Like. This is where Jon gives great and humorous advice like how to know which meals to pray before and increases your knowledge on subjects such as understanding how metrosexual your worship leader is. 

Not only does Jon make me laugh, he speaks truth into my life. So often, when I am discouraged I will come across a twitter or facebook post that encourages me to “just be brave.” It is like I have my very own motivational speaker that I get to carry around in my pocket! 

I had no idea where Jon was flying and how much longer he would be at the airport but I left my gate and made my way through the terminal until I saw him. I introduced myself and said “Thank you.” I thanked him for his work and his writing and told him that it inspired me. At least I think I said all of that – I was nervous and awkward and unable to answer simple questions like “What is the release date of your book?” but I knew that I may never have the opportunity to thank him in person ever again and I had to seize that moment God had given me.

Jon’s latest book, Do Over, is a New York Times Bestseller and is filled with amazing advice for your career and life. In a nutshell I would say that it will encourage you to “cross the threshold between dreaming and doing” (Do Over, page 94). This is a book that I will use and reference again and again. It came at the perfect time for me as I had just spent seven years church planting in the Pacific Northwest and was (and still am) trying to discern God’s call to a new thing.

I have to share with you one more reason I admire Jon. Not only is he is a husband, father, speaker and author, he is kind and genuine and he is using his influence to help others. Just click this link to learn about Thistle Farms, the amazing non-profit he is partnering with to help women who have been victims of addiction and sex trafficking.

Could you help light the way home?  

I started my Christmas shopping today by buying some candles.

love always,

becky

Beauty from Ashes

So I started high school in 1991. I wasn’t the prettiest girl in school or the most popular. I wanted boys to like me though and I made a lot of mistakes. Again, Taylor Swift was only two years old so I didn’t have anyone to tell me that in my life I would “do things greater than dating the boy on the football team”.

I didn’t know it at fifteen. I am going to tell my daughter though. I did not think that I was ever going to have a daughter of my own. Jason and I have a son and I will write that story down at some point – it is an oldie (because I have told it so many times in the past seven years) but a goody (because, as usual, God changed me through it all.) We tried to have a second child when Sam (that is my way cool seven year old son) was still in diapers. I was tired of trying and I just wanted to know God’s plan for my life. One morning I lay face to the floor asking God if we were going to have any more children. He said to me, “You and Jason will raise spiritual children.” That was enough for me. If that was His plan for us – then I was content.

Jason and I worked with high school students at church. We loved it. We loved them. We went to retreats and camps and we went to their football games. We watched them play in the band and cheer on the sidelines. We watched them grow up.

Then we moved to the pacific-northwest where we felt God confirming our calling to raise spiritual children. Jason became the children’s leader at our church and I eventually became the Pre-school leader (after my flesh threw a temper tantrum, but that is another blog posting for another day!). Anyway, God continues to call us to work with and love children.

In February 2009 I found out I was pregnant. We couldn’t even wait for a doctor to confirm it (we thought two pregnancy tests was enough) before we started telling our family and friends! They were all as shocked and excited as we were!

I begged God for a girl. I finally had to change my prayer to something like, “God, if it’s a boy – let me be okay with that.” Don’t get me wrong, I love my son and would wrestle a Sasquatch for him, but I really needed a girl. I needed beauty from ashes.

Over the years I have been able to share with many teen age girls my past mistakes in hopes that they would learn from mine and not repeat the same things in their own lives. If my past can help someone else’s future then that, for me, is beauty from ashes. And if I can re-visit that teenage girl that I used to be and get to the root of why she gave herself in the first place and find healing. Then, I have beauty from ashes.

My daughter’s name is Faith. I call her Beauty.