Weekly Rundown.

Well, it’s been a hot minute, has it not?


September was a bumpy ride for me and my family, but we’ve made it to October—the best month of the year!

Here’s a peak at what’s been going on the past month or so…

  1. Dallas is always late to the party when it comes to cooler fall temps, but crisper weather is starting to make an appearance in the mornings. I’ve been taking advantage of our pretty October mornings with some long runs in my hood. Those who know me know that I love to run—it’s a way to learn a city, it’s an avenue to tone your legs, and it’s more-or-less free therapy. But for whatever reason, I didn’t run this summer. (Like, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I ran from May to August.) I’m not sure the cause behind my running slump, but the love is back and it’s real. I also changed up my running route to include a quarter of a mile down the historic Swiss Avenue. The residents of this street are probably getting sick of the runner who keeps taking pictures of their gorgeous homes, but what can I say—I have a thing for white houses…
  2. My friend and co-worker Philip married his beautiful bride this past weekend in the Texas hill country. If this wedding doesn’t scream “Texas forever,” than I don’t know what does.
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  3. My sister Rebecca turned 31 a few weeks ago, and in birthday tradition, I wrote a poem. Not my finest material, but I did get a Drake lyric in there, so it’ll do.
  4. A blogger I admire wrote a really good word on God’s providence in her life. To read the full thing, check out her Coffee Date post.
  5. And finally, I leave you with my favorite fall find: a $20 pair of coral booties from TJ Maxx. Will I look back one day and roll my eyes at my unpractical shoes? Probably, but for now, I’m in love!

This is where I leave you this fine Friday. I’m off to a fall retreat with 70 middle school students. Prayers for fun, safety, salvation (…and my personal sanity) very much appreciated.

Currently listening to “Hills and Valleys (The Valleys Version)” by Tauren Wells

Weekly Rundown.

I think we can all agree that sometimes life is just no fun. Hurricane Harvey has absolutely devastated my beloved home state this past week, and the destruction has been hard to watch. I’m thankful that my sister, soon-to-be brother-in-law, and dear friends are safe, but many have not been as fortunate.


Still, I have been encouraged by the ways people have come together to help. And if you’re looking for a way to pitch in, below are some donation links:


The last few weeks have been a trip. I’m not even sure where to start, so without further ado: the highlights…

  1. Lest you call the underside of a rock your home, I’m sure you heard about the solar eclipse last Monday. Yes, it happened and yes, it was pretty darn cool. This solar eclipse coincided with the first day a youth staff retreat, and let me tell you: the best people to be around during a natural phenomenon are folks who work in youth ministry. A fun time was had by all.I forgot to take pictures, so here are some that I stole from other people…

  2. As mentioned above, the youth staff retreated for a few days last week. We spent our time at a spot called Fin and Feather, which is about 25 minutes outside of Dallas. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the people I work with are the coolest. My love for them is no joke.
    Oddly, the only two pictures I could find from the retreat feature myself and John, whom I lovingly call “the little brother I never wanted.” I joke a lot about John (and give him the side eye—see above—on regular occasions), but the honest truth is that he’s one of my closest friends and I do love the fool (even though I spent over an hour searching for him when he got lost in the woods on a 4-wheeler). 

    Team Kohn/Jat doing something weird per the usual. 
  3. The command to “love thy neighbor” is truly exemplified through my next door neighbor, Richard. Richard is a retired man who brings me food at least once a week, including the pasta pictured below. I’m not sure he knows how much it means to me, but his kindness has been a gift.
  4. My friend Kara got married this past weekend in Nebraska, and I was honored to stand beside her as a bridesmaid.
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    I arrived in Nebraska on a beautiful Thursday, and though Omaha is gorgeous and seriously underrated, I still couldn’t help but laugh at the skyline. Sometimes I forget what a beast of a city Dallas is.
    Nearly a decade of friendship and we still struggle in the picture-taking department. For those who don’t know, the girls in this picture were some of my closest friends in college…and all three have gotten married in the past 10 months! Phew! It’s been fun to see them as brides and wives. Those girls are good as gold.

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    The Queen herself with a mini-fan and an extra application of deodorant from her saintly mother. 

    Currently listening to “There Will Be Time” by Mumford & Sons


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What’s your worst fear? Spiders, being chased, a college final?

I’m scared of many things. In fact, I once told a friend about a guerilla that had escaped its cage at the Dallas zoo and caused all sorts of terror in the typically happy, kid-friendly environment. To this, my friend said, “Oh, so you’re super scared of guerillas?” My response… “well, sure, if I were being chased by one.” Moral of the story: I’m often scared of things that will never happen to me or that I have no reason to be scared of.

Fear has found many forms throughout my life. Some of those ways make sense…who wouldn’t be scared of tornadoes, man-eating snakes, or killer clowns? But other great fears are a bit more complex. You know, those internal fears that eat. you. alive.

Today, I’m sitting with two fears that made appearances in my life this morning: failure + being unknown.

