Friday Five

1. Needtobreathe has a new live album. If you listen VERY closely, you can hear me singing along. j/k But I was there. Definitely in my Top 5 concerts ever. 

2. Erin Moon is hilarious and also I really like story-telling events. “Dumped for God” combines both of those. You should give it a listen. 

3. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors were on Jimmy Kimmel the other day and I love it. They sang another song, too, also worth checking out. 

4. When Someone Else Gets the Thing You Wanted. I’ve written on this a few times before, but it’s a lesson I keep having to repeat. 

5. I’m just going to leave this right here. 


Friday Five

1. Email in Real Life. Tripp and Tyler, ladies and gentlemen.  

2. Here’s how to find your Myers-Briggs TV Personality. I’m a CSMH and I have to say, the favorite shows they listed are pretty accurate. What are you? 

3. How to Become Gluten-Intolerant. It’s funny because it’s true. Absolutely true. And worth all 6 minutes.

4. Can We Guess Your Age Based on Your Taste in Books? This was one year off for me, but I’m guessing they don’t have tons of potential ages, so we’ll say it was correct. 

5. Try not to smile while watching this video. on a Friday. Bet you can’t do it. Oh, you think you can? Shut up and dance.

march madness

NCAA Tournament 2015 Winner

Hey, hey! Well, March Madness is over and so are the games that were played in April. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in my bracket challenge! I think this was the biggest turnout ever, thanks in part to every member of Eric’s family playing along. 

But, there is only one winner. And that winner is: 

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Congrats! Just email me via the contact form up there at the top of the page and I’ll email you a $30 gift card to Amazon! 


Good Friday Five

1. I love this piece on Maundy Thursday from Beth Moore on the LifeWay Women’s blog.

2. This is also about Maundy Thursday, by Jessica Buttram.

“Doesn’t he know we’re going to blow it? Doesn’t he know how dangerous and small and fickle and mean we will be, even in the name of his life and death? “

3. In Case You’re a Lent Loser by Jess Connolly is exactly what I needed to read. 

4. On a lighter note, I always like these Peeps dioramas. 

5. I saw this on BigMama’s blog this week and thought it would be the perfect way to end the Friday Five on this Good Friday.  

Happy Easter!

tweets of the month

Tweets of the Month Club | March 2015

The best tweets I saw this month: 



Friday Five

1. Joseph Gordon Levitt will star in Fraggle Rock. Yes, please. 

2. This is kind of long, but worth it. (via Rob)

3. Young Americans Turn to Tea. All I have to say is #TrendSetter. (via Chris)

4. Tom Hanks, ladies and gentlemen. 

(it’s important to note that both my dad and my sister sent me this video separately.) Also, his Woody impression at the end is worth the wait. 

5. Love, love this video of Joy and Annie talking about singleness and the church. There are several times I said “Yes!” out loud while watching this. 



We usually get to see the comedic side of IF:Local hosts Joy Eggerichs and Annie Downs, but today we are excited to sit down with them as they share honestly about their singleness and experience in the church.This is a conversation we invite you to join, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted by IF : Gathering on Saturday, March 21, 2015


Friday Five

1. What If Singleness Is My Fairy Tale? I loved this perspective on living in light of God’s sovereignty.


2. I loved watching Kimmy Schmidt. And I actually told a friend that Kimmy is possibly what I would have been like had I skipped college and gone straight to New York City. I mean, not exactly. I would have been more afraid. Anyway, I liked this article by another homeschooler about her experience compared to Kimmy’s. My homeschool experience was much different, but her perspective is interesting for sure. 


3. A coworker sent me this for a collaborative post we do for work and I loved it so much I’m putting it here, too. 



4. I know your bracket may already be busted, but there’s still time to have a not-busted bracket in the Nashville Coffee Shop Bracket Challenge. #NashCoffeeMadness. Also, remember to vote for your favorite shop. Basically, you can actually shape how your bracket turns out. 


5. Google Feud. It’s like Family Feud, but with Google searches. A great way to waste train for several hours (for the real thing). [via WardrobeDoor]

march madness

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Hello, friends. It is March, which means the madness is upon us. If you’re new around here, welcome. This is what I do in March. 

Each year, we have a contest and the winner receives a $30 Amazon gift card! It’s a huge deal. The link to enter will be at the bottom of this post. 

But first, the moment you’ve all been waiting for in order to fill out your brackets … my March Madness Bracket Strategy. aka every thought I have while filling out my bracket. 

