A Lesson From My Dad

A Lesson From My Dad

On Mother’s Day, I wrote about a lesson I learned from my mom. So, today on Father’s Day, I thought about the lessons I’ve learned from my dad. He’s taught me many things—how to iron, how to use a compass, how to mow, and endless trivia. If you think I know a lot of weird and pointless facts, you should talk to my dad. From him, I have a dry sense of humor, a thirst for knowing all the things, and a need for preparedness. As I thought about my dad, I realized a theme emerged from all our memories together. He has taught and teaches me how to be there and be interested in those I love. My dad read to me all the time when I was little. We read the same books over and over until we both knew by heart the step-by-step action plan after you give a mouse a cookie. We also knew the sequence of things to say goodnight to, ending with the moon. My dad lived in a house full of girls—even our pets were always female. So, he played Pretty, Pretty Princess and had tea parties and went to dance recitals. My dad researched different braids and learned to do them. When I had a slight obsession with Amy Grant in elementary school, he took me to concerts, meet-and-greets, and more concerts. When I took modeling lessons (a story for another day), he drove me to class and even participated one day when I saw other parents in the class and didn’t realize it was a make-up tutorial, not some sort of parental permission...
Tweets of the Month Club | May 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | May 2016

It is June, y’all. That’s just something I realized yesterday, so I’m still getting used to the idea. May meant Mother’s Day, a DCTalk announcement, and a whole bunch of political issues. As a result, there may be a little bit of whiplash from serious to snarky, but isn’t that what we all love about Twitter? Here are the best tweets tweeted in May.  Father, rightly order our loves today. — Rachel Trammell (@racheltrammell) May 1, 2016 Let’s turn this Waffle House into a Waffle Home. — Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) May 1, 2016 At this point, I think there's just one continuous, 24/7 country music awards show that we get monthly live cut-ins of. #TooManyAwardShows — Jonathan Howe (@Jonathan_Howe) May 1, 2016 For single folks without kids, your gender reveal is just a party to announce which sex of baby will be the reason we never see you again. — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) May 2, 2016 If you're married and have no single friend to whom you'd love to give a spare key, go get one. pic.twitter.com/9HpUth0OaE — Bethany Jenkins (@BethanyJenkins) May 2, 2016 I’m afraid Taylor Swift is a new talk show host in the Hunger Games. — Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) May 3, 2016 I'm at the age where I regularly find myself recommending my doctor to friends. — Cindy Warren (@cindy_warren) May 3, 2016 Don't worry guys, this chicken broth was able to roam around uninhibited. Just the way nature intended. pic.twitter.com/TR7rm0bj3D — Joel Kaser (@joelkaser) May 4, 2016 You'll never convince me #DCTalk didn't have that text conversation last night before they dropped this: pic.twitter.com/t3XIPYqVEO —...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. 13, Right Now. A look at life in Generation Z. This is interesting and reminded me a lot of the piece from This American Life on Instagram and middle school kids in the prologue of this episode (I highly recommend a listen to that, too). 2. Foster Families and You. My friend Laura wrote a helpful post on how you can help out foster parents. 3. Reasons Why I’m Single. This is not necessarily me 100%, but I did agree with a lot of this post and thought it was a helpful perspective for those among us who are not single. 4. Corporate America Chases the Mythical Millennial. Here is a truth I encountered just last week: people like to stereotype. It’s how we organize the world around us, in a way. Another truth I’ve realized: I hate being on the receiving end of a stereotype. Perhaps this is, in part, because I am a millennial and—to stereotype—we were raised to be unique and independent and “special.” Or perhaps no one likes to be put in a box of any kind. Even when that box is labeled with their name. All that to say, I appreciated this article because it debunks the myth that millennials are all terrible people. 5. My friends made a legit music video based on possibly my favorite of their songs. New Friday Five Bonus Feature: A Podcast I Love. If you know me at all, you know I listen to approximately 50 podcasts a week (this number has no mathematical basis). So, I thought it would be fun if I included one each week* that...
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. Have You Ever Traveled Alone? I have. It’s not my favorite, if I’m being honest, but there is a freedom about it. I would rather travel with someone, but when no one else can go, I head out on my own. 2. I just love the surprise guests at the end. 3. Why We Want to Return to Stars Hollow. So true. 4. I love this from Lore. She’s been through the ringer this year, but it’s been encouraging to read her words on God’s faithfulness throughout. 5. I realize we’ve all seen this by now. I know it’s the new “Happy.” But I loved “Happy,” too. (Before the 1 millionth listen.) I just CAN’T STOP THE FEELING,...
A Lesson from My Mom

