Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.16.16]

Happy, happy, happy weekend!
Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))! 

Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here:  

Andrea Fanelli
Andrea Fanelli 
Andrea Fanelli

right now just invites you to come and exhale?

<grin>

Greg Murray Photography

okay – dogs and peanut butter? we’re all smiles

TV off? Then it must be time for bed!

maybe pack your bags and go enjoy the gift of this life?

free admission for all national parks next weekend

Emily Gibson 

too beautiful not to share

just plain fun to watch:

inside a device inspired by components from an old penny arcade device

Beboy – Facebook / Instagram
Beboy – Facebook / Instagram
Beboy – Facebook / Instagram

stunning

and this? #sharingthereallycoolstuff

good words here: “What if Your Dreams DON’T Come True?”

and this? oh, just 126,285 pieces later…

hospital honors and remembers former college mascot and organ donor 

“after you pass 105, you don’t get nervous”  love this one

Bikini Berlin
Bikini Berlin
Bikini Berlin

a most amazing garden in the air

what he was able to do for his mom at 4 years old?

Cliff Grassmick

sharing so much love

how he learned to redefine who he was

Today Show

she thanks teen’s family for the heart that saved her life

The One Thing You Really CAN’T Do (A Social Experiment)

Sleepbus

a fascinating concept right here

beautiful music, stunning scenery…enjoy

Post of the Week from these parts here

yeah, sometimes you can wanna go back — and there’s just no going back.

But when it comes to our friendships, let’s move forward brave together:

4 ways to better friendships

Cultivate Kansas City

Refugees learn the business of farming as they’re rebuilding their lives 

standing side by side, day after day, working toward a cure: one amazing story

on Instagram

… and then when it was #nationalsiblingday, Little One who had no siblings, was placed sleeping into my arms & in a moment, she had a Mom & a Dad, 4 brothers & 2 sisters— & each of them had a new little sister & family is a verb, family is an action that we choose because family is not just what we are, it’s something that we actively keep on making.

Turns out we aren’t merely born into families, families are born out of our reaching out & holding on & serving anyways & giving always… Always.

Turns out it’s not only the blood in our veins that make us family — it’s the blood & sacrifice in our days that makes us a family.

Turns out? Parenting isn’t quite as overwhelming when we simply understand how to serve in this minute. Sometimes figuring that out is hard. Sometimes what serves best is simply our open arms & the close beat of our own breaking heart.

Love breaks & gives away your heart. Every time. And her little heart broke in my arms — sad & grieving & confused & overwhelmed by all the unknown & unexpected.

And I rocked her close, our tears all a mess together, and I whispered to her the only thing there ever is to hear: “Shhhhh… It’s okay, it’s okay… You are safe. You are Beloved. You Belong. Believe.”

She felt like kin, our hearts beating sort of brave & unbrave side by side.

  “when you don’t feel like you’re enough: our year long story — and a new chapter coming”
“when you feel too broken to be chosen” 

 #1000Gifts #adoption

[ our unlikely adoption story will unfold quietly here, in excited bits & pieces, & over at Instagram, as we travel to China this week  & as we find our way through the next several months, trying to find words to a little miraculous story He’s writing ]

she shares nutrition — for the soul

what he does? and why he’s now a believer

I’m alive! — because He lives

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

 …sometimes it’s ridiculously hard to know how to live through the stuff we’re facing & you know, maybe this is it, just these three things:
“Be cheerful — no matter what; (1)
pray — all the time; (2)
thank God — no matter what happens. (3)
This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1Thess5:18
There’s everybody’s map through our Friday —
Be cheerful, prayerful, thankful — to keep the day from becoming: awful.
Today’s total game changer: There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

[excerpted from our little Facebook community … come join us?]

That’s all for this weekend, friends.

Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Re – joy, re- joy, ‘re- joys’ again

Share Whatever Is Good.

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