Monday, June 30, 2014

Ummmm.

Enjoy this summer blockbuster. xo!

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

My life these days.


Adventure isn't missing at all.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Joseph

I can't stop listening to these Portland singing sisters.


We found ourselves together in an old house in a small town called High Hope.
We didn't mind the quaking.
Through me a tremble rose and I thought I might tear, but I hope.
We gathered in the same room, but as the house shook and the ghosts looked in we moved.
Through the ceiling I screamed at you.
I said "These bonds are wearing thin. Can you get us through?"

- Wind, song 2 on Native. Dreamer. Kin.
(my favorite song of theirs)

Check 'em out on Noisetrade.
Thanks Kate, for sending their music my way.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It looks like naptime, but it's not.

I sure love being a mama to this little guy...


...even when 2 minutes later he's crying to be held and doesn't actually sleep for another hour.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Future/Past

I was happy to learn John Mark McMillan came out with a new song, out front of a new album. I really like it. (Personally, I'm not a fan of watching people stand around singing other peoples songs - something about it feels weird, like I'm spying on them. So I like the song for what it is, but not so much the video.)



Thanks for the heads up, Netty.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For unto us a child is born.

On December 13th, I had a baby.

day 1
 
How do you put into words walking on the moon? Or summiting Everest? Or falling hopelessly in love? I'm not sure how to describe something so terrifying and exhilarating, so I'll start with the facts.
 
I'd been dilated 4cm the last few weeks of my pregnancy and my midwives said he was definitely coming early, and when he comes it will be quick.
 
Right on both guesses.
 
My contractions started around midnight on Friday the 13th. A short rush woke me up and I knew we'd be meeting our son soon. I was so ready to meet him! My state of mind was focused on getting through the contractions as they sped up. Around 1:30am my water broke at our apartment. My body instantly went into push mode. You could also call it Beast Mode - I'm sure our neighbors thought something very, very bad was happening if they heard me. This baby wanted to come out and I was sure if we didn't leave for the hospital RIGHT THEN I was going to have this baby on our bathroom floor.
 
From the start Jeff was amazing, helping me work through the contractions, reminding me to breathe, and somehow was able to get me into the car and to the hospital.
 
We made it to Evergreen by 2:10am. Let's just say I always pictured myself with a little more dignity than I had going on that night. I stepped into the lobby and I was immediately on my hands and knees, bearing down. You couldn't have paid me a million bucks to stop - this kid was ready to meet the world.
 
My incredible midwife Heather met us there and wheeled me down the hallway, got me in my room just in time, where I could start really pushing. Not surprisingly I was 10cm dilated. I pushed with all my might for about 30 minutes. I have to say this...I loved the pushing part. I love consciously working hard with my baby and my body to get him out.
 
At 2:51am he was born. 21" long, 7lbs, 5oz! Jeff caught him and put him on my chest. And my heart has never been the same.
 
day 3
 
And now my boy is almost two months old. I can't tell you how much I love him, because words don't ever suffice for something like this.
 
day 49
I am so, so grateful that his arrival was short and smooth. My heart breaks for my friends who have numerous complications and are left having to focus on the pain and healing, when they should have the joy of focusing on their new baby. But everyone has their own unique experience, and there really is no comparison. I'm just so grateful for ours. For some reason our little Lincoln came into the world this specific way. He came with so much insistence and peace at the same time. I like that about him. I also like that he was born at Christmas time. I like that he smiles when his dad laughs. I like that he is really social and aware. I like that he slept for 5 hours straight last night.
 
I'm also really grateful for our community of friends and family who have been so excited about his arrival, and really supportive of us. So many amazing gifts have been given, meals were brought, offers were given to babysit and care for him when we need a break, and everyone just loves him so much. We couldn't be richer. Lincoln has no idea how many people love him.
 
It's such a privilege to be a mother. It's slowly changing me in ways I didn't know it would. And so I pray for my family and my children and my house.
 
