Archive for June, 2010

Small Pleasures

Here are some things that I enjoy.

Things that make me smile and that are gifts to me:

My dad and I spent last weekend bottling, making, and taste testing wine. I learned so much and it was so much fun!

Birds are my favorite. I love pictures of cartoon looking birds, either stitched on something or painted.

I think water is the coolest substance. Just this weekend I was swimming and came to the realization, again, that I just love water. I drink it, swim in it, float on it, use it for cooking and baking.. the possibilities are endless. And it is water…


Trees! What more do I need to say…

I really enjoy these vintage images. I would really like to have some around my house. There is something classy about them…especially a monkey drinking something… hmmm

Our silly dog Joci.  She keeps me company, reminds me of my child-likeness (or ridiculousness). She is wonderful!!

A roasted coffee bean. The bean can be ground and turn milk into a latte, water into an americano or espresso… so many options. I love working at a coffeehouse. The bean symbolizes more than drinks… it is community and so much more.


More to come….  Any favorite things that you would like to add or share???


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Reflecting On My Time Spent in Wyoming

I just returned from Wyoming and even though the trip is only halfway through I have plenty of stories to tell.  I don’t have pictures yet, cause James is still in the field with the camera… however I find that the camera cannot capture the magnitude nor beauty of the mountains. I write with sore knees, nerves still lacking in my hips, and my body needing more rest, yet I write to tell you that the wilderness is a wonderful mystery. I resonate with  Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek a little more these days. In her first chapter she reminds me that,  “the mountains are giant, restful, absorbent. You can heave your spirit into the mountains and the mountains will keep it, folded, and not throw it back as some creeks will. The creeks are the world with all its stimulus and beauty; I live there. But the mountains are my home.”

I have experience a small dose of giant mountains. I have learned that you must always be prepared for whatever they bring and yet you must always look for the beauty they present. I am in awe struck at the greatness of God and the very gentleness that He is. Each one of those students brings a gift and a struggle — they bring their stories. I saw, in the three weeks I was with them, those stories come to life. It is fun and scary to see what will happen in a community of people who live in the wilderness for so long. In the end I can say it is good.

Please continue to pray for their safety and their growth. There are amazing things happening in Wyoming right now.


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