Monthly Archives: September 2011

Week 27: Time for a Change

For some reason, God keeps bringing Ecclesiastes 3 to my mind: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…

I’m in the midst of change; another transition after a multitude of many. The time has come for it…six months in a temporary place is long enough.

I went hardcore with my apartment hunt this week. Something clicked after an incident at my current place of residence and I knew it was time. I’ve found, applied for and have gotten an apartment all within the last 48 hours.

God has blessed me with a location close to work and probably close to the Vine once we figure out where God wants us to be in Uptown. And I’m talking walking/biking distance. No more driving for me…Except for big errands and going home of course. Woo-hoo!

But this change means that I’ll be settling in on my own again. No roommates. Just neighbors. And I will admit to being just a tad bit selfish: plenty of space all to myself. And boy, am I looking forward to it. J

Week 26: Grand Marais 2011

I’d never been to northern Minnesota before and oh, how I wish we would have gone a couple of weeks later when the leaves officially change! The majority of them were still green.

The drive was amazing…what I saw of it going up at least. I should have taken a moment to stop, step out of the car and capture the reflection of the full moon on Lake Superior. It was absolutely breath-taking!

The leaves had started changing and seeing a Minnesota lighthouse (the only other one I had seen was in Wildwood, New Jersey prior to the use of a digital camera, at least by me) up close was amazing. My sister and I went on several hikes and we actually tried spotting moose up on the Gunflint trail before they closed it due to the wildfire that started this past week.

Below are a few pictures from that particular trip. Enjoy!

Sunrise over Lake Superior


Molten Lava...or so They Say!

I’ve officially added to my bucket list: Return to northern Minnesota in the mid-late part of fall. That way, I can truly enjoy it!

Week 25: My Bucket List

Recently, my brother nearly lost three of his five toes on his right foot. Thank God he didn’t. And thank God he wasn’t wearing steel-toed shoes. That would have been worse.

The entire situation just reminded me of how fragile we are; how we can be blown away in an instant. (1 Peter 1:24) I then started thinking about how I want to live mine.

To the full.

Jesus came so that we could have this type of life. John 10:10 reads the thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

I don’t want to spend my life chasing after petty things like money, a career or the next big thrill. I want my life to mean something and I want a legacy left behind that God will use to His glory; not mine.

Thus the title of this entry.

Now, I’ll have you know that my bucket list may not be as “normal” as anyone else’s on the terrestrial planet as it has more of a spiritual basis although it does have some similarities. For instance, I long to have a family of my own one day or get another tattoo. But those do not take precedence over adopting a child through Hope International or volunteering for the Minnesota Girls Are Not For Sale campaign through the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota…and more.

Other items have been crossed off – like graduate college and move to Minneapolis.

I could on, but you get the idea.

Here’s my ever-growing list. What’s on yours?

