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Lisa Harper  Adopted a precious punkin' from Haiti named Missy in April '14 who has hijacked my heart! Jesus is my main squeeze & I'll work for spicy guacamole.

Dear Aunt @christinecaine Uncle @nickcaine @catiecainee & @sophia.caine ~ Thank you so, so much for the super loud karaoke machine y’all sent me for my birthday...I LOVE IT & set it up in the playroom right over mom’s bedroom!
Sincerely,

Missy Harper

p.s. I overheard mom say she’s gonna send a mariachi band to your hotel room at 2am at the next @propelwomen event for “payback” ~ I’m not sure what that means but it sure sounds like fun. ☺️#auntchrisisinbigtrouble #sorryboutthatwedgiegrab @timhalperin @kyliehalperin

Nail-biter of a large leap contest between Uncle @timhalperin & Missy Harper this afternoon ~ but @kyliehalperin & I had to admit that his brave cheerleader imitation squeaked past her cuteness for the blue ribbon! 😄🏊🏾‍♀️🏊🏻‍♂️ #summertime #ourbestlife

This is Dr. Christine. We had the absolute joy of being wedged beside her on a packed flight home from Tampa last night & oh how I wish she & her husband weren’t moving away from Nashville b/c after a mere two hours w/her Missy & I would claim her as kin! She’s a brilliant medical/public health researcher from Tanzania & has such a warm, wise, beautiful spirit. Among the many nuggets of wisdom she graciously shared with us was the traditional Bantu morning greeting: “It is a blessing that you have awoken.” with the response being: “I feel the same way about you.” She explained that in her Chaga culture (an African people group who typically live around Mt. Kilimanjaro), this is not simply the expected morning greeting but is essentially mandated. That it’s their way of not only ascribing value to each other but also of remembering that each day we wake up is a gift and not to be taken for granted. I know, pure gold, right?? ~~ I was really tired last night & tempted to numb myself with a People magazine so as to better “endure” the flight home. But I’m so glad I didn’t because I would’ve missed out on a glorious gift wrapped in a wide smile and a lovely, lilting Tanzanian accent. Sir C.S. Lewis wrote, “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit. ...Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” And I wholeheartedly agree. People MATTER. 💗 #lookup #lovehard #smileatstrangers #createcommunity

Ours is not a conventional life. I’m a middle-aged single mom who raves about Jesus for a living & spends more time waiting in airport TSA lines than I do in carpool lines. We eat at Chipotle more than I care to admit & the only way I know how to hem pants involves duct tape. Yet while my little girl won’t have too many memories of me sitting behind a sewing machine or wearing an apron when she grows up, she’ll have countless memories of praising God wholeheartedly with friends from all over the world. It may not seem “normal” to some,
but I believe it’s our best life because it’s the one He’s called us to. ☺️🙌🏼 #sograteful #familyministry #doyouwithallyourheart #lovehard #livewell

Sitting at the airport w/Missy en route to Tampa & had a few minutes to scroll through social media. Almost immediately one of my mom’s favorite mantras when I was growing up came to mind: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” Goodnight, sometimes we act like a herd of cats at a mouse convention, don’t we? 😬 Let’s make a pact not to impale anyone on Instragram, trash anyone on Twitter or bash anyone on Facebook today ~ agreed? 👊🏼 #committobekind

Judy & I met through a Bible study in Nashville 30 years ago & became fast friends. She talked me into chasing my dreams & applying for a ministry job in Colorado (where she’d been a ski instructor between undergrad & grad school). After her boyfriend moved to CO a year later, she followed us to her favorite state. She & Tom married soon afterwards & then after 6 great years on staff at Focus on the Family, I left the glorious Rocky Mountains & moved back to my beloved TN hills to work at a church & attend seminary. Now, 20 years later, her beautiful daughter @katie.flaherty_ is looking at colleges in Nashville (I’m trying really hard not to twist her arm ☺️) & speaking life into my baby girl every chance she gets. They call each other “cousins” & mean it 💗. ~~~ I’m turning 55 next month & as I look back over half a century of walking with Jesus I can honestly say I’ve. Never. Seen. God’s. Back. I’ve stumbled & rebelled & gossiped & shrunk back in fear & have wasted long seasons in unrepentant sin but He has ALWAYS been faithful. If you’re feeling heavy-hearted tonight...maybe wondering how all the hard stuff is going to work out for good in your little corner of the world, may I encourage you to lean into the arms of Jesus & just breathe slowly for awhile? He’s got this and He’s got you. I promise. #ourRedeemerlives

I love me some Shark Week but let me tell you, “Big, Bad Hummies of the Boondocks” is a pretty darn exciting show too! 😉💪🏽 #morningturfwars

Tennessee hills, if I loved you any more someone might need to take out a restraining order. 😉 #sunsetride @franklintn #canamspyder #motorcyclemama @katie.flaherty_

If you’d told me ten years ago that this would be my future I would’ve thumped you upside the head for being hateful (or at least I’d have been tempted to 😉). God’s plans for us make our hopes & dreams paltry in retrospect, don’t they? 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 #alotoftimesmama #absolutelybabygirl #adoptionrocks #gratefulforlife

I think God digs chicks with scars. Frankly, I think scars morph into beauty marks when viewed through the lens of grace. Which is why these precious friends are so stinkin’ gorgeous. They’re strong, honest, admittedly flawed women who’ve weathered devastating loss & heart-breaking disappointment yet have chosen to cling fiercely to the absolute goodness & sufficiency of Jesus Christ. They’re quick to circle the wagons around the wounded & slow to take offense from the critics. They care much more about the applause of heaven than the fleeting cheers of social media. These four are real-deal wonder women in my book. 💗💗💗 @angiesmith19 @paigeclaytongreene @brandiandboys @lysaterkeurst #happymotleycrew #framily

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