A Lesson from My Mom

It’s Mother’s Day, so naturally, I am thinking about my mom. She has taught and continues to teach me too many lessons to list here. I’ve learned from her how to be competitive, passionate, loyal. She’s taught me sometimes you just need a good cry, you should always negotiate at yard sales, and if you want to win Mall Madness, don’t go to the pet store. But today I keep thinking about one lesson she demonstrated (and is still demonstrating) over and over. My mom taught me that mothering doesn’t start or stop with your own children. Before I was born, my mom started a preschool and kindergarten. In our town, if your child had trouble in school for any reason, you sent them to Mrs. Georgie. I imagine through the years, Mrs. Georgie has taught hundreds of children how to read and tie their shoes. I’ve seen grown men and women come up to my mom every now and then and say, “Mrs. Georgie?! It’s me! I was in your class in such-and-such year.” They remember her thirty years later. When I was in third grade, we started homeschooling. That first year was terrible in many ways, mostly because we didn’t know a lot of other homeschoolers. So my mom found them. She started a homeschool co-op, which later became a tutorial. We were practically a “regular” school before I graduated, with sports teams, prom, and student government. My mom was sort of the principal. Her title was, simply, “Mrs. Georgie.” At church my mom served as a preschool director, as a Sunday School teacher, as a Mother’s Day Out teacher, and...
Tweets of the Month Club | April 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | April 2016

Let’s see. April began with Fools’ Day and ended with my birthday and all the royal happenings. (I’ve refrained from including every tweet from Kensington Palace and Windsor, but know that I loved them all.) And I really didn’t include a ton of tweets about other world events. My time tracker always makes me feel like I’ve committed some horrible crime and it just discovered the scene. pic.twitter.com/NFtRZAJWOq — Laura McClellan (@laura_mcclellan) April 1, 2016 *NASA Discovers Life on Mars*Scientist 1: We have to tell peopleScientist 2: Maybe wait til tomorrowScientist 1: Oh wow yeah so true — Josh Taylor (@dearfuturejosh) April 1, 2016 Parents of the past: rub some dirt on it Parents today: here's the perfect essential oil combination and come sit by my Himalayan salt lamp — Kristen (@kayriz10) April 2, 2016 Best places for tea:1. Bed2. Leaning on kitchen worktop 3. Station platform4. Desk5. Sofa6. Everywhere else — VeryBritishProblems (@SoVeryBritish) April 2, 2016 Cross your eyes then slowly uncross them and you will see an image of a woman holding a cake pic.twitter.com/0RjBDPVjSS — Bridger Winegar (@bridger_w) April 3, 2016 OH: "Are you familiar with Surf Jam Stevens?" — Judson Collier (@JudsonCollier) April 4, 2016 Last year, my 2 year old picked Duke to win the #NationalChampionship. This year? #Nova. 😳 https://t.co/weQKAb4ilc — Aaron Earls (@WardrobeDoor) April 5, 2016 Forget bracketologists, we’ll all be basing our brackets on Autumn’s picks next year. President Obama: "Welcome to the Oval Office Juds—" "what's the wifi password" — Judson Collier (@JudsonCollier) April 5, 2016 I plan my @Starbucks reward drinks more thoroughly than any paper I wrote during...
Friday Five