"Let those that are united to me in tender ties
be precious in thy sight and devoted to thy glory.
Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
instruction, discipline, example,
that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with tress of righteousness of thy planting, for thy glory..."
 
- The Valley of Vision, puritan prayers
 
 

Adventure isn't missing.



Thursday, October 17, 2013

THE TRAILER.

I present to you...The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PUMPED.


The trailer comes out this weeeeeeek!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Toes up.

So it's been almost two months since I've blogged. I'm lame, I know.

Actually, my 6-year old laptop is lame. It's toes up for now. We'll see if we can come up with a miracle. Heck, it's happened before.

For now, here's a TED Talk my husband sent me yesterday that may or may not have made me tear up. As far as I know, I will never go to art school, but I never want to lose the art of seeing life through the unexpected. His email said this: "The themes Alexa hits on and her ultimate thesis are reasons why I fell in love with your art and writings so many years ago."

That made me want to cry.

Girl gotta get on it.

Meanwhile, here's the TED Talk and a picture of me from last night. 31 weeks, people.



Happy Friday, from me & Lincoln.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Quoted

I loved this quote about conversing...

"The power of preserving silence is the very first requisite for all who wish to shine, or even please in discourse; and those who can not preserve it, have really no business to speak. ... The silence that, without any deferential air, listens with polite attention, is more flattering than compliments, and more frequently broken for the purpose of encouraging others to speak, than to display the listener's own powers. This is the really eloquent silence. It requires great genius - more perhaps than speaking - and few are gifted with the talent."

A summer night at Green Lake - - one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken.
Quoted from here and found here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The Sword

Lately I've been reading Sheldon Vanauken. In "A Severe Mercy" he references the story of a Hebrew woman named Veronica, who supposedly wiped Jesus' brow while he was carrying his cross to Golgotha. I'd never heard of that before. And I can't stop reading this sonnet he wrote...

The Sword

Yes, Mark was posted to the Tenth that year.
The day we got there priests contrived to bring
This 'god' to death, and mobs that made me cling
To Mark surged round us, all one mocking jeer.

No omen warned me when Mark led me near
The yelling street that I should be implored
By God to wear my girlhood like a sword
So edged with mercy men would freeze in fear.

Mark's armour made the crowd draw back a space.
Just there beneath his cross the god limped by.
I saw his eyes and rushed into the street
Through sudden stillness wiped his face.
"My child," he said and staggered on to die.
- My girlhood lay in fragments at my feet.



Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Baby Boy!

Well folks, it doesn't get much clearer than this...

Kline-worthy genitalia right above the text.

We had our 20 week ultrasound on Thursday. I woke up feeling more excited than a 6 year old at Christmas!! The plan was to see if he was healthy all-around and find out our little baby's gender, and find out if we were right. See, we thought it was a boy from the very beginning. Before we ever got pregnant, we referred to our first child as a "she"...but once we were actually expecting, without even trying or noticing, we started referring to him as a "he". Once we recognized this, we realized we both thought he was a boy, for reasons we don't really know. We just knew. Then I had a dream he was a boy. Either way, we would've been so happy, but we were soooo curious.

As you can see from the picture, he's definitely of the male gender. We could tell right away, and we all laughed and Jeff said "that's my boy." :) And my eyes may have filled with tears. I was in awe. I couldn't speak for the longest time.

The rest of the ultrasound was great. He has all 10 fingers and 10 toes. They measured his bones and checked out his kidneys and internal organs. He was doing this funny nose dive so the doc couldn't see his face, heart or brain for awhile. Kinda the most important parts. :) So they leaned me back really far on the bed, with my feet up in the air, hoping that gravity would make him change positions. He finally did, and everything looked great. He is a perfectly healthy baby boy, and we are so grateful.

Here's his sweet little face...


