{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

 ~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life, as inspired by the women at Like Mother, Like Daughter~


More food, Jenn? Really?

Yes, really.

I mean, c’mon. How could I not include food? All of that beautiful bounty came from my garden (which happened through no doing of my own).

And then there are these beauties, most (but not all!) of which came from our CSA.

And last, but certainly not least, this deliciousness, made from fresh peaches and nectarines.

So, yes. More food.


There’s a local children’s festival [read: miniature renaissance fair with loads of different crafts tables and activities for the young attendee] each year, and we decided to give it a go. Katie observed and observed and observed, not actively participating in much, but also insisting she was having fun and wanting to stay every time she was asked.


“I taking pictures with your camera, Mama!”

[Note: with the exception of some fingerprints on the lens, the camera survived unscathed, and I made a mental note to store it out of the reach of inquisitive fingers in the future.]


Here’s what’s real: the world is full of hurting people, people stuck in broken cycles, people who need a place where they can find hope and healing. Jonathan and I have been involved with Christian Encounter Ministries for nearly a decade now because we believe that CEM is just such a place – a place where cycles are broken and lives are restored.

Tomorrow is CEM’s biggest annual fundraiser: the Agony Ride. Jonathan will join 70+ other men and women who will strive to ride their bikes as far as possible in a 24-hour period. The Agony is a fundraiser like no other, a true picture of the global church, as hundreds of people come together in pursuit of a common goal. During it, the students at CEM will witness sacrifical love in action.

Jonathan’s goal this year is 315 miles (though in recent weeks, he’s been talking about trying to break his PR of 354). In order to accomplish it, he will forego sleep and physical comfort for 24 hours. Of course, his riding means that much more when backed by the generous support of our friends and family. If you would like to join us by giving to CEM’s ministry, you can sign up to sponsor him here, for either a flat-rate or per-mile pledge. Thank you!

I don’t normally include things like this on my blog; please take this short plug for the Agony Ride as a sign of how deeply I believe in the mission of CEM. 

Those are the {pretty, happy, funny, real} moments around here this week. How about you? Share in the comments!

1 response to "{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}"

  1. By: Jamie Posted: July 31, 2017

    Wow 300+ miles! Good luck to Jonathan!

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