Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The view from above

"Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;"
-- Psalm 36:5-6
I spied this beautiful sunrise over the Great Smoky Mountains last week during my red-eye flight to New York City.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Seen in Brooklyn

I was in Brooklyn, New York, this weekend visiting my family for Thanksgiving. As with any trip to the city, I always spy the strangest, coolest or funniest things. Here's a collection from this trip:

It would have been hilarious if a white guy got out of this car...

Nice homage to the subway system. Funny interpretation.

And the final one: I turned on the laptop to search for wireless networks and it pulled up all the ones in the neighborhood. As I was about to log into my dad's, one down the list caught my eye. The name? "crip s**t." (Asterisks are mine.)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turning 30 in Bolivia

Seeing Jhonny for the first time.
I turned 30 this month and celebrated by going to Bolivia to meet Jhonny, the boy I've sponsored through Compassion International, for 11 years.
I wrote about it and the story just went live on the Knoxville News Sentinel's homepage. YAY! (It'll be in tomorrow's paper, in the Faith and Family section.)

Here's an excerpt:

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — I imagined he would be this quiet and reserved teenager. I'd conjured that idea in my head, thanks to a decade of looking at his straight-faced photographs. But the 19-year-old who sprinted toward me earlier this month and threw his arms around my neck quickly dispelled that notion.

For my 30th birthday, I got to meet Jhonny*, the child I've sponsored through Compassion International, a child advocacy ministry, for the last 11 years. He was all smiles and questions and laughter — a flaming extrovert much like me.

Read the full story here.

Jhonny's mom, Albertina, me and Johnny.

For more Bolivia pictures, click here.