I’ve been thinking a ton lately about how it might be possible that in an effort to be transparent about sharing how hard marriage can be sometimes; we may have scared a bit of the church away from getting married. That makes me so, so sad. It’s good to be prepared, to know that different backgrounds and expectations and experiences combined under one roof and called “one flesh” sometimes can cause conflict – But that is NOT the end or entirety of marriage! I married my bff, Jordan, just 8 months ago and some parts have been super hard. Also, a lot of it has been super fun. I don’t know about you, but there’s a nerf gun under my bed and a stash of sidewalk chalk in our library and I laugh all of the time. Don’t be afraid of marriage – be prepared and purposeful, but not afraid – it’s lovely.
I feel like it’s supposed to be kind of a winter/fall spice or something (maybe I’m wrong, idk), but skinny iced cinnamon dolce lattes from Starbucks are my absolute drink of choice as soon as it gets a little warm! Except, I’m a newlywed, and copious Starbucks runs maybe aren’t in the budget so much lately. My solution is copious amounts of cinnamon in my coffee at home – hot or iced, and always with almond milk. Cinnamon in my coffee makes me feel a little wild and a lot free; plus, have you ever looked up the health benefits of cinnamon? Do it. And then make yourself a cinnamon cappuccino.
This one may have been on my loveliest things when I got to submit one for Stephanie in the very early stages of The Lipstick Gospel, like, three years ago. Whatever, flowers are still positively the best. These bright, tiny daffodils just popped up on the side of my house this week – and two weeks ago, that ground was buried in inches of solid ice. Flowers are resilient and also speak volumes to me about God’s heart, and if that prompts someone (like, my husband) to call me a flower child, I will proudly wear the title.
This may also have been one of my loveliest things a few years ago. If so, it’s still true. I love candles. I light candles in the evening after work to wind down, and also when I wake up to give myself a soft, glowy (let’s just all decide that’s a word, k?), relaxing morning. Hats off to Thomas Edison and all, but candlelight is still my favorite light.
Stephanie speaks often about the importance of having women in your life who know the deep parts of your heart and can remind you who you are when your heart is a little too heavy to remember. After a series of weeks with high points and low points all rolled into one, my husband and two best friends (who live on opposite ends of Missouri) all conspired, and the girls who know my heart the best showed up on my doorstep in Tennessee at exactly the perfect time. I know it was the perfect time because when I saw them, I burst into tears and couldn’t make sentences happen for several minutes. I cannot tell you how refreshing I felt having them here, and how refreshed I still am by their words and their prayers. Getting to really know people can be hard and awkward and scary, but real relationships are positively one of the loveliest things about life.
Kacie’s bio according to Stephanie: Kacie is one of my favorite people on the planet. She was my teammate on the World Race, and then my roommate when we moved down to Georgia together. She was the first person I ever told about having a crush on Carl (my husband), and walked me through several (and I mean SEVERAL) seasons of becoming the woman I am today. Kacie is a truth-teller, an encourager of the hearts of women. She fights for our freedom with her words, her laughter, and her love. If you ever get the chance to sit down to coffee with Kacie, I cannot recommend it enough. She is currently living in Nashville, TN with her wonderful husband Jordan and her cute pup Mr. Darcy. You can read more from Kacie, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do, on her World Race blog, or on her current (ish) blog. I’m so honored to get to introduce you to such a dear friend.