Here we go!



Kentucky vs. Hampton/Manhattan – Kentucky. This is such a no-brainer. First of all, Kentucky has won, like, every game this year. Second of all, who in the Hamptons/Manhattan is playing basketball? This isn’t the lacrosse tournament. 

[Wait. Why does it say Louisville on the side? And then Columbus below that? Did these teams already win? Oh, maybe this is where they're playing. That must be it.]

Cincinatti vs. Purdue – Purdue. No reason. 

West Virginia vs. Buffalo – West Virginia. They’re rated 5, they’ve been here before. 

Maryland vs. Valparaiso – [Googles Valparaiso.] It’s in Indiana. And it has a fun name, but it’s rated 13 next to Maryland’s 4. Eh, Maryland.

Butler vs. Texas – Butler. I see them here a lot. 

Notre Dame vs. Northeastern – Notre Dame. They’re pretty good at sports in general, I think.

Wichita State vs. Indiana – Wichita. I think Kansas is generally good at basketball. 

Kansas vs. New Mexico – Kansas, see above. 



Wisconson vs. Coastal Caro. – I’m assuming that Caro. stands for Carolina. Wisconsin is rated 1, otherwise I’d totally go with Coastal Caro just because it sounds cool. 

Oregon vs. Oklahoma State – Oregon. [Googles SuperBowl because I was thinking Seattle was in Oregon because I always get those mixed up and I was going to say Oregon was on a roll this year but then realized Seattle didn't even win and it's not in Oregon and therefore all this is pointless, but I'm still going with Oregon.]

Arkansas vs. Wofford – Wofford, I’ve never heard of you. Welcome to the NCAA Tournament. Sorry Arkansas will beat you. 

North Carolina vs. Harvard – Listen, I like Harvard. And they had that whole Cinderella thing a couple of years ago and it was super exciting. But they’re up against North Carolina. They have blue in their school colors. And everyone knows blue = basketball success. Plus, NC is typically good at basketball. So, North Carolina, as much as it pains me. 

Xavier vs. BYU/Ole Miss – Xavier. They’re always in this, so I figure they must be pretty good. 

Baylor vs. Georgia State – Look at you, Baylor. Ranked #3. Way to go. 

VCU vs. Ohio State – I never remember what VCU stands for. [Googles VCU] VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH. We’ll go with them. 

Arizona vs. Texas Southern – Arizona



Villanova vs. Lafayette – Villanova, always. 

North Carolina State vs. LSU – Y’all, I googled NC State and their mascots names are Mr. and Ms. Wuf and something called “Tuffy.” I’m going with LSU

UNI vs. Wyoming – I don’t know what UNI is. Oh, U of Northern Iowa. Iowa has had a good year this year. I’ve actually heard them talked about on Twitter and then Chris Soules is from Iowa and he found love. It’s a great year for them. 

Louisville vs. UC Irvine – Louisville. They won the whole thing a couple of years ago, so they’re probably decent. I mean, all the players have probably graduated, but the coaches are the same maybe?

Providence vs. Boise State/Dayton – Providence because they’re meant to win. (slide whistle)

Oklahoma vs. Albany – Oklahoma because they’re ranked much higher than Albany. 

Michigan State vs. Georgia – Hm. I think Georgia. Just because they’re Southern. 

Virginia vs. Belmont – Sorry, Belmont. It’s gonna be Virginia



Duke vs. North Florida/Robert Morris – Definitely Duke. Sorry, Bobby Morris. 

San Diego State vs. St. John’s – [Googles St John's] St. John’s is in Queens, NYC. On TV, people in NYC are always playing basketball. And then also one of the first results is a quote saying, “St. John’s is great at basketball!” So, there you have it. 

Utah vs. S. F. Austin – What is S.F. Austin? [Googles] Oh, yes. Stephen F. Austin. Going with Utah because of the higher ranking. 

Georgetown vs. Eastern Washington – Georgetown

SMU vs. UCLA – I have to go with UCLA. Well, wait. SMU is ranked higher. Eh, UCLA

Iowa State vs. UAB – Again, it’s a great year for Iowa

Iowa vs. Davidson – How many schools are in Iowa? This is getting ridiculous. Iowa again. 

Gonzaga vs. North Dakota State - Gonzaga, always. It’s so fun to say. 



Kentucky vs. Purdue – Definitely Kentucky. My friends still have their Christmas trees up. It better be worth it. 

