Pausing for Fun, Pictures and BBQ

We were only two hours into our nine-hour drive home. This was after an 8 1/2 hour drive the day before. We were nearing lunch time and Nashville. We would hit traffic for sure. On a whim, we decided to take a long lunch break and explore. We were going to get home late no matter how long our lunch break was. The seven of us would be stuck in the mini van together for 6 more driving hours, which translates to 8 hours.

So, I pulled out my phone (thank you technology) and looked up bar-b-que places in Nashville on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure I added kid-friendly to my search. One of the first posts I came across was for Edley’s Bar-B-Que in the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville. The restaurant had great reviews and had been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Cheap Eats show. There was also a mention about some murals that would make a great picture opp.

Twenty minutes later, we had driven through a very cute neighborhood and parked behind the restaurant. We were there about 10 minutes before opening, so we walked around to the other side and found some great spots for pictures.

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We walked in Edley’s just as they were opening for lunch and there was already a line. Ordering at the bar was fast and there was great and affordable food for the whole family. We found a large table to sit at and our food was delivered quickly. By the time our food arrived, the place was packed and there was a long line. The food was delicious (I had the brisket platter), the tea was sweet and the atmosphere was perfect for our family.

While on our little side adventure, we discovered that this little neighborhood had many other murals for pictures as well as a Draper James store, several music/drum stores and Five Daughters Bakery which has 100 layer donuts from heaven!

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Two and a half hours had quickly passed as we explored (ate) our way through the 12 South Neighborhood of Nashville. We piled back into the mini van and continued on our very long drive home.

Our lunch stop could have been a quick 30 minute fast food stop. We could have rushed through eating and bathrooms to get back on the road. But a long days drive is still long, even with a short break. So, we chose to pause, eat slowly, and have a little fun.

Where do you need to pause in your busy day to have a little fun? Can you take five minutes? Can you take 30? So often, we are focused on the finish line that we miss the joy in the middle. Don’t skip over that joy because you only see the end. Eat the bar-be-que and enjoy those 100 layers of cupcake. Take some fun pictures along the way and explore something new.

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Big Dreams & Crying Over a Picture Book

Untitled design (19)I believe in big dreams. I believe God gives us these big dreams for a reason. I also believe that no one has the right to tell you that your dreams are too big. No one. Not even yourself.

Our family dreams. We encourage our children to dream. Then we make solid plans and create steps to make those dreams become reality. A little while ago, I wrote about a time when my oldest daughter was told her dream was just a wish that would not come true. (You can read it here.) Her big, bold, beautiful dream. But her dream wasn’t crushed. My strong girl stood up for her dream and said it was a reality that was coming true! (A side note to you mommas: You’re kiddos are listening, so keep pouring God’s truth into them!!!) I was so proud of her boldness, and conviction and unwavering faith.

Fast forward to my weekend at RISE in Los Angeles. Day one we talked about our past. Day two we talked about our future. Our bold dreams. Steps on how to get there and to keep growing and how to not give up on your dreams. How to actually achieve a goal. And then Rachel Hollis sat in a chair, and pulled out a children’s book she reads to her children.

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And. I. Lost. It.

I was crying on page one of this book, because all I could think of was my beautiful children and their beautiful dreams, and the people who tell them their dreams are not possible. The story was about Rosie Revere, but could have just as easily been about my children.

Rosie 2Rosie Revere was an engineer who had big dreams and loved to turn trash into treasure. She was always creating and inventing, but she kept her creations hidden. She kept them hidden, because at one point in her creative life, she was laughed at. Her invention, her dream was laughed at.

 

“I love it,” Fred hooted. “Oh, I truly I do.”But Rosie Revere know that could not be ture. She stuck the cheese hat on the back of her shelf and after that day kept her dreams to herself.

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She stopped making inventions until on day, her Great-Great-Aunt Rose came to visit. Great-Great-Aunt-Rose had big dreams herself and shared them with Rosie. Her biggest dream that she hadn’t accomplished in her life was to fly.

Rosie couldn’t sleep that night because she wanted to help her aunt fly. She was an engineer and she was going to figure it out. She worked very hard, not knowing if her invention would work. The next morning she got into her bold invention to give it a try, but sadly it crashed to the ground.

