Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day

Happy father's day to the best dad in the whole world. Your love, laughter, and support mean the world to me!
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This week.

This week.

Answered prayers that will hopefully change a family's lives.

A two year old wiping her brother's tears from his cheeks while I remind him that he is not, in fact, a "stupid boy".

Babies in giant sunglasses.

Water games!

The laughter and screams of little boys.

A family of ducklings crossing a busy road with the help of people enjoying their lazy summer.

Homemade popsicles.

House church discussions.




I have a dilemma. I have so many cute pictures taken this week of the kids, and of me with the kids. I would love to share them on here... But I'm not sure what is appropriate. So, forgive me for the lack of pictures. They all consist of funny faces, sleeping children, water, city backdrops, and pillow case races. Such a good week.

Monday, June 13, 2011


I just love my coworkers. It's amazing how similar some of us are - in our likes and dislikes, our crazy senses of humor, our dreams for our lives and our families, our pasts... We're so different, too. But I love our lunchtime conversations. Those five hours a week are some of my favorites!

I feel blessed to be working alongside these passionate, hilarious people. I love that we're not afraid to laugh. I love that we all came from an idealistic place of looking at the world and have moved into a more grounded place in reality. I love how we've all almost embraced the idea of the American dream (when we swore we never would)... but that we're not content to live in our complacency. That we want to see women and families and people brought to wholeness in Christ. That we want them to live self-sufficient lives, reliant on Christ.

Love it.


I love summer.

Riding my bike to work in the morning. Not so much the way home, but a downhill ride in the cool morning air... That's where it's at.

Playing in the backyard, smelling the flowers, squirting water all over the children.

Being the one that the shyest child looks to with longing in her eyes, and knowing that she just wants to be held. But doesn't want to ask.

Picnics in the park with house church friends. Bocce ball.

Ice cream. Frozen yogurt.

Farmer's markets!

Salad. Salad?!

Coffee dates with new friends.



We watched a movie recently about a man who had an encounter with God. He explained God to a woman by saying that God couldn't wait til she woke up in the morning. God had to experience the world through her eyes, and He couldn't wait to see what she did.

It's a nice thought, but I'm so glad God is all-powerful. He doesn't need us as much as the movie made it seem. He has a plan and He is GOD. He is in control. That's comforting and overwhelming.


I've gotten a case of wanderlust again. We've been talking about our time-line, and it seems that the time is growing closer. This is just a waiting period, even though the future is very unclear. We've so settled into our lives here that it will feel like a ripping-out when we leave. We may return - I can't imagine that we wouldn't - but things will never be the same as they are now. I should embrace this time, but I'm longing to travel. I'm longing to drop everything and set sail around the world. I want to bike around Amsterdam and lay on the beach in San Sebastian and explore the streets of London (not to be confused with Streets of London pub, across the street...). I want to camp (again) in southern France and enjoy a delicious pain au chocolat in Paris. I want to live in the dirt of Africa and visit a cool lake in South America. I want to hike through the jungles of Southeast Asia and trek through the mountains of Peru.

Who knows where we'll end up? If anyone has any connections... We're willing to go anywhere. Let God guide us where He can use us best. We're willing.

Anyways, my wanderlust... Perhaps an autumn road trip in New England will do the trick for now? I think it might!