Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Because I don't know how long it'll take for him to get around to it, I just wanted to give ya'll a Markus update. :) After driving across the country for 7 days, he pulled up to the front gate at Fort Lewis, Washington last night at about 9:30pm our time! I'm so glad that he's finally there and not driving so much anymore... I was starting to worry like my mom.
They are giving him a few days to get some paperwork and other miscellaneous things done, so he should have quite a bit of time to look at apartments for us! I'm getting sooooooo excited!

Ok, have a good day, bye bye.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Long View

It helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view,
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

-Archbishop Oscar Romero

(A paper I had posted on my bulletin board, now being thrown away in an effort to clean and pack.)

A step

I picked up my wedding dress today!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Wah. Markus left today.

Just to keep you all updated, I'm moving February 2nd. I'm going to go home for 2-3 weeks to spend time with my family, pack, wedding plan, etc. and then I'm flying my bum across the country.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Maryland likes their Old Bay

Today I ate wings with old bay seasoning, cheese whiz, and hot sauce.

They were delicious.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Living Juicy

Today's daily morsel for your creative soul by SARK:

Invent your own nap rituals.
We all deserve to live refreshed and relaxed, able to claim our good humor and most flexible selves. Doctors need to prescribe naps. Insurance companies need to deduct money according to how many naps we take.

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


I've informed my boss, my roommates, and my director (in that order) of my decision to leave the program early.
All the conversations went well, but I also think it hasn't completely set in yet, for me, or for them. Shannon wants to discuss my leaving at our community meeting tomorrow night. I'm a little anxious.
This is difficult... though I suppose that's a pretty strong characteristic of transition.
One door closing means another is opening, which translates for me to "I'm moving to Washington soon." Whew. I'm excited to start doing life with Markus again, but also a bit anxious about the move, finding a job, etc.
It will certainly be a fun adventure. I'll be glad to be doing it with my partner.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Eat more butter

Today I went to the theater to see a movie that I knew nothing about except that it was recommended to me by two good (yet very different) friends. Juno was incredibly likable, though I wondered if someone wrote the movie only so that such a soundtrack could be produced. I want it. Now. Please. :) I'll download the soundtrack as soon as I have internet on my computer again... unless maybe I should wait a couple weeks and then buy the CD. No, probably not.

Tonight I tried to cheer myself up, so after the movie I went to Whole Foods for dinner and wandering. (and cheese sampling.) After dinner I sat down with a soy chai and a chocolate chip cookie. I've just got to say, I think in our culture of break apart cookie dough that's "just as good," we've forgotten what real chocolate chip cookies taste like. It may have helped that all the ingredients in this particular cookie were organic, but still... Maybe my New Year's resolution is to forget about cookies from a tube. Let's remember real butter, vanilla, and brown sugar! Yeah!