Saturday, April 18, 2015

Inaugural hike of the season

View from Lookout Tower, Frozen Head State Park
East Tennessee is pretty glorious in the spring.
I kicked off my hiking season today in Frozen Head State Park in the southern Cumberland Mountains. There were so many gorgeous wildflowers everywhere and the woods were so lush.

My friend Brandy and I had planned on a 6.9-mile hike. But through a series of (mis)adventures, we covered 12.8 miles and several trails including the interpretive loop judge branch trail, south old mac trail, lookout tower trail and north old mac trail.

Lessons learned today? All of them. :)

Some highlights:





My friend Brandy and me
For more photos from the hike, visit my Flickr account.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happy wordy Tuesday!

Can I just say that I (mostly) love my job at the University of Tennessee! I learn something new everyday.

Some favorite words I've picked up since I started working here: jute, tartan, quartrefoil, callithump, and now, lamb lollipops. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's coming!

Courtesy of my friend Julia Frances
Spring! New life! Resurrection! It's coming!
I love the pop of color against the backdrop of gray. A nice reminder of what God is doing inside me. :)

Normal Hair



This poem cracked me up and warmed my soul!
Reminds me of this post from some time back.

Monday, March 16, 2015

I Know. {Repost}

*A repost of a beautiful poignant piece written by my friend Amanda in Arctic Alaska.*
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I know.

I know what you've tried to keep a secret from me. I guess I'd already read between the lines.

I know you were scared to tell me, but I don't understand why. It hurts so much to realize that you were afraid to be honest with me. Now I wonder what I don't know... and I'm worried about the bond of trust that has been shattered.

I know that this life isn't easy and it is filled with temptations. I know that I am far from perfect; I also think I might understand more than you would imagine.

I know you know what the Word says...

I know I cannot change your heart, I cannot make you stick to the straight and narrow. If I could, God knows I would. All I can really do is pray, and ask, "Do you want to change?"

I know where the Spirit of the Lord is there is victory! So, if the sorrow you feel is godly and not just worldly, change can and will take place.

I know I cannot leave the path to come and find you. I don't really believe that Jesus is going to chase after you either. Rather, it has to be your choice.

I know that He is waiting, and as soon as you turn towards home, He'll come running out to greet you and welcome you back. Please hear me when I say that is true of me as well... after all, I love you!

I know a deep sorrow, but should you choose to return, it will be worth it all. I will help you in whatever way I can. All you have to do is ask. I am here.

I know what you don't want me to know, but the first step towards healing will be telling me yourself.

I know and yet I love.

I know.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A little hero among us.

"And though she be but little, she is fierce."
-- William Shakespeare

See this little girl? She's my hero.
Her name is Patricia (or Patrycja in Polish) and she is a brave warrior princess.

This week, Patricia completed her last round of chemo. Can I get a "YES!" "Hallelujah!" and a happy dance? :)

Patricia -- aka my Little Person -- is the 3-year-old daughter of my best friend Joanna. In May 2014, doctors discovered a tumor in her right lung, which turned out to be a rare form of childhood cancer. Through surgery and nine months of chemo, my Little Person has persevered. But no surprise there. She's been a fighter since birth.

So thrilled to be celebrating my strong, brave little one today.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Adopting the Reverse Lent Challenge

Hat tip to my friend Michael for turning me on to this wonderful idea to reverse Lent.
Instead of giving something up, why not take something on?
(Or in my case, why not do both?!)

I love the idea of sending a different person a random handwritten note everyday for the next 40 or so days between now and Easter. Challenge accepted!