When every day things seem nerve wracking….

Ana and I  (and Luna and Pushkin) are house sitting for some friends in a little town called Eberswalde just outside of Berlin.  It is an hour and a half pleasant train ride and it feels as though we have definitely stepped into a totally different part of Germany.  Eberswalde has about 30,000 people and…

Cheering for the US in Berlin

Yesterday Ana and I said yes to an invitation to go watch the Women’s World Cup Soccer Final with one of our friends who had collected an interesting group of people around her.  She told us that we would be meeting up between 2:30pm and 3pm for the 5pm match at a brewery in another…

Living in two worlds

Like every other expat in the world. I live in two worlds. Some live in many more but I for sure live in at least two. And its weird.  So weird.  Beyond weird. It is hard and beautiful and sometimes sucky and also really great.  It is all the feels to live in these worlds….

Ascension Day

Two years ago today I was sitting at the edge of the earth or at least this is what pilgrims call the cape that we were on at the end of our long journey.  I had no idea what would come up in the next days, months, years.  I had just put someone I had…

An unexpected free day

Lately I have started nannying for a few hours a week with a lovely family who have a 3 month old.  We made up the schedule of Mondays and Wednesday but all of us are clearly doing this for the first time and figuring it all out.  So far this is a good way to…

For the boy made up of stardust….

I am a lucky auntie who has been blessed with many nieces and nephews, chosen and bio….they are brilliant and kind, vibrant and creative, fierce and spirited, tender and big hearted…. And yesterday we lost the one who was made up of stardust, to remind us of importance and life and precious moments.  He was…

Two years ago today….

Ana and I entered Santiago De Compostela after 35 days of walking, 800 kilometers and in that particular day, the most rain I have experience in a long time. I had woken up that morning, early before any light, with a horrible cold and yet we knew we needed to keep walking.  As we walked…

On living in Berlin for a full year….

Last night Ana and I went out to dinner at a new little Italian place down the street to celebrate that I have lived here for exactly a year as of yesterday. 🙂  We ate delicious pizza and then wandered the block and a half home. We live about this great little bar so we…

Companions in the Wilderness

I recently read Barbara Brown Taylor’s latest book, “Holy Envy.”  As always, she has a masterful way of crafting stories and words to create a picture with amazing theological content.  In her chapter entitled, “Failing Christianity” Taylor writes about when we hit our spiritual wastelands how how so many of us, in our wildernesses are…

On Turning 38

On the 15th of May I turned 38, fully into my late thirties.  38 seems solid. 38 seems like there is some experience and life behind it. 38 is in some ways not what I thought it would be and in some ways acknowledging I had no idea what it could be. 38 is a…