Jesus follower, World Racer people lover, coffee drinker 📍Texas
Jesus follower, World Racer people lover, coffee drinker 📍Texas
my happy face when i realize that you guys bought over half of my shirts in < 24 hrs !!! that is CRAZY TALK. thank you guys so much - i am in the process of making another order, so if u haven’t snagged yours yet or you want another i would be so grateful to sell you one <3 dm me or text me or call me or beep me!!! run your race!!!
hogs got a win ! vols got a win ! we are happy !
new mercies every stinkin morning !!!
before i left for the Race Danielle wrote me a letter to open in every single country + she grabbed 11 of my closest friends to also write a letter. not only that, but she made sure to schedule a facetime with me in the midst of our crazy schedules, sketchy WiFi, & different time zones in all 14 countries. she is loyal & constant, & such an example of the selfless, overflowing love of Jesus. her actions constantly remind me that you don’t have to travel across the world to love people well, & boy does she love people well. i am so thankful that i get to call her one of my best friends. ps. Sic Em & Woo Pig !
BIG AMAZING EXCITING WONDERFUL NEWS! it has been one whole month since i have been home & it has truly been one of the sweetest months (i didn’t even know how badly i missed all my people! ) But i am beyond excited to share that i have been given the opportunity to lead a squad on the World Race this OCTOBER. so come this fall i will be leaving for 5 months to lead the beautiful people of Z Squad throughout South America & West Africa. I feel so stinkin blessed to continue to work with the organization that i so deeply love, spreading the love of Jesus throughout the world! Z Squad - I am so excited to meet you! Thankful!!!! #theworldrace #11n11
the only souvenirs i brought back from the Race were these matching Chinese kimono’s & i’ve waited for this exact moment to give these to them. cheers to our whole family finally reuniting after A YEAR & cheers to my new favorite mirror pic!!!
we danced so hard we forgot about the cake!!! lucas & katie, your night was a DREAM. i am beyond thankful for your friendship & i feel so blessed to have been a part of this day. thank you for throwing such a beautiful + joyful celebration!!! #leightonatlast
bout to feel a little spoiled these last! 4! days! #theworldrace #11n11 #month11
honestly, @nescafe should sponsor World Racers #theworldrace #11n11 #11million3n1sn11
before coming into China we knew we would be doing a lot of worshipping. it’s something that just kinda naturally flows out of us now & the Lord told us He was going to use it to impact His kingdom within the places we find ourselves. as we were entering the closed country we weren’t really sure what this would look like, but the Lord opened the doors, i mean He always does doesn’t He??? we have been able to worship in a music shop, local cafés, & out in the streets for allllll hear. never did i ever DREAM we would be able to do something like this, but this was God’s plan all along. He knew China needed to hear. the Gospel is unstoppable y’all!!! #11n11 #theworldace
2 packing cubes ??? month 1 Landry just wouldn’t believe it. minimalism, it’s worth it !!! #11n11 #theworldrace #month11
glory glory hallelujah He has risen people!!! a happy Easter indeed!!! #11n11 #theworldrace #wrexpedition #month9
all smiles on this side of the world cause my best girl said FRICK YES to her best guy!!! what a joyful day! keith, thanks for letting me be a part of this day even though i was in my PJs for it :- ) it’s moments like these that i wish with my whole heart i could be home to squeeze them both, but all i can say is go God for creating these spectacular people!!! you guys are gunna kill it at this engagement thing!!! #whitewedding #pinggetsaring
just a tues. night here in Bishkek & i decided that i will never be fully in control of my future & i am officially OK with that!!! because God will do far more abundantly than we will ever dream or think so imma just hand over alllll my desires to Him cause He’ll take far better care of them than i will. #11n11 #theworldrace
uzbekistan was never part of the plan. but Daniel, the guy in the middle, heard a little thing from the Lord that said something like “GO!” so here we are & it is so clear why God brought us here. . we have experienced some gloriously wild things. we have witnessed miracle after miracle. we have gotten to encourage/be encouraged by one of the sweetest communities. & we have walked by faith in a whole new way. . if there’s anything i’ve learned from this country it’s that God can take literally ANY circumstance & use it for His glory. . + we got a new brother & sister in Christ added to the fam can i get an amen?!? . thank you, Daniel, for your obedience & thank you, God, for Uzbekistan. #11n11 #theworldrace #wrexpedition #month8
central asia - there is something so special about you. a revival’s happening here, you can just feel it. & man am i ready for these people to know the joy of the Lord!!! #theworldrace #wrexpedition #11n11
here in Uzbekistan i found myself with a hammer in one hand & a sword in the other. God has been blessing us with the gift of seeing fruit from our work every. single. day. like Nehemiah’s wall we get to see the progress of God’s kingdom being built right before our eyes. but also like Nehemiah we face extreme opposition. the enemy absolutely hates what we‘re doing here & every day he lets us know. but we ain’t scared because along with our hammers God gave us swords & every day he’s teaching us new ways to use our weapons. learning to hold them at the same time has been a bit awkward - to be honest I’m not the best multitasker. but God gave us an entire community here to learn from & time & time again He is showing us that we are not fighting or building alone. He gave us these tools & He’s going to finish what He started. (Nehemiah 4 ) #theworldrace #wrexpedition #11n11
