Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Friday: got back to Portland from Idaho at 4pm and picked Hannah up from the airport at 8pm, ate dinner at Henry's Tavern, visited Powell's Bookstore, and walked around downtown Portland
Saturday: ate breakfast at Cricket's Cafe, rented bikes and rode by the waterfront, walked around the Portland Saturday Market and Farmer's Market, visited the Rose Garden (saw all 4 roses that were in bloom), enjoyed the view of the city from Pittock Mansion, basked in the sun, and then (my favorite part of the whole weekend) had a progressive dinner around Portland with Drew and Ross... soup at Tom Yum Thai, cajun tater tots at Bagdad Theater, sushi and noodles at The Sauce Box, drinks at The Tug Boat, and dessert at Papa Hyden's
Sunday: early church service at Imago Dei, coffee at Stumpton (the best coffee in town), then drove north to Seattle with Drew and Ross where we ate fish and chips at Iver's on the waterfront, walked around Pike's Place Market, ate fresh cherries, got coffee at the 1st Starbucks, walked to the original REI store, ate pizza at Zeek's, took a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island and back and sunset, got back to Portland at 1am
Monday: drove out to Multnomah Falls and hiked in the gorge, ate delicious fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches and fried green tomatoes from Pine State Biscuits, drove west to Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast, ate scrumptious crab bisque and crab cakes at The Wayfarer, drove back to Portland and stopped by the Moore's house to hang out for a while
It was so much fun having a friend in town to do everything Portland with me! A lot of these adventures I had never experienced before, but I am quickly becoming a Northwest tour guide. Come on up for a visit and I will show you the same good time!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
What I enjoyed most about my time at camp:
- being outdoors in God's creation
- not dealing with phone, computers and ipods
- remembering the simplicity of being an elementary school kid
- cleaning the mess hall after dinner with the kids as we all sang along to the Sound of Music soundtrack
- late night smores
- learning that I was the talk of the boy's cabin because of my "awesome LifeSavers spark trick"
- playing with the program director's 7-month-old twins
Friday, May 22, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
a family picture from Christmas 2009, in the small box is a rock by which to remember my hike of Ben Nevis in Scotland with Baylor friends, a picture of Ugandan children, and a board full of cards and letters from family and friends
a chest of drawers originally bought for $8 for Emily's nursery, a glass dish given to me for my birthday by Merrill, a silver cup given as Merrill's bridesmaid gift, a jewelry dish given as Whitney's house party gift, a jewelry bowl bought in Uganda, a picture of my sisters at Sarah's wedding, a Japanese painting given to me by Anne, and on the side wall a picture of one of my favorite paintings The Kiss introduced to me by Sydney
My Favorite Prayer by Thomas Merton
My Lord God, I have no idea where I'm going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seam to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
After a few bowling games, we headed back to the office where we enjoyed yummy pizza and took time to dig deeper in each others' lives. We each talked about the path which led us here and what we thought our future might hold. It wasn't just small talk over dinner, it was actual issues that we were actually facing. I enjoyed the vulnerability and openness of the group. You can just imagine what is on the hearts and minds of a bunch of young 20-aged adults. It was all very real - real situations, real fears, real uncertainties. We all had two things in common, though: we want to following God's calling in our lives (after we find it of course) and we were somehow lucky enough to spend some time at Murdock. I realized last night how blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful group.
Monday, May 11, 2009
...he does not understand our customs, just as we do not understand his. We say he is foolish because he does not know our ways, and perhaps he says we are foolish because we do not know his.How often we become set in our ways and refuse to see other people's perspective. Why do we always assume that the way we do things is right and the way other people do things is wrong? Why do we try to change other people but aren't open to being changed? If only we could put our own selfish agenda aside and just love our neighbors.
Book Club Lunch
Thursday, May 7, 2009
1. a character who wants something, has a goal, a purpose: there is a screenwriting theory that says between pages 15-20 of the screenplay, the character should save a cat. yes, he should literally save a cat (or help an old lady walk across the street); some good deed that makes him likeable.
2. conflict: the characted must overcome conflict to get what he wants, reach his goal, or obtain his purpose.
3. what the character wants has to be self-sacrificial: the overcoming of the conflict has to benefit someone else.
4. the story changes the character: he becomes a better man by going through this story.
Blue Like Jazz is somewhat of a memoir, a compilation of stories about Don's life. It's a wonderful story and it inspires me. But Don said, "I don't just want to live through random experiences anymore. At the end of the day, I want to be living a meaningful story." Me too. I don't want my goal in life to be saving up for a new car, striving for a job promotion, fitting in, being popular. I want my life to be meaningful. I know that it will involve conflict, I know that the story isn't just about me, and I know that I will be a different person at the end of my story than I am now. But I am the lead actor in my story as you are in yours, and it's up to us to make it a good one.
Blue Like Jazz
"It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll."
"I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding your love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again."
- some of my favorite quotes from Blue Like Jazz
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
It all began when my roommate Kathy mentioned that she was on a H2C team that needed a few more female runners for the relay which is the last weekend of August. I said that the race sounded fun and that I was interested. Before I knew it, the team captain contacted me and I was in. Only after the fact did I realize just how difficult it is to get on a H2C team since there are a limited number of teams which don't change much from year to year. Lucky me!
The relay is sponsored by Nike and each team runs to raise money for a charity of their choice. The week after I signed up for the race, I realized that my team was raising money for an organization that works in Uganda. What are the odds! The organization is called Eternal Impact and is led by John Garrick, one of my running mates.
This week, our team (yet to be named) had our first meeting. Apparently our team leader is a hard-core runner. She began the meeting by saying, "Okay, lets all introduce ourselves and say how many times we've run the Hood to Coast and our most memorable moment. I'll start: I'm Norma. I've run the Hood to Coast 3 times and ran the Boston marathon a few weeks (no big deal). My most memorable H2C moment was when another runner and I sprinted the last mile of our last leg because we are both so competitive and didn't want to let the other pass. Next." My first thought was, "What the heck am I doing here? Maybe I can slip out the back door and nobody will notice." Well, it ends up that only about 3 people on our team have actually run H2C before. Most of us are first-timers. I'm super excited about this challenge and know that it will be a great accomplishment! Let the training begin!