  1. Learn to play guitar and play it well.
  2. Learn to dance (not just in my PJs in the privacy of my home).
  3. Learn to rock climb and go rock climbing.
  4. Learn to scuba dive.
  5. Sky dive
  6. Try snowboarding at least once.
  7. Learn to ski.
  8. Relearn how to Rollerblade and go around one of the many lakes in Minneapolis.
  9. Hike up a mountain.
  10. Be proficient in a second language.
  11. Say “I love you” in as many languages as I can learn.
  12. Complete at least one novel and see is published.
  13. Parachute.
  14. Publish at least one poem.
  15. Write more music.
  16. Learn to play another instrument (violin, cello, drums, electric guitar, bass).
  17. Sell a painting/sketch.
  18. Audition for community theater.
  19. Get my third, fourth and maybe fifth tattoos.
  20. Attend a major sporting event.
  21. See a Broadway play.
  22. Adopt a child through Hope International.
  23. Bungee jump
  24. Skinny dip
  25. Complete a road trip across the nation, visiting all national monuments, parks, and wonders this country has to offer and maybe even checking out some random/odd things like the World’s Largest Ball of Yarn in Iowa.
  26. Swim with the dolphins.
  27. Ride a camel.
  28. Ride an elephant.
  29. Go on an African safari.
  30. Explore the Australian outback.
  31. Learn to run a jet ski.
  32. Ride a hot air balloon.
  33. Go dog sledding.
  34. Go snow-shoeing.
  35. Visit all 50 states.
  36. Travel internationally, both for fun and mission work.
  37. Hang-glide.
  38. Go ab-seiling.
  39. Teach something new to someone.
  40. Mentor a young woman (youth/teen/young adult).
  41. Sleep beneath the stars (without a tent).
  42. Build an elaborate sand castle.
  43. Try something new…just because.
  44. Stand on an active volcano.
  45. Buy my parents a new house.
  46. Fall in love – and continue to walk in that love.
  47. Be pursued.
  48. Get married.
  49. Have and raise a couple of kids.
  50. Adopt.
  51. Own my own home, free and clear.
  52. Start my own business.
  53. Raise money for a cause I believe in.
  54. Help someone else cross something off their bucket list.
  55. Actively smile at one person each day.
  56. Create a new word…wait, I already do that…
  57. Take a full year off from work to serve my community or city.
  58. Quit a job I lose the passion for and pursue something I have passion for.
  59. Go back to school and get a degree in social work or psychology.
  60. Camp at and see the Grand Canyon.
  61. Visit Yellowstone.
  62. Set foot in each of the seven continents.
  63. Visit every major city in all 50 states.
  64. Go on a cruise.
  65. Take a road trip without any destination in mind (in other words, throw my proper planning techniques out the window and go!).
  66. Plant a church.
  67. Lead a worship service.
  68. Serve in another ministry in church than one that I’ve done in the past (i.e. women’s ministry, college ministry)
  69. Take a trip using only public transportation.
  70. Go to Colorado.
  71. Stay at a historic hotel.
  72. View Seattle from the Space Needle.
  73. Take a cab in NYC.
  74. Climb the Statue of Liberty.
  75. Visit Washington, DC.
  76. Attend a concert at Red Rock.
  77. Spend Christmas in NYC.
  78. Celebrate New Year’s in Time Square.
  79. Walk through Central Park.
  80. Leisurely drive every scenic highway and byway in America.
  81. Eat sushi in Japan.
  82. Stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
  83. Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico.
  84. Scuba dive off the Great Barrier Reef.
  85. Treasure hunt in the Caribbean.
  86. Learn to surf.
  87. See a pyramid.
  88. Go to Ireland.
  89. Go to Italy.
  90. Go to Scotland.
  91. See Stonehenge.
  92. Stand on the Great Wall of China.
  93. See Aztec ruins.
  94. Try beer.
  95. Explore Machu Picchu
  96. Let past teachers know how they shaped my life.
  97. Tell my closest friends what they mean to me.
  98. Respect my husband now – even if God calls me to be single.
  99. Take a self-defense class.
  100. Learn a martial art.
  101. Volunteer through the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (or any state I live in).
  102. Advance in yoga.
  103. Take a Pilates class
  104. Reach my goal weight/Be a healthier me and stay there.
  105. Make certain that my parents know how much I love them and care for them.
  106. Make sure that my brothers and sister know how much I love and care for them.
  107. Stand on top of the Empire State Building.
  108. See the new World Trade Center.
  109. Stand at Ground Zero.
  110. Cook a full coarse meal for my family (without any help from my mother).
  111. Visit Mt. Rushmore.
  112. Hike through the Badlands.
  113. Watch all of the Best Picture Oscar nominees.
  114. Participate in a mass food fight.
  115. Volunteer in my community.
  116. Volunteer at a local retirement home or hospital.
  117. Relearn how to ice skate (haven’t been since I was 12).
  118. Learn to water ski.
  119. Plant and grow a garden.
  120. Get my passport.

Week 24: Fall: The Season of Seasons

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn, a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz


Crisp autumn air.

Leaves changing from ever green to blood reds, blazing oranges, golden yellows and corduroy-slack brown.

A season for change.

My favorite.

The sweaters and hoodies breaking out.

Boots join the fashion scene.

Classes start up again for many people. Gone are the days of freshly sharpened number two pencils thanks to the arrival of the mechanical ones. I do not miss pencil shavings.

Hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee (for some) reappear, as well as the company that usually goes with them.

Feeling like a kid again.

And, did I mention the décor that gets pulled from storage at both my parents’ and my own home? I’m smiling just thinking about it. Ah…

It’s also my favorite time of the year; a time that stretches from September 1st all the way through the New Year. Yes, I know…fall ends on December 21, but note that I said time of year, not favorite season (even though that statement itself would also be correct). Fall just happens to land in the midst of that block of time and I do love the colors.

The quote above is so true. Winter sketches out the painting. Spring brings watercolors and summer, the oils. And fall…well…it is truly a mosaic. Everything meshes into one and fire burns through it all. B-E-A-U-tiful!

I remember raking leaves as a kid. It was easy to get the world’s largest pile (at least according to my short stature at the age of six) when we had more than six acres of what used to be a lush lawn in our backyard. I would then proceed to make a mess of it all by jumping into that very same pile…multiple times. I still do in my twenties. I wouldn’t be fully living if I didn’t toss in a little bit of fun now and then.

Have you taken the time to feel like a kid again?