its been four weeks...
and I threw it on the ground!! Today is a day for tiny toasts and baby celebrations. Small victories for four weeks in a new place, four weeks of a new job, four weeks of new friends, church shopping, coffee shop rating, and directionless driving . In the midst of many wrong turns, too many cups of coffee, and a lot of post it notes, I have learned: transition, no matter how many times, hits...
you are not my home
Why do I cling so closely to the places I come from…Yet always want to be from somewhere else? Food for thought as I fight the transition, sink into the slump, and work towards making this my new home.
August 29th 2012 Today is my second LIFE-A-VERSARY! What a day it is! Today I celebrate.. two years down the road because it’s truly unforgettable. Two years ago God did something great. He changed my story for forever. He went before me, He knew ahead of me, He walked with me, beside me, and sometimes behind me.. pushing me through the rut or over the bump. He taught me to be still, to be...
***: Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists.... →
jewelltin: Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists. Antonio Porchia They are the wisest of men who know to mourn a loss. And yet, there I find myself rationalizing why not to grieve. There’s that defense mechanism again; the one that walls the heart up with reasons, excuses, self-deprication.
i sit in wait
fighting the voices, the noise, the confliction. I try to create space. Space for the silence. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Be silentbefore the lord and wait expectantly for him. Psalm 37:5-7
I’ve decided to try something new. I would like to embrace the uncertainty.
this is all too regular: by Lois Lenski Tall people, short people Thin people, fat, Lady so dainty Wearing a hat, Straight people, dumpy people, Man dressed in brown; Baby in a buggy- These make a town. [or a coffee shop]
There is just something SO special about these people.
Sometimes at night I just can’t wait for the morning to come because I know it will welcome me with fresh coffee/bowls of cereal/and the beginning of something new.
Lemon Coconut & Red Velvet
i will color
In about four weeks I will be like a big blank canvas… At least that’s how I feel. Soon I will be graduating college and life will slowly change in crazy ways. No more class, less scheduling needs, WAY more free time, and no security net. I will slowly transition out of ‘the college years’ and into the unknown. What will life look like? I have no idea. But as I wait.. I...
i’m longing for ROOTS.
comfort for conern
“The love of God is manifested in both his righteousness and his justice. When people stand up on the side of the oppressed and of justice, they decide to trade comfort for concern, apathy for action, violence for nonviolence, and hate for love” (Cannon, 2009, Forward) I don’t love writing this term paper. BUT I do love that it’s making me feel overwhelmed with passion to be used by...
I’m writing my senior thesis on the Rwandan Genocide/lingering effects of traumatic civil war/ the revitalization of the country through the coffee industry, and our support of countries such as these through purchasing coffee ethically. Through this I’m falling in love with Rwanda.
im glad i'm not an adult quite yet.
Because… There are so many things I love about working at a coffee shop. First I love the coffee. I love the art of making a beautiful drink that will satisfy an unknown person’s craving for something sweet, bold, and delicious. I love steaming the milk and topping with foam. I love drizzling the cup and perfecting it with whipped cream. Second I love the atmosphere. I love when it...
“But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge so I can tell about all you do.” Psalm 73:28
All cleaned up. First Bike Ride SUCCESS! Safety. Cutest CAKE
reflection of a year
It’s been a year today since God intervened in my life and allowed a really hard, surprising, and life changing event to bring disappointment, confusion, and new hope. It’s weird when you don’t even remember the chaotic details but feel the lingering effects in the following days, months, and years. It’s weird when you think your fine, stronger, and brave enough to move on...
Today I feel that this could be the most incredible job I will ever have.
Today, even more than every other day, I wish I wasn’t thousands of miles away from my dad. My dad is one of my best friends, and a truly incredible person. His devotion to our family and us kids is evident daily as he takes time to call us, listen to us, pray for us, and spend time with us. He has shown me Jesus by faithfully walking a life dedicated to him. He has shown me how to care for...
the blue couch
There’s this blue couch that sits in my family room at home. This isn’t just any blue couch. This is where I sat and talked to my mom for hours late into the night throughout high school. This is where I smushed together with my closest friends that came from far on Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with my family. This is where I relaxed with a cup of coffee in hand and the company...
