I have been wrestling with my personality for months. Sometimes, my prayers ran along the lines of, “Hey look, God, You called me here. If I’m not allowed to be myself, why didn’t You just call someone else?” Continue reading Called and equipped: introverts overseas (part 1)
Some of my favorite recent pictures of the nieces and nephews. Continue reading Just because they’re cute
Hazy. “Is it even worth going up to watch the fireworks?” my neighbor asked. “Will they even set them off? It’s so foggy.” Continue reading 2022 haze
Ready for a little winter reading? Here are some of the favorites from my 2021 reading list to get your mind rolling. Continue reading Recommended books for you
I should be in bed. But I want to hold on to today, let it linger, breathe in the sweet butter cookie smell, sip my strawberry tea, stare at my Christmas lights, and listen to my Christmas playlist. This month was so full. Today was so full. But this is where I want to be. In right now where I can sit and let my … Continue reading Excite your heart
I’m stuck in Madrid.
Same nightmare, just backwards this time… with even less time in between. I could have wept when I arrived at my gate, panting from the weight of my carry-ons (and my out-of-shapedness) only to find the gate completely deserted.
Illinois or bust. That should have been my motto when I shut off the water and left the house at 5:15 a.m. Although I knew my layovers were tight, I had opted not to lose sleep over it since there was quite literally nothing I could do about it. But only an hour and ten minutes at Madrid Barajas? Then the flight from Sevilla ran … Continue reading Illinois or bust
This recipe is one of my winter favorites. Warm, milky, cinnamony. Mmmm. You can make it how you like it. Sometimes, I add more milk. Most times, I skimp on the sugar. Continue reading Recipe: arroz con leche
A young friend dutifully praying on my guest room rug– “In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful…” –while above her were frames of Jesus’ words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Continue reading Saving the best for last: what’s been happening recently
…predawn workers hurried with backpacks and work clothes. With my backpack and grungy beach outfit, I felt like I fit in. No one pointed out that I was, in fact, an imposter, on holiday rather than heading to work. Continue reading Alone at the seaside