The Post That Never Got Written

Saturday, September 20, 2014

This is the blog post that I kept waiting to write itself. There's so much to say, but it seems I never had just the right words. You know that feeling? 

Flashback to last November as I stood in the foyer of our church waiting on Coach.  As I stood there, a gal I knew from my teaching days approached me. She asked such a simple question, but little did I know how my God was using her to grow me.  She asked, "Do you like to decorate?"  I might've gotten a little over-excited and replied, "Yes! I just wish I had the time to decorate more." She went on to tell me that for the Women's Christmas dinner, the church was needing volunteers to decorate a table.  The details were sketchy, but I was excited. I mean, come on, decorating for Jesus! Heck yes!  

All I knew was that I was able to pick my table's theme and that no table was to look remotely alike. Sounded good to me.  Then the welcome letter and directions landed in my inbox.  In sponsoring a table to decorate, I was also to be a host for the table for one night of the Women's Dinner.  Now, I had been looking for ways to meet other women at church and get involved in the women's ministries, but this....this idea of me hosting a table full of women I don't know. It just about sent me panicking over the edge. 

Not many people realize how painstakingly awkward it is for me to meet new people. Deep down, I'm an introvert and I like the small, close-knit circle of friends I have.  (I tell ya, my Day Job folks won't believe this one bit.) I shared the news with Coach and he laughed a hearty laugh and said he was thankful God put me in this position. He said I needed it. 

I put the panic aside and started my Pinterest search for the perfect tablescape. I spent hours in Hobby Lobby and Michael's and everywhere else in between. I just had to make the perfect table. You know, cause, everyone else's table was going to be perfect too. 

Enter the worry of comparison. 

What if nobody liked my table theme? What if it was too gaudy? What if mine was ugly because I'm not a decorator? What if...what if...what if...

The day finally came to set up my creation. As Coach unloaded the car and watched me as I worked, I couldn't help but look at the other tables. How did they attach such extravagances from the ceiling? Oh gosh, why didn't I think to use a mason jar? Who's that over there...oh nobody just a team.of.decorators. Real ones!  Ugh...ya'll already know this, but comparison is the thief of joy. I learned this the hard way. At a moment when I should be joyfully serving the Lord, I was comparing. I felt foolish for even committing to this event. But, there was no turning back now. 

Later that night, with the candles lit and the mirrors glinting, the table glowed.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I learned a lesson - Jesus is the beholder.  He called me to volunteer my decorative efforts and to provide a warm, welcoming table for my fellow women. 

That night was one of my favorites. Truly.  Our table was full of sweet ladies and the worry of comparison was long gone. 

When God calls you to serve Him, remember that HE is the one who beholds your beauty, not the world. 


Home Team Fall Favorites on Pinterest

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Long before the first cool air wisps around, people start pinning fall decor on Pinterest. It's like the season before the season. I must admit I don't decorate for Halloween...that's just a tad creepy.  I mean have you see the creepy things in the Pottery Barn catalog? I don't need any fake crows sitting on my mantle. No thank you. 

But I do decorate for fall.  Here in Texas we hope and dream of fall and then one day it finally appears and you're no longer drenched in sweat at the Friday night football game and it finally just feels right to order that Pumpkin Spiced Latte. 

Each year I do a little Pinterest clean up. I like to be organized and my Pinterest boards are no exception. No image hoarding here at the Home Team!  Only sleek, efficient digital organization.  

As I prepped to get the house ready for fall decorations, I found some great things out there!  See for yourself!

I love Crafty Texas Girls use of the I'm Thankful printable.  I've already printed mine out.  Wait til you see it!  

Just look at the vintage feel of these three options from Ella Claire.  I must figure out how to have the Trick or Treat sign!

Totally loving the neutral white/gray pumpkin combo from HipHipHalloween.

I've even printed this simple, yet lovely Trick or Treat printable from Fancy Designs

I've followed Shanty 2 Chic for years and still love this classy pumpkin centerpiece. 

Follow The Home Team on Pinterest for more Fall love! 

