Monday, July 27, 2009


When I traveled to Honduras last fall, many people asked me about DC and NYC. This got me curious, how people from outside the States were excited to have visited, of all places, Washington DC. So, when Chris got his summer internship with the NSA we planned a trip there for Michael and I. Our Pastor Ron, connected us with rather interesting housing (we stayed at Steve Largent, former NFL star and Senator)so we only had to cover the flight expenses.

Last weekend we traveled to DC. It was wonderful to visit with him, to hear about his summer adventure and learnings and to get to hang out with his Rice "family" two of which, Patrick and Evangeline, are also in DC for the summer, and Allison who was visiting for the weekend. The trip to DC was very powerful. I haven't been before, to my knowledge- though my parents took us lots of places when I was tiny. And, if I am honest, I have often struggled with the concept of patriotism. My God sees no borders, no race. I was raised on the West Coast, where most our American history was in books, unless we were panning for gold. Sadly, much of my American history came from Johnny Tremain and an exhibit with Lincoln at Disneyland.

I come away from the trip with a much deeper understanding and respect for the leadership which formed our country, for the courage, the energy, the life that went in to so many decisions, with a much greater sense of how a person can make a difference and how making a difference matters in the quality of life, we lead. I realize now, sadly, how my freedom, bought with blood and heart ache has contributed to my ignorance. I genuinely think that this trip should be a required vigil for Americans.

"Almighty God hath created the mind free. All attempts to influence it by temporal punishments oJefferson Memorialr burthens . . . are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion . . . No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively." -- quote from the Jefferson memorial

** photos from facebook- hope to replace long term with the full sized images

Monday, July 13, 2009

unscrambling Helene...

People have been asking me what i take away from my time in Helene.
Here are a few...
My life was too full of noise
Relationship is more important than task
Life is not about high school or your day job
Life is not about what I want
The Word of God is a gift I have ignored way too often
Praying with people, listening to their stories is a privilege and a necessity
I should try everything once
I have more stuff than i need
I like skirts
There is work, and listening and praying to do at home, not just in Helene

Recently rediscovered
I put my blogposts in and this image is what it created.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

in case you missed this moment

this was my favorite moment of the Michael Jackson memorial service- John Mayer playing "Human Nature" with background vocals but no lead vocal. I couldn't quite explain why it was so touching to me, but when John was interviewed later on Larry King this is how he explained it.
"the decision to not sing... in a way it was sort of respectfully leaving an absence, sort of the presence of his absence in the tune." - John Mayer
I loved the intentionality of the moment, what existed in the silence, in the space.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Living the Dream

I remember driving from Salem my first weeks in college and seeing the city of Portland at night, the lights, the water, the Hawthorne and other bridges, I pretty much fell in love.
At some point I decided that for at least a year, when the kids were "out" I wanted to live downtown, use mass transit, shop in the neighborhood etc.
In the meantime, we've spent alot of time in the city- even one spring break. The kids are really comfortable on the max and can find their way around.
So, when our friends Scott and Allie mentioned they were looking for house sitters, I JUMPED on it. This week we're housesitting in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of NW Portland. We're living in a condo, have a beautiful balcony, the max is just outside the front door- it's pretty awesome.

where do you dream of living for a year?