December 31, 2007


two years ago.
there is nothing more raw, old, deep, or more necessary
our hearts, paper-thin
we are acting out something bigger
not taking grace for granted
it is endless

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December 28, 2007

stairwell accompaniment:Dave Matthews


Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. -Thomas Merton

Today we found happiness running the trails along the river. Lose your footing. Bruise your knees. Breathe the cool air. Listen to the water. Over the smooth rocks. Taking small moments to allow large thoughts out. In the open.

I want to be known and let the words that are in my head fall somewhere near your feet. I don’t want to lose out on beautiful things because I’ve given a definition to beautiful that has to be forever.
And things won’t be as I had planned.
And things will be beautiful.

Today I have you here to awaken me, preferably with a coffee, and a kiss. Two things I love:hand written notes and a kiss to wake me up.

We try so hard. We wait. We are so needy.

December 25, 2007

stairwell accompaniment:Nat King Cole
Merry Christmas!
We’ll update you with pictures:
We celebrated with our house church Christmas potluck-

Jon Black is in town from Montana and we always enjoy his company-

I took Selah’s annual Christmas pictures-

We celebrated Christmas early with my family in Ohio-

Then drove to Kentucky to have Christmas with Josh’s brother Ryan and family-

And then continued on with a long drive to Alabama-

Here we are. The temperature is far above freezing. Southern Christmas.

December 19, 2007

Some of the media we’ve been enjoying this Christmas break:
-God Grew Tired of Us. This is both an autobiographical book by John Bul Dau and a documentary-style movie by Chrostopher Quinn about the Lost Boys of Sudan. I highly recommend the book which is much different that the film and will change your life and make you fall in love with John. The film is also excellent. Watch the trailer HERE

-Once. I was first introduced to the soundtrack which has been on consistent rotation in our small household for months now. The film is beautiful as well. And on DVD today.
You can find the trailer HERE. This makes my heart crave Ireland. More.

-Planet Earth. A documentary series from the BBC we will continue to make our way through in the next couple of weeks. Shocking, alluring, known to cause viewers to purchase plane tickets to far-off locations(as if we need encouragement in this area).

-What to Expect When You are Expecting. People, people…control yourselves. I am in NO WAY trying to reveal news. I am, however, feverishly trying to prepare for my much-anticipated LAST QUARTER OF SCHOOL during which I will need to impress my teacher and precepting nurse with my vast and scholarly knowledge of WOMEN’S HEALTH! Yes, it calls for that much caps lock. And excitement.

-Letters to a Young Poet. Delicate in delivery and saturated with moving words. A quick read to be re-read. Again.

-As previously mentioned. Pandora is a new favorite to be enjoyed while wrapping gifts, cooking dinner, wrestling with the cat, etc.

-Also, I’m becoming a big fan of etsy.com. Homemade is the new black.

That’s all for now. In the next couple of week we’ll spend our first Christmas down in Alabama and celebrate our first two years of marriage. With style.

And I’ll try to write more frequently.

December 15, 2007

stairwell accompaniment:Counting Crows