In Berlin during this weird time…

What a weird time to be experiencing in our world right now!  I have had a lot of questions about what it is like in Berlin right now…. As of Saturday night all clubs, bars, gyms, swimming pools, museums, theaters, cinemas, gatherings of 50 or over (including church) have been closed.   The public transit has…

All the emotions at the same time

As many of you know, while we are in Berlin, I am a nanny for half of my week.  I have also returned to school for a Masters just for fun but to earn a little extra cash, I nanny.  I work with up to six families on a weekly basis but only with two…

People I know: Casey

  This is Casey.  Casey and I have been in each others lives since…well, I knew of Casey when we were in 5th grade but we went to different grade schools.  We met and started our friendship in 6th grade.  I don’t remember how it happened, I just don’t remember life without Casey in it. …

Camino is everywhere (180 days until St. Jean)

Ana and I have been in Switzerland, just outside of Basel in the countryside, right where the three countries meet (Switzerland, France and Germany) for the past five days.  We are headed home later today.  We chose this area because we belong to something called “Trusted Housesitters” and for a little fee we can apply…

Camino Countdown: 182 days!

182 days until we start walking out of St. Jean or 25 weeks 6 days 21 hours OR 6 months and a week or so. This week Ana and I flew to Basel Switzerland to housesit in the countryside outside of Basel in a village called Biel Benken.  We are surrounded by amazing country roads…

A memory

My little brother and I are making a soup.  We have decided that a perfect soup would be full of leaves and dirt.  We have somehow found a bowl to concoct in in the backyard. I have decided that we are chefs.  I am the head chef, of course, and he is my assistant.  This…

Ashes and journeys

Lately I have been thinking about things I don’t want to forget as a pastor…things that if my younger self came to me in the beginning of my career and asked, “What are some things you wish you knew now,” what I would say to myself.  Much of what I don’t want to forget or…

People I know: April

In the very first weeks of seminary, this woman walked up to me and asked if I would go to dinner with her.  She said that she had met others from Oregon and they were cool and she thought we might be friends.  We went to Lucky Platter and hit it off right away.  From…

Camino Countdown: 193 days!!

Another week has passed as we countdown the days until Scout, Ana and I take our first steps on the Camino Frances out of St. Jean and on our 800km (500 mile) trek across Spain for the first or second time. This week has been exciting in our Camino prep…. Yesterday I confirmed our Shuttle…