Monday, February 25, 2013

It was a windy, stormy weekend here in Kirkland.

After work on Friday, I made it home in time to put on some kicks and a beanie and run to the end of the dock before the sun set. This is literally my front yard and I LOVE IT. That's teeny Seattle in the background.

Saturday was filled with all sorts of fun times. A mutual friend of me & my sister threw Heather a baby shower out in the country. We got some photos taken out in the yard....Heather was just cracking up the whole time, while I was loving hammin' it up. So typical. That's our pretty mama in the center.

I think Heather's going to be the best mom ever. They decided on a name! Little Oliver is set to arrive on April 24th. And how cute is her little black dress? So simple & comfortable. I think she's so beautiful.

(Various photos taken by me, Shannon & Racheal)
 Love you, Heather! Adventure isn't missing!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

This is how I most enjoy my coffee...

Found via Oh, Pioneer!

Time for another cup.

Have a great day, blog world.
Adventure isn't missing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Today, more than ever, I wish I had a hidden flower garden. A place that's full of life, but still and safe. A secret place where time stops but everything keeps growing. Somewhere I can rest or work. A place where my senses are alive. I'd climb big trees to the very top, stretch out on the grass, and I'd thread flowers through my hair. A place where I can be, just for a little while.

photo via Central Park/unknown

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Finding Vivian Maier

Ever heard of Vivian Maier?

I've been completely fascinated with this woman for years.

She was around, beginning in the 50's, doing what Bill Cunningham and Scott Schuman hadn't even thought of yet. To me, their work doesn't even compare to hers. Not even close.

In 2007, someone found hundreds of thousands of her undeveloped negatives at a thrift auction house in Chicago and it exposed this incredible talent of hers that nobody knew about. She was sadly no longer living at the time, and so it brought up a lot of unanswered questions about her.

Today I saw this trailer.

I cannot, cannot wait to see this film.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Thanks to YOU, this little blog of mine just hit 10,000 views. 
I know that's not much for some of you out there.
But for me, it's golden.

I started blogging back in 2005 as a sort of journal so I wouldn't forget how many awesome people I have in my life, and how many wonderful moments I get to experience. 

Honestly, it's more for me than anyone else. 

Sometimes I go back and re-read entries and smile. 
Sometimes I groan, and wish I had more time to make the formatting just perfect. 
Sometimes I'm tempted to delete old posts that are corny and odd, but Jeff says I should keep them up, that they're all apart of what I was thinking at the moment, and so I keep them up. 

But I always am in awe of this little life of mine, not because of me, but because of Him.
It's true that I'm grateful for my own life. I'm glad I get to be me. 
I'm glad I live right now, where I'm at, with all these wonderful people around me. 
I don't assume it's always going to be this way, and I try not to take it for granted.

Most people would probably look at my life and think it's pretty simple and not so exciting.
And there are always more things I wish I were doing. 
But what I have are lots of meaningful moments, and I know I'll have more. 
But when do we ever know where our lives are going? Never. 
All I have is everything that has given my life meaning up until this point, and I have right now. 
I'm so glad there's a way for me to document a small portion of all of that. 

Thanks for reading and coming along for the ride.
Thanks for every little comment - I love them all.

Adventure isn't missing,

p.s. In honor of 10,000's one of my favorite songs, Ten Thousand.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Les Mis

So I've seen the musical a couple times and I saw the movie, loved it, cried, was captive 'til the very end.

But this cracked me up.

I have to say, the real Anne's short haircut is adorable. 

Friday Thoughts

I need to let my definition of Jesus be redefined.
Have I lost touch with who he is in my life?
The Latin definition of religion is "obligation". That's what happens when we approach the truth from a distance. 

These are just a few quotes from Dr. Simon, who spoke at church last Sunday. I've been thinking about it ever since, and am genuinely challenged to become reacquainted with Jesus. Lately, the real Jesus seems out of my reach, but I know he's not. I sense that he's allowing this growing emptiness in me, so that He has something to fill. I have much hope in that. I want to know the Jesus of the Bible, not the Jesus of my experience, the Jesus of my theology, the Jesus of my swirling and changing thoughts, the Jesus of my youth. The only answer I keep coming back to is that in order to encounter the Jesus of the Bible, I have to go to the Bible to find him.

My challenge is that I grew up reading the Bible, memorizing scripture, learning Bible stories in Sunday school via felt boards and paper cut-outs of Noah and David, and I am incredibly familiar it all. I want to open it and read it like it's brand new. I want to believe it like my life depends on it. Because it does.

At the same time, I've been reading a biography by Eric Metaxas about the life of Deitrich Bonhoeffer. (DB was a German pastor/theologian who stood up for the Jews while the Nazi party and Hitler were in power. He had a deep Biblical conviction about this. He was apart of a group of people who planned to assassinate Hitler. He was found out and hung for it.) In it, he writes a letter to his brother-in-law about the Bible. These words have taken my hand and are leading me somewhere good.

"First of all I will confess quite simply - I believe the Bible alone is the answer to all our questions, and that we need only to ask repeatedly and a little humbly, in order to receive the answer. One cannot simply read the Bible, like other books. One must be prepared really to enquire of it. Only thus will it reveal itself. Only if we expect from it the ultimate answer, shall we receive it. That is because in the Bible God speaks to us. And one cannot simply think about God in one's own strength, one has to enquire of him. Only if we seek him, will he answer us. Of course it is also possible to read the Bible like any other book, that is to say from the point of view of textual criticism, etc.; there is nothing to be said against that. Only that that is not the method which will reveal to us the heart of the Bible, but only the surface, just as we do not grasp the words of someone we love by taking them to bits, but by simply receiving them, so that for days they go on lingering in our minds, simply because they are the words of a person we love; and just as these words reveal more and more of the person who said them as we go on, like Mary, "pondering them in our heart," so it will be with the words of the Bible. Only if we will venture to enter into the words of the Bible, as though in them this God were speaking to us who loves us and does not want to leave us along with our questions, only so shall we learn to rejoice in the Bible."

Thank you, Dietrich. That helps me very much. I especially am moved by the part that says I cannot simply think about God in my own strength. Because I do - I think of him without inquiring of him to reveal himself to me. He wants to reveal who he is through the Bible. As I read, I often ask for wisdom, answers, peace, revelation, inspiration, motivation!!!...but I rarely ask for HIM. This will change.
Eric Metaxas gave a wonderfully truthful (and humorous) speech at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast. I think he might be one of my favorite people right now. (The video is below, if you're interested. It's 30 minutes and worth every bit.) He talks about William Wilberforce and Dietrick Bonhoeffer, and how that once they encountered the Jesus of the Bible, they were moved to action and became great advocates for the oppressed, and changed nations.

So there you have it...just some Friday thoughts.
One other thing - I also get to hear Eric Metaxas speak at a prayer breakfast here in Seattle, in April. I'm SO EXCITED. :) :)
Adventure isn't missing,