I’m not sure when the official first day of spring was, but I’m going to say it kicked off for me when I traveled to Nassau, Bahamas with 12 high school seniors for a spring break missions trip.
Now I’m sure you’re thinking there is no such thing as a mission trip to the Bahamas. But I assure you: the majority of the Bahamian Islands do not reflect the Atlantis resort in your mind. Nassau is beautiful and tropical, but it’s also a very broken, sad place that desperately needs the hope of the Gospel. So, we went and we worked!
It was an exhausting and wonderful week! And as a fun bonus, we had a “free day” at the end of the trip to experience the more touristy side of the island.
It truly was a wonderful week. I was so impressed by the maturity and poise of our students on the trip. It’s not always easy to give up your time and energy to serve other people, but those kiddos did it with flying colors. I absolutely loved my time with them.
(…they did wear me out, though.)
Another spring thing that needs special note was the 30th birthday of my dear friend, Kaelee. In true Kaelee fashion, she celebrated with a theme party (Never have I known Kaelee to not have a theme party, by the way. She reigns supreme as my “most fun” friend.). This year’s party was 90s themed, and listen: I know the 90s are having a fashion moment right now, but after wearing the butterfly clips, the choker, + the tight cropped T for a night…I think it’s best if we leave the past in the past. That being said, the party was a blast and the birthday girl turned 30 in true spice girl style.
Next up this spring: a fun trip to Austin! My boyfriend Creighton and I have both been crazy busy at work, so we took full advantage of a chance to get out of Dallas for a few days.
While we were there, we went to the Dell Match Play golf tournament, the Austin Rodeo, and also celebrated a few important birthdays. It was one of those trips I didn’t even know how much I needed until I was there. Aren’t those the best?
We’ll now throw in a picture from a wedding this spring for no reason other than Creighton and I don’t usually look this fresh.
And the final way I spent most of this Spring? With my students, of course! My very favorite people in the world.
Currently listening to “Slow Burn” by Kacey Musgraves
Remember last year when I raved about a planner. (Sidetone: I kind of hate that I just typed out that sentence. Who wants to rave about planners? Missing the days when I raved about fun things, like the glories of oatmeal cream pies and Lizzie McGuire’s intricate hair styles.) Anyhow, Erin Condren planners are pricy, but great. I used mine every single day this past year and if organization isn’t your thing (or heck, even if it is), you would benefit from one as well. Planners begin in July and run through the next year, so order soon! Also, how cute are these designs below?
This article was beautiful, but sad. Really enjoyed this comment: “I once saw an Annie Leibovitz exhibit where she had hung photos of her dying love and then her dying father and her grieving family, alongside these gorgeous vibrant photos of her babies with spaghetti all over their faces and splashing in wading pools… That’s how grief works. For a while, it takes over your whole field of vision, but then it becomes a part of the whole exhibit.”
Number one on my reading list right now is Kate Bowler’s “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I Loved.” To learn more about Kate, check out the beautiful paragraph below and this article from Time Magazine. “I became less invested in milestones and also those lovely hallucinations we have… I also decided that my job is not to try to make the world safe. I think I thought you just create a beautiful, Instagram-y bubble for your kid, and then that’s parenting. And then I realized that I was going to be the worst thing that happened to him if it went badly. I couldn’t live with that. I decided that my new parenting philosophy is that I can’t protect him from the pain of the world, but I can show him that there is truth and beauty in the midst of it. And if I can make him that person, then I have won as a parent.”
And finally, though I’m a little embarrassed to admit this: I, Kat Williamson, have a podcast, affectionately known as the PODKAT. It features yours truly and two of my best friends/co-workers, John and Derek. It’s stupid and goofy, but my friends and I have SO much fun working on it. As my sister Sarah said this morning, “yeah, it’s ridiculous, but that’s what makes it so much fun.” So, if you’re into fun…or just some good ol’ stupidity, check us out on iTunes.
It’s not the first time that artist Mari Andrew has made an appearance on this blog, and—spoiler alert—it will not be the last! Mari draws a weekly cartoon for one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, and today’s sketch was particularly relevant for me. It’s a funny thing…since my mom’s stroke, I’ve just been kind of off. Grief is weird like that, huh? I’ve been working on speaking more truth to myself, which includes Scripture + good ol’ fashion self-encouragement. (I particularly loved the “child” mantra below!)
It’s tempting at times to feel isolated, particularly during tough or transient seasons, (of which, I currently reside). But for me, the opposite has happened—throughout the past few months I’ve realized how very loved and known I am by my Dallas, Nashville, and Nebraska friends. I’m so very thankful for them.
Here’s to a beautiful weekend!
Currently listening to “In The Blood” by John Mayer