Camino? Countdown: 44 days

Just a month and a half out from our grand adventure and we find ourselves in completely rethinking the entire thing…. This is what we know: We still have a little less than a month to play with and utilize.  Hopefully we are flying to Belgrade for Ana’s sister’s wedding on September 25th. We have…

Camino Countdown? 51 days?

Yesterday we got the email that we have been dreading.  Our flight to Biarritz from Berlin has been cancelled. This is the place to fly into to get a shuttle to St. Jean to begin our trek. This has huge implications for us.  Already we have been watching videos on how everything is changing on…

Camino Countdown: 64 days

Good news or bad news first? Let’s start with the sad….because of the pandemic and because the US is dealing with the pandemic in the way it is, Scout’s doctor doesn’t think she should travel over here for the Camino.  This isn’t her Camino year.  We are all sad, mad, and grieving this change of…

People I know: Tom McHill aka Dad

When I was a little girl, I had an ongoing debate with my dad.  My dad had given me a nickname from my very first days on this earth. He looked at me and said I looked like a puddle and the nickname “Pud” stuck forever after.  I was pretty embarrassed by it during a…

Camino Countdown: 79 days

Yesterday I was thinking a lot about the words that came to me while I was on the Camino the first time.  Each week, in the beginning of the week, clear words came into my mind and became my mantra for the week.  Did I generate them? Maybe. But they were so clear and persistent…

Ups and downs and all arounds

An Up – Yesterday, as I was nannying, I loaded little William (10 months old) up in his stroller and headed out on a walk. As is his tendency he didn’t last long before he was fast asleep. I often think this would be a delightful way to take a nap.  As is my tendency…

Camino Countdown: 84 days

This week has been ups and downs, twists and turns in the world in general.  I hope to write more of my thoughts on what is happening around us at another time. In the meantime, we continue to prep and talk about our Camino journey in just 84 days.  Pretty soon Spain is opening for…

While I was sleeping…

I am nine timezones ahead of where I grew up, moved from and where most of my people are living.  I have been here for almost exactly two years and I am also proud that I have made so many amazing friends here…a mix of US American, German and a smattering of friends from other…

People I know: Jules

Julia Nielsen moved to Portland about the same time I moved to Portland.  We friended each other on facebook first due to knowing we were becoming colleagues. We had a few mutual friends in Ohio and they were cool connections as she was moving from Ohio and I went to seminary in the midwest and…United…