This semester has been a whirlwind of NEW. New job/New friends&coworkers/[upcoming] New HOME/internship/and car. I feel like I’ve barely had a second to breath and my head is filled with a jumble of uncertainty, excitement, anxiety, and fear. SO. I hereby dedicate this spring break to 11 days of processing. Processing over coffeetalk and conversations/ bowls of cereal and long...
but we're young
…and TODAY is a Mumford kind of day.
You know those friends that you can simply sit with for hours over a cup of coffee and not get bored. The kind that you get and that really get you. In two days one of my very best friends is coming to visit and I can’t think of a better time in the semester or a sweeter thing to look forward to.
The Lord will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night— A prayer to the God of my LIFE. Psalm 42:8
is BIG. Especially when your family is spread from one side to the other. Within a couple of weeks my immediate family will be located in Orlando Florida, Denver Colorado, Great Falls Montana, Washington DC, and La Mirada California. This makes it extremely difficult to: Take a family picture, keep updated on each others lives, or spend quality time making memories. I remember when I was...
I’ve got Africa on the Heart. These past few days memories and friendships from my months spent in Africa keep running through my mind and I have an impossible itch to jump on a plane and visit the place I fell in love with at the age of 12.
someday maybe I’ll create something beautiful like THIS. I’d love to do street art (the legal kind of course.) and also… I love this city.
Last week marked six months since the day of the accident. It’s unbelievable to see where I was- and where I am now. There were moments that felt so dark, days that felt so lonely, and times that felt so uncertain. The fog that surrounded me has since then dissolved, and I am left clearly seeing the amazing and beautiful things that have come from the trauma. These are the things that I...
Sundays always make me a little homesick. Waking up on the bottom bunk with a community kitchen and ‘public’ bathroom doesn’t quite compare to HOME. Sundays at home wake up to a house saturated with the smell of coffee, a newspaper on the kitchen table with the funnies ready to read, a dog dreaming on the couch, and a bowl of oatmeal/crasins/and apples. Sundays at home go to...
Trust in the LORD and do what is good; Dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the LORD, and HE will give you your hearts desire. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act, Making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday. Psalm 37: 3-6
Today I am waiting in expectancy. Waiting for God to provide just the right place for me.
seperation makes the heart grow fonder
non-fat misto with one splenda
I would LOVE to become a regular at a coffee shop. I want to be known but still mysterious. I want to be appreciated as loyal, and viewed as a selected few.
a thankful heart
Today I am thankful. I am thankful for knowing my great God. I’m thankful for the constant/faithful/steadfast relationship I can have with Him. I am thankful that He saved me and that He has a purpose for my life. The words of this Psalm resonate in my heart today, 137 days since the accident. I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. I...
crafting day 1
Just a bit of news paper. Some bright acrylics. A couple paint brushes. A blank canvas. Six layers of cake. A lot of food dye. Way too much frosting. Three weeks of rest/friends/crafting/family/long mornings/coffee/homemade food. A happy heart.
It’s not strange for my dad to hop on a plane and go to Argentina. It’s not strange for my sister to ride an elephant in Sri Lanka. It’s not strange for my brother to move three times in three years. It’s not strange for my sister and brother in law to walk the Camino de Santiago. Pretty soon, my family will be spread across the country, living in each major corner of...
Our friend hosted a Starbucks Christmas party and asked us to Bake!! Redvelvet cupcakes with peppermint cream cheese frosting, Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses, Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Toffee Bark, and Ginger Snap White Chocolate Chip cookies. YUM.
These next six weeks are dedicated to crafts, creativity and REST.
I truly don’t know if I have ever felt SO relieved. This semester was the hardest season of my life. Being hit by a car rocked my world and four months later, I’m slowly being put back together and becoming more whole. In the moments of brokenness, it was so hard to see the small and beautiful things. But here I am. Finished. Accomplished. Weary. Relieved. Stronger. I am thankful.....
i don't know if it gets better
this may just be my dream. So many things I love. Coffee/Africa/people/community development/justice/fair trade. http://drinkcoffeedogood.com/shop.php Thank you Emily.