got in trouble 3 times for talking too loud & being too excitable, but if you got to serve coffee in Uzbekistan i betcha you’d have the same reaction!!! 📸: @shechannnnn #theworldrace #wrexpedition #11n11 #month8
we moved into the cutest lil house today. it hardly has any furniture, but there’s hardwood floors perfect for spicy uno & a random glass jug perfect for fresh flowers :- ) spring has sprung here in Uzbekistan & i’m continuing to learn how to make any place home🌿 #11n11 #wrexpedition #theworldrace #month8
you wanna know how good Jesus is?! just got off of a 3 day train to Uzbekistan, our hostel fell through last minute, & all of the atm’s in the city decided they didn’t wanna take american cards, but the Lord placed the sweetest most loving people in our paths. even though we hadn’t changed clothes in 3 days & smelt absolutely terrible they helped us american kiddos out. God has some amazing plans for this place & He just continues to teach me how to trust Him with everrrythinggg. just another day on the race where nothing goes according to plan, but God shows up every dang time. #11n11 #theworldrace #month8 #wrexpedition
took a cargo ship across the Caspian Sea & man was it wild. drank a lot of Fanta, chased a lot of sunsets, & sang a lot of songs to Jesus. truly one of the coolest experiences of my life. here’s a lil looksie outside of my (teeny ) bedroom window from 3/9 - 3/11. #11n11 #theworldrace #wrexpedition #month8
this month i had the incredible opportunity to meet our sweet new friend Teresa. Teresa started her own business here in Azerbaijan selling hand-knit products made by the women in the local rural community. Azerbaijani Socks provides employment to these sweet ladies while providing YOU with the most beautiful products. head over to their page to check them out! Etsy link in their bio : ) @azerbaijanisocks #11n11 #cozyazcanbe
a pic of me - climbin a mountain cause it just rlly represents my life right now. (u can’t see the sweat on my face from our 6 hr hike before this that basically killed me ). i’ve been runnin around through one of the hardest seasons of my life, but if there’s anything God has taught me on the Race it’s how to embrace the real messy parts of this journey. i’m learning how to take off the fig leaves & stand unashamed. during some of the hardest parts He never fails to point out the views & the good stuff that make me go WOAH & realize that His unfailing love for us is really all i could ever need. thx Jesus!!! • • • • • #11n11 #theworldrace #month8
feet down in Baku, Azerbaijan. it’s Paris meets Chicago & all the flowers + hand holding everywhere i look are giving me some sweet feelings this v day :- )
man oh man what a month it’s been. i got to spend the last 4 weeks worshiping, loving, serving, & laughing with these 5 girls up here. joining them in their time in Eastern Europe was the sweetest honor. thanks Jesus for letting these women show me what it looks like to love through the good stuff, the hard stuff, & everything in between!
~currently~ 5,286 miles away from the nearest chick fil a in case anyone was wondering!
some mornings u wake up & realize u haven’t washed your hair in several days & the dry shampoo ain’t cuttin it & u beat yourself up a lil cause you’re not quite sure if it’s ok enough to go out in public now & then God says “stop that!” cause He says you’re beautiful - greasy hair & all - & that’s all that matters. idk i just really needed that simple reminder today & maybe u did too!!! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #month6 #batumi #georgia
the World Race can look like a lot of things. it can look like mountains & desert & ocean & ministry & travel days & adventures. but it can also look like these slow mornings. rolling out of bed with coffee & bible in hand. staring out at the mountains in the windows before us as we talk about the glory of God, our people back home, & what all God’s teaching us. Jesus is showing me that church is so much more than a building. church is His body of believers coming together in community, in brokenness, & in steadfast love. we are a beautiful mess & we are the church. what an honor that is!!! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #month6 #armenia #dilijan #wrexpedition
3 World Racers go to the ballet in Nike’s & snow boots • • • • • #wrexpedition #theworldrace #11n11 #month6 #yerevan #armenia
armenia, you are a winter wonderland of florists & sidewalk café’s & Christmas lights. discovering you has been one of my favorite adventures yet. • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #yerevan #armenia #month6
his name is Toufic & his family has owned this jewelry shop in Bethlehem since 1849. he took us to the back of his store where he showed us how he hand makes his jewelry out of the olive tree leaves in his backyard. he told us about his family, his business, & how hard life can be, but he was still filled with so much JOY. he said that he believed in Jesus & after buying a piece of jewelry from him we got to pray blessings over his shop & his family. now i know why the Lord sent us on a wild goose hunt for jewelry today & that was so we could be blessed by Toufic’s joy &, hopefully, bless him in return. • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #month6
already grieving the ending of my relationship with Middle Eastern food. Bethlehem, you got some goooood eats! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #month6
