“Sisters are like fat thighs, they stick together”

I can’t stop laughing about this quote. Maris sent it to us early this morning, and it has made my whole day. Mostly because I happen to have thighs like tree trunks so the imagery is especially poignant for me. But also because this concept of sisterhood is something I have been thinking about a lot lately. I have two brothers, so I never experienced what “real” sisters have, but I think I have been blessed more than most because I have so many honorary sisters, or what I like to call my soul sisters.

Urban Dictionary describes the term Soul Sister as “Someone who fully understands you. Like a soulmate, but not someone you want to marry and make babies with. The sister of your soul.” (and obviously Urban Dictionary is the most reliable source for these things). But this is it, I mean really it. Someone who understands you FULLY and most importantly DIFFERENTLY than anyone else. Not necessarily better in every case, but differently than your husband, your boyfriend, your parents, your siblings, etc.

The sister of your soul understands you, loves you, grows with you or allows you to grow without her, encourages you, cries with you, yells at you and listens to you yell. She grabs your babies for you when you get called into work, keeps those babies late when that meeting drags on and traffic is a mess, pours you a giant glass of wine and takes you out dancing when you really need it. Middle of the night texts, early morning texts, random workouts and free weeks of yoga. Scripture, laughs, play dates, lunches, deep talks and hours of ridiculousness. Coffee in the park because the children will not sit still, shots at the bar “just like the good old days”, and the a million takes of the original “selfie” (you and your bff soul sisters taking pictures of yourselves, because that’s the only way your chin looks right. )

These sisters have been through it all with me. Maybe not each of them through every life experience, but each of them has been through every life emotion. I could not even begin to express in words my gratitude for the many soul sisters I have been blessed with in my life. Each of you supports me in different and necessary ways and I could not be more thankful. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a lot of sisters for me to keep it together on this journey. I hope you all know how much I love you, how much I need you, and how much I try to support you as much as I feel supported by you.

Really nothing sums it up better than my title quote. “Sisters are like fat thighs, they stick together. ”

 

love,

 

jess

Advertisements

Leaving a legacy

Our friend Shelly (we call her Taylor, but that’s neither here nor there…) is pretty much the coolest. Her dad, Chip, has been in our prayers lately. Just over 3 years ago he was diagnosed with cancer. Leading up to the diagnosis there were a series of events that left him with a spacer in his right knee, he was in need of a new knee replacement when he was diagnosed with cancer. This man is pretty much the most amazing example of relying on God for strength, trusting God’s perfect plan for his life, and not complaining about his circumstances.
A couple weeks ago my family and I were invited to join Taylor’s closest family and friends, at the high school where Chip worked for 2attests. He was being honored at a basketball game half time ceremony, naming the gym after him, and putting his name on the gym floor. He was honored for his years of service , for proclaiming that there is hope in God for everyone no matter what, for how many lives he had helped save by giving them the truth of the gospel and telling them about a loving savior. So many lives touched , and changed . Chip Roberson loves his God with all his heart , and he shares that love with others . His own life has been changed by his heavenly father and he has been passionately proclaiming the name of Jesus for years through loving others and sharing truth with them.
I was inspired and amazed! I also started thinking about what kind of legacy I might leave behind. What a privilege to be honored in this way while still living. What an honor to be surrounded by those who love you, those whose lives you have affected in so many ways. What a gift to be able to witness God’s name proclaimed, and his name being glorified in front of so many. So humbling .
I want to leave a legacy of honoring God in all that I do. I want to be able to share his love and hope with those that I am privileged to live life with.
“to whom much has been given, much will be required” -Luke 12
Are we living in light of eternity? Will we leave a legacy that proclaims our savior?
Thanks Chip for getting me thinking! Love you and your family so much!

Manicure Monday Feb 25th Edition

Hi friends 🙂 We found some fun nail polish colors for this odd weather we’ve been having here in San Diego the last few weeks. It was freeeezing for a few days, then amazing and perfectly hot, and now its back to that weird place in between cold and hot where you don’t know if you should just layer tank tops and a long sleeve or bring a hoodie  or what, and don’t get me started on how to dress these babies we have. Its exhausting. Anyway, here are our top polish picks for the week! 

ImageT

This is Sand Tropez by Essie. An awesome nude that we’re all kind of obsessed with.

Image

A little fun bright spot, this is Watermelon by Essie

Image  

I’m not ready to give up my dark polish yet, so this a neutral compromise of my love affair with Lincoln Park After Dark, here we have OPI’s Over the Taupe. 

Enjoy our polish picks for this week, and remember, you always have time for a manicure. 😉 

 

love, 

 

the mamas

 

 

Conflicted

Do you ever feel like your life is contradiction?  That you contradict yourself?  That your feelings are conflicted?  Perhaps you have struggled with some of the following:

  • You are a person of faith but you have no faith
  • You are saved from the pits of Hell, yet you stuggle to find joy in every day life
  • You have been extended immeasureable grace, but you don’t walk in that grace
  • God has answered your prayers time and time again, yet you do not have hope

These are all contradictions!  The thoughts of each sentence are in conflict with themselves and yet the sentences are true.  Sort of like oxy morons.

I have found myself in conflict with myself a lot in the past two years and it is so very strange to me.  I know certain things to be true, yet I don’t know.  Like Randy on American Idol, I’m not feelin’ it man.

And so I decided to do a Google search for struggling with faith.  Faith theologically, faith for the every day, faith in every sense of the word.

And the results brought me to the most wonderful, little-known passage in Mark 9, starting with verse 14:

 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”  (Mark 9:14-29 ESV)

How amazing is this.  Jesus healed the son of a man who admitted he struggled with unbelief!  This man told the Son of God to his face that he believed in Him, and yet, he still had unbelief.  A total contradiction, and yet totally true.  And how did Jesus respond?  HE HEALED THE BOY.  Note that the boy was brought first to the disciples and they failed to heal him.  Jesus said at the end of the passage that this could only be done by prayer.  How often do we run to others and not Jesus Himself with problems that only Jesus can address?

What a gracious and mericful Savior we have!  His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness, when I so lack in faith.

I believe, help my unbelief!

Manicure MONDAY!!!

Well….a little bit late, but just in time for VALENTINES DAY!!! Of course we love any excuse for a festive  manicure, and Love Day is no exception. 

First we have OPI “Sweet Memories” and a little hit of glitter with Essie’s “A Cut Above” from their Luxe Collection. Any excuse to add this one glitter finger is a good one for me!!

Image

 

For our next mani…we have OPI’s “Eternal Optimist” with a fun little heart in “Wicked” 

Image

 

And finally, we have OPI’s “I Mainly Eat Lobster” 

Image

 

Yay for manicures! And I apologize this is obviously not Monday….but if you have been reading any of our other blog posts, I’m really just impressed this was done before next week. Hopefully these colors inspire you to paint something fun on those fingers!! 

 

love, 

 

the mamas 🙂