Friday Favorites-Things Touching My Heart This Week


How was your week?  We’re finally almost in the swing of all the fall activities.  My body is getting used to eating dinner at 4:45 or 7:50-thanks to that 6:00 baseball time slot. 🙂  The slow cooker is in the #1 spot as my BFF and fall is officially happening in ten days which means the temperatures have got to cool off.  Right?

I’m here today, along with Narci and Andrea, sharing some FRIDAY FAVORITES.  This list is full of stories that really touched my heart this week.  I’m hoping they touch yours as well.

You guys know we talk a lot of football around our house.  And by that, I mean I basically just hear a lot of football talk without having much to contribute to the conversations between Tab and Nixon.  But this University of Tennessee story was one I leaned in to hear more of!  When I was visiting Knoxville last weekend, my cousin’s hubby told us this story and I basically wanted to purchase enough of these shirts for it to become my new uniform.  The way the alumni and University of Tennessee fans pulled together to support this little boy is amazing.  The shirt sales got so big they crashed the internet and afterwards this little boy was offered admission to UT.  LOVE hearing stories like this-a FAVORITE for sure!


Tab and I both attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.   While we had great times there, living in Texas coupled with Tab’s football games himself, makes it hard for us to ever make it to an Arkansas State football game.  Let me tell you-I’ve never wanted to make it to an ASU game more than I want to attend the game this weekend.

Just recently the wife of the head football coach, Blake Anderson for Arkansas State University passed away from breast cancer.  The way the football team, university, and the town has rallied behind this family makes me so proud to be a Red Wolf. 

The reason it’s a FAVORITE?
Arkansas State plays Georgia-at Georgia this weekend and just to show their support Georgia is hosting a pink out game on Saturday in Sanford Stadium in honor of breast cancer and Wendy Anderson calling it #wearpinkforwendy.  Schools coming together to support each other-major FAVORITE!


Do you follow my friend, Meredith, on Instagram?  If not, you need to now!  Meredith was born and raised in Oklahoma but now runs an orphanage in China founded my Morning Star Foundation.  Her orphanage cares for children with severe heart disease.  Basically, Meredith is AMAZING.  She’s the hands and feet of Jesus and the work she does is incredible.  Just recently three of the kids she had in her orphanage who were besties were in a year-ish span ALL adopted by families from the Nashville area.  These two pictured above were best buds…one just got to America with his forever family and the other has been recovering from a surgery for almost a year in the hospital.  The families reunited these boys and OH MY HEART….I was sobbing in the orthodontist’s office with tears streaming down my face.  A FAVORITE this week!


Do you guys know my friend, Erin, over at Simple Purposeful Living?  Erin and her family of five recently adopted a little boy from China so we have a special connection.  I read one of her recent Instagram posts and couldn’t get it out of my head because I’ve lived and felt exactly how she’s feeling…

“Some of you have asked, “Did he speak English when you got him from the orphanage?” No he didn’t. “So, do you speak Mandarin?” We learned just one phrase, “ wo ai ni”
I love you.
However, we failed to take one thing into account. He had never heard those words. They held no meaning.
We would have to show him. Not in a day or a week or even a few months but in a lifetime.
So, I’d whisper “I love you” in his ear as I fed him his bottle. I would say “I love you” as I kissed him on the forehead or as I washed his hands. As I dressed him, I would look in his eyes and tell him. When I laid him down to sleep or held his hand. He needed to know, feel and experience what “wo ai ni” meant. Love shown in simple but purposeful action so those words would hold meaning when spoken to him. They would be the soft kiss, the warm embrace we desired him to know.
So often I want to say the right thing but really my actions speak and reveal what my words mean.
Today, he crawled up into my lap and laid his head on my shoulder, I whispered for the millionth time “I love you”. He turned his face toward me, looked in my eyes, smiled and puckered up. The words now have meaning. I hope he always knows how deeply he is loved but until then we will continue to show him. ❤️ .
I took for granted knowing love. It makes me want to purposefully in simple ways extend a little more love in action to the world 🌎.”

Erin recently posted about their visit to her son’s orphanage and let me just say that I’m so thankful I wasn’t reading in public.  You might want to read with tissues in hand.  🙂

Adoption is amazing!  And I truly believe if God has placed adoption on your heart it will be there forever.  Please act on it.  Your child, just like Theo and Toby {above}, could be waiting on you.

I hope these stories touched your heart too!  Happy Friday, Friends!

