Hi. I am Elizabeth. 

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A Heaviness in my Heart

Hello friends! 

Thanks so much for being patient with me these past few days- I intended to get a post up on Friday after the John Mayer concert (more on that in a few), but had a terrible migraine the next day. Then I was going to get a post up today- but Dex was up all night Sunday night and currently has a fever so those plans went out the window. 

I also just haven't known what to write. There are so many heavy things happening in our country and world right now, and it has taken me some time to process through it. 

I am devastated over what happened and is currently happening in Charlottesville. I am having a hard time finding what to say, but I don't want to be silent. I know that I am a white woman and have known nothing of the persecution that many are facing. It hurts my heart to see the hate in others' hearts toward others made perfectly in the image of God. I feel like I don't have the words to convey how angry, sad, and hurt I am feeling for those being persecuted in Charlottesville. Others thinking they are better than another group of people for any reason is wrong. Racism is wrong. This is 2017- we are still fighting this battle many many years after the civil rights movement- I just hate that. We were all made in God's image, and He didn't make any mistakes when he was making the color of our skin, our gender, or our cognitive abilities. 

Bryan had a great conversation with our neighbors last night. He made sure that they knew that we did not agree or support the events in Charlottesville, and we are sorry that they are still dealing with racism in 2017. He listened as they told stories of growing up in rural Kentucky, and the persecution they felt regularly. They have seen the ignorance and ugliness of some people their entire lives. Again, it is not OK to be silent on these things. And I'm not just talking about on social media- go to those people in your tribe, and tell them they are loved and valued. Show what you believe with the way you live your life. It is easy to be brave or even cowardly behind a screen. Flesh out what you believe with intentionality so that there is no doubt where you stand. 

Another heavy topic around our home was the story on 60 minutes Australia about more pregnancies being terminated if the blood test shows that the baby has Down syndrome. Anyone who knows me knows that this does not go over well with me. In Iceland nearly 100% of babies are aborted who get an in utero diagnosis of Down syndrome. Guys, again, no one is superior to anyone else. We are all humans- we are all who God made us to be. I honestly don't want to live in a world without Down syndrome. My children are not a burden on society- they are brave, loving, silly, determined human beings who see the good in the world. Yes, sometimes things are hard- but as Heather Avis said in her book, The Lucky Few, "since when is hard a bad thing?" I wouldn't change either of my boys for anything in the world. I will continue to post about them on my social media feeds, walk in buddy walks, and raise awareness for how awesome they are. 

Oh, just so much heaviness...

I don't want to end my post there though- with all the terrible things going on, I want to remember the good as well, and be grateful for it. Because if I focus only on the terrible, I my stay in bed with the covers pulled over my head indefinitely. 

So here are 5 things I am grateful for today- 

1. My tribe of people who are all different: we look different, have different beliefs, different passions, and different abilities. The day I surround myself with people that are exactly like me, is a day I do not want to see. Differences are beautiful. 

2. A concert with my love and dear friends. I needed a night out, and John Mayer did not disappoint. Although when he sang "Waiting on the World to Change", I leaned over to Bryan and said- "this song is old, and is still perfectly relevant, that makes me sad" I've posted a video below- listen to those lyrics. They sure are good and applicable, and his guitar playing isn't too shabby either. 

3. Birthday party for my boys is coming up soon! I can't wait to share all about it. Also, my tiny Gus will be one soon. I am in denial, but so grateful he is our. 

4. Me time- bubble baths, wine, Target trips alone, Starbucks, 2 hour naps, good music and podcasts, online shopping. Thankful for down time to think and pray and process. 

5. This little corner of the internet where I get to write. I am so thankful that my husband encouraged me to start a blog- writing is not something I feel like I am good at, but it is therapeutic for sure. Thanks for reading and letting my share our tribe with you! 

Until next time...

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