"You are meant to grace the world with your dance, to follow the lead of Jesus wherever he leads you." - Captivating

Aside from Jesus, "...traveling is the great true love of my life...I am loyal and constant in my love for travel...I just don't care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because its mine. Because it looks like me." - Eat.Pray.Love.

Here you will find my travels, not just physical travels but emotional and spiritual as well...journeys to different places in the world and journeys of the heart. And, of course, fun and silliness too :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Take time to realize..."

I feel like its kind of cliche to make a list of what I'm thankful for at Thanksgiving...but its such a fun and refreshing thing to do I'm doing it anyway.  (And it really is what this holiday is all about.)

Laughter
Solid group of friends to count on
2nd grade
Friends that make me laugh SO HARD and SO MUCH
Busyness
Feeling a part of an amazing church family
Having the opportunity to lead in my church group
New found affinity for running
Cassidy
Iced Coffee
Breakfast dates
Travel
A roommate who shares my love for cupcakes (along with a hundred other things)
My brother finding the love of his life
Immediate and Extended Family that show me unconditional love and encouragement
Ultimate Frisbee fun
FFF
That I still get joy from my students
A week off from school
Cooking nights at 431
Girlfriends who get me
Guyfriends who respect me
Fall leaves changing colors
My other half (even though she is hundreds of miles away)
Fort Worth
God's grace and faithfulness
Christmas season is here!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"...I want to know what you ache for."

I was shopping at Anthropologie (which is one of my favorite stores and is coming to Fort Worth in 2009!) the other day. I saw a book there with this on the cover underneath the title -- "I don't care what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for." This book was one of those new age, post-modernist, Oprah-type spirituality books that I would probably not be looking to read but I loved that quote on the cover. I started thinking..."what do I ache for?" Well, Jesus, of course. That was the answer that immediately came to mind. Then I got to thinking, do I really ache for Jesus? like I'm supposed to anyway? Probably not. I ache for (or am passionate about) a lot of things: fun, quality time and good conversation with friends and family, laughter, my students' life situations to improve (to not have the hurt in their lives that they already do at the age of 7), travel, a husband and family someday, cupcakes or donuts with sprinkles, and so on. However, none of these things are as important as Jesus. Ever since then I have been thinking, what does that look like to truly ache for Jesus? My prayer right now is that I will ache for Him: ache for my relationship with Him to grow, ache to spend time with Him, ache to reflect his image more and be a woman of God, ache to learn more about Him, ache to love like He loves.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing -- Part 1

Does anyone remember that children's book?? Anyway...I ran across an old "journal" of mine at my mom's house the other day from 4th grade. I'm not sure if this will be interesting to anyone else or not but I thought it was hilarious so I thought I'd share an entry from it...I might share more from time to time. (I'm keeping all the spelling and grammar the same as it was written.)

March 16, 1994
Boy has it been a hectic few monthes I haven't even had any time to write in you. Well let's see in Dec. Linda, Ted, Jill, and Brent came out for Christmas. I got new rollerblades, DreamPhone, my ears pierced, (and I already got 8 pairs of earrings!), a caboodle, Saved by the Bell game, and Baby-Sitters Club Mystery game, and much more. My mom also told me that Santa Claus isn't real. In Jan. we went to Texarkana for New Year's it was a lot of fun. Ellen, Marty, Emily, and Holly also went to Texarkana. We did lots of fireworks out there like sparklers, black cats, roman candles. Uncle Andy lit a whole lot of sparklers at once. Later we found out that he had to (continued on back) have part of his thumb cut off cause he burned it. In February we had Adam's B-day he got his room rearranged and cable for our T.V. and so on. Ah finally we get to March (spring break) well Adam got to go to Washington D.C. for spring break with some other 6th graders, and I well I get to clean out the garage. I also got to have Sarah and Jennifer over to see "My Girl 2" and spend the night with me at the same time. Well bye for now! Oh, and by the way school is fantastic we went to the symphony.

P.S. I also made Mom and Dad a secret Easter basket with lots of candy. For Easter.