What Can Go Right

Sometimes traffic—the maddeningly unpredictable flow of that greatest annoyance, other cars–can tell important stories. I like to think I’m in control of a great many details regarding my life. Of course I know, in a proper Christ-following way, that God is in control, but lately it’s Seattle traffic that reminds me that sometimes I’m quite…

Ideal World Problems

My phone knows I’m pregnant. Like many moms my age, along with the time-consuming social media and practical tools, my cell phone is currently host to a handful of pregnancy-related apps. My hospital has its own app reminding me about upcoming appointments, and in a moment of uncertainty earlier this week I downloaded a contraction…

September: News, Thanks, and Prayers

News and Dates: September 4: First day of school for Timmy at Seattle Christian School We’re Thankful For: New Beginnings, with two new jobs for Timmy (with the Air Force Reserve and at Seattle Christian School), a new house, a new neighborhood and new friendships. Old Friends, who have shown us remarkable hospitality, welcoming us to the…

August: News, Thanks, and Prayers

News and Dates: August 9: Hosting Seattle Christian School Student Council for a backyard barbecue August 1-19: Timmy completing Air Force Reserve days at Joint Base Lewis-McCord August 20: Timmy starts work at Seattle Christian School! For those who didn’t read the last post, we have a house! We’re renting in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle, and…

So We’ll See What Happens

“Um… I may have found a house.” The text message from Timmy, detail-sparse but full of possibility, blinks across my phone as soon as I connect the in-flight internet, somewhere just beyond Minneapolis as I fly home from Emily’s wedding. Through the brief exchange that follows, I learn of the couple whose job is taking…

July: News, Thanks, and Prayers

News and Dates: July 5-8: Kristi attending former roommate’s wedding in Minnesota Timmy is in the process of transferring his Air Force Reserve service to Joint Base Lewis McChord in Olympia, Washington. He’ll start sometime in July, and is excited to get connected with a new military community. We’re Thankful For: Smooth Travels from Germany to…

Goodbye, Town.

From our last night in Kandern, Germany. (With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown.)   In the great green room There is a glowing world And a tiny spoon And a picture of kids, pointing up at the moon. There are two goldfish, and a bunny dish. And two paper stars, and a purple car. And…

June: News, Thanks, and Prayers

News and Dates: June 7-8: Kristi’s last day of classes June 11-14: Final Exams June 13: Timmy taking the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Exam (NCMHCE), an important step to licensing as a clinical mental health counselor, as well as securing board certification in this profession. June 16: Graduation Day June 26: Flying home to Seattle! Curriculum for June: Postmodern literature,…

May: News, Thanks, and Prayers

News and Dates: Early May: Timmy returning to Seattle for a weekend, to visit his upcoming job at Seattle Christian School. May 12: Timmy graduates from Regent University with his Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling! May 29: Timmy’s birthday Curriculum for May: College essays, postmodern literature For those who haven’t heard yet, we’re expecting a baby in October! Kristi…

April: News, Thanks, and Prayers

News and Dates: March 26-April 5: Spring Break April 7: BFA Staff Appreciation Dinner April 9: Classes resume (Start of Quarter 4) April 20: Freshman class party Curriculum for April: The Crucible, opinion columns and reviews We’re Thankful For: Oma and Papa, also known as Richard and Donna Dahlstrom, who came for a short visit in March. We’re thankful for…