It’s Sunday, y’all, so you know what that means! It’s time for another High Notes post, where I share favorite reads from around the web, my own recent posts, and stuff I’m loving this week!
“American Christians need to stop pretending that the ‘good ol’ days’ were so darn wonderful and that everything’s gone to Hell now. That sunny-in-the-rear-view narrative simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, to History, or to reality, and it cheapens how far we’ve actually come together.”
“Let me tell you: Nothing is worse for your self-esteem as a home cook than a couple of kids. There is nothing quite like spending an hour-plus in the kitchen preparing a meal for your family, only to have everybody weeping at the table within minutes.”
“Singing is good for the soul, and it’s an art everyone can learn. Grab a fake book and belt some Broadway or croon some Crosby. Sing off-key or sing on the rooftops. Sing in the shower or sing in four-part harmony with friends in the park. Don’t resist the urge to sing when you feel a song swelling inside you.”
My Only Friend Is a Snowman and It’s Summer Now (bold, beautiful writing by my sweet in real life friend Cailey Norris)
“Everybody here is trying to ‘network’. Yes, the word you cannot get away from as a Belmont student or a Nashvillian. The word that makes me throw up a little in my mouth. And I’ve never wanted any part of that. I have big dreams like everyone else here does, but I won’t sell my soul to reach them. Which is what networking feels like to me. But everyone I come across here seems to be looking for people who can offer them something, and apparently I’ve never made the cut.”
Also, check out Cailey’s professional page and hear her music. She’s a phenomenal songwriter and musician!
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What I’m Loving:
1. Drugstore Leggings
Well, technically I picked mine up at the grocery store. I was intrigued by the “super soft leggings” claim and they were only $6.00, so I thought, “Eh, why not?” and tossed ’em in my cart.
The minute I put these on my body I fell in love. I promptly informed my family that I was renaming these “Better than Naked” leggings. ‘Cuz they are.
To be specific, this one groin stretch that my 16-year-old football player taught me. I’ve been having problems with plantar fasciitis (a fancy way of saying my heels hurt when I walk), and one day this week my left achilles tendon was killing me.
This stretch is the best I’ve found for that particular spot, and I felt better the very next day.
Oh, by the way, you’re welcome for NOT putting a picture of myself doing the stretch.
3. Purple Coneflowers
These beauties are made for Texas landscaping. They come up every year, multiply like crazy, and make you look like a gardening pro. Simply lovely.
4. My kids’ piano playing
It’s piano recital season.
Well, who are we kidding? It’s everything season. All the end of year concerts, awards programs, field trips. . . everything seems to happen in May.
But the piano recital is special. For starters, we have the most amazing teacher EVER, and all her students are top-notch. This isn’t one of those recitals you suffer through, wincing at all the wrong notes. These kids are good!
Plus we always have a reception afterward with incredible food.
Three of my four play piano, so it was a big day for our family. I’m a proud momma, in case you couldn’t tell!
Maybe the best meme ever. And quite possibly the truest thing I’ve ever read.
I’m never gonna win, this battle, am I?
This Week’s Lyrics for Life:
Your Song by Elton John
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
Loveliest readers, it’s true. Life really is more wonderful with you in this world.
My prayer is that you’ll believe it every single day.