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…

Realizing how much I know when I have a visitor…

My dear friend Betty is flying into Berlin today for a few days.  The minute I said that I was moving to Berlin she started planning a trip in May. It’s May!  She has been preparing and planning. If you know Betty, this is right on point for her. She is a planner and she…

Life of a dog mom in Berlin

Much of my day these days is taking care of these two interesting creatures.  They are like night and day in some ways and in others they are quite the pack for each other. They have really started to bond and follow each other around.  Here are some thoughts about life in Berlin with these…

The heartbeat

Our heartbeat is a magnificent thing.  We all have one.  It makes rhythm of our lives and connects us to something bigger, more universal, the earth and the smallest things, an even more basic level. Studies show that if you sing together, your heartbeat actually aligns with each other and parts of the music.  As…

Sunday morning in Berlin

Sunday mornings are weird mornings for me. For years and years, Sunday mornings were my big work mornings and this was after years and years of Sunday mornings being full of church things…as an intern, committee member, active youth, regular attender, etc.  Sunday mornings were about getting up and getting going. And when I was…