Archive for October, 2006

Remembering

October 30, 2006


Kyle Lake is someone I never met, but seeing the love that people had for him in the aftermath of his death (a year ago today) really struck me as I read about him on many blogs and news feeds for days to come. You can learn more about him, view a trailer of the dvd that was created, and participate in efforts to support his family here. He wrote a couple books you can check out here and here.

Several days ago I had switched back my laptop background to words he often used in his benediction:

love God. embrace beauty. live life to the fullest.

consider those words yourself. from what i can tell, kyle was a person who attempted to live this out… all you have to do is a google search or read the footprints collection on his website to see that the way he lived life had and continues to have a huge impact on people.

here is an excerpt from his last sermon (which he never got to share) which was based on the movie Garden State in a series he was doing regarding faith and film:

Live. And Live Well.
BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now.
On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun.
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.
Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time.
If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well.
Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed.
If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all… because soon he’ll be wiping his own.
If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well.
At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift.

Remembering

October 30, 2006


Kyle Lake is someone I never met, but seeing the love that people had for him in the aftermath of his death (a year ago today) really struck me as I read about him on many blogs and news feeds for days to come. You can learn more about him, view a trailer of the dvd that was created, and participate in efforts to support his family here. He wrote a couple books you can check out here and here.

Several days ago I had switched back my laptop background to words he often used in his benediction:

love God. embrace beauty. live life to the fullest.

consider those words yourself. from what i can tell, kyle was a person who attempted to live this out… all you have to do is a google search or read the footprints collection on his website to see that the way he lived life had and continues to have a huge impact on people.

here is an excerpt from his last sermon (which he never got to share) which was based on the movie Garden State in a series he was doing regarding faith and film:

Live. And Live Well.
BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply. Be PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now.
On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun.
If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.
Get knee-deep in a novel and LOSE track of time.
If you bike, pedal HARD… and if you crash then crash well.
Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done—a paper well-written, a project thoroughly completed, a play well-performed.
If you must wipe the snot from your 3-year old’s nose, don’t be disgusted if the Kleenex didn’t catch it all… because soon he’ll be wiping his own.
If you’ve recently experienced loss, then GRIEVE. And Grieve well.
At the table with friends and family, LAUGH. If you’re eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke. And if you eat, then SMELL. The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven. And TASTE. Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. Taste every ounce of Life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift.

Parade of Lost Souls

October 29, 2006

The parade that Kristin and I volunteered to help with this week was tonight. Regardless of anyone’s opinions of Halloween, I found it quite enjoyable, even amidst the not-so-Christian spirituality present. Here are some pictures (I really need to get a flickr account, especially when I get a new camera… mom,*cough Christmas *cough)

many of the houses also participated, as you can see. (notice the windows/eyes)

so initially i took this picture because the guy had on a really amazing wizard costume. then when i went back to make sure it took i kind of freaked because of the way the picture turned out. obviously i didn’t do anything cool to cause the effects… his costume was apparently reflective.

they also had a graveyard where people could make grave stones signfying things they wanted to put to death. i really liked the visual.

i resonated with this one.

so i accidentally cut the head of this gigantic puppet off… but what’s really important is that i helped paint those snakes. 🙂

this german artist has a theory that when angels spend too much time on earth they become corrupted and can lose their wings. [she really believe this.]

so, this guy wins the award for best dad ever. if it is hard to tell, his baby is a spider, and the dad has a spider web tangled all around his head. i seriously have to marry someone who would do this.

so i forgot my costume… but i did wear a hat.

On a side note, during the fire show (no pics, my camera died), I could have sworn I heard over some loud speaker a reference to “1 Peter 2:24- [some verse that was muffled]” I had my bible in my purse and decided I would see if I was crazy and here is what it said:

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. v24-25

I have no idea who I heard annouce this outloud, but I know I am not crazy.

What a comforting thought to know that even in a place where souls are celebrated in their lostness, God is our overseer… leading his dumb, prone to wander sheep to return to Him. May a few sheep from the parade wander His way. May those of us in His flock be reminded of His constant care for us, even to our core.

by the way- its really late. its raining. i have a new book to read. its fall back. beautiful.

Parade of Lost Souls

October 29, 2006

The parade that Kristin and I volunteered to help with this week was tonight. Regardless of anyone’s opinions of Halloween, I found it quite enjoyable, even amidst the not-so-Christian spirituality present. Here are some pictures (I really need to get a flickr account, especially when I get a new camera… mom,*cough Christmas *cough)

many of the houses also participated, as you can see. (notice the windows/eyes)

so initially i took this picture because the guy had on a really amazing wizard costume. then when i went back to make sure it took i kind of freaked because of the way the picture turned out. obviously i didn’t do anything cool to cause the effects… his costume was apparently reflective.

they also had a graveyard where people could make grave stones signfying things they wanted to put to death. i really liked the visual.

i resonated with this one.

so i accidentally cut the head of this gigantic puppet off… but what’s really important is that i helped paint those snakes. 🙂

this german artist has a theory that when angels spend too much time on earth they become corrupted and can lose their wings. [she really believe this.]

so, this guy wins the award for best dad ever. if it is hard to tell, his baby is a spider, and the dad has a spider web tangled all around his head. i seriously have to marry someone who would do this.

so i forgot my costume… but i did wear a hat.

On a side note, during the fire show (no pics, my camera died), I could have sworn I heard over some loud speaker a reference to “1 Peter 2:24- [some verse that was muffled]” I had my bible in my purse and decided I would see if I was crazy and here is what it said:

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. v24-25

I have no idea who I heard annouce this outloud, but I know I am not crazy.

