On the Little Things, Too Many Selfies, and Hope

First of all, thank you to all of you who cheered for me last Wednesday when this new space went live.

That meant so much.Β It still means so much. :)

And I have to admit that I do catch myself coming back to read through the comments…and to smile at how pretty it all is, too. It feels like home.

Earlier this week, a friend shared that she loved the new look. And I joked with her…Yeah, now I need some words to go with the new look! πŸ˜‰

Aahhhh…the words. Or, the lack of them.

But I’ve promised myself that this *new* space comes with no pressure. No comparison. Only the freedom to be Mel.

And yet, sometimes I just miss writing.

And it’s late and the raindrops are pounding the roof, and I’m wide awake because I accidentally took a power nap at 10 pm…and I’m smiling because sometimes God gives us the sweetest blessings in the little things. (And, apparently, in a lot of selfies…keep reading.) πŸ˜‰

Last week Tobin took Friday off to get some work done in the yard. Mae and I were gone for the morning, and that afternoon the three of us went to buy some new bushes and make a stop at Costco. On the way home I mentioned that a Slurpee sounded good, so we stopped at 7-11. Mae’s first.

slurpeetonguesOf course, we had to document it. Here’s to Slurpee tongues!!! (Cherry for Mae, Watermelon Punch for me.) πŸ˜‰

And then maybe…just maybe, it became the weekend of selfies because isn’t that just how life goes sometimes? Yes, yes it is. Especially when it involves a bucket of deep fried cheese curds for dinner. And a concert with Mandisa. (Who was AWE. SOME.) πŸ˜‰

bucketofcheesecurdsBecause I feel this is important, necessary information…I did not eat them all myself. πŸ˜‰

selfieMandisaYou have to look really close, but yes. Yes, Mandisa IS in the background. I’m so cool.
But do I have any pictures of my daughter dancing? Nope. Apparently I was too wrapped up in taking a picture of myself and the singer on stage.

And after a fun day spent with friends, too much fried food for dinner, and (of course) a record number of selfies taken (for Mel, at least) πŸ˜‰ we headed home and pulled in well after midnight.

And then there was Sunday, and God gave me a gift. And another selfie, but this one was purely for memory’s sake…I mean, if YOUR BFF was in town, wouldn’t YOU take one, too? See…I thought so. πŸ˜‰

beckymelselfieI love her. A lot. And that’s all that really needs to be said.

And I look back over these pictures, and I smile because God knew. He always does. He knows what we need, even on days that just don’t make sense.

And there have been a few of those lately.

Last week I came home and found this on my porch…and while it doesn’t seem like much, that sweet daisy and the few words and the love that came with it brought hope to a heart that was hurting. There’s more to the story, but that’s for another day…for now, this. The reminder that I’m loved and very, very blessed.

daisyI just smile…because God has the best ways of taking care of us, doesn’t He?

And the truth is that it has been a bit of an up and down week, and I’m not even sure how I feel about things even at this (ridiculously late) moment, but then I see this…

maeshoulderride…and I’m reminded of the beauty that He can bring in the messy, broken, imperfect.

He’s always got us…and so we can breathe thanks for that Hope.

So glad to have your here, friends!

Photo Credit: Justin Ried



  1. Mel~
    I love the selfies! And this new space is awesome!! How cool that you were able to go to that concert. I hope the rest of your summer is full of great selfi documentation. :)

    • Thanks, friend! Trying to embrace the whole selfie thing without being obnoxious. πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re doing well and having a wonderful summer!!! xo

  2. You know I love it when we count our blessings. So many to count here! Am curious about the flower though…someone is looking out for you! Chalk up another blessing!

  3. I love your site, your words, and your selfies of course! Can’t wait for more!

  4. I find myself missing you so much lately, my friend! Love the selfies…keep them coming :)

  5. I love your new “look” i had to google you because I hadn’t seen your face on any link ups…missed reading about you! :) glad I found you again.

    • Aw…hi, friend! Yep, I haven’t been doing too many link ups lately…thinking about jumping in for FMF this week, though…I’ve missed it! Hope you are doing well…sending hugs! :)

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