Summer 2019

“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
-Psalm 121:8

Pittsburgh seems so far away (and long ago) as I type this from the Berlin Airport.
I suffer travel anxiety and although it has gotten much better in the recent years, the days leading up to this trip were brutal.
And as if to confirm what I already know about travel glitches and *snafus
we got to the airport and Steve’s boarding pass in the second to the final leg would not print.

Long story short,
After some prayers and some sorting out we won’t have to leave Steve behind in Germany.

Two more flights to go.


May Thoughts

"A seed grows with no sound, but a tree falls with a huge noise. Destruction has noise, but creation is quiet. This is the power of silence. So grow silently."~Unknown


A Reminder

The greatest gift anyone could give anyone is for the other to feel worthy, adored and more than enough for all that they are.
This is a gentle reminder that the people you surround yourself with in every direction should feel both uplifting and safe to your mind and heart.
Not confusing, not draining, not controlling, not vague, not calculating, not unreliable, not cold, not dismissive, and not manipulative.
Don't mess around with the energy you take into your body and being, work wise, friendship wise, and relationship wise.
Life is too short and delicate for these damaging things.
It's really that simple.

-Victoria Erickson


Reminders for 2019

1. Have a sense of humor.
2. Check your perspective.
3. What you do when no one else is around is what makes or breaks you.
4. It's not what you do, but who you do it with.
5. Some things are true whether you believe them or not.
6. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to the wrong facts.
7. The value of something is determined by what we are willing to give up for it.
8. Making money is great and exciting when we have determined a noble purpose worth working hard for.
9. Cause marketing is king.
10. Pain is a signal to grow,
not to suffer.
11. We must focus on purposes instead of just setting goals.
12. In life there are no mistakes, only lessons.

-Dan Clark. (12 Precepts of Being Fully Alive)



Out of the 9 kids in this accident, one of them could not swim.

Miraculously Mig landed in the water within arms reach of a life jacket.

Last Friday we started our reunion with a group prayer.

We were thankful for the opportunity to get together and we asked for our time together to be blessed.

I didn't write in detail about the capsizing of our 10 foot diving dock because I was still in a bit of a shock.

It was not a nothing.

It was in fact, a terrifying event.

All my friends had gone to the store and they decided to leave me so I could relax.

I was so happy to see all the kids bonding. 

It was the first time for many of them to meet. 

When I saw all of them sitting up on the top level of the dock, I didn't worry because in the two years that we had this thing, it had carried that weight before without any problem.

I took their photo and reveled in their camaraderie.

When it started tipping over, the kids scrambled to balance the weight out.

When it didn't correct, I watched in horror as the kids fell, jumped and attempted to clear the falling structure.

Everyone landed on the one side of it except Jeremiah.

He tried to avoid landing on people in the water by going over on the other side.

His decision to protect others cost him dearly.

Despite the chaos, Cole and Miguel C, quickly realized J was hurt and they were able to get him to shore. 

Mig and Haley were able to stop the bleeding with pressure and they went with me to take Jeremiah to the nearest Hospital 17 miles away.

This accident could have had a fatal injury. 

As I am writing this, I am in awe of J's spirit.

Maybe in an effort to show everyone he was okay despite 7 stitches on his chin, he still went slacklining when he got back from the ER.

Before we parted ways yesterday, we gathered to say a prayer of thanksgiving.

I am profoundly thankful for what I have come to realize as a gift. 

As the summer progresses we are scheduled to host several reunions in our property (with young kids too)

I look at this event as a reminder to stay on top of safety.

I should not be in shock when time and time again God has shown his presence in my life. (Emmanuel: God is with us)

This weekend was no exception.