Monday, July 30, 2012

Natural Globe


Surfing

















That kid is thinking, "BEST DAY EVER."

Olympics






















The Olympics tend to make me a little sentimental. When athletes stand on the podium and the Star Spangled Banner plays, I get a little drippy about the eyes.

Foreign Body

My body has become foreign to me.

It makes me feel a little out of place.

Over the years my shape has waxed and waned, but the angles and the range of motion have always been familiar.

 But now, not so. There is a tightness in my lower abdomen that puts a damper on my Zumba hip swiveling. When I lean to tie my shoes, it is the slightest obstruction, but I cringe to think of the road block it will shortly become.

And where there once was cause and effect, now there is only chaos. Before pregnancy, symptoms could be traced directly to their sources. Marinara = heart burn. Three diet cokes = dehydration headache. Staying up too late = bleary eyed exhaustion. But NOW, the bonfire of acid in my chest seems to burn without fuel, the feeling like there is a spiked cudgel imbedded in my lower back seems to have come from nowhere, and headaches seem to blossom out of thin air after three bottles of water and only one diet coke.

It's anatomical anarchy.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cheese Bar!

Finally! The kind of bar I can get behind! Murray's Cheese Bar in the village. Ugh! Why is everything cool in NYC!!!???








Princess

Ok, I'll admit it, I think she's awesome.






















AND I want her wardrobe.

Should'a been...


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Paradox

Lately, I've been mulling over the seeming contradictions and challenges that religion can present in a modern world - the tension between sophistication and hope, the paradox of proof and faith. I believe that there is a place in this world for both, in fact, I don't find the two to be contradictory at all - they are meant to work together to bring us to truth.

I stumbled on this article that I felt captured a lot of what has been swirling around in my head: Mormon and Modern.

Here is the excerpt that particularly resonated with me:

"Mormons welcome truth from whatever source and take the pragmatic view that where religion and science seem to clash, it is simply because there are insufficient data to reconcile the two. Latter-day Saints approach such tensions as challenges to learn, not contradictions to avoid. This productive tension can enrich both mind and heart. All understanding, whether spiritual or rational, is worked out in constant questioning and discovery. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “By proving contraries, truth is made manifest.” Latter-day Saints do not expect God to simply hand down information. He expects us to wrestle with the complications of life through prayerful searching and sound thinking."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Brie and Black Berry

... that's 3 points in Scattergories, right?


Feels like home


loving

“Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people he has made?”

Francis Chan

Friday, July 13, 2012

Paradox

"This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it."
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, July 9, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012