through these lenses


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Sometimes my kiddos ride their bikes to my house for school in the mornings.

Have I mentioned that my house is 5 feet from theirs?

They are cute!

One day…everyone was wearing pink or red…so we pretended it was Valentine’s Day. Then yesterday, all the girls were wearing skirts, except me. They told me we all had to be the same, so I HAD to change into one. We weren’t able to convince Spencer to do the same. Poor guy.


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May 8, 2008 at 11:46 am

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Hear it is. Here it now.

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A few of you are cringing right now…and I can’s the third time straight I’ve caused this cringe in you.

Here’s a fact: My middle name should be Typo. In fact, I typed “type’ instead of typo just now…proof! (and prrof in stead of proof that time). My fingers were just not made for keys. They weren’t gifted for them, but really like their cousins, buttons.

I just sent out an update e-mail and AFTER I pressed send, I noticed I made the SAME exact typo I made in a previous update e-mail.

Hear-verb-to perceive with the ear a sound made by something or someone.
Here-adverb- in, at or to this place or position.

I do know their difference and will teach my fingers soon. We’ll be having lessons tomorrow. At least last time, I was referring to the deaf when I used hear instead of here, so maybe some thought I was being poetic or something. I wasn’t.

Let me know if your fingers need to borrow my curriculum. I also have the following in stock.
-“the” and not “teh”
-“something” and not “soemthing
-“time” and not “tiem”

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May 7, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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Menu Mayhem

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I visited a familiar restaurant in town this past weekend. I usually LOVE their food, but this time was just unique. I have NEVER, in my entire 8,000 plus days of existence had an experience quite as spicy as this one! The food was so good…but there was something mysterious hidden inside my noodles a la veggies. Seriously…my lungs were having trouble operating and I was certain my lips had already fallen off by the third bite. Eating my plate full felt like running a marathon. And I didn’t even finish it. Recovery time: 22 minutes, maybe more. IT. WAS. SO. HOT.
And yeah…I’ll probably go back.

At least their menu made me laugh:

Haven’t you always craved words for dinner? I know one girl who might ;-), but most people would prefer a good ol’ cheeseburger.

Or exquisite small article foods?

And you HAVE to take the dancing coffee of iron! …what’s in that?

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May 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

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I find myself in one of my favorite locations right now. It is so rare to be in one these in this hemisphere, so I’m trying to soak it all up. Ambient light shining on my fingers as I type, books galore standing upright beside me, the strong aroma of the coffee of the day lingering through the air and to my welcoming nostrils, and some of my favorite sounds dancing in my ears. This is a coffee shop and this feels like home.

This is just one of many places that feels like home though. Today, the whereabouts of the others have been stirring in my mind. There seem to be so many cozy places that warm my soul. This is good, for it makes it easy to keep out of the cold…but this new line of, “simplify,” keeps resounding in me.

I feel like this man. I’ve got these things right in front of me, but I don’t know which to choose. They all look so appealing…and they all are beneficial. It seems that He wants to help me pick out a few…OR…can I really purchase each thing?

I’m not sure what to do with this, but Father is quickening me to ask Him repeatedly. I am grateful, once again for this silence. It seems to make Him so much louder. Louder in that soft and extremely gentle kind of way. When He speaks…it’s so strong. When I abide and listen, it’s even stronger.

I will leave the city that has the coffee shops tomorrow. At least I’m simplifying in that way!

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April 27, 2008 at 8:46 pm

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tree stumps and splashes

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I’m about to head out tomorrow for a weekend with a few other workers here. I’ll be learning a lot about the media end of m-work while I visit some friends that work with the deaf in a nearby city. What a perfect combo!

Can I tell you about festivals here? Okay I will. Well, there seems to be one every month…and they don’t all necessarily make sense to me. This month there were 2. The second one is still occurring in some areas and I fully experienced this festival yesterday as I was riding the bus into town. One second I was dry and the next I was wet! Po shui jie means water splashing festival. And that’s what it’s all about….splashing people all day long. There’s a connection in there with having blessings thrown on you and it’s rather sad to me that they think this way, collecting their “blessings” from a shapely pile of gold. If they only yearned to be rained down upon by His grace.

Although I only got “splashed” once (but had all my belongings prepared for the showers), a new sprinkler was brought home to celebrate the festival. Watching the kids play in it made me wish for my old swimming pool at VRJC that I grew up enamored by. I don’t even think that place is called VRJC anymore. You probably have no clue what a VRJC is.

I went to a party here once…and joyfully laughed at this collection I found:

Remember paper mache? Oh boy…I love kindergarten for the things like this!

I’m reading a fascinating book right now about blessings and curses. Father is sprouting out some new branches for my thoughts to grow on and it’s stretching me like any good branch does. I’m also realizing that sometimes He takes cuts us down to our stump to grow us back up. Oh it can hurt. But He guards it with strong metals, so that nothing can attack HIS new and strong foundation. This is my heart’s new beautiful picture, ribboned with leaves and twigs and fragranced with freshness aplenty.

Goodnight (said) Moon(ey)!

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April 25, 2008 at 1:39 am

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It is.

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Today is 100 passed.
Today is 2 after.
Today is 4 since.

Today is freedom.

I never would have thought that this is what it looked like, but it is, and I’m grateful.

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April 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm

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rugs and mugs

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There are these two tangible things here that really seem to wrap my heart up in comfort. One is this old oriental rug in front of my couch and it’s the perfect size to sprawl out on. I’ve stared at my ceiling for hours from this rug, allowing my mind to wander wherever it wants to go. The other is this little green and yellow mug that I use every single day. There are actually three identical mugs available to me, but I’ve been using and rewashing this mug alone for about a month now. In the mornings, I like to get my green mug and fill it with something wonderfully warm and then take it over to the red rug. I tell ya, this rug is particularly inviting and kindly allows me to stand, lie and sit upon it whenever I want. Red rug and green mug, thank you.

When on the red and drinking from the green, I find I’ve yet to drink a cup of coffee or tea without the last sip being considerably colder than all the other sips. I’m sure thermodynamics and Mrs. Restivo could give me a thorough explanation about why this occurs, and I think even knowing the basics of physics helps me understand it. It makes sense. I don’t want it to make sense though. I just want it to stay hot. I don’t want to lose the goodness of the drink because I wait too long or waste my time. I never want to lose the goodness of the cup of tea these past few months have given me.

Father, make it boil forever.

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April 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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