Adoption: The Best Decision We Ever Made

Monday, September 15, 2014

This is the week I get all sentimental. It doesn't happen often, but this week always evokes emotions.  In case you didn't know, our Little Man (I know - I need to change his name - he's no longer little!), is adopted and this week we celebrate his 7th birthday.

A quick faq check for those pondering the usual questions:

Yes, I was in the delivery room when he was born.
Yes, he knows he's adopted and he's confident in his identity.
Yes, he know God has a plan for his life.
Yes, we are in contact with his birthmom, but only via email and mail.
Yes, he knows he has 3 half-siblings that he has never met. 
How does he feel about those siblings? Well, he wants to invite them to his birthday party if that tells you anything.

Ok - back to the blog post.

This is the week where I wonder how time has gone.  Coach and I still remember the night before he was born.  All those uncertainties that come with parenting....they were real for us too.  What would he look like? How would he act? What would his personality be like? I wrote about those feelings here once before on his 5th birthday.

As I tucked in the never-worn baseball jersey this past weekend into this tiny baseball pants, I was smitten.  I'm smitten with this little boy who calls me mom....who jumps excitedly when I buy his favorite snacks...who sings endlessly in the car....who prays each night for his family...who has a God-given tender love for others....I could go on and on.

I've never blogged about the journey Coach and I traveled that led us to adoption - I just have never felt led to write it.  There were many, many conversations and questions and praying and more praying before the final decision to adopt was made.  I know there are many women out there writing about and struggling with infertility. But the Home Team - Coach and I - feel strongly that adoption is the blessing that built our family and is the most important message to be shared.

In fact, we feel the self-less gift of adoption by LM's birthmother is even more moving than any story we could pen.  Read here for the incredible story that created our family.

So as the party preparations are finalized and the birthday song is sung, we have a full and happy heart thanks to the best decision we ever made - to pursue the gift of adoption. 

22. Grapevine Farmer's Market

Sunday, September 14, 2014

There have been countless Saturdays I have driven past the Farmer's Market in Grapevine. Each time I wondered why I didn't stop. We all know fresh, home grown foods are much better for you than the ones produces and hauled to Walmart for purchase. So, finally I stopped.  

It was an overcast, cool day in July - a rarity in Texas - so the vendors were thin, but the quality looked good nonetheless. After coming home and tell Coach all about the large peppers, homemade salsas and fresh peaches, he decided to he needed to go back with me and check out the goodies.

Meanwhile, check out my fancy pics.

What I'm Reading

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day job travels have me in the lovely Austin, TX this week. If you're a consistent reader of the ole blog, then you know I love me some Austin. Like a lot. 

Well, after a long day of discourse and challenging my own thinking, I have some time to unwind to myself. So what do I do? I do what any other working mamma would do with a few quite moments - I read the Internets and peruse Pinterest.

Here's a few things that caught my fancy.

Why Use Multiple Planners from Pretty Well Organized.  You had me at planner.   

Off the Pew from Caroline Holzberger. My friend posted one of her blog posts on FB and now I just keep going back to read more. 

Staycation on Lakeway Resort and Spa from Oh Hey, What's Up. If only someone would ask me to write a blog post about Lakeway....Someday I'll be a Texas travel blogger...someday. 

The Blogtember Challenge from Brave Love.  I'd love to have the time to write a post everyday. Maybe next time. 

Anything by Jen Hatmaker.  Anything. 

So what are you doing in your down time?

A New Kind of Football Life

Monday, September 1, 2014

What a week!

As Friday finally descended upon the Hometeam, we were tired, ready for a weekend and in need of some serious relaxation.  Each day Little Man came home from school and said he was "worn out."  Oh Little Man, I've got your worn out! 

Those who know me know that Friday is my absolute favorite day of the week. Let me recap...I was born on a Friday, got married on a Friday, started my career on a Friday and brought home Little Man on a Friday.  Not to mention this little thing called Friday Night Lights.

But this Friday.  It was different.

In case you missed the memo, Coach is now a Varsity Basketball coach.  That means the Friday nights in the fall are free; a very strange and bittersweet feeling.  We are thrilled with the change and incredibly blessed by Coach being home more. In fact I've had the smoothest start to a school year yet and I know it's because he is home and is taking care of "home" things.

But this Friday. I shed a tear.

