Monday, August 8, 2016

Coffee Date || 27 (A Link-Up)

If we were on a coffee date, we'd be meeting at my office and walking over to get a cup from the new roaster that opened last month. I'd tell you there's no bad pick off their menu and you'd struggle because can I have all the things? I'd get an iced vanilla latte and have to work really hard to not drink it all in a single gulp because their coffee is gold.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd suggest you barbecue your spaghetti squash before you eat it in place of spaghetti. Because the smokey, charred texture is divine and take the goodness of squash up at least a dozen levels. Bonus if you add spicy sausage to the mix and your taste buds do a happy dance.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd probably mention Search the Scriptures. I'd mention it because it's taught me three things about bible study 1. there's no perfect way to do it, 2. sometimes the bible is really hard to understand, and 3. small chunks are far more manageable than big readings. I'd tell you I got it and was shocked when it looked like a text book, but goodness it's breathed some life into my moments with Him.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask about the last three times you've had to say "no". Turning things down -any kind of thing from opportunities to lunch dates to naps in the afternoon- can feel so deeply scary. I'd remind you that the world is still spinning -but really, I'd be saying that to myself- because sometimes saying no can feel like the world will stop and all good things with it. I'd tell you I'm proud of you and inspired by you in the way you handled those moments because I'm not the best at drawing clear boundaries. I'm getting better, but I'm not the best and so, I'd draw off of your experiences.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd recommend these grill sheets. We were gifted a set and HOLY smokes they've changed my grilling game with the way they keep the flames from actually setting fire to my food. You still get the grill lines (which are my obsession with grilling) but don't have the burnt parts. Plus, they're reusable which means you can be a great gift giver with the other two you get!

If we were on a coffee date, I'd confess that entitlement is rampant. I'd tell you how I started noticing it in the lives of other people, but then became so aware of it in my own life. I'm so damn entitled. And I'm working hard (and systematically) at removing those assumptions about what I deserve, what belongs to me. This process is disarming and rife with conviction, but, oh, the rewards it will reap.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd want to know about the questions you have about our adoptive process. I'd want to answer them because it's confusing and unique and long-in-the-works. So, I'd ask you to shoot, tell you to pour them out, let me help to clarify and educate. This process is humbling, beautiful, exciting, and heart-breaking; it's a million small actions brought together for a BIG reward. So leave them in the comments, leave them all over the place, because answers are coming.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd double check with you about #Collaboreads. I'd ask if you know what it is (here's the answer) and if you're playing along this month (the prompt is: read a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you) and what you're currently reading (my answer is The Sellout). I'd ask what you loved to read this month and what you hated and I'd probably have to whip out my bullet journal so I could add them to the list.

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