Happy Thanksgiving

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By , November 26, 2009 8:40 pm

Jordan and I are grateful for many things this fall. 18 months of marriage. The last 6 months of cohabitation have been especially awesome. Teaching sunday school this fall has been really neat. Many opportunities to do things we love.

We decided to do something slightly different this Thanksgiving: instead of flying east to see our family, or eating with friends or coworkers, we decided we’d have our own special Thanksgiving retreat / 18 month anniversary / time for a vacation long weekend away from the city. We’ve been wanting to visit Yosemite all fall, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. We stayed at the Yosemite Bug a hostel about 45 minutes outside the park. The Bug is pretty awesome (though the prices have been rising a bit) (and there are shared toilets/showers) – among other amenities, it has an EXCELLENT cafe/eating place and free wifi!

So, having just eaten our Thanksgiving feast (I had about a 3 inch slab of roasted leg of lamb with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and mushroom-green beans and Jordan had crusted salmon over quinoa with pomegranate seeds and fennel and the green beans) and dessert (chocolate cake and a warm berry crumble), here I am, posting some pictures from our hike up the mist trail to the top of Vernal falls.

It’s a pretty intense trail – probably equivalent to taking the stairs to the top of a 30 story building. But much more beautiful. Here’s Jordan looking good about 4 fifths of the way up.

Jordan on the stairs near the top

Here’s us at the bottom and then at the top.

Bottom of the mist trail Us at the top of vernal falls

One of the neat things that we were able to do was to call our families from the top. While there wasn’t AT&T coverage at the Bug (which is outside the park), there was on the trail and at the top of Vernal falls. Here’s Jordan with her iPhone…
Jordan and the phone

Birthday present

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By , November 19, 2009 10:51 pm

For my birthday, I had a really enjoyable present – an intramural championship! We won the first game on a buzzer-beating layup (my assist), and the final in overtime when the other team missed a game tying shot… Go “Penguins!”

Penguins - IM Champions

Penguins - IM Champions

Video birthday card

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By , September 19, 2009 12:03 am

The first volume of our video birthday greetings is now online.

Excerpt: “Living By Prayer”

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By , September 16, 2009 9:33 pm

From: The Valley of Vision

Help me not only to desire small things, 
  but with holy boldness to desire great things
    for thy people, for myself,
    that they and I might live to show thy glory.
Teach me
  that it is wisdom for me to play for all I have,
    out of love, willing, not of necessity;
  that I may come to thee at any time,
    to lay open my needs acceptably to thee;
  that my great sin lies in my not keeping
    the savour of thy ways;
  that the remembrance of this truth is one way
    to the sense of thy presence;
  that there is no wrath like the wrath of being
    governed by my own lusts for my own ends.

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