Friday Five

Maybe this is more of a monthly thing now? 1. Amy Grant teamed up with Tori Kelly to remake “Baby Baby” on it’s 25th (!) anniversary. I love it. Also important is that I was wearing my Amy Grant t-shirt (completely by accident) when I first listened. No worries, I snapped it. (Yes, I snapchat [@edhyndman]. I understand it, but I don’t get it.) (That’s a link to a tweet of the snap because what is even real anymore and how do I internet?) 2. As someone who has most likely seen every Wishbone episode and still references the show, I loved this parody Pitch Meeting transcript. 3. I came across this post somewhere in my twitter feed and I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, especially since I’ve now lived a full year in my thirties: On Being 30. 4. A couple of work-ish things: a. We’re doing an online Bible study this summer for Priscilla Shirer’s The Armor of God. While I realize my opinion may carry some bias, it is a fantastic study and I recommend it—online or IRL. b. Each month, the president of my company puts out a Young Influencer List and it always has great people to follow. This month, I made the list! So, obvi, I felt it best to share April’s list with you. (I’m mainly including this so my mom will see when I share the Fri5 on Facebook.) 5. Finally, this song has been stuck in my head for two weeks now, in a good way....
Friday Five

Friday Five

1. America Needs “Y’all.” Yes and amen. 2. 5 Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn from the Movie Brooklyn. The more I reflect on Brooklyn, the more I love it and feel like it said so much more than the words. 3. I read this book a couple of months ago and highly recommend it. 4. I love this about showing up before having it figured out. Usually, I’m more like Annie with her life plans made in her mind (I just loved this post). 5. NEEDTOBREATHE has new music, everyone. I already have tickets to their Nashville show because I know someone (in their fan club)....
Tweets of the Month Club | March 2016

Tweets of the Month Club | March 2016

The tweets this month run the gamut. Sorry for any whiplash between the serious and the funny. This is what happens when you have an election season like ours, funny people, and Easter. I’m keeping these in chronological order because that’s how Tweets of the Month Club was founded, but know that we don’t think any less of you for having a joke tweet in the middle of two serious Jesus-centric tweets. In fact, we love you for it.  Voting today and remembering that regardless of what happens, Christ is risen, death is defeated, and God is gathering history to himself. — Daniel Darling (@dandarling) March 1, 2016 I voted so if this thing goes South it’s you guys’ fault. — Drew Dixon (@drewdixon82) March 1, 2016 I keep repeating this: "My hope is built On nothing lessThan Jesus' bloodAnd righteousness." Still may get in bed for a minute, though. — Sophie Hudson (@boomama) March 2, 2016 @BethMooreLPM There just comes a time when it's go nuts or donuts. — Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) March 2, 2016 Can someone cross stitch that on a pillow for me? New life motto. Hope: When God's everlasting promisesimpact us more than temporarycircumstances.This present life is a vapor.Heaven will endure. — Scott Sauls (@scottsauls) March 2, 2016 I'm gonna need everyone to stop with all of the face swap pics. — Sarah Culotta (@culotts) March 2, 2016 Working from CFA by a group of old men who come everyday. One brought his own bacon + tomato in a cooler to add to his biscuit. #squadgoals — Mary Carlisle Wiley (@marycwiley) March 3, 2016 Overheard musician...
2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Hello again. I thought about not doing this post this year because I haven’t been the best at writing in this blog. But when has that ever stopped me before? Welcome to the sixth annual 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket here on edhyndman.com! If you’re new around here, each year I live-blog as I pick out my bracket. I realize this may be taboo, but I’m giving away all of my secret strategies. Right here. For free. You are welcome. There will also be a bracket contest because I felt like if I didn’t do it this year people* might be upset. The winner will receive a $35 Amazon ecard. Stay tuned for details. [Please note that anyone and everyone is eligible for this grand prize. Even if you don’t have a strategy like mine. It takes years to hone this sort of knowledge. I understand that not everyone has put in the time and energy and evaluation to get to this point. You are still welcome.] * I’m assuming at least two people will enter this to warrant the plural. Okay, ready for the strategy? I. said. ARE YOU READY FOR STRATEGY?! That was a bit much. I understand. [BRB, gotta go watch The Bachelor finale] [3 Hours Later] I’m filling out my bracket on CBSsports.com. Did y’all know that they have an autofill feature? I just learned this today. I also learned that you can autofill your bracket with the expert picks of Jerry Palm, a Bracketologist. Did y’all know there’s such a thing as a Bracketologist? Does anyone know how I get that job? I’ve had six years...

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