So, I’ve Missed You…

I’m working on this blogging thing. Really. I am. I want to be really good at it, but I’m not. It’s like putting my palm to my face every time I say I’m going to do this thing right and then don’t…well, wait….is there really a right way? I don’t know. But, I’d hoped to be a regular blog writer. I love writing. I love pouring out my head and heart on paper (or this keyboard). I just can’t seem to get into a regular habit of actually doing it, but I’m going to do better. I hope. Anyway, I’ve missed you!

Since it’s been a while (almost 3 weeks) since I last posted on here, let me catch you up so you will have officially been “keeping up with Kindall.” (Catch what I did there?) Cheesy jokes, I know. Anyway, let me say that God is good! His timing is perfect. Spring Break could not have come at better time. In fact, I started mine a couple days early because I just couldn’t stand it. The closer the time came, the farther away it felt. But it’s here now!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love my 6th graders….BUT. Come on, ya’ll. You know that 33 weeks with them already has been a long time. We need a little time apart. You didn’t have to beg me to start my spring break early either. In case you’re wondering, I don’t have any big spring break plans. In fact, it’s 11:00am and I’m sitting on my big, comfy couch in my pajamas as I write this, so having no plans is feeling really good right about now. Who knows, though. I might do something spontaneous. I’m sure you’ll see the pictures on Facebook or Instagram.

018e5a57f3571a1f45850fea90182743On to other news. I just finished the most amazing book. My girl Annie F. Downs has done it again! If you haven’t read “Let’s All Be Brave,” please, please read it. I’ll let you borrow my book. I have read many books, but this one did something for my heart that many others have not. Because of that, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more and more about how I’m trying to be brave and follow this map God’s given me. I can’t explain it right now, but I want to be what God has called me to be even though I have absolutely no idea how that’s gonna happen. It’s big. It’s scary. But, I want to be brave and go after it. When you think of it, please pray for me! And then go read this book. It’s really good.

Here are some things I’m loving right now. #1. The white rocking chairs on my front porch. I don’t know why I love them, but I do. I bought them and put them together. (I’ve sat in both of them, they won’t break, promise.) I’m proud of that. I love sitting in them with a glass of sweet tea (or water- which isn’t nearly as glamorous) and watching the cars go by or reading a book. Stop by sometime and we’ll sit in my white rocking chairs together and chat about life (or whatever you want.)

#2. I love baking in my kitchen. I said baking, not cleaning up after the baking. In fact, I just made a delicious cake for Easter this weekend and the bowls are still sitting in my sink, full of water, waiting to be either washed by hand or the trusty dishwasher. Shameful, I know. But, I’m on spring break so, I’ll get to it when I can. (No, really. They’ll be cleaned today.)

#3. I love my new ferns. I am turning into my mother. I bought some ferns from the high school (because I’m a big girl now and big girls buy plants…..) and I. LOVE. THEM. They are big and green and they look really good on my front porch. At least I think so. Now, if I can keep them alive. My gardening skills aren’t the greatest. I’ve had a little tree my Aunt gave me for Christmas and surprisingly its still holding on to life. It used to live in my kitchen. Now, it lives on the patio and is fed by the rain. The funny thing is, I forget it’s back there sometimes. Until, I look out to find that it has fallen over again (which it always does). My sweet neighbor has wedged it up against the house every time he mows the grass I think, but to no avail. The tree just won’t stand up (or die, apparently). Sorry, Aunt Shelly.

Well, I think that just about sums it up. I’m not sure what you’re doing today or how you’re spending your week, but I pray that you’ll take some time to “check in” like I have. It’s good for the soul, people. Where are you? What do you love? How is God making Himself real in your life? I know that as we go along our journey God is still revealing Himself to each of us. I’m challenged to simply pay attention! I miss a lot when I’m too busy to pay attention to the simple things around me. Can I pray for you?

Jesus. Thank you. You’re sovereign and holy and loving. You’re a place of comfort and peace when our life seems to be spinning out of control. I realize not only in times like this but daily how much I need you. We need you. Help us to slow down our pace of life enough to not miss what you’re doing and how you’re working all things for good around us. Thank you for these simple loves, but most importantly, thank you for loving us. I pray for my friends this week- those I know by name and those I don’t yet know who may be reading this. Reveal yourself to them this week. In your name I pray, Amen. 

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