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  1. 9.13.19
    R's Rue said:


  2. 9.13.19
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Erin's post had me in tears too! It is so beautiful!

  3. 9.13.19
    a little bit of emily said:

    So many awesome stories. I am so glad I read your post this morning, before my make up was on, haha! Cue the tears!

  4. 9.13.19
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Good grief! So many wonderful stories in today's post, and maybe a tear or two from me.

  5. 9.13.19
    Anonymous said:

    What a beautiful post!

  6. 9.13.19
    Melissa said:

    Tears!!! These are the stories we need to hear more often! Also I'm a big Georgia fan so…GO DAWGS!!!

  7. 9.13.19
    Sarah Benson said:

    Those were some of my very favorite things ever! To see them on your blog (especially Toby and Theo) made my day. Sobbing is right!! And that UT story!! We need much more of that in our lives. I'm going right now to look up the last story you posted. What a great Friday Favorites post. Thank you!

  8. 9.13.19
    Jennie said:

    What a wonderful post! (Though I was unprepared and read it at work so now I have tears streaming down my face in front of a bunch of male engineers LOL). Have a great weekend!

  9. 9.13.19
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    So many wonderful stories. They truly remind you how much good there is in the world.

  10. 9.13.19
    Sandra Roberts said:

    My daughter is a student at the University of Georgia and they are stoked to be able to honor the memory of the Arkansas coach's wife. I love that even though we live in a huge world, it really is small – and showing love and kindness, and bringing awareness is what we are all here for. This is a "tell me something good" post!

  11. 9.13.19
    Lauren said:

    I love these.

    *I hate to be nit-picky but the sweet boy for Tennessee was offered a 4-year scholarship not admission. He'll still have to be accepted into the school.

    I know I'm that reader.

  12. 9.13.19
    Becky Cowen said:

    Ok, hands down my favorite Friday Favorites yet! Your post was filled with so much love! Perfect way to start the weekend!

  13. 9.13.19
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    Love that you shared these stories! The UT story was one of my faves from the week but I had not heard about the Arkansa/Georgia story. Love to see stories like this that outweigh the crappy stuff out there.

  14. 9.13.19
    Joanne said:

    OH my goodness; these stories are making me tear up!

  15. 9.13.19
    Julie Bradford said:

    Wow…. great post!!! I am sobbing mess here at my desk… I am approaching today with a different attitude… thank you for posting!!!!

  16. 9.13.19
    Michele said:

    I live in Athens, home of the GA Bulldawgs!! I'm excited about the game this weekend, and I'm even more excited that we are honoring your sweet coach and family. I love football season, it's a FAVORITE of mine for sure.

    Go DAWGS!!!

  17. 9.13.19
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    I'm always proud to be a Georgia Bulldog, but I'm the MOST proud when we do stuff like this. There's not going to be a dry eye in the stadium. <3

  18. 9.13.19
    Rachel said:

    I loved all of these stories! And I also sobbed watching Meredith's instagram this week – so so amazing!

  19. 9.13.19
    Paula said:

    All the feels…I lovecwatching College Game Day on Saturday morning when they feature good stories like this. So much more behind the uniforms!

    I bought us several UT shirts. 😊😊😊

  20. 9.13.19
    Maya Kuzman said:

    Hello, and thank you for hosting! I am a first time linker and hope to have loads of fun here!

  21. 9.13.19
    Tanya said:

    Erin is one of my favorite people in blog-world. Thanks for featuring her!

  22. 9.14.19
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    Oh my gosh, I'm crying!! Erin's story is so beautiful!!

  23. 9.14.19 said:

    So many touching stories this week! Grateful for the kind hearts in our world.

  24. 9.14.19
    Mactoyourcheese said:

    Loved this post, I read the article on Wendy Anderson, and it brought me to tears. I will be praying for her family. Thank you for sharing these. ❤️

  25. 9.15.19
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    Wow, literally crying at the last story. She so eloquently put into words something most of us have never experienced. We adopted our son at birth so while it's a different beginning, it's still important to show our love while also telling him. Love!!!!!

  26. 9.16.19
    csuhpat1 said:

    Very nice post. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  27. 9.18.19
    Mary Jane said:

    I was born and raised Georgia and a graduate of Arkansas State. I'm back in Georgia now and my daughter attends UGA. I have never been so proud of those Bulldog fans. The pictures from the game had me in tears!! She said there was PINK allll over Athens!