It also means that I am linking up with some of my favorite bloggers to share five of my favorite things from the week.
I blogged this week about three of my favorite topics; baseball, Trader Joe's and Texas! On Monday, (aka Opening Day), I shared some of my favorite baseball memories. On Tuesday, I shared ten of my favorite things at Trader Joe's. Yesterday, I started a new series all about my favorite places in the great state of Texas. My first installment covered the Dallas Fort Worth area. If you're planning a visit here soon, or a local looking for new ideas, be sure to check it out.
Some people dream about seeing their name in lights...I dream about seeing my name in print..and this week, it happened. One of the recipes that I featured on the blog a few months ago is featured in the April edition of Frisco Style magazine. This isn't just a humble brag, I want it to encourage you. I wanted to start a blog for a while, but finally got up the courage to do so on January 1st of this year. Then I decided to reach out to a couple of local magazines and was shocked to hear back from the editor of Frisco Style. All of this to say, if you have a dream, go for it! Sometimes it may mean putting yourself out there a little more than your comfortable doing, but in the end you know you tried. Whether you're considering starting a new hobby, going back to school, applying for a job, or running for an elected position, you'll never know if you don't try. Go for it!
One more thing while I'm being bossy, if you haven't already made this chicken...MAKE THE CHICKEN!
Raise your hand if you panic when you're kids are quiet? Yep, me too! I was blogging away at the computer a few days ago...(Mark, if you're reading this, I meant I was mopping, doing laundry, or starching your jeans), when I realized it had been a while since I had heard the sweet sound of sibling arguing that I usually hear subtly in the background. I looked around and didn't see anyone. Then I found this:
They had made a pallet on the floor and were quietly just relaxing together. That almost never happens.
I was having a "moment" the other night, probably because someone I lived with used a glue stick as chap stick...or maybe it was when someone wrote all over the sofa with an ink pen...I can't remember, but I needed to "retreat" outside for a bit. I was sitting on the swing pondering where I had gone wrong, when Kendall came out to cheer me up. If you don't know Kendall, or haven't read about her here, you need to know she has compassion for days! I knew she was just trying to subtly encourage me, but it was the sweetest thing ever. She said something along the lines of, "Thanks for never feeding us stuff like Hamburger Helper. I mean, my husband may get upset that we always have to buy things like salmon and filet, but thanks for making sure we eat good stuff."
No offense to those that like Hamburger Helper, because I like it too, it just doesn't follow my current eating habits. I feel like if my kids remember me for making sure they eat well, I have done my job.
Me too! How many times have you use that phrase? This week in my Bible Study we discussed kindness and compassion and how relating to other people by your previous experiences can go along way to be compassionate. Whether it's becoming a mom at the young age of twenty (which is one of the best things I have ever done), dealing with divorce, coping through deaths of loved ones, struggling though miscarriages or infertility, hearing someone say, "I've been there. I know what you're going through" helps so much. If you are going through a tough situation right now, remember, you're not the only one that has walked this path. If you've overcome a difficult situation, I encourage you to find a way to be a light in someone's life. Reach out to someone that might need your words of encouragement, or just a hug from some understanding arms.
That's all I've got for you this week! Have a terrific weekend!
Linking up with the usual suspects...