May 27, 2009

the beginning of a beautiful summer...

it’s not often that adults get the chance to really enjoy the freedom of summer, but since i have no kids, no house and no career ladder to climb…i’m doing it. school’s out, tax season is over and i’ve put in my two week notice at john knox. goodbye work...hello summer.

lest you think i have an aversion to work (although i’m sure some people would argue that i do) here are a few of the reasons i’m doing this...
  • life is just better with other people. one of the reasons i so love to visit out of town friends is that i really get the chance to 'live life' with them. i’m not just stopping by for a few hours, i’m moving in. we laugh together, play together, cook together…it’s great. i wrote a 'life mission statement' a few months ago and one of the things it says is that i want to enjoy the people in my life. so what better way than to carve out a big chunk of time to spend with them? so whether you’re an out of town friend, or a lucky stay-at-home mom friend…get ready, ‘cause i’m probably coming to visit.

  • i want to be available. another thing my mission statement says is that i want to be exceedingly generous with my time and talents. so i just want to free up my time to be helpful. some of this is already planned, like helping my mom finish painting her house and mission trips with her to africa and honduras. other things will be more spontaneous. either way, i want to be available.

i'm looking forward to spending time with my mom and many dear friends this summer. and i hope when i look back on these few months i can see it's been fruitful, both for me and the ones i love.

*if anyone out there is interested in trying to keep up with my travels over the summer, i added a link on the right side of my blog that will take you to a calendar that shows where i'll be and when. i feel like carmen sandiego.

May 10, 2009

we love the umpire...

my cousin matt is an umpire for double-a baseball in the southern league. he's been working his way up the ranks for a few years and has one more level to go before he gets to the big leagues...which is pretty amazing. my mom and i were anxious to see him in action, so this weekend we hopped in the car with christy, matt's sister, and her three year old son tommy and headed to jackson, tennessee.

the game wasn't exactly filled with thrills, but we were much more interested in the guy behind home plate, so it didn’t matter much. the second game was rained out, but matt was able to take us in the umpire clubhouse and out on the field instead, so that kinda made up for it.

matt working the plate


my mom and tommy @ the game...and no, it wasn't raining...


mom and me on the field

May 3, 2009

she plans to motor west...

it's my mom's birthday! and in order to kick the sixty-sixth year off right, i thought it would be appropriate to play a little song. she's in for an adventurous year, which ironically includes a road trip out west...coincidence? i think not.

happy birthday mom...i love you!