The Dance

Dancing has always been a part of my life.  From ballet, to gymnastics, to making up Paula Abdul dance routines, to learning to two-step around the house with my dad, dancing has always been in me and a part of me.

God gave my soul a special gift when we he gave me a husband who can dance.

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One of my fondest early memories with Jay (when we were just friends) was dancing with him when a group of mutual friends went to the Broken Spoke in college.  The Broken Spoke is an Austin institution, one the last remaining true Honky Tonks, a place like none other in the world.  Country music legends have graced the stage at the Spoke and you feel like you’ve entered a different reality when you step onto the dance floor.

One of Jay’s surprise talents is that he can ballroom and country dance really well, thanks to some elective ballroom dance classes he took in college.  I have rhythm and natural dancing ability, but not so much of the ballroom variety.  But Jay can lead me well.  If I trust him in that moment on the dance floor and allow him to lead, it’s pretty incredible what we can come up with.   This is what we did that night at the Broken Spoke, on other occasions after, and ultimately, when we waltzed at our wedding reception.

So where am I going with this?

Two years ago, we found ourselves in a season in which we were seeking wisdom and direction for some big life decisions.  As I was reading and journaling about what obedience to the Lord really looks like, I came across this verse:

“But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:5-6

As I pondered the idea of trusting God completely, and this beautiful intertwining of love and obedience, the Lord gave me a visual that resonated deep with my soul… dancing.

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Frankfurt life to the fullest: Reflections on how we made the most of our expat assignment [Part Four: COMMUNITY]

The following is the final installment of a four part series that we wrote for our friends at Link n Learn in Frankfurt, Germany.  You can find the original post here and our thoughts on embracing big moves here.  Thanks for following along with us!  We’d love to hear in the comments about how this series has impacted or inspired you!

Life as an expat can be filled with dichotomies, ups and downs, highs and lows.  A few examples (perhaps you can relate) …

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Share Four Somethings // January

If you’re new to Roots and Reise (and perhaps, wondering, what in the world is “Reise”?), let me share with you my mission here…

“I want to connect the old [ROOTS] with the new [REISE] (German for travel or journey, pronounced RISE-UH) to help make our present more beautiful, more compassionate, and more purpose-filled.”

I wholeheartedly believe in this vision and want to remain focused on it in the posts I craft. (Of course, there may be exceptions!) And while I write a lot about my faith, local favorites, travel and family life, who says we can’t have some fun along the way, too?

So, with that: I have an announcement. I’m actually pretty stoked about it. Starting today, and at the end of each month, I’m going to come to you with my Four Somethings.

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It’s simple: I’ll be sharing with you Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read. Four things that have stuck with me, made me think, simmered in my soul, or introduced joy and fun in the past month. And I’ll be linking up with other bloggers who will also be sharing their Four Somethings #sharefoursomethings.

What I like about this in conjunction with Roots and Reise is that these Four Somethings are very much the here and now “Reise” of my life. The things that are new, yet impactful, that will likely stick with me beyond this current month, and potentially become a part of my life-long journey. Dots to be connected in my greater story. And maybe they’ll speak to you and you can try them out, too, my fellow dot-connectors.

So here it goes: the first installment of Share Four Somethings…

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Inhale: how and why we start the year with a fast

For me, January often feels like a big exhale.

(Ok, all together, breathe in… and let out that big exhale.)

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End-of-the-year tasks and obligations are complete. Christmas celebrations have come and passed. New presents and suitcases have been unpacked (and slowly finding their way back to their places in the house!)

As the dust settles and we catch up on sleep again, there is finally this ability to look ahead to what’s next. Whether it’s simply returning to normal routines, rekindling healthy eating habits, or school and work starting back up, there’s this simultaneous sense of completion and turning our gaze forward.

We can exhale. And then begin to inhale what’s fresh and new.

Since 2011, the single most impactful thing that Jay and I have done in January is this: we fast. It’s looked different almost every year, but in some fashion, we fast from specific foods and we remove ourselves from things that are distracting to our minds and spirits.

The key is that we don’t just delete things. It’s not just a diet (although I’m not going to lie, it does help to jumpstart new year healthy habits). What we add is the most critical part to the fast.

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Frankfurt life to the fullest: Reflections on how we made the most of our expat assignment [Part Three: LIVE LIKE A LOCAL]

The following is Part Three of a Four Part series that we wrote for our friends at Link n Learn in Frankfurt, Germany.  You can find the original post here and our thoughts on embracing big moves here.  Come back next week for the final installment in the series!

Learning German was both fun and challenging for us.   It can be tempting when you have a short-term assignment, especially in such an international city like Frankfurt, to not learn the local language and to try to get by with just a few phrases.

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Frankfurt life to the fullest: Reflections on how we made the most of our expat assignment [Part Two: EXPLORE]

The following is Part Two of a Four Part series that we wrote for our friends at Link n Learn in Frankfurt, Germany.  You can find the original post here and our thoughts on embracing big moves here.  Stay tuned for the next two installments in the series!

Seeing and experiencing new things, the kinds of things that were unlike anything we have in the States, was a top priority for us as expats.  We embraced the motto “Never Stop Exploring”.

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New year, new journey

We spent a lot of time on the road this Christmas.

A big part of me loves driving on the open road, listening to some good tunes, and taking in the scenery.

Returning to our home from our home state, Christmas memories in the rear-view mirror and a new year of potential and possibilities ahead… my mind wanders and ponders.  My soul can’t help but be inspired.

Aren’t we always looking forward to the next destination in our lives?   (At the end of our 2700+ mile road trip, sleeping in my own bed for the first time in 12 nights sounded wonderful.)

But there truly is so much to take in along the journey.

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