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this was good.

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Things that are pretty great about life right now:

coming home each night to my husband; coming home each night to my husband who has made dinner; salads that consist of lettuce, avocado, red onions, red cabbage, feta, and balsamic vinaigrette; the fact that Phil and fly out on Sunday for a quick trip to see good friends in Nashville; working close to my old Starbucks where I still get free drinks %80 of the time; having the tylenol I just took start to ease the nasty headache I’ve had for the past few hours; paychecks (ahhh); having a tantrum-free two weeks with one of my clients; the fact that my job is moving to a new building even more close to my soon-to-be home; planning for big purchases that will not go on the credit card for the first time; being able to kiss on my friends’ babies; fresh fruit from less than 20 miles away; Jesus, so wonderfully rad and sustaining; getting rid of stuff we do not need; sitting on the front porch at night; sitting on the front porch late at night, offering up prayers with Phil; Boggle; seeing other people with “who would jesus bomb?” bumper stickers; watching a friend come back to Jesus; seeing my little sister graduate high school; having more people volunteer to work with children with special needs in our church; chocolate-covered peppermints; early morning snuggling; the World Cup; having my views on culture and ethnocentrism expanded; emails and messages from friends far away; having a dear friend in a healthy and awesome relationship; witnessing some of my fellow believers live out the Biblical mandate to care for the immigrants and strangers among us; grace to handle all of life’s stresses; love to make it all worth it.

May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over everyone around you, just as it does from us to you.Ā  1 Thessalonians 3 something

ohhh goodness.

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

So I am 75% sure that I am going to sign-up and train with Phil for a half marathon this November. Anyone else besides me think I’m crazy…because I sort of do. I have never had a desire to run more than six miles. For the past two years I have run the Monument Avenue 10K, but even then I was more so motivated by the fun sleepover with friends the night before the race and brunch with friends post-race, than the actual running part. I do not know what happened. All I can say was that last weekend I got an email from Sportsbackers talking about the training team starting up in August, and suddenly I wanted to join. I wanted the challenge. I also figured if my husband is going to be getting up early to run every Saturday for the Fall why not join him?

I’ve lost my mind. Truly. Madly. Deeply. And not in a swim with you in an ocean kind of way, but more so in a let’s get shin splints together way. Anyone in the Richmond area want to join us. Misery loves company šŸ™‚

dear old Dad.

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I would be greatly remiss if I did not take a moment to remember my Dad today. I have always loved my Dad. I guess I grew up partly a daddy’s girl. I have always watched him to make sure he was okay, because his well-being has always been tied to my heart. I have always counted on him to be a steady, permanent, lighthouse in the midst of my life sailing…and he has not let me down. Thank you Dad for making me feel safe, loved, and believed in enough to pursue and follow God into a life I never imagined I would have. Thank you for teaching me about what it means to be there for others no matter what. I stand in awe when I consider who you are Dad. The way you have stood by my family through the good and the bad. The way you committed himself to raising three more kids after having raised three before. I cannot imagine all the trials my Dad has faced. I may never know the toll they took on him. I can see the character they created in him though. Character I aspire to. I have seen the human side of my Dad too. The things I do not agree with (Bill O’Reilly…ugh). There have been moments that disappointed; but even now I would not trade these moments or failings. I want and have a Dad that is human and real. I have a Dad I can relate to. I have a Dad that more often than not, I look up to. A Dad whom I hope to grow up to be like one day.

Back when I was in my late teens I remember talking with a family friend one day about my Dad. She said that while at a party someone had mentioned to him that I was turning out well so he must have done a good job raising me. My Dad’s reply was that he had not raised me, but that I had raised myself. Well Dad, this is one time I have to say you are more than wrong. I would never be the person I am if it was not for you. You bleed over into every part of who I am; every part of what my life has been and will become (for instance I will forever become friends with checkout clerks and waitresses because of you, and one day I may to know everyone in Chesterfield county)Ā  So thank you…and know that words will never do justice to how much I love you.

that Mary Oliver…

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

We will be known as a culture that feared death and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity for the few and cared little for the penury of the many. We will be known as a culture that taught and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke little if at all about the quality of life for people (other people), for dogs, for rivers. All the world, in our eyes, they will say, was a commodity.

the kids.

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

Some of Phil and I’s children (aka garden plants) have been struggling this year. We started our vegetables from seed this year, and well, they did not do much of anything. Most of them grew about three inches tall and then just retired for the year. After doing some research we learned that a lot of heirloom varieties (which we used) tend to fall prey to disease in the South East of the country. Well that explains a lot. Thankfully we have been able to buy some veggie plants to take their place in the garden boxes, though I have no pictures yet.

There are however, two new and exciting things happening with the kiddos this year. The first is the addition of fruit to our family. Phil and I have acquired a cantaloupe plant, a strawberry plant, and my most favorite- a blueberry plant!!! Last Saturday I picked my first blueberry. It was wonderous. I love fruit and I love the idea that we will be able to get fruit from our front yard. Now if only dad had the heart to adopt a lonely watermelon plant….

The second exciting part is our herbs. Ohhh, ohhh, ohhh. The herbs have just gone crazy. We bought a few of them, and also started some from seed last fall. The ones we started from seed were not doing much of anything until we sat them outside this Spring. Suddenly life in its fullest has sprungĀ  forth. Our oregano plants used to be half the size of my hand, if that. They are now both the biggest herb plants we have. Needless to say the parents are very proud. And for that matter, amazed. It is always such a joy to watch with wonder as things grow. Each new branch of leaves is a small miracleĀ  of life. It may sound silly, but these plants make me so happy, and fill me with a child-like amazement at the world. I have to imagine that thisĀ  is how God feels about us. God laments when our seeds stop growing, and he/she does all they can to help…and God also gets super pumped when the plant that looked the wimpiest of them all suddenly sprouts forth to become something beautiful and life-giving. Thanks for believing in me God when I was just a wimpy seed. It means a lot.

So in my giddy and thankful state here are some pictures of Phil and I’s pride and joy…

Our oregano just starting its growth spurt

The herbs- parsley, mint, thyme, basil, and the oregano still growing on the bottom right.

Green goodness

We also adopted lavender

Brock Family Photo- Phil, Joy, Jasmine, Wildflowers, Cucumber seedlings, Pepper seedlings, Eggplant seedlings, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Mint, Parsley, Lavender, More flowers, Basil seedlings...