Squeezing in a little gal pal time with one of my favorites @mrshester = good for the soul. ✨ Also is you’re not driving around this summer night with the AC off and the windows down you’re doing it wrong. NOTHING is better than summer nights, actually nothing.
These days there’s a lot of talk about self-care. And I really think this is a good thing! Especially in American culture (because it’s the culture I can speak about with any authority!) I think it’s good to be reminded in our busy, hectic, anti-rest mania to slow down, to listen to our needs, to tend to our physical, spiritual and mental health. But I’m scared it’s going to get cheapened. Yes, sometimes self-care can look like playing hooky from life and heading to the beach, like buying expensive juices, organic skincare products and getting manicures. But self care also looks like putting in uncomfortable work to bring you long term joy. On a smaller scale that can look like getting up an extra half hour early to make sure you meditate before going to work. On a larger/tougher scale it can look like having that tough conversation with your partner or friend, setting boundaries with your boss or going to counseling. I love that the conversation about these things is shifting. Today looking after myself looked like taking a moment to have a cup of tea and playing with my son before starting all days madness. Simple but stabilizing. One last note is that I think this is such a deeply personal thing. Everyone is different and so are our needs and resources. Not everyone has the time or money to get facials or take boutique yoga classes and that’s okay. Self care is a deeper and more unique practice than that. It’s building life-giving habits that sustain you and your joy. And ULTIMATELY, i really think it’s about only taking in the things you need to turn around and make the world a better place. About nourishing your soul so you can nourish others. #sabbath #selfcare
Where do you go when you don’t feel like you belong anywhere? Sitting here, watching Danny and just can’t help but feel like so many of us are caught in the middle of the many extreme voices that rage on social media, news media and pretty much everywhere you look. Yesterday we launched @womankinde — a movement and publication setting out to redefine Christian femininity. As someone who feels caught in the middle of feminist movement and the traditional Christian cultural view of what a woman should look like, I think this is a pivotal time in the history of the womens’ rights— and women’s rights in the church. I want Christian women to have a seat at the table, to have a voice in the conversation. So if any of that sounds like you, go join our community over at @womankinde— we believe God has a big and beautiful role for you in store.
Join me in calling your representative tomorrow. Let’s put an end to America’s long history of separating families of color. Thanks @jamieraewhite for this image.
Tis the season of baths every night. Also just in time for Father’s Day Danny learned how to say “Dada” so pretty sure that means he’s a genius. A genius who eats the dead bugs he finds on the floor. (Yes, sometimes I have bugs on my floor.)
Happy Fathers Day to two of the best dads I know: my dad and my partner in crime/parenthood @chrisrend! Dad, I still want to be you when I grow up. So much of my personality and who I am is because of you. Thanks for instilling in me a love and respect for the world and other cultures. For demonstrating what the love of God on the move looks like. And of course to my best friend, deeply grateful to get to do this adventure of parenthood alongside you. You’re crushing the dad game and I’m so grateful Danny has got such an incredible role model and dad to look up to!
Snagged a few plant friends to make our house more jungle-themed. Like Danny’s shirt. 🌿 any tips for caring for house plants?!
Think this is my favorite age so far. If you need us we’ll be sipping on iced coffee, eating crackers and playing in the grass under big trees in the Tennessee heat. 🌿🌞
I never understood why growing up the most loving, helpful thing I could do for my mom was wash the dishes, make my bed or fold the laundry. They seemed like boring gifts, totally devoid of unicorns and rainbows and glitter. But now, as I sit here procrastinating cleaning the kitchen by sorting through pictures of Paris, I gotta say it all sounds more sparkly and glittery and dazzling than it used to! 😜✨✨ #officiallyold @acolorstory #golden #paris
Spending my afternoons driving around town drinking coffee and kombucha, listening to crime podcasts trying to get this kid to nap. 😜 Been loving exploring our town with this blur of a boy who hasn’t stopped moving since he learned how to crawl. ✨
My goal this week: to keep my room clean. 10 year old Gabby definitely thought 28 year old Gabby would always have a clean room. Little did she know how wrong she would be. 🤦🏽♀️ trying to be the adult she was hoping for. 🤪
Fun facts about me: 1) I’m an official member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. I’ve got the paper to prove it. 2) I may never sleep in past 4am ever again. 🤪
My literal son, moon and stars. (Get it? 😜🙈) 🌞🌙✨🌟 #aremomjokesathing?
This is not just another basic picture of an iced matcha latte (okay, it’s still pretty basic). It’s a picture of how well @chrisrend takes care of me. He’s good at telling me to go take time for myself regularly— whether it’s on a run, to grab a coffee, or even just spend a few extra minutes in bed. It’s a humbling, beautiful, and growing experience learning to human alongside someone. Glad he’s my someone.
The only perk of teething is extra snuggles. 💗 well...that and teeth I guess. That’s a good perk too. 😜🙈
“...in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” - Psalm 5:3 // and watch. WATCH. I love that!! I hate letting go of control, of feeling like I’m not calling the shots on my own life, of loosening my grip— even on things that don’t matter. But this week I feel this invitation to release, to unclench, to offer up my control and WATCH. Because it doesn’t end with us losing or missing out, it ends up with us watching in wonder as a better plan unfolds. And the temporary pain or discomfort of letting go is eclipsed by what he has in store.
Despite the early 4am mornings and geriatric bedtimes (forcing myself to “stay up till 8”) thanks to our jet-lagged baby these last few days have been so restoring. The cadence of our days has been slow and ponderous, full of mundane jobs like tidying the house, laundry and making all our favorite home cooked meals. Tonight we made farro risotto with roasted sweet potatoes, toasted pecans and wild mushroom chicken sausage. 🤤🤤🤤 Not summery but homey and nutritious. So grateful and so full— literally and figuratively.
“Waiting is divine. It’s this mysterious stretch of time when things seem pretty quiet but God isn’t finished yet.” // It’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve spent all my free time inhaling this book. (If you’ve been on my stories then you know this is true because I keep having to share all the parts I’m underlining!) I’m only halfway through, but I can’t put it down for several reasons: 1) I need this message. I’ve needed this message. Reading these pages has felt like someone has finally put words to some many of the struggles and dreams I’ve wrestled with. 2) it’s authentic. In any time where people talk about authenticity more than ever, it’s ironic that we’re all still gasping, dying for something real. This book is so raw and so real. 3) As a writer and reader I can say this is not just another book written by a Christian girl. Hannah is funny, wise, eloquent and relatable all at once. It reminds me a lot of reading books by my all time favorite Anne Lamott. I want to know what happens next. Reading this book feels like sitting down with a long lost friend, and mentor, a sister. Girl, this book so good. Thank you for giving it to the world. @hannahbrencher
Back in Nashville doing “home” things and it feels so. good. Woke up at 5am to a jet lagged baby and have chugging along ever since! Today’s agenda includes: making lunch, working out, showering, and going to bed. Also, feeling extra excited to be back in the kitchen thanks to my new hand wash and lotion from @shopcurie. Natural and non-toxic, luxurious and AFFORDABLE. Extra affordable with my discount too! Just use the code LLEWELLY15 for 15% off your first purchase! #sponsored #butactuallyobsessed
Sometimes you put on your pajamas at 9:30 because it’s been that kind of a day, but then your husband says you should go for a walk instead of going to bed. The sunset tonight was stunning, I almost cried. Moral of the story, do more things in your pajamas. Gonna miss you NI!