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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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….
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.
Oh, how I loved this article. Numbers 3, 22, 23, and 31 are my favorites.
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
This is the story of my best friend’s wedding (not to be confused with the sub-par 90’s chick flick that featured the ever lovable Julia Roberts).
I met Bailey my freshman year of college at a winter conference with Campus Crusades for Christ…an event that I was less than enthusiastic to attend because it was smack-dab in the middle of my Christmas break. But, it was in the beautiful city of Denver, so I decided to give it a go. Little did I know that I would meet one of my dearest friends that week. I remember thinking that Bailey was sweet and gentle.
Well, two years later, we became roommates and I found out that, though she is sweet, she’s also goofy and fun, relatable and genuine, strong and loyal. Everyone needs a Bailey in their life.
To showcase what a good person and friend she is, I will tell you one of my favorite Bailey stories (that also happens to be one of my most embarrassing moments in life). I moved to Nashville after graduating from college and began working as a production editor at a publishing company. That first week on the job was absolutely overwhelming (I have a clear memory of calling my sister and saying something to the degree of “How did I get this job? I’m not even 100% sure how to use a semicolon.”), and it also happened to be the week of my 23rd birthday.
Bailey called me the night before my birthday and asked me how I planned to celebrate. Since I had no friends in Nashville yet, I think I responded with something like, “I’ll probably get Pei Wei takeout and bake myself a cake.” Bailey felt sorry for my pathetic self, so she decided to take matters into her own hands by calling the human resource department at my company and saying, “My best friend just moved to Nashville. Her birthday is tomorrow, and she doesn’t know anyone. Please make sure someone tells her happy birthday.”
Bailey’s message was forwarded to my publishing director’s inbox, who then told everyone on my floor something like: “It’s the new girl’s birthday. She has no friends. Please stop by office 402 and tell her happy birthday.”
So, throughout the day, I had tons of new co-workers come by and wish the “girl with no friends” happy birthday. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty mortifying. But, how many people would call up human resources just to make sure their friend is acknowledged on her birthday? Not many. That Bailey is one special cookie.
A few years ago, Bailey mentioned that she was going on a date with Jared (her now husband). I had heard Jared’s name a few times, but only in a friendship context up to that point. I was excited about this relationship, though, because I knew he was a kind, humble man who loved Jesus. And when I first met Jared a year ago, I knew he was the right guy for my gal.
It’s apparent when you’re around Bailey and Jared that they are better together than they are on their own. They both love the Lord deeply, and together, they serve Him through their words and actions. I’m overjoyed for them and am excited to support and pray for them as they navigate married life.
So, here’s to Bailey and Jared.
(Also, that was my maid of honor speech, in case you couldn’t tell…)
Bailey and Jared’s wedding—and love—is simply one for the books. Congratulations, McCoskeys!
Currently listening to “Cleopatra” by The Lumineers