Then Rosie heard that familiar laugher. The one that made her put her dreams away. Once again, Rosie told herself that she would never be a great engineer. (Cue more tears!) She turned to see that it was her Great-Great-Aunt Rose, who pulled her into a tight hug and said:

“You did it! Hooray! It’s the perfect first try! This great flop is over. It’s time for the next!”

Young Rosie was baffled, embarrassed, perplexed. “I failed,” said dear Rosie. “It’s just made of trash. Didn’t you see it? The cheese-copter crashed.”

“Yes!” said her great aunt. “It crashed. That is true. But first it did just what it needed to do. Before it crashed, Rosie . . . before that . . . it flew!”

Great-Great-Aunt Rose knew that sometimes our dreams and inventions won’t work the first time. We will face failure and rejection and some days it will feel like you are swimming upstream in a storm. But as Great-Great-Aunt Rose tells Rosie:

“The only true failure can come if you quit.”

Rose Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts is a book you need to get today. Order it from Amazon or pick it up at Target. And read it to you children, no matter how young or how old they are. Tell them that their dreams are important, and real, and beautiful . . . and possible!

God places these bold and beautiful dreams in our souls for a reason. He wants you to live them. Breathe into them. Bring them to life. Then surround yourself with a community, a tribe, that will support you and pray for you and pick you up when you hit a roadbump. Because like Great-Great-Aunt Rose said, “The only true failure can come if you quit.”

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“Rosie Revere Engineer”

by Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts

Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York

 

Also be sure to check out these other books:

“Iggy Peck Architect” and “Ada Twist, Scientist”

A Home Filled with Music: Part 1

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I have been blessed (like knock my socks off blessed) to be a part of the book launch team for Rachel Hollis’ new book Girl, wash your face. If you follow me on social media (@cupplace), you can find lots of posts about it, and there will be more to come. You can read my review of her book here. If you preorder the book before it’s release on February 6th, you get some free goodies, including access to Rachel’s online seminar 5 Things that Changed Me and will Change You Too. I took about 10 pages of notes through it and it is literally changing my life, one step at a time.

Rachel talks about staying motivated, and physically moving, and asks “What song makes you get up and move?” Think about it. Can you think of one, just one song that you could put on right now that would get you out of your chair, off you sofa and get you moving? Your song might be a classical piece, a soulful Clappton song or a modern rock tune. What is that one song you would play?

Music plays a large role in our family home. If music isn’t playing, someone is singing. We play music to help our children go to sleep at night. We play music in the morning to get everyone moving and ready for the day. We play praise music to get our hearts ready to head to church on Sundays. We play music on quiet afternoons when everyone is reading. We play loud fun music when we’re having a hard day and we have a family dance party in the kitchen. We belt out show tunes, the best of the 80s and silly children’s songs. Music is just part of what it means to be in our family.

So, you would think it would be easy for everyone in the family to answer Rachel’s question. “What is one song that makes you get up and move?” Everyone discovered their song. It took my husband 24 hours to pick his song, and he still wanted to change it. He gets 50% of the credit for why music is so important in our home.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is my song. This song is on my running playlist and every time it comes on, I want to get up and dance. It has a great beat, fun lyrics and is pretty motivational. It’s not my favorite song. I don’t put it on all the time, though I do love Macklemore, but it’s the one I can’t sit still listening to.

Here are our other “get up and move” songs:

The Almost 2 Year Old – Believer by Imagine Dragons (He’ll be two in March and literally sings along with this song and has perfect rhythm.)

The 6 1/2 Year Old – My House by Kids Bop (He wanted to be sure it was the Kids Bop version and not Flo Rida.)

The 8 1/2 Year Old – The Happy Song by Jamie Grace (Because it’s happy!)

The almost middle schooler – Thunder by Imagine Dragons (She loves anything with a strong drum beat.)

The heading into high schooler – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. (It’s also her school song.)

The husband who couldn’t decide – Prove it by Crowder – American Prodigal (He just switched his answer to this song 30 seconds ago and if I asked him again, he would have a different answer.)

So, what song gets you up and moving?

 


 

If you would like to pre-order Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis, there is still time. Head on over to Amazon and order it today. The book releases on February 6th!