Beyond Pulchritude

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Lots of new things this Easter

10 am - Met with the Oak Grove Abbey folks at Barton Creek to participate in their service and witness the baptism of our friend Alyssa. It was a BEAUTIFUL shining, glorious morning.

12 pm - Invited to a scrumptious and well-seated lunch at the Abbey, which incidentally, is located in the same neighborhood as our coffee shop. It was really fun discovering this small community of believers.

2 pm - Leisurely nap time.

7:30 pm - Seder dinner at Chateau Vaclav. A first for all 14 of us. We agree that it would have been better on the actual day of Passover, but it worked out really well. We're considering making it a tradition...

back in A-town

We've been back for a week.

Our trip to Mexico was fabulous. Rejoicing...Remembering...Refreshing...Rootsy...Ripe with love and encouragement and even a little sorrow, which made it all the more Rich.

Thank you to all our Mexican brothers and sisters who host with such joy and exhuberance. Thanks also to our friends who put up with our whining and jonesin' for good coffee. Thank you to La Mestiza and the Paytons who have good coffee. =}

The wedding was almost as gorgeous as Jeanette. To sum it up--Sam's knees were literally shaking as she walked down the aisle. I would love to show you all the wonderful pictures that we took but we flaked out and forgot our camera. However, Theresa and Erin were kind enough to share theirs:

Theresa's Pics A

Theresa's Pics B

Erin's pics

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

out of town

Tomorrow we're off to Jeanette and Sam's wedding in Mexico! Will have pics when we return...

Monday, April 03, 2006


My friends and I are having a Christian Seder dinner on Easter. Has anyone ever held one of these in their homes? Any tips?

Thursday, March 30, 2006


If you are at work and find yourself in desperate need of tweezers--try binder clips. New ones are especially effective but require a certain amount of patience and skill.

Friday, March 17, 2006


Ever wonder why the clover is associated with St. Patrick's Day? It is the symbol he used to explain the Trinity. This little piece of info instilled in me a whole new appreciation for this green hued holiday. I am no longer ashamed to slap cheesy shamrocks on every surface I can stick things to. Thank you God for redeeming--at least for me--this ancient celebration from the disdain of commercialism. I clover myself anew!!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

C is for Cookie

I am starting an experiment. From now on, I am going to try to expand my vocabulary by curbing my use of the word 'cool'. It is vague and ambiguous and not cool. See what I mean. What does it mean to say something is not cool? It's not right? It's not appropriate? It's not acceptable? Or maybe I mean something is lame.

Anyhow, I am now striving for more concise word choice. Feel free to check me if you hear me say the c-word.

And as our blue furry monster friend used to say, "C is for Cookie," not for cool.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


God my Father and Lord Jesus Christ,

Fill up those channels of desire that gush my energies into a flood of dissipation. Levee my heart unto You.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

steps of faith

I applied for a part-time job this morning. Before I put the envelope with my application letter into my boss's box I sat in my swivel chair for a second and asked once more, "Is this the right time God?"

"Yes," Jesus answered.

"And can I trust you?," I asked.

"Yes, you can trust me," he replied.

"Okay I trust you."

I don't understand how God is able to get us to do things that are so contrary to logic. I just applied to take a part-time job so that I can work at a coffee shop that hasn't even opened. The timing of his steps are so out of order when compared with my idea of the logical progression of things.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." Isa 55:8

It humbles and baffles me.