Wine Party

Natasha, Isabelle, and I are blessed to have such a huge place to ourselves (seriously, who the heck needs two living rooms?), so we decided to open it up and host a wine tasting party for our new friends. Our home was warm (with red, with white, and with chattering bodies), so we moved onto the balcony and wished for more summer nights. It’s hard to believe that orientation starts tomorrow, and there will be more things that are full – full houses, full glasses, and full hearts.

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A skype call with JJ and SK – “Sometimes when you’re away and alone, you forget what community is like – what Jesus looks like in the midst of everything, and how important it is. But when you return, you will be overwhelmed and you will be filled again.”

Currently in the process of learning:


1. “You are enough. This was enough – no more, no less.”


2. How to receive when I do not feel ready to receive; when I feel guilty about receiving.


3. That intimacy and control are incompatible.


4. What to do when I ask for peace and am asked to trust in return.


5. How to thank a home that loves me deeply even when I am rarely around long enough to indent the soil around my doorstep.


6. How to say, “I love you,” without making it sound like an apology.


7. “You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” – Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver


I guess I have more photos than things I’m learning (haha, yeah right), so scroll on.

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Portland Photo Set Part 2

After 7 hours in a cramped car (because Abraham decided to buy a television while we were in Oregon, so our new friend Samsung hung out with us in the back), we finally made it home last night! For our final day in Portland, we only had the best – the best coffee, the best doughnuts, and the best view in the Oregon coast. As we were driving down to Cannon Beach, everyone in the car had only one response: “Woah.” And it took everything within us to tear ourselves away from the beach and head home.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get much video footage this, because I was really sick for one of the days I was in Portland (I know, of all places to fall ill), but here’s one of the songs I was thinking about using for video I would have made:

I’m really glad the boys let me tag along for this road trip to the chillest city on earth. There is something about big cities that feel small that always get to me, and I’m 100% convinced that the west coast is the best coast. 2 weeks left in Vancouver, and then I’m off to a different kind of west coast!


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Portland Photoset Part 1

i guess I have trouble keeping my feet still, so big surprise, I’m in Portland! We took a short stop in Seattle, and here are some pictures from the trip so far:

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ICE CREAM: Salt & Straw (worth the wait, definitely get their Honey Lavender!) DSC_0072 DSC_0075DSC_0009

Oregon Zoo


Food Carts


FOOD CART: Nong’s Khao Man Gai (who knew chicken and rice could taste so good!)DSC_0056


PUB/BREWERY: Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House (I usually don’t like IPAs, but their Belgian IPA is really good!)

New York Photo Set Part 1

“New York is the place where you can find everything that you didn’t realize you needed.”

The city is jam-packed top to bottom with anything you could ever imagine – all things good, all things ridiculous, all thing avant garde.

Walking down the streets of Manhatten full of beautiful clothes and beautiful people makes me dream about opportunity and the things to come, but also easily makes me feel insufficient. A place like this is overwhelming and full of light, but can work your heart in ways that shouldn’t be worked if you don’t pay attention to it. I wonder how many people feel insignificant here.

The other night, Brian took me to a show in a room shaped that felt like a shipping crate (small space, huge talent). And even though the band only made $3, I promise you that what they did that night was significant.


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Julian Cubillos at Pete’s Candy Store

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COFFEE SHOP: Kaffe 1668 (Make sure you pet the sheep.)

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NOODLES: Momofuku Noodle Bar