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Double taps

April 10th, 2016 — 5:20pm

Well, here’s a thing I know: I’ve been using social media to try to communicate and connect with the people around me.

It’s not working very well. 

Big life changes are getting brushed aside, lost in shuffle of Donald Trump articles and recipe videos. 

Or maybe no one cares? It’s hard to tell. 

What I’m feeling so acutely is that likes, emoji, double taps are all a counterfeit for real human connection. 

Nothing beats real words from a person to another person. And I think that’s what we all actually need. Connection. To feel like some really cares. To see a human make some effort to reach out to another human. 

Social media is my job and I like my job. But I don’t want it to infiltrate my life in the way that it is. It doesn’t feel very healthy. And it certainly doesn’t feel very authentic. It’s like watching a sunset on tv when you could just go outside and see the real thing. 

I don’t want to keep doing this, stuck in this artificial world we all experience through the screens on our phones. I want more. I want real. And I don’t want to keep feeling lost in the shuffle. 

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March 3rd, 2014 — 11:32pm

This is why Jesus talked about serving so much: serving is about what kind of center of gravity you have. Some people only think about themselves, and so their center of gravity is as big as they are. Their life, then, isn’t that interesting because it’s only as big as they are. But when you give and love and serve and commit to the well being of others, you are now connected to them and your center of gravity expands. You are filled with life and your heart is opened as your life becomes larger.

—Rob Bell from part 47 of his super interesting series on the Bible

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A story worth telling

January 26th, 2014 — 11:07am

“It’s a story as old as time, told in a million different ways: We are our own antagonists, desperate for wholeness yet bent toward self-destruction. And still, God comes back for us.

It’s a story worth telling in as many imperfect, broken versions as we can.

And mine is one of them.”

–Addie Zierman (read the whole text here)

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menu – week of January 13, 2014

January 14th, 2014 — 9:30pm

Chicken Posole verde


Dahl with brown rice

Thai takeout/family dinner

Josh’s in charge

Fish “taco” brown rice bowls

Lemon rosemary chicken with fingerling potatoes

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Labor Day Weekend last hurrah

November 14th, 2013 — 10:17am

This tells me how behind I’m on my blog reading, I just found these pics on Carrie’s blog from our last trip to Highline lake.

Highline Lake-2320

Highline Lake-2328

Highline Lake-2371

Highline Lake-2373

Highline Lake-2379

Highline Lake-2492

Highline Lake-2508

Highline Lake-2451

Highline Lake-2315

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Cali trip

August 6th, 2013 — 2:03pm

Better late than never, pics from our trip to California. Can I just say, I’m in LOVE with the ocean…

This was the kid’s first time on a plane.

Waiting for her first airplane flight. #vacay #laxbound

First plane trip!

His hope is to eat here everyday. @joshhudnall
Josh’s goal was to eat at In n Out everyday. We got off the plane and went straight there.


They're in love.

This place... I could live here.


Disneyland kids
We barely got any pics at Disneyland, we were too busy running from ride to ride.

Space mountain

Closed eyes and photo bombs...

Honor begged me to take this pic. Amazing what they can do with Legos...

Heaven for the boy

Sky writing #LA
Sky writing in LA


Sail away

Sand mermaid


Spent another day at venice beach.


seasalt fish grill in Santa Monica #yesplease
Santa Monica

Don't mind us driving up hwy. 1.

Outdoor dining, sooo good.

I love him.


This beach....such a dreamy experience.

Sea cave with baby Royal photo bombing us.

Avila beach and coffee at joe mamas.

We got to see a school of dolphins swimming along Hwy 1. Amazing.

Just north of Malibu.

I feel like being at the ocean is breathing deeper, or like God puts his hand on you and you settle in and calm down. I nearly cried when we left it for the last time.

Smog makes for some great sunsets over Hollywood.

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Duck Face Week

May 16th, 2013 — 3:08pm

A couple of weeks ago, Carrie and I thought it would be funny to declare it Duck Face Week. If you don’t know what a Duck Face is, it’s when girls take “sexy” pictures of themselves, sticking their lips out. It seems to be quite the trend on the internet these days. We had fun with our little project, silly as it was.

