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Typical Wednesday.

Went to the dentist. They gave me a piece of paper with the work that needs to be done, in order of imporance. Total cost? $8,000. Yikes. Next week I’m going in for the first and most extensive of the whole thing. Awful awful awful. It spoiled my mood for awhile.. church started out a bit rocky.

Bram, Elias and I had fun.. we always do. Bramwell (who is 3) kept turning off the lights while Elias was trying to do his homework. Elias got frustrated. their mom was a bit frustrated. I was a little frustrated. Tonight as I was driving home, I got a phone call from their house. This is what happened once I answered..

me: hello?
voice: hi Stephanie.
me: hello.
voice: this is Bram.
me: nu uh.
Bram: yes.
me: oh… hi.
Bram: sorry that I kept turning off the lights.
me: …what?
Bram: and Elias couldn’t do his homework
me: oh, are you apologizing for turning off the lights today?
Bram: yeah.
me: it’s okay. thanks for apologizing. I forgive you.
Bram: ok. I love you. bye Stephanie.

He then tried to tell his dad that Chloe, their dog, wanted to talk to me on the phone, too. PRECIOUS.

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Organizing.

One of the most frustrating things in life is clutter. Clutter of the mind, clutter of the drawer.. and most prominent, clutter of the bathroom counter. I was pretty sure that my bathroom counter clutter was under control until I was babysitting and used their bathroom and realized that they owned something that would even further reduce my counter clutter.
Tonight I went and bought my own.

Before:

After:

Now I’m ridiculously excited to wake up and be greeted with a clutterless bathroom counter. AWESOME.

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If we all get together, we can all change the world.

Tonight I was reading about the fire in San Andres, Philippines. It took me back to the Philippines and how driving past those little shanti villages, my heart would break and my eyes would fill with tears. I thought, then, about the little kids who would run up to me, assuming that as a white person I was well off and would buy necklaces from them. So I would buy necklaces. The more necklaces I bought, the more kids brought them to me. I ran out of money before I bought them all. It broke my heart.

As I was thinking about this my heart began to burn with injustice and the frustration of nothing being done about this. To be honest, my frustration should be pointed at myself. Frequently I will think of small things to do that would make a huge difference but think “That is so small it won’t matter if I don’t do it” and so I irresponsibly go on with life as I know it.

There are so many tiny changes.. “sacrifices” as we like to extravagently call them.. that could save lives. I don’t do these things because I’m too comfortable where I am and don’t feel my contribution is necessary.

No more.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.
I must be the change I want to see in the world.

Starting now.

Who is with me?

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Love, love, love.

Right now I’m in Seattle with the Birks, my extended immediate family. It’s been so much fun. On Thursday I shared Emily’s bed, and last night the 3 kids and myself crammed into the bed.. it was hot and cramped.. and so much fun. What did I ever do to deserve so many blessings?Β 

We’ve done an awful lot of nothing, and that’s the way I like it. Just being is enough.

Graham’s at a concert.. we borrowed 27 Dresses from Mei-Ling.. ate way too many chips (Stacy makes the most incredibly salsa) and I’m going to go enjoy just being.

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Fun.

It’s hard to believe it’s already March. Wasn’t my house just filled with Christmas decorations yesterday?

I’m learning about community. Frequently we think of community as a closed circle – a group of 8 (or any number) of people who are always there for each other and pray and lift each other up. This is such a poor example of a community. Instead, my community is open. So many of my friends don’t know each other but are still important to my spiritual well-being. I’m learning to enjoy friends from a variety of churches and organizations, and allowing myself to feel in community even if there’s just two of us. The bigger picture is always so much greater than the smaller thumbnail.

This weekend we went to Spokane for our friends’ wedding. Here are some pictures of the fun. They’re not all the same size because I resized them using percentages instead of widths. Bad idea, and now I’m too tired to fix them.

Gretchen and I before the wedding.
Gretchen and I before the wedding.
Sarah and I. We were working on our slow dance.
Sarah and I. We were working on our slow dance.
Sometimes I deliberately try to ruin pictures.
Sometimes I deliberately try to ruin pictures.

Boys always take weird pictures.
Boys always take weird pictures.
Beth and I before the wedding.
Beth and I before the wedding.
Sarah was a candle lighter.. but the candles did not want to be lit. Sarah was very sad because of this.
Sarah was a candle lighter.. but the candles did not want to be lit. Sarah was very sad because of this.
Obviously there was dancing. Uniforms dont stop people from getting down.
Obviously there was dancing. Uniforms don't stop people from getting down.
For a cognitive learning class, Gretchen gave up sweets for 14 days. Mitch was trying to tempt her with a kiss.
For a cognitive learning class, Gretchen gave up sweets for 14 days. Mitch was trying to tempt her with a kiss.
DJ Aaron.
DJ Aaron.
Aaron was confused by the tiny size of his piece of wedding cake.
Aaron was confused by the tiny size of his piece of wedding cake.
..being a boy, he decided to shove the whole thing in his mouth.
..being a boy, he decided to shove the whole thing in his mouth.
Most importantly, the (BEAUTIFUL) bride and groom, whom we were there to celebrate.
Most importantly, the (BEAUTIFUL) bride and groom, whom we were there to celebrate.

The wedding was planned very quickly – Niki assured us she was still a virgin, though.. which I thought was hilarious – but it was so much fun that it didn’t matter anyway.

Gretchen and I were dance partners and officially decided to choreograph a dance for Beth’s wedding in a few months. We’d better get to work on that πŸ™‚

After the wedding we spent some time with our Spokane friends Aaron and Sarah. There were so many beautiful and encouraging stories and ideas passed around that I went to bed with a full heart. It was a much needed trip.

Community is awesome.

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