Preparing myself

Advent is important to me.  It is a period of waiting and preparing for new life to come, for the light to return, for God to break into our lives and become flesh, for restoring and discerning, for all of that to be a period of intention.  All of this is preparation.  All of this…

Home…home?

I have been pondering the concept of home a lot lately. Ana and I have talked a lot about it as we return to Berlin for a few weeks especially. As we spent our month in Spain, we nestled into our flat for the month and tried to put a few touches here and there…

Back in Berlin!

Well, for a few days.  We flew back into Berlin late last night. This was us just hours earlier in La Herradura….   Yes, those are Palm Trees. Yes, we were in short sleeved shirts, sipping white wine and eating seafood soup in front of the amazing sea.  Just a little windy but still we…

A moment of deep gratitude

Yesterday was a good day.  Ana and I are here until tomorrow and so we are taking these days to try to be out in the sun as much as possible and soak in this moment…the sun, the sea, the seafood, the Spanish, and the ridiculously amazing sunsets here.  This was the sunset from last…

Buena!

Most mornings that we have been here in this small Spanish town on the Southern Coast, I get up and after writing, prayers, and a bit of study, I get ready to go out and about around the town.  I walk around, stop to buy bread and fruits and veggies, I try to find new…

Sometimes

For the past couple of days, I had been fretting and it wasn’t to the point of obsessively fretting but actively fretting. The kind of fretting that could easily move into something more obsessive.  Ana had told me of someone in her life who was busy.  She was taking on this and that to the…

Feeling the season change

We are feeling the seasons begin to really change here. I know that in Portland it has gotten cold and not as rainy but definitely darker and colder. In Berlin we hear about really really cold temps and gray dark days and earlier and earlier nights.  Ana and I get sent pictures from Serbia showing…

Oh and about Sevilla!

Last weekend we traveled to Sevilla for the weekend.  We left on a bus to Malaga on Friday afternoon and then caught a train to Sevilla.  The last time I was in Sevilla I was 16 years old on a whirlwind trip with my parents and seven other teenage girls.  The things I remember about…

Levels of homesick during a holiday week

This week I am acutely aware that Thanksgiving is in two days…in the United States. This is the first time that I have been out of the United States on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Sure, it is packed full of colonialism and racism on some level but what it has become…

Yes, yes I am American

On Saturday, Ana and I took our rented car west.  We mapped out three different towns that we had read about and wanted to see for different reasons.  The first little town we wanted to see because it is a beautiful and known Pueblo Blanco named Frigiliana.  It is full of crafts and lovely streets. …