Day 1.
Day 1 #duckfaceweek

Day 2.
Day 2 #duckfaceweek

Day 3.
Day 3 #duckfaceweek

Day 4.
Day 4. Duckface with coffee. #duckfaceweek

Day 5.
Day 5. Duckface with knitting on the way to Denver. #duckfaceweek

Day 6.
Day 6. #duckfaceweek

Final day. Duck face in a park. #duckfaceweek

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April 29th, 2013 — 9:25am

The thing I love about living where I do is we can drive for two hours and find an amazing place to relax. After I killed myself to pull of the big conference, I needed a break. Josh suggested our usual trip to Ouray and I was feeling a little bored of Ouray and not sure I wanted to go. We ended up deciding to spend part of the day in Telluride and it was just perfect, exactly slow enough for me to recover from the craziness of the week before. I’m also starting to feel such a connection to that area. It’s becoming a symbol for me of rest and peace and relationship. Even though I wasn’t sure I wanted to go at first, I’m so glad I did. That trip grew some roots for me in those mountains.

Ralph Lauren owns the land I want. #mine

A day trip to Telluride was about the best thing that could have happened to me this weekend.

Yes please.

I can't say how thankful I am that I can drive less than two hours and see this. I really live in the best place ever.

@joshhudnall is my favorite

We were there on the last day the mountain was open so people were out in crazy force, soaking up every last minute of snow. After a delicious lunch of mexican food in town, we road the gondola up to Mountain Village and sat in the town square drinking coffee around the big fire, watching people. I love ski culture, even though I’ve never really been part of it. People are so friendly, especially once you get a few beers in them. I love to watch the camaraderie. I loved sitting with the sun warming my face while the fire warmed my toes. I needed to just sit, doing what was exactly counter-intuitive to my personality: relaxing. I’m thankful that Josh knows exactly what I need, even when I don’t.

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The West Slope Supper Club

April 25th, 2013 — 1:18pm

A few months ago I got a top-secret letter in the mail inviting me to a pop-up cocktail party in an empty space above Tangle. The theme was “speakeasy” and I had to email in my RSVP to receive the secret password, which was gimlet. After tearing through everything I owned, I settled on my black-sequined party dress that I got at Pollux several winters ago along with the feather hair clip that I wore to my cousins wedding.

The night of the event, we entered through the door in the alley after giving our password to the “bouncer”, climbed the stairs, hung our coats up on an old ladder in the hallway and were greeted to a live jazz band playing in the most beautiful, dimly-lit loft. Bin 707, which is hands-down my favorite restaurant in GJ, provided all the food and drinks which were AMAZING. And my darling friend Robin had decorated the whole event.

We were introduced to the idea of the West Slope Supper Club, which will be a pop-up dinner party that happens once in awhile that features local food or drinks. Josh and I had such a fun time and were really happy to be welcomed in on the ground floor of what is going to turn into something amazing. I told Josh, as were were sipping away on our gimlets, that Grand Junction just got at least 10% cooler.

At the first meeting of the West Slope Supper Club
(This photo by Cat Mayer. Thanks Cat!)

West Slope Supper Club's first meeting

West slope supper club

West Slope Supper Club's first meeting

West Slope Supper Club's first meeting

West Slope Supper Club's first meeting

West Slope Supper Club's first meeting

West Slope Supper Club's first meeting

Headed to a one-night, pop-up speakeasy!

Headed to a pop-up speakeasy.

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thoughts on femininity

March 17th, 2013 — 3:09pm

There’s something stirring deep inside me. I’m thinking a lot about being a woman. About being feminine and soft but not weak. I’ve been thinking about being entitled to princessdom, stamping our feet and demanding our own way. And how there could maybe be a better way. I’ve been thinking about being underestimated and overlooked and how to embrace my femininity when that happens rather than try to use my body language to act more masculine. I’ve been thinking about how strong women can really be if only we allowed ourselves to be strong… expected it of each other, fostered it in each other rather than expect a meltdown at every turn. And I’ve been thinking about how women shouldn’t be awarded something just because they are women, but because they worked hard to get it.

More to come…

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