lately, God’s been teaching me how to silence the lies in my head that say my voice isn’t valuable. it can be kinda hard cause those lies are often pretty dang convincing, but you know what? the Lord calls us Christ’s ambassadors. He has called us to represent the savior of the world here on this Earth. i mean how then could my voice not be valuable?! i’m in the throws of learning how to own that responsibility with confidence & thankfulness & letting God silence those lies with His Truth. SO if you’re currently hearing lies that say your voice isn’t valuable or that you have nothing to give away to others i suggest you tell that voice to shut it because the Lord has entrusted YOU with a message to give away & your voice just might be the most invaluable thing of all!!! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #adventureseeker #doyoutravel #travelmore #explore #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #roamtheplanet #seekmoments #momentsofmine #postcardsfromtheworld #getoutstayout #optoutside #rei1440project #choosemountains #viewfromabove #welltraveled
Christmas in Jordan: we didn’t have an oven to bake cookies in, we made a Christmas tree out of paper, & we celebrated thousands of miles away from our families, but i wouldn’t change a dang thing because God showed me the real & raw Truth of why we celebrate today & He gave me some new sisters to celebrate with! i’m thankful for women who love me hard & love Jesus harder. & i’m thankful i get to celebrate the birth of the One i get to serve for the rest of my life. (also pretty flippin proud of our paper tree ) • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #jordan #amman #month5 #christmas #christmasinjordan
we called each other lifemates because there wasn’t a single hour of our life on the World Race that we spent apart. we cooked together, we did ministry together, we hiked together, we cried together, we worshiped & studied scripture together, we laughed a lot together, & we explored the world together. these girls watched life change happen inside of me & i feel so blessed to have gotten to witness life change happen in them. to a lot of people community living might be really really hard, but DANG they made it easy. we are now all on different teams, but i cannot wait to continue to cheer them on as they explore this earth & grow in who God made them to be!!! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #lebanon #beirut #month4 #bcharre #kadishavalley #cedarsoflebanon
living in the East during this holiday season has allowed me to see the coming of Christmas a little differently. these countries are uniquely beautiful, but they also hold a lot of brokenness. we have talked to men & women about war, extreme oppression, & the loss of children. we have witnessed blood sacrifices to a god without grace. we have looked into eyes that have lost all hope. but you know what? i have not become jaded or discouraged, because i know the holder of hope & restoration. i know the grace He gives so freely. He has a plan for the broken nations of this world. hope will prevail! because our Savior has come & He will come again! so shout His name with boldness this season because there are people all over this Earth that desperately need to hear it. & let us rejoice with gladness as we wait expectantly for Christmas, as we wait expectantly for the Savior of all nations. #11n11 #theworldrace #wrexpedition
it took me a hot sec to finish this blog post. i kept putting it off because it’s pretty dang vulnerable, but the Lord kept encouraging me to write it, telling me that some girl somewhere is going to benefit from hearing about my past journey & God’s sweet redemption of my life. SO my dear dear friend @the_harringtonpost so graciously welcomed me on to her blog to write about intimacy & how to find fullness in the LORD & no one & nothin else. click the link in bio to read about the thoughts the Lord gave me & the freedom you have the power to walk in!!!
when i got accepted to the World Race 15 months ago, Lebanon was not on the agenda, but, dang, God knew what He was doing when He added it. He knew all of the friends we would make in the hostel, all of the lil nuggets we would get to hold in Sunday school, & all of the locals we would fall absolutely in love with. thank goodness that He’s in control of my life & thank goodness for last minute changes : ) Lebanon, i cannot wait to see you again one day! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #lebanon #beirut #month4 #bcharre #kadishavalley
i don’t know what i love more - exploring this earth or watching my teammates explore this earth. i’ve turned into such a proud mom this month dang :’ ) • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #lebanon #beirut #month4 #bcharre #kadishavalley
we get to worship the One who created this !!! • • • • • 📸 @kelseyweener #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #lebanon #beirut #month4 #bcharre #cedarsoflebanon #kadishavalley
you better believe we played Mariah Carey the second we finished dessert last night. Beirut, thank you for catching on!!! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #lebanon #beirut #month4 #merrychristmas #beirutisfestive
spent my thanksgiving 7,000 miles away from my gigantic, loving fam & we didn’t have a working oven to cook a turkey in, but you know what??? i was surrounded by 15 of my sweet brothers & sisters & we stuffed our faces with rotisserie chicken & we got to show our hostel friends what an American tradition looks like. i am thankful for working stove tops, new friends, Lebanon, & God’s incredible goodness & faithfulness. amen! • • • • • #theworldrace #11n11 #wrexpedition #lebanon #beirut #month4 #thanksgiving #rotisseriechicken