Monday, December 19, 2016

The Things You've Missed

An anonymous viewer asked when you all would hear from me again. Sorry it's been so long. It is so hard to believe that I am done with my third semester of college!

This semester has been so busy. Sometimes I feel like I never stop running. Never stop going.

When I started this post, back in August, I didn't feel like I had a lot to offer as far as pictures goes. Now I have a little more, so hey! There's a plus for not writing in so long!

The flowers last spring I think were ten times prettier for the mere fact that it had been a barren wasteland for so long. Now we're right back in winter wonderland!

This is a silhouette of my city taken through desperate measures. I tried oh so hard to capture this while driving but I only failed because of stupid mistakes made over and over. Like when I kept clicking the power button instead of the button that actually takes the picture. Phones are so confusing.... So I sped into the city to pick up J and then made him drive so I could take the picture before the sun fully went down. It was a mad chase, let me tell you, but we were a great team and it made for a fun memory. 

 This Fall break I was finally able to go back to California and see my niece!!
 Isn't she a cutie?!
 Also, we went back to Yosemite!
 I feel like I took a very similar picture last time...
 This semester I haven't been able to spend as much time with friends as I did my first year in MN. So when I do get to hang out, it's all the more fun!

I think he was laughing because he was trying to keep a straight face and couldn't. Typical. 

 The best thing about Greek lab is the people in it. For example, one time dear Frank and Karen brought sushi to share!

J makes for a good back-drop. 
 So, for all those who might care, I have included a picture of the podium that Martin Luther last preached from. This and a ton of other neat things from Luther's time are all at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a time. It was an amazing privilege for our class to be able to go see the exhibit.
 This little princess is getting married!!
Ok, That's all for now. I hope I can be doing this more regularly. It's hard to keep up....
I'm home now, in the very warm NC. No -18 degree weather for me!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Recollections from Michigan

Spring Break is a gift. And for me, an oh-so-needed gift.

Acres upon acres of open fields to walk along. Hush.... All is quite. But listen. There it is! The birds are happy, chirping in the branches. Hear the wind? The old oak in the corner of the field still has last year's dead leaves hanging from sturdy limbs. Hear the wind, rustling through them? It sounds like a gurgling brook, or waves hitting a sandy sea shore. Steady, calming, rhythmic.

I climb over a fence and into the next field. Wheat is growing here. Not tall. It's just coming up and looks like green summer grass in lines with little rows of dirt between. So bright. And fresh. Then, another oak, twisty, black, strong. I want to climb it but feel my cold hands inside my warm coat and decide, another time will do. Another time. Now I will walk on, but another time I'll climb. I reach a dirt road and wonder where it goes. The large white barn I always keep in sight and now I walk back towards it. My cheeks are rosy and my ears cold. But oh its been good to be out in nature again.

Because, nature is where I reboost. So that is why I was so thankful to have been able to go home with my dear Tarah. Michigan is truly a gorgeous state.

Tarah and Jordan

I don't really have much more to say. Other than the fact that I think when school starts, I'll be much more ready to tackle it than I was before.