My Life in Verbs

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Studying: up on AYSO rules and guidelines. I’m going to coach Aaron’s soccer team this coming season. You may surprised, but I played soccer for 11 years, through high school. I’m so excited to be back on the field as a coach.

Learning: how to leverage Pinterest as a search engine for reaching a wider audience with my blog/business. I had no idea about creating “rich pins” and collaborating on group boards until a few months ago…and now am realizing how to better connect my business to Pinterest.

Reading: Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard (for the second time) and Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

Watching: Terrace House on Netflix. My brother and sister-in-law introduced us to the show – a Japanese unscripted reality series along the lines of Real World. At first, I was like, “That sounds supremely awful.” But then we got sucked in, and CANNOT get enough. Now all I want to do is drink sake, eat fish, and watch more episodes of Terrace House.

Loving: hosting all of our out-of-town guests. We have a series of friends and family visiting through the summer, and love it! Living in Honolulu, there is no shortage of visitors.

Feeling: excited to celebrate 10 years of marriage (whaat?!) with Steve. We’re planning a fun date night and weekend get-away this week. Speaking of marriage, we recently preached a sermon together at our church called “Romance, Marriage, and Never Being Alone.” If you’d like to listen, here’s the sermon online.

Okay, your turn. What’s going on with you? Share some of your verbs in the comments.

Love Is…

While sipping my lukewarm coffee and hoping my daughter takes a long nap today, I think for a moment about Valentine’s Day. My first thought: Thank heavens my kid’s kindergarden class doesn’t require cupcakes or homemade Valentine’s. My second thought: I wonder how to celebrate, reflect, and expand love today. 

I’m not that interested in receiving chocolates or a teddy bear holding a heart from my husband. I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day by pouring love into people around me. And embracing the ways I am experiencing love. 

Love is taking a deep, long breath while my two kids fight over a toy for the twentieth time, and embracing another moment to teach them about kindness.
Love is connecting with a friend who is struggling through depression and fatigue, and hoping and persevering with her. 
Love is cooking dinner for our family, and keeping our nightly ritual of eating together. Even if it’s a brief moment that is shared over a meal of chicken nuggets, it’s still something good. 
Love is my unborn baby squirming in my stomach, and feeling such gratitude and awe for this little person. She’s being welcomed into a very love-abundant family. 
Love is my sister-in-law texting me to recommend a book to me, and asking how I’m doing. We’re an ocean and timezone apart, but our friendship still thrives and I’m thankful for her. 
Love is my toddler snuggling up to me, requesting to read Elephant and Piggie again. As I read it to her, I make sure to deliver the dialogue with gusto that would make my drama teacher proud. After I finish, I breathe in my daughter’s scent and mentally capture this passing moment. 
Love is rounding up another load of laundry into the washing machine so our family has clean clothes to wear. 
Love is listening intently to my son as he talks about his favorite part of his day (getting a cookie) and his least favorite part of his day (when Kyle bothered him in the lunch line). 
Love is enjoying a tear-inducing, belly-aching laugh with my husband before we drift off to sleep. 
I may not be “celebraing Valentine’s Day” this weekend, but I am celebrating the abundance of love that is coursing through my life. 

7 Years of Marriage

1 June wedding with Hawaiian food, Lodi wine, and a hula dance

2 Caribbean cruises
10 carved coconuts collected from various vacations
1 Los Angeles home purchase
3 cars
13 costume parties thrown
2 knee surgeries
1 college ministry 
1 overseas mission project in the Middle East
4 pregnancies
2 kids
Thousands (and still counting) diapers
1 sabbatical
7 fantastic years of marriage