stalnaka Twas a rainy evening at this lovely place. Tonight we said farewell to our favorite Donut Country employee. Bruce, thank you for putting up with our obnoxious group every Wednesday & giving us discounted goodies oftentimes. May your adventures treat you well. 13h

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stalnaka Flying is one of my favorite things. You can look down & see the diversity of nature & the veins of cities that look so quiet from 20,000 feet. It reminds you that everyone has a story. Everyone is living a life, just as you are. People are suffering from the same heartbreak as you. People are feeling the same joy as you. You aren't alone in your feelings. You aren't the first to feel them and you definitely aren't the last. Yes, that might humble you by coming to that realization, but it's liberating as well. People suffer, but things get better. We are all living proof. The world looks easy from the sky. It looks quiet & it puts into perspective how simple it all it. When you touch down you're drawn from your fantasy and tossed into reality. Remember the freedom you felt when you were flying. Remember the connection your felt with the rest of the world. You aren't alone. You'll never be alone. As I say this, my favorite quotation comes to mind... "Courage, dear heart." (C.S. Lewis) Engrave that upon your heart. The world is beautiful. We are all just people trying to find our place in the world. It's going to be ok. 3d

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stalnaka "If you went on a mission trip & came back not being able to post any cliché pictures, would you still go?" I post pictures not to boast the fact that I went out of the country to love on souls that need Christ in their lives & to work with weary hands. I don't post them to show that I went to an impoverished nation & held babies all day... I do it solely to show that these people: these men, women, & children impact me. They give me so much more than I could EVER give them. We may give them tangible things, like a new outhouse, a new pre-school, a new church building... But they, they fed me spiritually & mentally. They taught me more than I could ever teach them & for that I am forever grateful. 4d

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stalnaka I braved my exhaustion Thursday morning by waking up at 5:45am & taking a run in the Dominican. I don't regret my loss of sleep one bit. Watching the sunrise & getting this shot was worth the sleepy eyes & tired feet. 5d

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stalnaka Domincan Soda (photo by @abirich.jpg) 1w

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stalnaka this shy little nugget has my heart. 1w

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stalnaka delicious ambiguity 2w

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stalnaka "If it's both terrifying & amazing then you should definitely pursue it." 2w

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stalnaka HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THIS ONE HOT MAMACITA! I'm glad your Texan-self found your way to Murfreesboro & into my life. I've so enjoyed all the late nights (overstaying my curfew) at your house, making Starbucks runs, making work returns with you when they seem boring, talking you into buying these pants you have on in the picture, & having a swell Saturday breakfast with our men. All this to say, I LOVE YOU CALLIE DRAKE & may your seemingly insignificant 23rd year become one that you love the most. #womancrusheveryday
(PS- Cory, I stole this from your Facebook)
2w

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stalnaka Took my own twitter advice. 3w

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stalnaka evil eyes are always watching (nails done by the beautiful & talented, @yinhigh) 3w

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stalnaka Jezebel; Iron & Wine 3w

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stalnaka morning dew 3w

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stalnaka A few of my favorite VBS 4 year olds! I've been so blessed by this week & by my sweet group of kiddos. You'd never know this is our FIRST VBS! #junglesafarivibes 4w

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stalnaka afternoon roses 4w

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stalnaka 1mon

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stalnaka Yet another cliché picture of water clinging to glass, but I love this shot too much not to post. I was seeking shelter from leaking sky, staring up at the soft coal-colored clouds that were beating like black hearts. It made me think about the fierce power of water. Water does not resist; it does not waver. Water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. t rolls & roars beating the victimized shorelines. It stands up for what it wants.
All this to say...Humans are 50% water, maybe we should start acting like it.
1mon

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stalnaka happy 28th birthday to the queen - the baddest babe of them all. 1mon

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