Where Did the Spark Start?

Has anyone ever asked you what makes you come alive? I’ve been thinking lately about vocation. Many people are able to look back and see clues from their childhood pointing to their eventual profession. Sometimes it’s an easy connection to make. My sister, for example, was always getting in trouble for making a mural on her…

The City of Water

Without further ado…Venice!  The canals of Venice make it unique among the beautiful, ancient cities of Italy.  At night, the water reflects the city lights, and it’s pure magic.   We arrived around sunset and had just enough time to find our hotel, settle in and freshen up before heading out into the night to…

Day Ten: Shared History

When I was a sophomore in college, I studied abroad for a semester in England.  I believe there were fifteen girls and ten guys in our group.  We lived in two houses next door to each other.  We studied together, shared all of our meals, traveled together, worshiped together, etc, etc. It was a pivotal…

Day Eight: Friends of All Ages, Part I

I have a close knit family, so I’ve always been around people of various ages.  I love spending time with my grandparents and younger cousins and aunts and uncles.  But I try to be intentional about also developing friendships with people who are in different phases of life that I am.  This is something I…

Day Seven: The Friends Who Go Before Us

Lisa is the closest thing to a big sister I’ve ever had.  She is only a few months older than me, but she has always been much more mature.  🙂  I love many things about her, but something that has always stood out to me is how she makes me (and others) feel really understood….

Day Six: Long Distance Friendships

Some of my dearest friends have lived thousands of miles apart from each other since we graduated from college back in the mid 2000s.  We have lived in Vietnam, Costa Rica, Italy, Canada and Northern California, respectively.  It can be really cool to hear about life in places that I’ve never lived and maybe even…

Still Celebrating

My one word for this year is celebrate, and I’ve had some great opportunities recently to do just that. What a memorable couple of weeks it has been!  We have shared lots of celebrating, family, food, siteseeing and Spanish speaking.  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few thousand… In other news, I…

Libraries are for Dreamers

My love of libraries began at a very young age.  I had one of those amazing elementary-school-teacher-turned-stay-at-home-mom moms that did a lot of interactive learning activities with us when we were tiny.  We finger painted and made homeade playdough and visited musuems.  We wrote “books” which consisted of Mom writing down stories that we made…

On Being a Sister

I come from a close-knit family, and it’s been a blessing more often than it’s been a curse.  This past weekend, my brother performed in the annual freshman show, and my mom, sister and sister’s boyfriend were able to come.  Dad was home with the other brother.  Seeing Alex perform with other freshmen boys from his residence hall…

Quarterlife Crisis Revisited

Last night, procrastinating as ever, I randomly opened a folder of old Word documents saved from my old computer.  I read through part of my masters’ thesis and laughed at some appalling beginnings of short stories.  I read some letters I’d written to God and one to my future spouse (for an exercise we did…

Beloved Traditions

Yesterday we had Opening Ceremonies at the university where I work.  Part of the ceremony is what’s called the Parade of Flags.  Since my days as a student, I have loved the Parade of Flags. I can’t even describe to you how much I love it.  Students representing each of the countries and states of…