I am sure I don’t have the right words for today and am certain, I will somehow screw this up, but I just wanted to start by saying that I love each and every one of you. I am constantly surprised by how much my love for you grows because no matter the situation, you always rise to the occasion.
Thank you for sharing your prayer requests with me.
I wrote every single one of them down and have been praying for them every day…and will continue to pray for them. I know people handle all situations differently, but praying is always my foundation. My inbox is always open if you need someone to pray for you and with you over any situation. firstname.lastname@example.org
I also want to act. I want to better myself, I want to better my kids, I want to be a better mother, daughter, friend and human, and I want to make sure I’m doing what I can in order to end racial injustice on my end. I want to grow and mature and over the years, I feel like I really have. I don’t think it’s fair to ask people to change/open their minds and hearts and then when they do, criticize them for who they were before…change is change, so hope when you see me and other people change and expand a bit, you see the growth appreciate that (while also keeping in mind that you guys see a little snippet of people’s lives online and not the whole thing). The older I get, I hope the wiser and more compassionate I get. I love my black friends, I’m thankful for their friendships and want to make sure I’m standing with them and supporting them. I also support and love my friends who are in public service too. I love, respect and want nothing but the best for everyone.
My heart is to always be a place of light on the sometimes dark internet, and I don’t want you to come here every day and not get a few minutes of reprieve from the heaviness, but there are ways I can incorporate bettering myself, educating my family and at the same time, hopefully encouraging you! . These might seem minor, but I keep thinking if we all take little steps in the right direction, they can add up to big changes. I am determined to bring you happiness this week and smiles. I don’t like when I don’t feel connected with you, so this week, I hope we can connect over coffee and bring smiles to each other’s faces in-between the heaviness that’s around us.
Two things to note before we get to this week’s meal plan…
…I added a fourth book to Shay’s Summer Book Club: June Edition! If you missed this announcement on Monday (on Instagram), the book White Fragility was the number one recommend book this week for me to read, and I read it in two days! Right now, it’s sold out, but hopefully you can either check it out at the library or download it to your e-reader (which is what I did!) or it maybe it will be back in stock soon! We’re not going to discuss it now (we’re saving that for book club day!), but I hope you read it this month too.
The second thing is…
…this Wednesday, Erika and I are hosting Let’s Look and have decided to change the prompt to “Let’s Look at how we can make sure we’re encouraging racial equality at home” . If you’re a blogger, we’d love for you to link up, and then on that day, I would love for all of you to share podcasts, influencers, books, kid reads, TV shows, movies and more that encourage diversity in your own homes. I just refuse to believe I can’t make changes (no matter what they are!) in my own life and with my own family.
Speaking of my own life…I’m ready to jump in to one of my favorite things in my life.
I have this week’s Meal Planning Monday!
Friends! It’s JUNE!!!
It’s also the second week of SUMMER over here, and we are enjoying it already! This week’s menu has a summer flair. Um, did you see that there is a grilled peach on that burger?! YES! You need to try it!!
Here’s hoping wherever you are, you have that summer feelin’ in your life too. Happy Monday! xo
My Sheet Tray Supper with Sausage, Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts couldn’t be simpler. Throw everything on the sheet, roast, eat and toss the foil as your clean up. Easy as that for a Monday night!
Have you tried my Roasted Red Pepper Tostadas with a Black Bean Mash yet? So many yummy flavors…one easy to pull together dish!
Mmmm…I was feeling my Roasted Chicken and Sweet Potato Risotto this week! Sounds fancy, looks fancy, yet…it’s so SIMPLE!!
Nothing says summer quite like my Pineapple Grilled Shrimp! Serve it over rice and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.
And wrap up your week with my Gorgonzola & Grilled Peach Burger! Nothing says June quite like PEACHES! Speaking of which…
…you should try my Peach Pie for dessert!
Happy Monday, friends! I hope you have the BEST day!