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rough day for my eyeballs. last night I ended up [unknowingly] putting expired solution in my contact lens case after the one my eye doctor gave me ran out. i forgot to buy some more, but I saw one sitting on the counter, so I used it. this morning I put my contacts on and immediately felt a sting, only to then immediately disappear – so I didn’t think much of it. but then, as time went by, my eyes became irritated and I wasn’t in a place where I could just go flush my eyes out and put my contacts away. my eyes were stinging, tearing, and swelling up so bad I could barely keep them open. they were so red, it looked like I had been crying for days. i had to make an emergency run to a local store to get solution and eye drops.

when I finally came home, I rushed to take them out and put on my glasses. I soaked my contacts in the new solution and flushed my eyes out for a while. i’ve been wearing my glasses for about five hours now and I can still feel my eyes stinging. but thankfully I can at least open them now for longer than a second. the redness has gone away, but the swelling around my eyes is taking some more time. sad day (not fully, but you understand)!

ps. that solution I used expired in 2011. 2011! what the heck was it doing still sitting there?

how does that even happen? don’t worry – i’ve thrown it out. it can no longer trick anyone else!

and yet somehow I’m amused by all of this. it so would happen to me!

well, there’s that. hope all your eyeballs had a much better day than mine! :)

Gloomy afternoons spent in warm coffee shops do my heart a whole lotta good. Thankful for quiet reflective moments like these.

Gloomy afternoons spent in warm coffee shops do my heart a whole lotta good. Thankful for quiet reflective moments like these.

I hope you're having a beautiful friday as well Al, lots of loveeee Di -

Ahhhh, I just love you!! Thank you so much, sweet girl ♡

Blessings to you on this beautiful day!

Hi there! I just wanted to say hello and I hope you're having a great day!

Hello, Dear!

Ahh, you’re so sweet ^__^ So far my Friday has been lovely, thank you!

Hope your weekend is blessed ♡

So often the idea of a ‘calling’ can paralyze you like the idea of a ‘soulmate,’ because you’re waiting for the perfect ideal opportunity. This can easily lead to disillusionment when we find that, like romance, a life-purpose is not the all-fulfilling, super-satisfying, happily-ever-after dream that we imagine. It is important, but not everything. The purpose of your life is NOT the purpose of your life. You were made for this one lifetime to glorify God with your hands and heart, and it’s then you can enjoy the work that God has given you instead of idolizing it as your identity. And like a soulmate, it takes great patience and care and even some false starts to find your true calling. You don’t have to figure out your life in a day.

J.S. (via jspark3000)

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Something that’s on my fiancé’s heart and mine for our future home together is to maintain a life focused on rich hospitality. One of the goals during our marriage that we pray over is to create a home in which people would feel welcome. Humbly offering a life of food, warmth, and open doors will be our way of caring for our friends, family, and anyone in need. Being gifted with this book made our hearts soar. Just envisioning gathering around to share meals, laughter, tears, life… Oh, I’m finding it very difficult to maintain my excitement as we prayerfully seek the home God has for us! Until then, I’ll be trying my hand at some of these wonderful recipes. Words are far from the amount of gratitude I currently feel.

Something that’s on my fiancé’s heart and mine for our future home together is to maintain a life focused on rich hospitality. One of the goals during our marriage that we pray over is to create a home in which people would feel welcome. Humbly offering a life of food, warmth, and open doors will be our way of caring for our friends, family, and anyone in need. Being gifted with this book made our hearts soar. Just envisioning gathering around to share meals, laughter, tears, life… Oh, I’m finding it very difficult to maintain my excitement as we prayerfully seek the home God has for us! Until then, I’ll be trying my hand at some of these wonderful recipes. Words are far from the amount of gratitude I currently feel.

Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.