Have Some Good News: An Oasis of Gentle Things

Hi, Friends! It's the weekend, hallelujah. Not that this week was bad personally, but what with the world and all, I feel like we just need a good, clean Monday. Try this week all over again. Do it right this time. Still, life keeps moving on (you know, like the Ben Rector song...he has a baby named Jane, you know...that's one happy thing!) and peaceful things lean close. I've got a cinnamon bun cheesecake chilling in my fridge awaiting a photo shoot and taste-test, some 'sweet autumn' clematis and wild passionflowers to gather from the roadside and arrange into some sort of massive, trailing arrangement. There is a whole weekend stretching out before me without terribly much scheduled and I bought the most perfect pair of lounge-about pants for exactly $9.99. But let's also deal in honesty: it is hard to see so much hatred, terrorism, anxiety, anger, and negativity simmering in our country and the world. This blog isn't the place where we dwell on those things. This is a place to celebrate the strong and fragile beauties of the everyday, the peace of common ground, and the joy of serving others. In that vein, I've gathered a list of links to all the most beautiful, brave, and inspiring stories and things I've found this week. Ready, get set, go read away! I've carefully curated this list of links to raise your spirits, bolster your heart, and help refresh your weekend so that you can pour into the lives of others. Enjoy!

  • Why not start with this clip about a band of entertainers, magicians, musicians, artists, and dancers with a mission to help refugee children let themselves play again?
  • Follow that with this video of the organization "Random Acts" as they bless a wheel-chair bound little girl with the chance to achieve her dream of being a ballerina.
  • Listen to an episode of 'Sounds Good,' while washing the breakfast dishes. 'Sounds Good' is a good-news podcast highlighting the makers, dreamers, and creatives working for a positive impact on the world around them and has swiftly become my go-to podcast for listening.
  • Come to love B.J. Novak even more when you hear that he plans to stare at the eclipse without any special glasses.
  • Be alternately weirded out and awed by the ability of these native people to stride across the sea bed to hunt.
  • While wasting time on Youtube, any fellow 90's kids out there will be thrilled to know that Disney released their first episode of the DuckTales remake which you can check out here.
  • Learn how to make crazy beautiful (and naturally violet-colored) lemonade with Love & Olive Oil's "magic butterfly pea lemonade" recipe. Yes, I went and ordered some dried butterfly pea blossoms after watching this. Bet you won't judge me after you see the post.
  • Turn on this fiery, hope-filled, grace-flooded new album by my friend, Daniel Ethridge. I'm not just saying you should listen to it because he's my friend. I'm saying you should listen to it because it will refresh your soul.
  • While you're listening to the album, I bet you'd have fun baking (or at least drooling over pictures of) Hummingbird High's white chocolate and raspberry sheet cake

There you go! Happy weekend, my loves. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Keep your heads high, keep your hearts true, and look for the helpers. Cheers to the weekend!