West Virginia vs. Maryland – West Virginia, I think. 

Butler vs. Notre Dame – Butler. They’re a basketball school. I mean, they seem to always be in this. 

Wichita State vs. Kansas – The battle of the plains. Kansas

Wisconsin vs. Oregon – Wisconsin, I guess. They’re ranked higher. I have no reason to pick Oregon, so might as well. Also, Wisconsin’s mascot is the Badger and I recently heard about a badger that held an entire hotel hostage, so they’re pretty fierce I guess. 

Arkansas vs. North Carolina – North Carolina (blue).

Xavier vs. Baylor – I want to say Xavier because they’re usually here, but Baylor has also been here and they’re ranked higher. Plus, I always feel a bit of a kinship with Baylor because it was the other Baptist school (aside from Union dearest Union). Baylor.

VCU vs. Arizona – Hm, Arizona is ranked higher. Guess we’ll go with that.

Villanova vs. LSU – Villanova. It’s fun to say.

UNI vs. Louisville – I’m going with Louisville.

Providence vs. Oklahoma – I guess Oklahoma.

Georgia vs. Virginia – I think I have to go with Virginia. They’re ranked #2 and Georgia was already an upset to win the last round.

Duke vs. St. John’s – St. John’s, I like your story (that I made up), but I’m going to have to go with Duke.

Utah vs. Georgetown – Georgetown. They’re kind of known for basketball and I’m taking it as a sign that a commercial for Seinfeld was on while I was making this selection. #Costanza 

UCLA vs. Iowa State – Iowa State. Someone on Twitter seemed pretty sure they’d win this one. 

Iowa vs. Gonzaga – That same person was sure Iowa would win this one, but I’m going with Gonzaga because I like it. 



Kentucky vs. West Virginia – Still Kentucky

Butler vs. Kansas – Kansas because they have blue uniforms and they often win. 

Wisconsin vs. North Carolina – North Carolina

Baylor vs. Arkansas – You know what? Baylor

Villanova vs. Louisville – Hm, I think Villanova. Because Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, would probably say it as an exclamation. 

Oklahoma vs. Virginia – Virginia, I guess. No real reason. 

Duke vs. Georgetown – Duke. Blue, from North Carolina (North Carolina is good at basketball). 

Iowa State vs. Gonzaga – I’m going with Iowa State. Just because of the fantastic year they’re having, according to at least one person on Twitter and The Bachelor franchise. 



Kentucky vs. Kansas – I have to go with Kentucky, here. 

North Carolina vs. Baylor – North Carolina

Villanova vs. Virginia – I think Villanova

Duke vs. Iowa State – Duke, because they’re always good. No matter what kind of year Iowa is having. 



Kentucky vs. North Carolina – Kentucky

Villanova vs. Duke – I think Villanova


WINNER: Kentucky


Now, you can’t copy my strategy exactly, though I know it will be tempting. You’ll have to get your own strategy. Feel free to base it loosely on mine. That’s why I do this. To help you. 

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Friday Five

1. Jami Nato is one of my favorite bloggers and she’s writing a book. She talks a little about that in this post, but I’m linking to it because of what she says about blogging. I feel much the same way (including the part about not writing here in a while [sorry. working on it.]). 

2. Good Friends Feed Our Souls. Yes, they do. 

3. I heart Johnnyswim.

4. Older Men, Younger Men Need You. So, this is about guys, but I really like what Paul said and I think it also applies to women. (Plus, I have guys who read this blog… I don’t know why I’m still explaining this. It’s a good article.)

5. Advice to Writers: Get a Freditorial Team. I do this on a much smaller scale, but I appreciate the categorical breakdown of the friends-who-are-editors that writers need in their lives. I need to bulk up my team. 


Friday Five

1. I thought this was an interesting interview with Stephen Colbert.

2. She’s your collaborator, not your competition. This article is looking at what it means to be a single independent Christian woman, who would also like to get married. 

3. If Wes Anderson directed X-Men.

What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men? from Patrick Willems on Vimeo.

4. It’s the 50th Anniversary of Sound of Music. This article ranks the Von Trapp children, and I pretty much agree 100%. 

5. NEEDTOBREATHE is coming out with a live album, which is fantastic, especially because it’s live at the Fontanel. I was at that show and it was one of my favorites ever. You can preorder now. 

And because this is a new video and I’m still not tired of this song: