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Moving the blog!

4 Sep

Hi, all.  For reasons only Matthew could properly explain, I’m moving this blog. This space will no longer be updated.  Please find me at:

See ‘ya there!


This Cross

2 Sep

I’ve been asked about this cross three times within the last week.  I’ve worn it for eleven years, and it has lived far longer than I.

This cross was with my grandmother over seventy years ago on her first communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

When she was a young girl it was stolen from her home, and somehow, someway recovered from the thieves before they could pawn it.

She gave to me for my sixteenth birthday, and I wore it every Sunday when I found my way back to the Roman Catholic Church.

Then I wore it the evangelical United Methodist church I found a home in when I was a teenager.

I wore it when I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church,

and when we baptized our daughter in the Anglican Church.

And finally, I wore it and it was blessed when we were chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church.

This cross has had quite a history and has found itself in many, many different churches, but I am pleased to know that it’s found its final destination, as have I, in the Orthodox Faith.

Sweet Girl

25 Aug

Adeline naming the saints

21 Aug

Iowa Photos

17 Aug

Somehow these are the only photos I have of our visit to Davenport.  Not sure how we snapped so few, but we sure did enjoy ourselves while we were there!

Obligatory sunglasses photo

The Tag Junior was our babysitter on the way there and back.

Feeding the ducks at Vander Veer Park

Following the ducks. See Brad and Oscar waaaay up there?

A queen sized bed all to herself.

Aaaaaand I’m back.

16 Aug

Woah.  I have a way of disappearing for weeks at a time around here!

We had a lovely trip back to Davenport last week.  In just a few short days we were able to reunite with some friends we hadn’t seen in years, hang out with some dear friends, visit my mother, and ate at Village Inn.  A good few days it was!

Anyway, this is a quick little icebreaker post.  I haven’t been writing much because I’ve been reading a ton.  I have some literature courses that start next week, and I don’t expect to have any time to read leisurely until graduation next spring!  I’ll post more often soon…promise.

Rett Syndrome Research could use a little help!

23 Jul

When I was in high school, I had a dear friend named Avory.  We spent hours upon hours together, and along with being an awesome friend, she also has an awesome family!  Avory has a sweet little sister, Ariel who happens to have Rett Syndrome.  Rett syndrome is a genetic disorder and little girls that have it don’t show any signs until between 6-18 months old.   A seemingly healthy, developmentally on target girl becomes slow or stagnant in her development and then starts regressing.  A girl with Rett Syndrome loses her ability to communicate as well as all purposeful movement of her hands.  Other issues like breathing problems and seizures can accompany the syndrome as well. According to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, a girl with Rett Syndrome is born every two hours!

While this syndrome is detrimental to the lives of our little girls, it seems that with good research a cure is possible!  Currently, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is in the running for a Pepsi Refresh project grant.  $250,000 could help a lot of little girls, and many little girls to come.  Please, please click the link below, quickly register, and vote for Rett Syndrome research.  This is a cause that is very important to me, and I hope you will consider checking it out.