One: I rearranged the living room furniture for Epiphany. Hooray! The piano is back in the living room, but now there’s no room for the tall bookcase that holds the phone charging station and the cookbooks. This is what comes of the extra windows I demanded when the house was being built. But I gotta say, I love windows.
Two: And then I had this blank wall that was just crying for art and beauty. The photo, by Frank Anello, was taken in Myanmar (Burma). It’s a Kachin mom and baby, and I love it. I bought it at a fund-raiser for the refugee-support organization we volunteer with.
Three: Owen said to me the other day (right before he had to leave for his once a week school), “So, what are the benefits of micro loans?” And my loving, motherly response was, “What, did you forget to do your economics homework over break?” No, he genuinely wanted to know about micro loans and if we could start a micro loan program.
Do any of you have experience with international micro finance? I don’t think we’re up for beginning our own international relief organization, but my kids are really excited about raising $500 for a micro loan organization. Anyone have an experience with an organization that gives micro loans with success?
Four: Obviously my camera is working again. The new phone had to be replaced, so after I reloaded all the things I hadn’t backed up onto new phone #1, I had to do it all again with #2. #firstworldproblem
Five: I spend two days over New Year’s weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. A friend and I met for a weekend of reflection and prayer. We woke up on Sunday and saw Ben Carson’s campaign bus in the hotel parking lot, and I realized I had some items I wanted to discuss with him. Alas, they pulled out just as we were going down for breakfast.
Six: But I found this awesome cheese shop in Des Moines and ate the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich (with a little rosemary ham and fig jam).
(Somehow my photo has as much chocolate as cheese in it. I don’t know how that happened. Must be the new camera…)
Seven: The Epiphany service was lovely. And our church started a Wednesday night class for the season of Epiphany, “A Christian Ending to Life.” I will be presenting a session about getting straight answers from the medical community about how much time we have and implications of treatment choices, and how to communicate our end of life wishes to our treatment team and families. That shouldn’t take more than an hour, right?
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