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Rooted Chicago and a Trip to Austin

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Last week I boarded a plane to Austin, TX, and the next day I was sitting with Jen Hatmaker on her living room couch. #averagefriday

What is happening here?  Let me back up by making an announcement:

On May 9, 2015, Re:Source Global is hosting its first-ever women’s event “Rooted Chicago: Fewer. Deeper. Grounded.”  We are thrilled to have Jen as one of our speakers, and this interview was a tremendous opportunity to talk through what we hope to accomplish when we gather 600 women under one roof.  What I appreciate about Jen is that she has a powerful way with words, both writing them and speaking them.  Also, she loves Jesus.  A lot.  She approaches life with a balance of “This is urgent, people” and “Everybody just RELAX” (paraphrasing) and somehow makes it work.  Her message is one that has you taking inventory of your life with an ever-present reminder of the grace that covers us all.  As I re-read some of her stuff on the flight to Austin, I was simultaneously laughing and crying…what a mess.

Fortunately for you (and maybe unfortunately for me as I have done ZERO filmed interviews in the history of my life) Stephen Smith and Scott Brignac of Houston, TX, did a great job filming our discussion and will be posting it here on the blog in the coming weeks!

If you didn’t already know, Jen is a pastor’s wife, blogger, best-selling author, national speaker and recently launched her family’s own reality shows My Big Family Renovation and Your Big Family Renovation on HGTV.  Fun fact about the interview: Right out of the gate I was listing her many roles and asked if she was now a “reality show guru.”  I probably haven’t said the word “guru” in 5 years but that was the noun my brain chose right then…Really, Brain? What happened? I thought we were friends. Continue reading Rooted Chicago and a Trip to Austin


The Lighthouse

We’re going on our third year of new family tradition.  My husband books a Coast Guard lighthouse cottage where we stay with our family for three days after Christmas with no agenda.  These cottages are nothing fancy but have been special and each year’s experience so different.  This year’s lighthouse was built in the mid-1800’s and the walls were covered with pictures of its history. Only after I took down every creepy photo of ghost people from two centuries ago, it served us well as a refuge from the usual busyness of life at home.

Typically there are piles of snow and my husband and our city-dwelling boys act like wild country men, running free in the freezing cold: sledding, skating and exploring.  This year there was no snow so my 4 and 5-year-old settled for the 10×10 ice puddle in the gravel driveway.  Actually, they played hockey on it.  In their actual skates and with hockey sticks.  For hours, even after the sun went down.  It like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.

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Along with letting our kids roam the open outdoors and savoring the quiet change of scenery, we try to use this time to pause as we close out another year.  New Year’s Eve is usually about making resolutions, but for us, looking back is almost as important as looking ahead. Continue reading The Lighthouse

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