"As you know not what is the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb 
of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God who does all." 
Ecclesiastes 11:5 

I can't tell you how much joy I have thinking of our little son. Every time I get to hear his heartbeat or see his little body on the screen I am full of joy in a way I've never been before. I can only imagine what it will be like to meet him for the first time. I hope he's like Jeff. :)

He's 21 weeks along now, and I can feel him more and more every day. Last night my stomach looked like waves. I think it's his feet. Then he will push his head or butt up really far so I have this huge round knot sometimes. It cracks me up. I love that I can picture him in there now.

20 weeks

His name is Lincoln. Lincoln Kline. It's been Jeff's top choice for years, and I really like it. We decided on it for our 1st son before we were even married. It means "from the settlement on the lake"....which is just perfect, since we live on a lake. But I also like that when I think of his name, I think of freedom, perseverance, joy, compassion and tenacity. I've never known another Lincoln, and the only other context I have is Abraham Lincoln. Not a bad namesake. We're still working on his middle name. For some reason, that's harder for me.

So things are progressing nicely and I have loved being pregnant, so far. I have lots more energy than before, except that I get really winded walking up hills. Phew. One other fun thing is that I've been having restless leg syndrome at night. My legs feel like they are waking up from being asleep, like there's ants in them. It. drives. me. nuts. That's my only minor complaint. Well, that and having only 1 pair of pants that fit. (Yes, we broke down and bought me a pair of maternity pants. They're actually really cute.)

What I really love is that so many of my friends are pregnant right now, or just having babies. I can't wait to be initiated into that crew of awesome women! I can't wait to hang out with my sister, letting the cousins play together.

Speaking of Ollie...here's my newest, most awesome photo of him...


What a guy! And I get to be with him tonight!!

On that note, thanks for reading this long catch-up post and coming along with me on this journey of becoming a mom to little Linc. I am truly in awe.

Adventure isn't missing.
xo!
Rose

Friday, July 26, 2013

Deep, deep post. Be warned.

I try so hard to like raisins.

I'm not sure what the problem is. They're just gross!

I even made a dish the other night that included plump, golden California frickin' raisins. I've endured them in this dish all week, and finally had to pick them out today. I just cannot handle the texture.

Guaranteed there are some still there, the little buggers.

Then I realized the only other food I really don't like are cooked green peas. I'm seeing a pattern here. Small, round, squishy foods don't make my mouth happy.

Just thought you all might want to know that fun little fact. Am I crazy?

xo! Happy Friday!

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's hard to beat a text like this.

This morning, in the middle of putting on my eye base color, my phone buzzes.

It's a text. A good friend is spontaneously inviting me to a weekend away at the beach.

Jeff is right there, as I tell him about it, he's saying GO!! "I see this as an investment into our marriage." I like the way he thinks.

So as soon as work is out, I'm off! I'm heading to Seattle to pick up another friend on the way. We will brave Friday rush hour traffic on I-5, then the rolling Black Hills on Highway 8, then pass through my hometown on Highway 12, then I'll follow the smell of salty marsh all the way up Highway 109 to Seabrook.

Ever been there? It's a lovely town. The homes all feel like nice, family cottages. There are fire pits and bikes to use and play fields and shops all right there. Not to mention the beach is right across the highway!

The summer is going by way too fast, and I want to squeeze the most out of it. I swear, Baby K has more adventures in my tummy than I ever did all growing up. He or she is bound to be a world traveler.

Here are some pictures of our last trip to Seabrook, two years ago, all taken by Jessie, who's coming again!

Here we come, Seabrook.


Me on Black Beauty






I'm so grateful for getaways like this, and for friends who are spontaneous. It keeps me on my toes, and keeps adventure in my heart. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

summertime baby

I just have to share these recent pictures of my nephew, Ollie. Isn't he a doll?!

Happy little guy!

Elbow dimple.

I wish I could sleep like this.


