Sunday, August 30, 2009


It is amazing what information can do to a person. Just days ago, my sister and brother-in-law welcomed a healthy newborn into this world. They found out the gender at the birth- a beautiful baby girl! This information changed things. It changed them. Now they could choose a name for her (Senorah "Nori" Beth). Now they could refer to their older daughter, Addie, and Nori as "sisters". They see themselves now as parents to two little girls!

You see, ever since her conception, Nori has been a girl. For 9 or so months this has been the case- they just haven't known. Now, and always, we will forever know her as a female creation. This information has been (though for a short period of time) and always will be... and it changes people.


Pete returns to school this week. He is continuing a seminary education at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN. He will travel to campus two days a week with his computer, packed lunch, books and pens. He is seeking information. He is seeking information that always has been and forever will be... and it will change him. Though this seeking can occur as one builds a home, works in a grocery store, plays with dogs or bakes a cake... for this season of our lives, we will seek in an academic arena.

We have the awesome privilege of diving deeply into information about the person of Truth. Please pray that during this rigorous, academic endeavor that Pete and I will grow closer to one another and especially to the Maker of all information.
As we seek to "...grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that [we] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:18 & 19

Saturday, August 15, 2009

once upon a coffee cup

Once upon a coffee cup.
My hands press into the countertop. I hover over...

visions of fame, fortune, flashing bulbs, fit figure and glittering smiles.
the flash of recognition for selflessness, of praise, of awareness, of confidence. I desire.
This day's hours will not hold.

I breathe in the full, rolling steam.

oh where did my pure heart fly off to? oh when did my humbleness choose another course? oh why did my mind turn to its own idols?

I taste it through my other senses.

oh where will my bleeding heart mend? oh when will my humbleness be restored? oh why will my mind surrender- finally, fully?

Thick cream drips into the black abyss. A swirling cloud rolls forth.

I grow and change: beautifully and disgustingly. This entanglement of good and evil, this typhoon of laughter and despair. This battle of sunlight and lightning.

Where is the perfect marriage of confidence and faith?

Over a full cup of coffee, brimming to the edge.
I drink.

In this moment the depth of Your lips fill the surface of mine. Oh Lord, pour yourself within me. Fill in the crevasses of my inner self.

Friday, August 7, 2009

5th Anniversary!!!


Today, August 7th, 2009 is our fifth wedding anniversary! I had big plans to post wedding photos and of course have no idea where the CD is. Woops. Maybe next year. This fun photo will have to do. Anyways, Pete and I are celebrating a state a part, but are still rejoicing together over 5 wonderful and grace-filled years shared in marriage. Pete is honored, on our "anniversary weekend" to be conducting his very first wedding tomorrow! How cool is that?! He is officiating the wedding of his best friend from high school, Matt, and his beautiful soon-to-be bride Leah.

Thank you to all of you, our community of friends and family, who have walked, watched and hoped with us.

To many more years,