Saturday, December 20, 2014

Here we come.


Pennsylvania... here we come.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's beginning

 ...to look a lot like Christmas.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving and a few updates...

 Giving thanks. And dancing.
 Thankful for this criminal.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A little bowl of fall


A little bowl of fall... and whatever is lying around our kitchen.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Living the Plant Life.

We are in a constant struggle with our plants.... we either have too many pots and need more plants, or too many plants and need more pots. Resulting in way too many plants for us to handle. So, then some die and we just have to get more at the market on Saturdays... We tried to get a handle on our plant life this weekend.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Baby's 23

 This baby had a birthday on the 29th. Megan came and the three of us Virginia creepers went to Asheville. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Summertime Sadness

A farewell to a good one.

Best Kept Secrets


We have two books on our coffee table. They are our best kept secrets.
Inside them, we hide pictures and quotes and tea labels and jokes and dreams.

Welcome Home.



Back in Charlotte, baby.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kenya Part iv: Traveling

Driving from Kisumu to Nakuru to Nyeri back to Nairobi, we took a few side excursions that were fantastic breaks from driving. Especially when there are no stop lights, only speed bumps.

Tea Country

Kenya Part iii: Nakuru/Nyeri

Nakuru
We spent a day with the toddlers and older children in the Nakuru home. The home for toddlers and older children is in Nakuru. They have their own Montessori preschool/kindergarten, and a sweet staff. In the morning, we led some art time with the older children, art that will be scanned and used for an art auction in the states to raise money for the homes. What artists we had. 

Lena may have gotten violently ill while we were watching The Emperor's New Groove 2... a true travesty, since it is one of her favorite movies. Now ruined forever. What a shame. 

Overall, a wonderful morning with the kids. We played outside with the children. A rousing game of football and a game sort of like monkey in the middle. Loved watching the grandma of the house join in the games. 

Kenya Part ii: Kisumu

Kisumu, we love you.

Kenya Part i: Nairobi

NAIROBI
Currently we have about 36 hours in Nairobi, between coming back from Kisumu, Nakuru, and Nyeri and going to our Masai Mara safari.
36 hours of sleeping, eating, movie watching, and updating you on our survival.
36 hours of a blissful break.

We are staying in a "Manhattan Penthouse" of Nairobi (so spoiled...) right down the street from the Nairobi New Life Home. So many babies.
The home here has the most children, under 3 years. This is the home where they rehabilitate the most critical babies found. There is a nursing staff and incubator, and we've gotten to see 3 abandoned babies come into the home, one so so tiny. Her arms are the width of a finger. Another is a newborn, and the third is a 6 month old bouncing baby girl. Our favorite part of this home is feeding the babies. All the volunteers line up on a bench outside, each with a baby in arm. The volunteers come from all over. There are between 10-30 volunteers at any moment. We've met wonderful people from the UK, Russia, locally from Kenya, and the US.

During our time here when we arrived, we got to see a father and son return to visit the son's "first" home. The dad was so very excited and thrilled to show his son where they first met, his son was being a typical teenager, and it was such a bright moment.

So much energy here. Among the toddlers, volunteers, staff, and babies. This is the most active home.  Constantly new people coming and going. Children coming and going, which is such a wonderful thing to see.

The many volunteers and babies sitting out on the baby patio.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

only once


You have this day only once.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A free woman



"Why did she do that?"
"Because she is a free woman."

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

There is a beauty




"There is a beauty in the world, though it's harsher that we expect it to be."
Michael Cunningham, The Hours

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Listen listen

Can't get enough…

xo

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Will you come?

 Crafting…Always crafting.

Lena: 0 Mud: 2


Weekend. An active weekend. Full of Buti yoga, hiking, and Catching fire (...3 times).

be well.

"Will you come with me to the mountains?
It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. 
Reality is harsh to the shadows. 
But will you come?"
C. S. Lewis

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Years that ask questions



"There are years that ask questions
and years that answer."
Zora Neale Hurston

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"You force the moment."



"Sometimes the best advice comes randomly.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Inspirations lately 1.8.14




"…he told me to live every day again. Almost exactly the same. The first time with all the tensions and worries that stop us from noticing how sweet the world can be.
But the second time… noticing."
About Time

Morning … for the day is you, and the light is you, the sun is you, and all the beautiful, beautiful awaiting life is you.
Karin Boye -via- Astrid & Veronica

There are years that ask questions
and years that answer them.
Zora Neale Hurston

This is an apology letter to the both of us for how long it took me to let things go.
Buddy Wakefield

"keep doing what you're doing// just because I'm not visible doesn't mean I'm not valuable// I don't need a better assignment to experience a greater anointing// we are mourning over what God has called us to move on from// How can God empower you in a situation that you are spending all your energy trying to escape?"
Steven Furtick 1.5.14

my heart is a wolf
ruled by two moons:
one which beckons me back into the night,
the other is calling me home.
Maza Dohta


There's such pressure for a "fresh start" that seeks to drastically change your circumstance.

It's exhausting to have that expectation that this drastic change or fresh start will change everything.
It's thinking that change will make you a new person. And you're not. You're the same person in that situation. It's trying to escape something within you that you have to learn to accept. And who you are is who you will be forever. There are some things you can't change about yourself. Or at least you shouldn't.

Strive to be the best version of your self, but not a different version of yourself.

To the beginnings of a new year.
May our view be gracious, our hearts thankful, and our bodies rested.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

TwentyFourteen



Here's to 2014.

Kiss the cat. kiss your mother. kiss my mother. kiss Chris Brown. etc.  Listen to music. in the kitchen. in the streets. in the night. Listen to your body. Rest when it needs it. Be patient, with others, and with yourself. Be wise with your time. Be courageous. Be still. Be content in the now. Seek the positive in the here and now. Go and explore. Go here and there. Go outside. Read books. Read the bible. Speak with confidence in your words. Speak with care. Leave work at work. Leave expectation behind.  Live here and now. Live patiently. Live simply. Live slowly.


Here's to a year of seeking all the good it has to offer, listening to more music, exploring the richness around us, and living fully in the moment.