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    LIMINAL

    A few weekends ago Jeremy Cowart invited creatives and the like for an evening of ideas and discussion. The theme of the evening was Liminal:  relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

    I still don’t think I’ve finished processing all the richness of wisdom Jeremy had to share on everything from dealing with roadblocks, taking captive ideas, and surrounding yourself with community; but I did leave there changed.  Let me jump back a little.  Slightly over a year ago was the first time I’d even heard of Jeremy Cowart.  He happened to be speaking at our church for the weekend, and when he did, I was blown away.  I remember turning to my husband afterwards and telling him I was ready to jump.  See, at that time Jeremy was debuting his I’m Possible video and boy did it resonate with me.  The one thing that I knew I was supposed to be doing, and wasn’t…write a book and go into ministry.  Fast forward a year later, and I’m still writing and almost laughing at myself still trying to figure out what ‘ministry’ looks like.  (But that’s another story.)

    That evening, with Jeremy and a mere 100 other folks, helped propel me further into my purpose.  He asked us all to define the liminal space that we’d been straddling…think about what was keeping us from moving forward, or holding us back.  Even if it was simply our own stubborn persistence to not move forward.  I knew my space, and I was annoyed to admit it.  Last Fall, something very specific was spoken over me:  God wants you in front of the camera, not behind it.  I laughed, awkwardly, and shunned it off.  And of course, true to His word, multiple opportunities to be in front of the camera, crowds, and community starting rolling in.  I stumbled, laughed at myself, and honestly was just myself.  What I didn’t realize in doing that was how many individuals were going to feel impacted, changed, inspired but my scary, yet simple act of obedience.  Something I knew I’d been dragging my heels on specifically was actually having my picture taken.  It’s kind of hard to be a public speaker if there’s never a photo of you around.  Surprisingly, people actually want to see your face.  Go figure.  So when Jeremy also announced that he’d be taking our portraits at the end of the evening, I knew I couldn’t escape it.  For someone who absolutely loves capturing beauty, creating beauty, and freezing time – I have. the.hardest.time.in.front.of.a.lens.  Seriously, my brain gets the dumb and I can’t stop giggling.  Jeremy asked us to make a pose, face, expression, whatever that spoke to our liminal space and how we felt about it…so when it was my turn, I sat and awkwardly, with as much confidence as I could muster, looked the camera straight through the lens.  What he captured was more real than I could have ever anticipated.  I saw me, and I no longer saw the fear, shame, or meekness that I’d let hold me back.  I saw joy.  I saw confidence, and most surprisingly, I saw the beginning.

    A new vulnerability and a new confidence.  A grace filled bravery to move forward in writing, to take ownership of the roll in ministry that I knew I’d been called to.  Yes, it’s still messy, and no I certainly don’t have it all figured out.  But I’m moving out of that liminal space, and into my purpose, and fear and shame can stay in the darkness where they belong.

    FAMILYHOOD

    The Baby Brunch: Crane Humidifiers

    Crane was another one of generous sponsors to our recent Macaroni Kid + StrollerTraffic baby brunch.  I don’t know about you guys, but these might be the cutest humidifiers I’ve ever seen.  Incredibly user friendly and cute enough to leave in plain sight.  Having a humidifier in your little one’s room can help relieve congestion and even help with eczema…isn’t that crazy?

    Honestly, when T was little, I actually returned the humidifier we got at his baby shower.  I didn’t think it necessary, but when we moved from Florida back to Cincinnati, I realized the moisture in the air was incredibly different.  We often, as in the entire family, woke up with nose bleeds and painful congestion.  Adding a humidifier to the house radically resolved that problem.  And since most humidifiers look like hospital equipment, I love the extra thought Crane put into theirs and the adorability factor isn’t so bad either.

     

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    The Baby Brunch: Sprout Foods

    We recently were honored to host a Macaroni Kid + StrollerTraffic baby brunch for mamas and mamas to be.  I thought it would be a great excuse to celebrate a close mama to be and her new bundle of joy as well as mix and mingle with some other mamas in our community.  Unfortunately, over half our guest list ended up not making it at the last minute.  Nonetheless, our soiree moved forward in a much more intimate setting that originally planned.  Our family loves to throw parties, so any excuse to get people together and enjoy a minute of life in community is fine by us.

    Sprout Organic Foods was gracious enough to provide all of the snacks and treats for the littles (and maybe the mams too, 😉  A favorite in our household was the White Cheddar Cheese Curlz.  Oh my goodness you guys.  They were amazing, and without any of the extra additives or junk you’d normally find in cheese puff type snacks.  They actually tasted like white cheddar and were gluten free to boot.  So yes, this mama enjoyed the Curlz alongside the littles.   They also come in sweet potato and broccoli, both of which were surprisingly delicious and a treat I didn’t feel bad letting P indulge in for the day.

    There we also tons of new food pouches to try.  I was sharing with the other mamas that P has never really been a huge food pouch fan – which honestly, was a bit frustrating at times.  A fellow mama has an amazing suggestion:  use the food pouch as contents for one of her smoothies.  P loves herself a good smoothie and that is one of the many ways I try to sneak more veggies into her diet.  So I’d never thought to add a superfood packed food pouch into the mix.  Brilliant!