What a comforting thought to know that even in a place where souls are celebrated in their lostness, God is our overseer… leading his dumb, prone to wander sheep to return to Him. May a few sheep from the parade wander His way. May those of us in His flock be reminded of His constant care for us, even to our core.

by the way- its really late. its raining. i have a new book to read. its fall back. beautiful.

mhbcmi

October 28, 2006

We still our hearts and we quiet ourselves in anticipation of the words of Jesus. For many of us we’re desperate. Others are tired. Some are exhausted. Some are filled with anger. So we come to you exactly as we are.

We have no energy left to pretend.

And our assumption today is that You want to rescue us from our exhaustion, our despair, from anything thats in the way of the life Jesus has for us. So turn us upside down, provoke us, comfort us, challenge us. We open ourselves to You.

Naked and vulnerable.

And we are asking you to speak to us in these moments. We assume Your spirit will be all over this place, all over us; teaching us, guiding us. Give us the guts to step forward and do what you would have us do. As we look at this ancient story and the Jesus who tells it, and the twists and turns He puts on it, please show us all that is going on here so we can live better.
_Rob Bell

(a pastor who is “hell bent on the healing and restoration of the whole world”… a pastor who understands that the kingdom is here, and the kingdom is the Gospel.)

mhbcmi

October 27, 2006

We still our hearts and we quiet ourselves in anticipation of the words of Jesus. For many of us we’re desperate. Others are tired. Some are exhausted. Some are filled with anger. So we come to you exactly as we are.

We have no energy left to pretend.

And our assumption today is that You want to rescue us from our exhaustion, our despair, from anything thats in the way of the life Jesus has for us. So turn us upside down, provoke us, comfort us, challenge us. We open ourselves to You.

Naked and vulnerable.

And we are asking you to speak to us in these moments. We assume Your spirit will be all over this place, all over us; teaching us, guiding us. Give us the guts to step forward and do what you would have us do. As we look at this ancient story and the Jesus who tells it, and the twists and turns He puts on it, please show us all that is going on here so we can live better.
_Rob Bell

(a pastor who is “hell bent on the healing and restoration of the whole world”… a pastor who understands that the kingdom is here, and the kingdom is the Gospel.)

last week

October 27, 2006
(me, Kristin, Keely, Jenn)

Turkish Delight at a shop in Pike’s Market in Seattle… we wanted to know what Peter’s fuss was all about in Narnia… turns out its pretty good stuff… kind of tastes like those Swedish Fish candies. And apparently I was the only one who thought we were making weird awkward faces… and Kristin was the greatest for driving to and from Seattle… i love working with her (not just because she takes me places when walking is an inconvenience)

my home, for those that didn’t see it in the update i sent out. i live on the first floor. our house is affectionately dubbed a “Vancouver Special,” even by realtors… there are houses just like this all over East Van… apparently they were cool in the 70’s… notice i said then and not now 🙂 but don’t worry, we are fixin’ her up!

At Red Robin…. home of the famous Bonzai Burger
(secretly, I prefer the chicken variation…)

Waiting for transit… something we did often, and sometimes
involving chasing buses for a couple blocks… this time we were on our way to see Marie Antoinette.

Posing at a flower shop in the market at Granville Island

This picture is from inside a cafe on the water at the market.


my street. every day i get to enjoy this view as i walk home 🙂


*i know i have posted lots of pictures recently but i think many of you are okay with that. more ramblings are on the way, just you wait.

last week

October 27, 2006
(me, Kristin, Keely, Jenn)

Turkish Delight at a shop in Pike’s Market in Seattle… we wanted to know what Peter’s fuss was all about in Narnia… turns out its pretty good stuff… kind of tastes like those Swedish Fish candies. And apparently I was the only one who thought we were making weird awkward faces… and Kristin was the greatest for driving to and from Seattle… i love working with her (not just because she takes me places when walking is an inconvenience)

my home, for those that didn’t see it in the update i sent out. i live on the first floor. our house is affectionately dubbed a “Vancouver Special,” even by realtors… there are houses just like this all over East Van… apparently they were cool in the 70’s… notice i said then and not now 🙂 but don’t worry, we are fixin’ her up!

At Red Robin…. home of the famous Bonzai Burger
(secretly, I prefer the chicken variation…)

Waiting for transit… something we did often, and sometimes
involving chasing buses for a couple blocks… this time we were on our way to see Marie Antoinette.

Posing at a flower shop in the market at Granville Island

This picture is from inside a cafe on the water at the market.


my street. every day i get to enjoy this view as i walk home 🙂


*i know i have posted lots of pictures recently but i think many of you are okay with that. more ramblings are on the way, just you wait.

Spiderwoman

October 24, 2006


So, I know this is gross, but I am really amazed at the work a small, undetected spider can do to a person. This was what my leg looked like Sunday. I finally went to the doctor on Saturday and I found out I am pretty allergic to spiders (or this one at least) and so I got some antihistamines and am slowly healing. I haven’t run or anything because I was afraid it would aggravate the swelling. It’s still a little swollen and incredibly itchy, but I may try to run anyways today. Stupid Canadian spiders…

Spiderwoman

October 24, 2006


So, I know this is gross, but I am really amazed at the work a small, undetected spider can do to a person. This was what my leg looked like Sunday. I finally went to the doctor on Saturday and I found out I am pretty allergic to spiders (or this one at least) and so I got some antihistamines and am slowly healing. I haven’t run or anything because I was afraid it would aggravate the swelling. It’s still a little swollen and incredibly itchy, but I may try to run anyways today. Stupid Canadian spiders…