Sunday Blessings 92: Nashville Edition

(1) Guided backstage tour of the Ryman–so cool and so worth the extra money.

(2) Johnny Cash Museum. Even found a few Birthday/Christmas presents.

(3) Afternoon swim at our hotel

(4) Awesome night at 3rd and Lindsley! The Time Jumpers!!!

(5) Two words: Vince Gill!! I was totally fangirling!!

(6) My sis and I being silly and singing along with George Jones at his museum.

(7) Acme Feed and Seed–awesome restaurant recommended by our Auntie Carol.

(8) More 3rd and Lindsley. Seriously cannot get enough of this place!!

(9) Meeting Kat Perkin’s Uncle.

(10) Visiting with Allison Bray at 3rd and Lindsley.

(11) Meeting Ben Rue and hearing his song about growing up in a small town. Totally hit me in the heart!!

(12) Sleeping in past 10 am.

(13) Chillin in our hotel room watching the CMA Fest.

(14) Riding on the General Jackson Showboat.

(15) Nashville Live on the boat

(16) Yummy meal WITH yummy cheesecake.

(17) Visiting with a man and his daughters who were at our table on the boat. They were from WI.

(18) Meeting a blog friend in real life and hanging out with her. So fun that we got to hang out, Jen. And thanks for the ride.

(19) Great Lyft drivers! Love that Lyft shows you what the driver and car look like.

(20) Supper at Monells. Awesome home-cooked meal.

(21) Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

(22) Historic RCA Studio B

(23) Some chill time at our hotel

(24) Supper at the historic Wild Horse Saloon. Yummy fried pickles. And some of the best sausage in the world!!

(25) Line Dancing lessons

(26) Songwriters showcase at the Johnny Cash Museum cafe.

(27) Great continental breakfast at our hotel.

(28) Meeting two more FMF friends in real life. And having lunch with them at the GermanTown Cafe. So much fun, Janel and Val.

(29) Backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry. So cool!!

(30) Supper at Aquarium restaurant.

(31) Grand Ole Opry–Pam and Mel Tillis, Mark Wills, RaeLynn and so many more.

(32) Nash the Bear

(33) Finally arriving home.

(34) EG picking us up at the airport.

(35) A sweet text from my friend KW. Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

(36) My first two pieces of FMFSnailMail this round. Thanks CG and KA.

(37) Sleeping in and then going to Denny’s for lunch.

(38) Cinnamon Pancakes

(39) Catching up on my shows that were recorded throughout the week.

(40) Cherry Dr. Pepper and Hot Tamales

(41) The FMF crew!!! My heart just keeps growing!!! Love you all so much!! So glad that God connected our hearts!!!

A little fun for your Monday so I am linking up with Anita and Carol at Inspire Me Monday:

Here in Nashville

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Here.” Write for five minutes; unedited.

I’m here in Nashville this week. My sister surprised me with a sister’s trip last Christmas. We have been here since Sunday night.

Monday we went on a tour of the Ryman and later to 3rd and Lindsley…a bar that was recommended to me by a musician friend. That place didn’t disappoint at all. All I have to say is two words: Vince Gill. Vince plays here every Monday night with a group called the Time Jumpers. I was fangirling hard. I’ve loved Vince ever since I can remember.

Tues we went back to this place and heard a country showcase of young artists. So fun! Ate at Acme Feed and Seed–so yummy!

Wednesday–We rode on the General Jackson riverboat. Also because FMF friends are here for the retreat, I was able to meet a blog friend InRL.* So fun to explore Nashville with Jen and my sis. Even ate at Monells–good home cooked food!

Today we toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and historic RCA Studio B. I got chills hearing the music and it’s history there. Supper at the historic Wildhorse Saloon. I even tried my hand at some line dancing. Stopped at the Johnny Cash museum cafe on our way back to the hotel. There was a songwriters showcase. Fun to listen. Finished out our day with a swim.

Tomorrow Grand Ole Opry and also hopefully meeting up with some more blog friends InRL. I am excited that the retreat is here which is allowing for some meet ups. But a tad bummed I won’t be able to be at the retreat.

But also so glad that it is here and many will be able to be there.

*My five minutes ended here!! I had a lot to say this week!!

Meeting Us Where We Are At

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Meet.” Write for five minutes; unedited.

I have to be up at 5 am tomorrow morning to be at the bus station by 5:30 am. I will be meeting my friend Heather and her husband David. They have been living in Japan for the last several years where Heather was teaching English. They are moving back to the States. We haven’t seen each other in several years so I am excited to see her and her hubby.

As I think about meeting the bus and my friends, I think of the many wonderful ways that I have met friends in my life. They have blessed my life in so many ways and often those friendships have come about because God placed that person in my life. The thing is that God meets us where we are at.

I don’t know about you but I sometimes have a hard time trusting in that promise. Yet the truth is that God is a God of promises and knows our brokenness, our joys, our desires etc. God totally comes and always meets us where we are at. God knows that I yearn so deeply to be a mommy-to-be. And though there are more days than I care to admit that I forget God’s promise, I must remember that God always meets us where we are at. God meets us in the midst of the hard!

I think of my new friend KA and how her, her hubby and some friends are starting a new church. Tonight I asked her if I could pray and she asked me to pray that she would be able to write and memorize a Spoken Word piece for Sunday. I literally stopped and tweeted out a prayer for her in that moment. God met me right there on that phone screen. God knew what KA needed and saw to it that I was able to meet her needs through my prayers lifted up for her.

How often have you too seen God meet you where you are at?

*Lately I have noticed how God often meets me through amazing people. Lately I have also noticed God often shows up in my words…in written poetry, in sharing my story, and even in blog posts. It reminds me of the many ways that God meets me, meets us right where we are at. And I am so thankful that in my own brokenness, in your own brokenness, God comes again and again and meets us continually where we are at.

(And as a total side note, I am thankful for the ways that God has met me through my Write31 Days friends, my #Fmfparty friends and through so many more. I am so thankful that I will get to meet some of you InRl this summer in Nashville since my sister and I will be there for a sisters trip that week before. I never thought this would happen, but obviously God knew, didn’t he?)

*Where the 5 minutes stopped!

Snow Day!

It is a cold snowy day! It is snowing and blowing like crazy—full blown blizzard in effect! Luckily the wind didn’t pick up until this afternoon so we still had worship this am which was great!

Made it safely home! But almost got stuck in my driveway at my apartment! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this snow day! Catching up on Project Runway and Nashville; watching some Chopped, House Hunters, and one of my all time fave movies Father of the Bride 2; a pizza in the oven; and in a few minutes will curl up on the couch to watch the Grammys!

And as I enjoy this snow day, I can’t help but think of all those who are out there trying to keep us safe. I heard an ambulance as I was videoing the blowing snow outside so I said a quick prayer for all involved.

Stay safe and warm, friends!!