D.L. Mayfield

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The Best of Right Now

Hey all. Here's a little recap of for all ya'lls with some free time.

Reading: Ok, so this is totally random, but I picked up Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman (wife of THE Steven Curtis--the crush of my childhood). It is essentially their story of grief and loss--their 17 year old son accidentally ran over their 5 year old daughter in 2008, killing her. The emotions it brought up in me were SO strong. I seriously sobbed my guts out. Their daughter was adopted from China, and the stories of how they came to get her (and two other girls from China) got me dreaming about adoption in a big way. And realizing that life is so short and so fragile, that we need to be living like it is a great adventure at all times. Get it? The great adventure? I have been getting teary and singing old Steven Curtis songs to myself ever since I read this book.

Listening: Nothing new here. Gotye. Rend Collective Experiment. Gungor. Mewithoutyou. And, obviously, Steven Curtis Chapman. (If anyone reading this listens to these same 6 bands in serious rotation, I will eat my hat. Or give you a bag of Spicy Hot Cheetos. Your pick).

Watching: First, every one should watch this short film: [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/40000072 w=400&h=225]

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

The amount of imagination found in this little boy is staggering, and made me so joyful.

Secondly, I just started watching the new Sense and Sensibility (well, a BBC television production from 2008). I am only 20 minutes in, but it seems great. Aaaannd, guess who is in it?

I know! For those in need of a Downton Abbey fix, I am recommending this. Although, to be fair, I am only 20 minutes in (the baby is taking VERY short naps these days).


So maybe this isn't a real category, but it should be. With all the hoopla about Blue Like Jazz coming out, I thought this piece (by the real life Penny--who edited some of my stuff for BWC and seems like a really nice person) was very honest and nuanced and, well, made me think a lot.

I also loved this little post about taking the long view of motherhood--especially when you are in the trenches of feeding/sleeping issues. It got me dreaming and thinking about cultivating things like compassion, justice, and inclusion. Which is much more important than whether or not she is being a good napper.

Going: All you Portland people, attention please. The HOLLA IF YOU HEAR ME tour is coming to Portland! It is basically a spin off of a widely popular panel at the Justice Conference where black men tackle some of the more pressing issues facing the church today. Racism is real, the gaps are getting wider, and I can't wait to learn from these men.

The kick off event is at my home church, the Well, this friday night. I think it starts at 7pm? I have to teach, so we will be catching the panel at Imago Dei, where they are having the panel speak at all 4 Sunday services. I am inviting you to come! If you don't live in Portland, check out the FB page for the tour--maybe they are coming to where you are.

Ok, there is the mash-up post of things I have been loving lately. I hope you enjoy!


I have tired parent eyes, snot on my sweatshirt, and throw up in my hair. Because this has proven to be a week of little sleep and baby sickness (on Christmas eve eve--so unfair!). So when I was rocking the wee babe at 4:30 this morning I put together a list of some of my favorite christmas songs ever. Because I sure do need a reminder of what it really is all about, when I am tired and over-sugared and stuck at home with a super cute (and snotty and needy) little babe (and trying not to stress about the Christmas presents I have not finished crafting).

All of the songs I love the most talk about the role of JEsus in his entirety--about a king giving up his throne, a son choosing to die, a grand scheme of redemption for all of humankind.

It kind of puts me and my unfinished Christmas gifts in perspective.

Here is my Christmas list: http://open.spotify.com/user/rosemarried/playlist/4yDG4NkfXkLQM6uPBYfo3H. My sister, who is cooler and smarter, figured out a way to share it via Spotify. I highly encourage you to check out Spotify, where you can listen to these songs at your leisure. The baby and I will have this on repeat.

1. A Carrot, a Stick, and a String --Mewithoutyou

2. The Friendly Beasts--Sufjan

3. To be with You --Sara Groves

4. Only at Christmas Time --Sufjan

5. In the Bleak Midwinter --James Taylor

6. Emmanuel --Amy Grant

7. I Celebrate the Day --Reliant K

8. All the King's Horns --Sufjan

9. The Night Before Christmas --Amy Grant

10. Jesus, Born on this Day --Mariah Carey

11. O Come O Come Emmanuel -- David Crowder Band

12. Peace, Peace --Sara Groves

13. Sister Winter --Sufjan

I hope you enjoy.

And here is the cutest retelling of the Christmas Story Ever (complete with New Zealand accents and kids dressed up as wooly rams) (thanks Amber for posting this first) :

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWq60oyrHVQ&w=560&h=315]

Aaaaaaand even though this has NOTHING to do with Christmas music, here is a little video of my new favorite pop song. It's by some guy named Gotye (Australian/Belgian). I dare you to not get it stuck in your head. He is like a modern, less annoying Phil Collins! Merry Christmas!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY&w=560&h=315]

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