I’m just trying to take deep breaths and not forget my passport on Monday.

Across all forms of communication in my life, there are lists. My phone. Pieces of paper. My brain. Lists lists lists.

On every list?

DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT.

(Seriously. If you have my phone number, will you please text me on Monday morning to make sure I don’t forget my passport? Or tweet me? Or email me? Just remind me.)

Also, I have four packages to mail this morning, including my friend Connor’s birthday gift HIS BIRTHDAY WAS IN MID-APRIL. Embarrassing.

This afternoon I fly to Spring, Texas for a fun event Saturday morning, so while I’m packing for Africa (PASSPORT!), I’m also prepping to speak to a few hundred moms and daughters about the tiny things we can do to speak into each other’s lives and identities. And I’m preparing to eat some amazing BBQ and Mexican food because TEXAS.

(By the way, if you’re in the Houston area, join us!)

Okay, some other Friday-list-worthy items:

1. My sweet friend Meg and her family are adopting domestically. I can’t tell you how much I respect Meg’s parents and her brothers are two of my favorite people and well I just haven’t met a family member of hers that I don’t adore. And to see them rally together to raise support for this adoption is amazing.  You can read all about it here and donate if you feel so led. Also, as part of this organization, each family also partners with a widow and tomorrow, the Holland family and other volunteers will be doing home repairs for a widow in our community. I think that’s amazing.

2. I hope you got to see the pictures from last Thursday night when I got to interview the stars of The Fault In Our Stars. I’ve working through the video content now to make a good recap video and hopefully I’ll be able to post more about it on Monday before I leave for Kenya (PASSPORT!).  And I have some thoughts on the movie and some thoughts on meeting someone you feel like you know from the internet and so on and so forth. I just didn’t want  you to think I had forgotten about telling you. I promise. I haven’t.

3. I have got some great new music to tell you about.

–> 3a. Old Flames by Matt Wertz : Gracious I love this guy. And I love his tunes. This album is honestly one of my favorites he’s released in a while. My personal favorite is Whenever You Love Somebody. Sigh. It’s a good one.

–> 3b. All Sons & Daughters : Just buy it and crank it up in your house while you are getting ready in the morning and then try to tell me that you didn’t feel Jesus in a deeper way that day.

–> 3c. Tennessee Born EP by The American Sons : Okay, so rock music is fun but not your normal thing? Let me suggest you giving this record a spin. One of my first friends in Nashville, who is still very dear to me, is the mind and talent and heart behind this band. I’m so proud of him I could just tear up over it. (And I have. Don’t you worry.) And the music is good. But because I know rock music may not be your jam (literally), you can download it for free at NoiseTrade and THEN buy it once you love it.

Speaking of NoiseTrade….

4. Just a reminder that you can get the first two chapters of my new release Let’s All Be Brave for free from Noisetrade as well! The book releases on July 29, but you could go ahead and pre-order it if you want. Your call. 🙂

5. Don’t forget to check out the #KenyaMocha hashtag – on instagram and twitter – as we head over to see New Dawn High School in Nairobi. (I know. PASSPORT!)

Happy weekend, y’all!