Let’s start by talking about the former.

I totally failed at something this morning. Like, 100% failure after trying really hard. Isn’t that everyone’s worst fear–that you will give something your very best shot, and yet fall short? Perhaps for some, failure brings feelings of depression or self hatred. For me? Just fear. Fear that I’m not who I should be. Fear that I’ll never “reach my potential” (whatever that means…). Fear that I’m not enough.

The other culprit in my oh-so-scary day came from a super non-threatening comment that I took out of context. Upon hearing words that seemed untrue about myself, my brain immediately told me lies like you’re unknown/unloved/unseen. And there, ladies and gents, is where the fear set in. I was having an identity crisis with the best of ’em.

I almost named this post “The Panic of Being Unknown,” because isn’t that how it feels when you realize that you might not be known by others or, even worse, yourself? I felt unknown by myself when I didn’t succeed, as I have always identified with being an achiever. I felt unknown by others when someone said something that didn’t line up with who I perceive myself to be. Panic leads to fear, and fear leads to a whole lotta misery.

Here’s the truth of the matter: I’m still very much dealing with this identity/fear thing. I don’t have it down, so I won’t even try to wrap this post up with a pretty bow. But I will leave some Scripture below that reminds me of where my real identity lies. Not in successes; not in popularity; in Jesus Christ alone. And when He alone is the object of my identity, I find a different emotion in my life: peace.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” -1 Peter 2:9

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” -John 15:15

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.'” -Isaiah 43:1

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
-2 Corinthians 1:21-22

“And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.” -Luke 8:47

Currently listening to “Pieces” by Amanda Cook

Trying to be Brave is Being Brave.

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Four and a half years ago, I graduated from college with little to no clue as to how I was going to make my way in the “real world.” I decided to move to Nashville on a whim and boy oh boy did adulthood kick my rear.

A bright spot during that time was my church, Midtown Fellowship…a small, quaint PCA church in my neck of the Nashville woods. In fact, my church was probably the hardest thing to leave when I moved to Texas last fall. I loved the worship, the youth group, and the accessibility of the church—it was open and welcoming to all, at any time of day. Midtown was a place of rest for me during many trying times. And for that, I’m truly thankful.

That being said, I’d like to share with you my favorite sermon from my pastor (or former pastor, if you will), Russ Ramsey. I admire Russ’ ability to story tell through sermons, as well as his kind and honest demeanor. The sermon Trying to be Brave is Being Brave actually happened after I no longer attended Midtown (three big cheers for podcasts!). I was newly transplanted in Texas and life felt wobbly at best.

I’ve listened to this sermon many times in the past year, and often find myself in tears. To be brave for the Lord is good and hard. I so resonate with the line, “I love Jesus. And I fail Jesus. And yet, I love Jesus.” So if you’re struggling to understand God’s plan or if you just need the reminder to be brave, then give this sermon a listen. 

Currently listening to Carole King (via the Gilmore Girls Reunion series)

Friday Favorites on a Sunday Night.

Well, it’s a Sunday. But we’re going to do a round of “Friday” favorites, because why the heck not.

Here’s what I’m loving as of late….

  1. Last weekend I attended my dear friend Emily’s wedding in Annapolis, Maryland. Emily is a woman of grace and integrity, and I’m proud to call her my friend. It was a true joy to stand beside her as she married her man, Jeff.
    We flew into Baltimore—one of my new favorite cities. I tell you, I’m completely smitten with that place.
    When in Baltimore, do as the locals do and cheer for the Ravens. #GoJoe
    Call me a southern wimp, but that night at the game was downright frigid.


    While in Baltimore, my pal Kara and I stayed at the coolest Airbnb—a supa sweet row house.


    Oh, and just so happened it had a rooftop deck. SCORE!
    I think it’s safe to say that Kara and I could get used to the rooftop life.

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    And this was the moment I thought to myself why in the world do I live in Dallas? Moral of the story: Maryland is gorgeous.
    We headed to Annapolis on Friday for the rehearsal dinner. 
    Em and her maids.
    The beautiful and historic St. Mary’s Cathedral where Emily + Jeff were married.


    The venue could not have been prettier.


    And finally, the weekend ended with a spur of the moment trip to DC/Virginia. Oh HEY, White House!
    Fun fact: my friend Sarah and I met a Secret Service guy while walking around DC. Never have I felt more cool than when walking around with him. Never.

    Ok, I just have to brag on the girl in this picture. This is my best friend Sarah and she is a refreshing and steady presence in my life. It never fails that I feel encouraged and loved after conversations with her. Sarah, you’re a good, good gift in my life. Thank you for being my friend!
  2. Oh, how I loved this article. Numbers 3, 22, 23, and 31 are my favorites.
  3. A few friends and I celebrated “Friendsgiving” this past Friday night. Is there anything sweeter than celebrating the gift of friendship? I say no.

All the best this thanksgiving week,

Currently listening to “The Middle” by Jillian Edwards