Legacy

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Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

That was part of one of the last emails Dad ever sent me.

Two weeks ago, he truly experienced the kingdom of God. But it still doesn’t feel real that he is gone.

There was so much more we wanted to experience with him.

But as Hudson and I reflect on Dad’s life, we are so thankful for the time we did have with him.

I’ve been thinking a lot about his legacy and the kind of person I want to be…

Dad was one of the biggest encouragers I know. He just “got” people and supported them in whatever way they needed.

He inspired us to recognize our gifts, and to use them to glorify God.

He never spoke negatively of other people.

He rarely talked about himself (unless it was to make fun of himself).

He found joy in selflessly giving to others, both with his time and his money.

He wasn’t focused on material possessions. 30 inner tubes were much more fun to him than a fancy car.

He didn’t get caught up in insignificant “problems” or worries, but understood things in the perspective of eternity.

He rarely was without a smile. And he sure knew how to laugh and have fun.

He reminded us that the difference between good and great is the little things.

He encouraged us to dream big.

He prayed for us regularly.

He never missed an opportunity to remind people he loved them.

He lived his life to glorify God, and spent each day striving to know Jesus more.

Thanks for the example you set for us, Dad. We love you.

Thank You

11025714_10203782043899409_8056704200609112969_nThank you all so very much again for your prayers, love, and support during this incredibly difficult time. Even though we don’t have a chance to respond to all the emails and messages, they mean so very much.

So many people have asked what they can do for our family. I think the best way to answer that is to tell you a little more about Dad.

One of Dad’s favorite verses was Matthew 22:37-39, and he exemplified it so well through his life.

Dad loved Jesus Christ with all his heart, soul, and mind. He was sure to make it clear that he was not perfect, but that his goal was to live for God. So when you think of Dad, spend time with Jesus. Tell other people about God’s love. There would be no greater joy for Dad than to know that his life impacted others to love Jesus more.

Dad also loved people. He was the life of the party, but at the same time, he cared about each individual person as if they were the only person on earth. There are SO many stories of adventures he had with friends – and even strangers – and ways he impacted people’s lives. We love hearing those stories. So if you knew him, please consider leaving a memory on his memorial Facebook page.

This is not easy, and it will never be easy. But we can smile through our tears because of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and because of all the wonderful memories we have of Dad.

Loving Lately

Thank you all for your prayers and love during this time!

Prior to the craziness of the last few weeks, I had been wanting to share about three great brands that Hudson and I have been loving lately. So I wanted to take a moment to talk about them today!

Zwilling

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels

When Hudson and I were creating our wedding registry, a number of people told us that an absolute must-have was a set of good knives. So we added one of the Zwilling J.A. Henckels knife blocks, and boy are we glad that someone decided to purchase it for us! Most restaurant knives aren’t even as sharp and durable as the ones we have!!

The ZWILLING Pro 7″ Hollow Edge Rocking Santoku Knife and Pro 8″ Bread Knife (this is actually their featured knife for the month of March!) are two of our personal favorites. And just FYI, they are both on sale right now! :)

Obagi

Obagi

As I get older (still can’t believe my birthday was last week! ah!), I am realizing more and more how fragile my body already is! I think it’s so important for women in their 20s and 30s to start taking care of their skin now, instead of waiting until it’s too late.

Obagi products are designed to minimize the appearance of premature skin aging, skin damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, and sun damage. I have been using their products for only a couple months, but have already noticed a difference in the tone of my skin! My favorite products are their Nu-Derm system and Obagi-C RX System. The best way to access Obagi products is through a dermatologist.

Etsy Shop

UnderTheStarss Etsy Shop

Oh my goodness! You all know how much I love homemade anything. While Hudson and I were doing our bedroom makeover, I was searching for cute wooden signs and came across UnderTheStarss. I am so glad I did! The owner Courtney is so incredibly sweet…she made me feel so special and was willing to customize the signs however I’d like.

I had a difficult time choosing which signs I liked best out of the many incredible ones in her shop, but ended up going with the “God Gave Me You” and “You Will Forever Be My Always” signs. They turned out absolutely beautiful, and make a great addition to our home.

What brands have you been loving lately? I would love to hear in the comments below!