Cupcakes and Sunshine: October 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

if we were having coffee right now....

Hey, hey! :)
It's been a long time since we've had a coffee date, so I thought now that it is feeling a tiny bit fall-ish in Texas, we should grab some coffee!

If we were having coffee right now....

I'd first off tell you I am very thankful that there is a Starbucks 2 minutes from my house to supply all studying needs in the form of seasonal lattes. 

I'd choose independent businesses over chains and franchises almost every time, but when it comes to convenience, good coffee, and a lotta giftcards- Starbucks is a winner!

If we were having coffee right now...

I'd tell you I took a pause from social media, and it has been LIFE CHANGING! I didn't realize how much facebook, instagram, and netflix consumed me. I'd fill even the tiny spaces- like waiting in line, or in between classes- with it. And now I have so much more focus and energy and conversations and time. I feel inspired to create and craft and live since I've been spending more time with the Lord each day. And I think I should have taken this pause a long time ago. We were created to create and it has been life-giving. The Lord has already been teaching me so much in this time. It's been good.

If we were having coffee right now, I probably would have brought you a cookie or a donut (<-- recipe I use) to have with your coffee because we have excess over here. I've been doing lots of fall baking and just entered a cookie contest this past week. I'll keep ya updated if I have award-winning cookies or not. Ha! :) Send me your address, and we can be snailmail penpals. I'll send some your way!

If we were having coffee right now, I'd ask you what you're reading right now, and tell you I'm reading Uninvited.

It's a gooood one. Lisa TerKeurst BRINGS the message. I feel I struggle so much with insecurity and fear and feeling alone at times, and this book is just a helpful resource for all those moments. It points you to some good scripture during those times as well. Add it to your fall reading list!

If we were having coffee right now, I'd tell you this past weekend changed my life. In all honesty, I feel the post-grad transition has been so tough for me. And I wasn't really expecting that. The first few weeks in Texas, I just have felt a deep, sinking homesickness and because of it, I just felt I hadn't really been myself. I haven't felt passionate or on fire about anything and the Lord really changed my outlook this past weekend when I visited home in Georgia for the first time and got to hang with my favorite girlies. 

I'd say you appreciate home to the max after being away for some time.
As soon as we got off our exit and drove into Athens, I saw the familiar Waffle House and Kroger sign on the road...which I have NEVER appreciated before...and may or may not have cried. I also couldn't get enough of the cool weather, trees, Georgia stickers and license plates, hills and wind-y roads, Your Pie pizza, and friends and family. so much appreciation.

For the past few weeks, I've just questioned WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I DOING AND AM I EVEN IN THE RIGHT PLACE RIGHT NOW. Which shouldn't be the question, because I LOVE school. I love being able to learn more about Jesus each and everyday in class. I love the people I've met and the friends I have. And I KNOW that Jesus has me here right now in Dallas, Texas. But I just have been missing HOME. I just have to rest and know that the feeling of HOME takes time. Home is where you build traditions and relationships and community. (and you don't have to use GPS to get to every single place.) And that takes time. I know the Lord is growing me and changing me and with me wherever I go!

If we were having coffee right now...

I'd say I've been learning a lot!
This past weekend was life changing because it showed me I'm here in Texas to learn and study so I can lead and love others. I came back to Texas with a full heart and lots of good stories and truth of God's promises and faithfulness. These girls are world changers. Their stories are being written and it's been incredible to watch them grow and lead!! Watching high schoolers fall in love with Jesus and make the decision to live their lives for Him is incredible, and this past weekend encouraged me and filled me. I know the Lord has me right where I need to be.

If we were having coffee right now, I'd finish with...
Hey! It's been great having coffee with ya! Let's do it again! Come over and we can have more coffee and donuts and cookies here at HOME real soon! :)


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