Tuesday, August 30, 2016


"It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard".
(Acts 4)

I've felt this before. 

The day I had a diamond placed on my finger (while watching the sun set over Lake Michigan!) after saying one simple word: yes. 

That day, it was impossible for me not to speak. 

After both of my babies were born and placed on my chest... Ok. Ok. I needed probably an hour before I was ready to shout from the rooftops-be they Facebook, blog or actual rooftops, but STILL. 

Both of those days, January 26 and August 8, it was impossible for me not to speak.

There were smaller, quiet moments, too.
 Moments where I felt alone and the Lord promised me people and friends.
Moments when years of jaw pain simply subsided because I had asked the Lord for it.

Sometimes, it feels as though I'm not speaking about what I've seen and heard.

But today?

"Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom and speak of your might."
Psalm 145

I offer my own simple discourse.
I'm grateful. My family. Our life.
And you know what? God. God has given these gifts.
This is the Kingdom. This is his world.
And I'm astounded.
And I'm with Him.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Take 211

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Happy Birthday, Dad! We love you!
--- 2 ---
In Boston, the folks who grew up here canNOT believe I've never heard of a "Hoodsie". Apparently, this is a staple of the growing up years in New England. (I also mistakenly called it a Hoodie. That's incorrect. hah.)
Unlike the Schwan's version I grew up with, this ice cream is actually creamy and good. 
--- 3 ---
I have figured out which side of the bus is shady (ie- perfect for reading) in the morning. Also, this wall graces my commute... with the reflection from the windows of the building next to it... It's stunning in the morning. And yes, that eames plywood chair is there because it's a design furniture company. So chic. 
--- 4 ---
Thank you, Michigan police officers, for buying out our local bakery when the owner passed away... The famous Dainty Maid bakery. And thank you for naming it, "Cops & Doughnuts - Dainty Maid Precinct".
--- 5 ---
Did you know the IRA Roth was named after Senator William Roth of Delware? Fun fact of the week.

--- 6 ---
We bought our first printer. I must say, I feel like I'm an "Actual adult" now. Strange? Maybe.
--- 7 ---
There is a turkey that lives in Cambridge. It has, from what I can tell, no cage and no limits. We've seen it in different locations around town. It's crazy! Happy Thanksgiving? 
No really: Read this. The turkey has it's own Facebook page! hahaha!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Waiter

This is probably the oddest category of post you've seen on this blog so far. But, I've been meaning to tell you. The value of a good waiter is... priceless.

You see, you're out to dinner. Maybe with a friend, maybe your spouse, or the date for whom you've been hoping. Many folks would say that the best waiter is one who keeps the drink and food coming when you want and doesn't interrupt or bother your conversation.

However, I'd beg to differ. We've been to restaurants (I'm looking at you, Bentwood Tavern) where the waiter is... superb. That evening was my thirtieth birthday and the waiter was just the thing to make our perfect evening out even more enjoyable. He knew just enough about the menu to say what is good, what is excellent and what would suit us, after only a brief conversation of our preferences. A superb waiter understands love of food and drink and wants to chat about what makes this bottle of Zinfindel perfect with this particular cheese. They go beyond just saying that you've made, "An excellent choice"... Sometimes to the extent of sharing the perfect song from the french pop album they just compiled for their girlfriend.

And, of course, when you're happy with your choice and the food is divine... they disappear and leave you to enjoy the perfect evening... 

And keep your water glass full.


Note: I am firmly against taking "restaurant photos". So, I gave you what I have... iPhone shots. The first photo is of Loyal Nine, where we enjoyed our 4th anniversary dinner while in Boston for 24 hours. The waiter and bartender were superb that evening. Cheers to you finding a superb waiter! (And if you're in South Bend, the bartender at Tapastrie is superb.)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Take 210

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
When my parents were here, we went to a restaurant. We did our usual of standing at the host's booth, waiting for a table, and then we were seated. We walked all the way to the back of the restaurant when I realized that somewhere in our 5 minute stay, Rowan had swiped a pen. hah! I sheepishly, and with a little chuckle, told the waiter that my daughter had swiped it... from somewhere.
--- 2 ---
We'd like to thank Gigi and Aunt Laurie for hosting us this past weekend. The temperatures are still flirting with the 90s and we wanted to take advantage of still owning our car... So we were happy to drive down and enjoy a weekend with family... in the AC. I had such a good time that I took zero photos. And when I say zero, I do not exaggerate!
--- 3 ---
We are really dealing with the last 10% of the job of moving... We have two kids' car seats in our living room corner and things here and there.... And much to my dismay and delight, we don't have space for our kitchen junk drawer... so it's in a box... in the corner of the kitchen. Maybe this weekend we'll get down to 5%?
--- 4 ---
79% of all rentals in Boston have a start date of early September. SEVENTY NINE! Everyone talks about it, too. And it's coming! Christmas in Allston is coming! (I'm so glad we're not moving on September 1st!) Also, someone should do the stats of pizza sales on September 1st in Boston.
--- 5 ---
Did you know the President has released (both this year and last) his reading list and music playlist for the summer? I think that's delightful.

--- 6 ---
The abbreviation for Trustee in the financial world is TTEE. I think that's the silliest abbreviation. It's barely abbreviated and it's in all caps, as IF if were an acronym... Which it's not.
--- 7 ---
I'm ridiculously behind on editing and keeping up with photos... But here's one to share from our walk to the footbridge over the Charles River near our home. It's such a lovely spot...