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“We need not fear that God will say you loved too greatly, too liberally, too generously, too shockingly.” -Jen Hatmaker, Of Mess and Moxie
It was a killer good month for podcasts! I could have listed 10 easily. I kept it to 5.
- Holly Christine Hayes on The Happy Hour with Janie Ivey. This was a powerful story of forgiveness and redemption. And her discussion of how the church can minister to abortion survivors (and in doing so likely prevent more abortions) really stuck with me. Shocker: Yelling and throwing things outside clinics isn’t the answer.
- Jo Saxton on For The Love with Jen Hatmaker. I love Jo and her story about what it’s like to be an interracial couple was shocking to me.
- Marshawn Evans Daniels on The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. Okay, I love her motivational content, especially the discussion of anywhere God sending you being Holy ground. But I’d be lying if I said the story about her calling off her wedding the Monday before wasn’t what I remember most!
- Nicole Walters on For The Love with Jen Hatmaker. I just adored everything about her!
- How I Overcame My Debilitating Anxiety on the Dais Podcast. I am not an anxiety sufferer, but her discussion on practicing gratitude was excellent for anyone!
The kids decided to run away one afternoon. I lured them home (from the trees in the back yard) with apple sauce.
We preg checked cows that we AI’ed. Good thing the kids were on Spring Break because who knows what Braun would have told his teacher about this.
We took some family photos for a magazine article coming out soon about our ranch.
We did some serious Easter egg hunting!
And the big memory, of course, was the Polar Plunge!
Links Worth Looking
- The Day the Fires Came. Listen. You may not want to read this. It is the most haunting piece I have ever read and just thinking about it can still bring me to tears a year later. You cannot forget these words. It is a beautifully written story of the deaths that occurred last year in Texas when the major wildfires came through.
- After a teenage Waffle House waitress was seen cutting up food for her elderly customer, she got a college scholarship for her kindness. Click here.
- Suicides, Drug Addiction, and High School Football. This one is heartbreaking. But a look into the options crisis that is crippling the country. And it includes the story of one coach who is determined to make a difference for these students.
We ended the month with both kids sick. I was in a doctors office with one or both 5/7 days at one point.
We had a wildfire within about half a mile from our house. Of course, Ty and I were gone. But Grammar, my cousin Sean, and the kids held down the fort. Braun thought it was Heaven when the emergency response staging area was our driveway. No structures were lost, thanks to the hard work of the first responders.
I finished up<a href="http://Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life“> Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. As with every Jen book, I laughed and nodded my head until my neck was sore! I would highly recommend it. I listened on Audible and Jen, herself, narrated. It was as amazing as you might expect.
Forks and Knives
I made several new recipes this month.
- White chicken lasagna soup from Pinterest.
- Chicken Parmesan Casserole in <a href="http://From Freezer to Table: 75+ Simple, Whole Foods Recipes for Gathering, Cooking, and Sharing“>From Freezer to Table.
- Tortilla Pie from Rachel Hollis.
While these new recipes were good and I would probably make them again, they weren’t great. A couple of times I made the <a href="http://The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper“>Pioneer Woman’s Salisbury Steak, and I’m here to tell you, that recipe is always a hit!
The month feels a little like a blur.
I enjoyed speaking at the TSCRA Convention in Ft. Worth. I got to be on a program with three of my favorite ag lawyers and got to see a ton of folks I know and who follow my work. Plus, I got to hang with my brother who was also there for work.
We actually got a date weekend in Ft. Worth for TSCRA. We ate BBQ in the Stockyards and Joe T. Garcia’s with friends. And Ty and my friend Wade from college may have has a bit too much tequila one night!
I did not do well. I am absolutely making this a priority in April.
I stayed within the bounds of Texas and New Mexico. I had one trip to The Abilene area for presentations and the big trip to Ft. Worth for TSCRA.
On the Abilene trip, I got to have dinner with two awesome ladies and just chat about life and careers and it was so fun and inspiring!