Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
-I was frustrated this afternoon trying to find the best deal on a flight home for the end of July, and the next thing I knew, I heard my co-worker on the phone to a flight company asking about "flights to Houston for my friend." He helped me as we trudged from site to site and phone call to phone call, and finally achieved a booked ticket. It was really nice of him, and a relief to have things booked.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
-A smile from a stranger as he passed me on the street.
-A woman talking on her cell phone behind me saying, "What's for tea? Well, yummy beef pie with potato croquettes. Ok? Love you honey bunch. Bye, sweetie."
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
-The first delicious bite of a toasted bagel with cream cheese. Yum.
-A family has moved in across the street, and when I came home there were three little girls with long hair jumping and laughing in the sunshine outside their door.
(By the way, I think I have finally decided on a blog design. It's been so much fun playing around with ideas, but I think I've settled on this one. I love how 3D (or is it 2D?) it feels.)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
-Having great fun jazzing up my blog. I keep adding things (and think I might be getting carried away). My favorite is the "shalom" in Hebrew.
-Calling the fantastic Marie at First Pres Bryan and saying, "Marie? It's Whitney." and hearing "HEEEEYY!" from the other end. She has such insight and joy.
Monday, June 22, 2009
(*: "slagging off", ie. "taking the mickey out of", v. Belfast slang for making fun of someone. Most commonly is a sign of affection.)
-Ian announcing his arrival by sticking his head in the window above my door and giving me a cheeky grin. He is ridiculously tall (by my standards, anyway...). The hugs and "Heeeey! Howareya?" that ensued made for a great reunion.
-Gina's enthusiasm about my house, loving everything from my yellow kitchen to my green "wooden" bathroom floor. She looked around and said, "Hmm. Everything's different--just slightly--but different."
-A gorgeous sunny walk in Botanic Gardens smelling the huge variety of roses "This one's lemony!", "Wow-this one's like cinnamon!", "This one's like...cleaner. Ugh." I smelled roses until I had a headache from all the fragrance. It's amazing how each one has such a different scent.-I loved this little guy. He looks so real, I half expected him to wink at me as I walked by.
-This huge bright lizard caught me completely off guard. The colors and quirkiness instantly made me think of my Aunt Karen.
-I love the Palm House in Botanic Gardens. Just gorgeous.
-Going into a gym where Roma families were being temporarily held and having several children I know rush over to hug me, their faces lighting up with seeing someone they know.
-The amazing resilience of Roma people. They had been through the most harrowing experiences but were able to just sit around talking, while children played expansively, enjoying the huge gym.
-A colder night that demanded my soft flannel pj's instead of the cotton ones. I really enjoyed the extra warmth.
-The energy and collective passion of a community worship service at Fitzroy that centered around solidarity with Romanians and all immigrants, fighting racism and the poverty that ignites it, and worshipping the God of all people. As Chris and I pulled up to the church, we saw about 20 Roma children playing inside the church gates. When some of the teenagers played with them after the service one turned to me and said, "These kids are awesome!"
-While talking to my sister on the phone, she held it up to my niece and I said "Hi, Natalie! It's Aunt Whit...I love you, sweetie!" and I heard a little squeal. My sister got back on the phone and said, "Whit, I swear she totally smiled!" It made my night.
Monday, June 15, 2009
-I loved driving through endless verdant hills with Ruth in her mini. I never get tired of the green here.
-Catherine and I went to Rowallane Gardens for a picnic (another one) and jazz. It was nice and sunny, and it turned out that Joanna from Fitzroy was playing in the youth jazz orchestra. My day before this was really hectic, but after relaxing in the beautiful gardens it was all forgotten.
-And Catherine provided a sweet ending to a lovely evening!
Monday, June 08, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
-Ending up on msn.com and seeing a thrilling article about my super-athlete cousin (my cousins are ridiculously athletic), Bonnie, who won the state track championship single-handedly against over 50 schools. Again. She did it last year, too. Way to go, Bonnie!!
-Holding Neil & Ruth's precious baby girl Ruby Rose, and thinking that I've had a very full-circle couple of days.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
-Seeing one of the young people we work with speak at General Assembly, and thank us for all we do. What a great kid.
-Prophetic words uttered courageously.