Tennessee has always had a special place in my heart, so I was so glad to make a stop and visit my sister and meet up with friends I met through Instagram.
Emily and I left Haley's house around 7:30am which meant that we were right in the morning rush hour traffic for basically the whole way. It was crazy stressful, but we got to have biscuits as soon as we got to the city and biscuits make everything better.
After biscuits, we went shopping because shopping in Nashville is so much fun! We visited quirky shops all over the town and spent time in too many coffee shops. In fact, Emily and I ate at 9:30 in the morning, but only had coffee for the rest of the day. It wasn't until 10pm that we finally made time for dinner because the coffee was beginning to get to us.
We went to Madewell, Sisters of Nature, Local Honey, Fuselage, The Groove, and anything else we found. Everywhere in Nashville is just bursting with creativity and southern culture. I really hope I can settle down in the music city someday to start a family.
The first coffee shop we went to was CREMA for iced coffee and a moment to stop and soak it all in. The coffee was dark, earthy, and refreshing. One thing that I've been really praying for during this trip (and move and life) is that I would remember to be present and to live fully in the moment that God has placed me in. I want to experience the scents, the flavors, and the thoughts running through my head as fully as I can knowing that our Creator designed them for me to live in and experience with Him near to my heart. I want to make sure that these moments of rest are often, still, and full.
The second coffee shop of the day was Barista Parlor where we met my friend Madison and got to catch up on life and adventures. It was so much fun to meet someone who I already felt so close to. She'll be moving to Portland in September, so we've already planned to have movie nights with home-cooked southern food and heavy, joyful belly laughs.
The reason this is being posted today and not yesterday during day five like I usually do is because last night Emily and I went to a worship experience at The Belonging in Nashville that lasted until 10pm and then went to Pinewood Social to spend more time with Madison before we leave to Kansas City on Thursday (I had to ask my sister what day it is because who knows what day of the week it is on a road trip?!). The message was about healing and unbelief, about how we limit God to flesh-minded understanding. The leader's words convicted my heart as she spoke about how we limit the hand of God with such a lack of faith. I'm so grateful that God is present on this trip in so many ways and is teaching Emily and I something new every day.
Unbelief is not a problem reserved for the bible
Coffee is not a balanced diet
Life is holistic
Seeking God first leads to contentment and peaceful joy
Sometimes you won't be able to make a blog post because you're living and it's okay to be fully there
We don't leave Nashville until tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited to have a day of rest at my sister's house with her and my sweet little niece. Thank God for family, adventure, and Nashville.
ever free, ever true, ever kind.