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Monday, January 18, 2016


Look who's 40!

  On Friday night the two of us went to Brasserie for a fantastic dinner to celebrate Kevin's 40th birthday!   We had such a wonderful time talking and laughing and feeling all around thankful for our lives.  Neither of us have any hang ups about turning 40.  Though I still have a couple of months, I feel 40 and that isn't a bad thing.  I'd be in pretty sad shape if I still felt 20.  It would mean I had a real disconnect between my reality and my desire.  

Isn't this the best quote?

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King Jr. 

 It reminds me of the power in each of us to make a difference and to serve others.

Happy Marin Luther King, Jr. Day!  

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Yesterday in the late afternoon we went on our New Year hike.  When we returned home everyone was happy and refreshed and a hot pot of taco soup was waiting for us, which made us even happier.  I wish we would remember to make space for hiking more often.

This morning I got out of bed at 7:22 for a 7:30 run.  We've been staying up late, late, late, which means getting up late, late, late.   Tomorrow is going to hurt. But we can do hard things, and tomorrow and probably Tuesday and maybe even Wednesday--they're gonna be hard!

We went to the 10:45 service, which is always busy, but this morning (Resolutions!) it was even more packed than usual, which means we ended up in the balcony.  I have trouble paying attention when we sit up there, my mind keeps drifting to the balcony collapsing under all that weight.  I have a new notebook and pen though and Matt suggested list makers would love this sermon (hey, that's me!) so I took notes and wasn't distracted (much) by my fear of falling through the ceiling.  After communion I went to the bathroom and barged in on some poor lady.  I apologized and then hid in the stall next to her until I was sure she was gone, not wanting to face her again.  Upon returning to my seat, there she was, turns out she was sitting in front of me, that was awkward!  I sure hope she wasn't visiting for the first time--first the balcony, then the bathroom!

Even though tomorrow will be bumpy, with having to wake up and get dressed, I'm ready for a great first week of January!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eleanor is 10!

10 years ago sweet girl joined our family!  What a delight she is.

 10 things about Eleanor-

1.) She is kind and thoughtful and is always thinking about other people and their feelings.
2.) She loves to laugh.
3.) She is brilliant and especially loves logic and writing.
4.) She is honest and true to herself and has an amazing sense of what is truly good.
5.) She is loving and makes sure that her friends and family feel special.
6.) She enjoys cooking and looking for great recipes.  And really loves Pinterest!
7.) She is happy with being a quiet soul even in a very loud world.   
8.) She works to see the best in every situation and in every person.
9.) She is a planner and loves a list.
10.) She wants to be an interior designer some day, she enjoys design and fashion so I'm sure she'd be great!  I think she would make the most incredible teacher :) but I know whatever she does she will do it amazingly well and with grace and a heart that will make the world a better place to live.  That's just the kind of person she is, always leaving things a little better than she found them.

Happy Birthday, Eleanor! We love you like crazy! You are such a gift!