 Baby Profile:

3 months old
big blue eyes
long fingers
I'm jealous of his eyebrows [I know a good brow line when I see one]
squishy little body
he's addicted to his mom's breasts and gets a nice milk glaze in his eyes when he drinks a lot
he likes taking walks, it means he's strapped close to his mama and they help him relax and fall asleep
he coos and get big eyes when I sing to him
he likes Bob Marley & Jack Johnson
he was a total champ when he got his shots but it made Heather cry to see him cry
he's strong, really strong! [for a 3 month old] 

Kisses for Ollie! xoxo

I adore you, sweet boy!

I hope you're all enjoying summer and making the most of your days!
I'm going to post about my trip to Cabo soon. IT WAS WONDERFUL.

Love to you all. Adventure isn't missing, that's for sure.
xo, Rose

Friday, June 28, 2013

I passed on the bull kelp.

If you've ever wanted to go kayaking in the San Juan islands....DO IT. Call Angie at Crystal Seas...she and her husband Johannes have run the business for years and years, and know what's up. Their tour guides are super cool and fun. And seriously, who wants to miss out on possibly kayaking with the orcas, or snacking on bull kelp!? Ok, so I passed on the bull kelp, and we didn't see any orca whales this time

Jeff, our good friend Nikki and I went on Saturday and we were the only ones in our 3-hour tour group, so it was just really relaxed. I didn't take very many pictures, so I borrowed some from Nik's facebook.

by Nikki

by Nikki

bull kelp snack time

Nik's lovely locks
The ferry ride home was really entertaining. :) 

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Guess what...

I'm headed to Cabo tomorrow!!!! I'm being treated to this unexpected trip by some of my favorite people in the whole!! wide!! world!!


Rod & Jewel!!! They are like family to me - more than family - they have walked with me through years of healing and hope, and made such an impact on me. I got to live with them for a while, and my life direction has been shaped over the years for the better by their care and love. Their generosity blows my mind. AND you will not find more fun people to go on vacation with.

This is actually the third vacation I've been on with them as a family. We went to Kauai a few years ago. Then Jeff and I met up with them in Cabo last year on our honeymoon. You might think it's crazy that we'd want to be with other people on our honeymoon, but we did. Not a second of awkwardness. :) We both walked away knowing it wouldn't have been as full and fun if we kept our time to ourselves. Not to mention they have a beautiful villa at Club Diamante and we felt like royalty. Anyway, that's where we're going tomorrow! Barry & Bonnie & Sharon are going too, and I don't know how I lucked out to get to spend my vacation with such fun, lovely people. It's going to be a party, that is for sure.

Here are some photos from last year!

Entrance

Back of the house and Jewel lookin hot.

This puppy keeps the heat bearable.

hot tub + view

Putting on the green....which is the front yard.


Clubhouse Lunchtime
Poolside, baby!

Jeff will be in Houston, sadly. I will miss that guy! I'm trying not to think about it. But my excitement for a real vacation with my favorite people definitely helps me overcome that.

Excited! Grateful! Ready to eat lots of chips & salsa & fish tacos!




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Love those summer days...


It swung back and forth.

There's an old wives tale that says if you put your wedding ring on a string, and dangle it above your belly, it will tell you the gender of your baby.

Circular means girl. Back and forth means boy.

So Jeff did that the other day. It took me forever to get this shot...the camera kept wanting to focus on my pink toes.


Monday, June 24, 2013

God Wins by Christ Church United!

Last September, Christ Church United recorded its first live album at Butterfield Chapel here at Northwest University. I got to be apart of this project with some seriously solid friends + musicians. And the album is finally complete!!


I heard it for the first time yesterday and you guys, you should get it. (I may have even shed a tear or two when I first heard it. What? I'm pregnant.) I've heard these songs a billion times and they still sound so fresh and powerful to me. I will definitely be worshiping through this album.


God definitely wins.

Adventure isn't missing,
RK

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer!

This is what they do in Poland to celebrate Summer Solstice. How dreamy is that? 


This is what I was doing a couple years ago on the first day of summer.
It reminds me that struggling isn't always a bad thing. 
And that it can actually lead to something really great.

Adventure isn't missing!
xo,
Rose K.