Monday, June 27, 2016


Last Monday morning, Amy and I picked eight quarts of strawberries, and on Monday evening I spent an hour making four pints of fresh strawberry jam. It was a simple task that left me feeling more accomplished than necessary :). 
Thanks to Mom for teaching me so many practical skills in the kitchen.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

down by the riverside

It was a privilege to join my Spanish church and a sister church for outdoor 
baptisms on a recent Sunday afternoon.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

from the files: Letter to Lindsay

~I was rummaging through old blog drafts from my time in Zambia, and rediscovered this un-posted gem. Before leaving Nahumba, I intended to photograph my embroidered white bath towel, but I ran out of time. Since I never snapped a photo of my well-loved Lindsay towel, I never shared this post.~

PS- Lindsay was embroidered with lilac colored thread.

Dear Lindsay-

I don’t know who you are or where you’re from or why you came to Nahumba (or if you even came to Nahumba… plenty of items arrive in Zambia via bales of second-hand clothes etc.)…

But I just want to say:
Thank you.

Thanks for my favorite bath towel here at Nahumba.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Sam and Sara

Sara and Sam
Susanna and John

are happily planning their weddings!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Hawks Falls

Last week, Heather invited me to join her for a trip up north to her grandparents' cabin in the Poconos.

We had a fun time relaxing and hanging out. 
After hearing about the family lake house since 2012, it was fun to finally "meet" one of 
Heather's favorite happy places.

On Saturday we hiked over to Hawks Falls (beautiful! and quick jaunt). After stopping to eat our sandwiches, we headed to Boulder Field. A few minutes before we reached the boulder field-- over 1.5 hours from the car-- it started raining! And.then. It POURED.

Although it stopped raining sometime during our return hike, 
we were still pretty damp when we got back to the cabin.

boulder field at the start of the rain storm (note the gal under the blanket!)
Boulder Field was remarkable-- this vast "field" of rocks is just plopped in the middle of a mini forest. We hiked over over 3 miles through the woods, and then suddenly came to this clearing of rocks!

While we were at the lake, Heather also introduced me to a couple local treat shops:
Piggy's-- her favorite childhood breakfast spot
Terra Cottage (so cute and wonderful!)
Hog Heaven (local stop for Hershey's ice cream)- we finished our ice cream cones while sitting by the lake as the sun set.
Btw- Hershey's ice cream-though popular in this State- is fine, but nothing to write home about. Definitely NOTHING at all compared to Ashby's of Michigan!