I love me some Friday and I truly love me some Friday Night Lights.  It caught me off guard as I read the posts on my FB feed of other football wives cheering on their teams and posting about the season kickoff. I got teary.  Ya'll....I don't get teary - ever.

It's not about physically being at a football game, but the camaraderie of the wives. It's about the memories and the lessons learned on the football field.  It's about a lifestyle that has changed. 

I went about my day and felt weird without a team to root for. I'll make up for it in college football posts...ya'll just wait! Sic em!

Being the first week of school, we had the ole Back to School dance Friday night so it's not like I'd be at a game anyways.  (Yes, you read that correctly.  We had a middle school dance after surviving 4 full days of school.  I enjoyed it, really.) 

When I came home from the dance I found Coach in the pool (someone left the heater on....) listening to the Dragon football game.  I might've fist pumped in the dark, changed quickly and hopped in the pool to catch the last 3 minutes of the game. God gave me a refreshing moment in those 3 minutes. I was under the gorgeous Texas sky, listening to a high-powered football game with my Coach.  That was a new one.  We talked a little ball...and the game ended and I felt much better with a little football in my Friday.

Now that the first Friday is behind me, I'm ready to hit the Friday to-do list that I've never been able to do.  Up this Friday...Grapefest. 

Our seasons have changed, but God is good and we have new memories to make.

10 Words to Describe Jen Hatmaker's Interrupted

Sunday, August 17, 2014


As I finished reading the final words of this book, my heart was forever altered.  There I was in a crowded local taco joint with a hubbub of excitement and noise all around me, but I felt as if the world stood still.  Through the words of Jen Hatmaker, Jesus had touched my heart and opened my eyes to another world - His world.

"God does not change, but He uses change to change us. He sends us on journeys that bring us to the end of ourselves. " 

Interrupted is the account of the Hatmaker family transformation where their life gets, well Interrupted.  Jesus takes them on a season of life-altering change....from pastoring a large, comfortable church to taking to the streets of Austin and ministering to the homeless.  All throughout the journey, I appreciated the rawness of Jen's words. At one point in Interrupted, you get the opportunity to hear from her husband, Brandon.  You see, Jesus spoke this into Jen's heart first and there was a season of thoughtful prayer that led them to move together into missional living. Hearing their voices in each subsequent chapter gives a unique perspective to the mingling of souls in a God-ordained marriage.

"A barefoot church."

Leaving her beloved boots behind, Jen takes off into the journey. Her focus, to serve as Jesus served.  Luke 22:27 accounts, But I among you as one who serves.  The few chapters describing and detailing the Hatmaker's church plant was like watching God's tapestry weave itself. I devoured those chapters quickly waiting impatiently to see what the next page held.  I can only image how her family felt living it out - in real time and waiting on God's will.  

"I discovered the journey was not only about something new but also about being willing to go, even before we knew where we were going. " 

Our lives in Christ are just that - lives. in. Christ.  We are created in God's image and called to do His work here on earth.  Sometimes as Christians we spend time creating our own opportunities instead of responding to His leading. What would happen if I let God fully lead instead of me taking the lead?  Yes, those are words taken directly from my notes as I read through Interrupted in that local taco joint mentioned above.  Deep words that resonate with me still. 

What did Interrupted mean to me? Oh so much. I want to buy up hundreds of copies of this book and mail it to all my girlfriends and sisters-in-law!  While I had followed Jen Hatmaker as Christian author, speaker and blogger, I had never read her books.  (I know, I know!)  But since finishing Interrupted, I have downloaded and read two more: 7 An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and The Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study.  Wow - these works are powerful as well.  But let it be known, that there would be no 7 if there was never Interrupted.  

I've always been a comfortable Christian - happy in my Bible studies and simple relationships.  But as Jen writes, "Our lives must reflect this heart of Christ, or we will always remain one click away."   How will I reach the unreachable and love who the world says is unlovable?  How will my life be more like Christ?  What does missional living look like for The Home Team?  

I don't have all the answers, but I do have hope that my Jesus will lead me.  

Thank you Jen for allowing God to work through your words and impact the hearts of many, but most importantly, thank you for serving our Lord.

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