My Instagram Account isn’t Fake…but it isn’t Everything

There have been a lot of blog posts circulating about the effects of looking at Facebook and Instagram daily.

And goodness and Ben and Jerry’s both know I could write a whole post itself on how frustrating it was being on Facebook after college graduation, inundated with pictures of fellow graduates’ new desks while I had yet to land one. You know, a job. Not a desk.

And I love Instagram.

I love showing pictures of my fur baby and family and Bible verses and flowers from Michael and cookie dough freshly plopped on the pan, I love letting my friends and family know when I’ve achieved something, when I’m thinking of them, when I see a funny picture of a cat sitting on a couch like a human with a soda can and a slice of pizza.

It warms my heart to capture and share these things.

But these warm and beautiful and light-bearing things don’t happen alone.

No, these things – the Bible verses, the sunset on the beach, the selfie with Michael – they happen amid the messiness of every day life.

And I love that. God graces in ordinary life.

What I’m saying is, my social media accounts are real. Very real. But they’re not the whole picture.

You know, I read somewhere that friendship forms when someone says simply, “me too.”

I agree.

So here is my is my “me too” for you:

You’ll see my wedding pictures. I like to post them, because I love Michael with my whole entire heart and truly our wedding was one of the best days of my life so far. What you won’t see is the months of pre-marital counseling, prayer, and normal, hard work we went through go through to get there.

You’ll see a Bible verse about God’s peace. The verse wasn’t posted because I know all about God’s peace and have mastered that bit of truth. No, it was posted because I was feeling anxious and needed God’s peace.

You’ll see two beach chairs sitting perfectly in the sunlight. It was an awesome moment captured. What you won’t see is how I miss my Papaw being there. A lot. Every time I see those chairs. Because probably like you, I know how much it hurts to miss a grandpa, too.

You’ll see Tucker being all cute and fuzzy, like a giant peppered cotton ball. What you won’t see is how three seconds later he gives me a “love bite” and I yelp and fall off the couch and knock my drink over. But let’s face it. He’s still cute and fuzzy.

An accurate depiction of my crazy cat.

An accurate depiction of my crazy cat. I didn’t post this one. But you can see very nicely the spots where he’s added some torn-up flair to our couch, no? 

You’ll see a selfie with me and Michael. What you won’t see is the argument we just talked through for about 45 minutes before the selfie.

You’ll see a picture of me on Easter. What you won’t see is the really bad hair day I woke up to the day before. Know why you won’t see it? I didn’t take a picture on my bad hair day.

You’ll see a picture of freshly baked pumpkin bread. What you won’t see is how on that same day, I was stressed about the details of my changing career.

Friends, I love Instagram because it’s a way to document God’s graces in the ordinary moments of ordinary people.

Instagram shows real things (at least, on my account) – but it doesn’t show everything.

Be encouraged!

Social media has changed our culture.

But, I pray all the time to see social media as a way to enjoy and celebrate sweet and real graces amid each person’s sweet and real messiness.

Goodness, we’re all human, folks!

And Praise God! He loves us just the same.

So next time you see me post a picture, know it’s grace. And there’s a real, maybe even messy story behind it, and you know something else? That messiness is grace, too. In Jesus, all is grace.

Blessings and sweet realness to you,

Robyn

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

Friends and family. I found it.

The best chocolate chip cookie EVER!

best cookies EVER

I did research. Lots of research. And taste testing. Lots of taste testing. It was the best research ever brutal, I tell you. Brutal.

Good thing I had Michael to help me. And Michael’s coworkers who so very graciously offered to participate in the taste-testing as well. And my parents. And my sister. And my friends. And my nanny babies.

And we finally prevailed!

I joke about the research and taste-testing. But in all seriousness, I actually researched.

I didn’t finish my laundry for a week.

But I researched cookie ingredients.

So that should count for about 10 chores, right?

Yes. It should.

I found that if you increase the amount of brown sugar and flour, as well as the overall cooking temperature, your cookies will turn out to be glorious.

And by glorious, I mean doughy. And chocolatey. And dense. (Office Writer just informed me chocolatey is not a word. I disagree with that logic.)

So if you like thin, hard cookies, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU!

This cookie recipe is for my people. My people who would rather eat raw cookie dough than bake it. For my people who see “Add 1 cup of chocolate chips” and chuckle knowingly and then add 3 cups of chocolate chips. For my people who tear a cookie in half before eating to make sure it doesn’t crack apart because if it cracks apart then CLEARLY it’s not doughy enough.

This cookie is for you, fine people.

Without further ado, here is my painstakingly-researched and original recipe for

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever:

  • 2 Sticks Softened Salted Butter (Salted is very important. It offsets the massive amount of reasonable amount of brown sugar very nicely.)
  • 1 ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract (NOT Tsp. I love me some vanilla. Add it to your pancakes, too. Tablespoons of it, I mean.)
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 ¼ Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • Chocolate Chunks AND Chocolate Chips*

*I did not give you an amount, because can you really put a number on chocolate? BUT if you’re a number person, I added ¾ of a bag of chocolate chunks and ½ a bag of chocolate chips. Feel free to add more or less. I think I might add more next time. Because, chocolate.)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. (The chewiness depends a lot on a high temperature and a short baking time.)
  2. Cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking soda.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients one cup at a time. IMPORTANT!: Fold in chocolate chips between each cup of dry ingredients. This ensures that chocolate chips are IN your cookies and not just on the outsides of the batter.
  5. Drop heaping tablespoons (I use a 1½ tbsp cookie dough scoop) of the dough onto a nonstick, PAM-ed cookie sheet (or, if you are like me and prefer as little cleaning as possible, use parchment paper on the cookie sheet).
  6. Bake for no more than 6-9 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies have that glorious brown color. The tops should not be brown at all. (Because this is a doughy cookie, good people!)

ENJOY! And share. Because everyone deserves a doughy cookie. 😉

Happy Monday!

Blessings to you,

Robyn