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Monthly Archives: April 2013

I’ve decided my son will be on Jeopardy someday. He’s always been bright, but as he’s gotten a bit older, I’ve realized that maybe it’s not that he’s gifted as much as he’s an information sponge. I don’t know. The point is that up until recently he preferred non-fiction books over fiction. His favorite television show as a preschooler was Popular Mechanics for Kids. I think he’s read every Magic School Bus book at least 10 times. He collects maps of places he’s been that are now held together by Scotch tape because of their constant use. I couldn’t even get him to eat his breakfast this morning because he was busy naming the largest rivers in the world.

We’ve always tried to encourage this love of learning. He’s a different child when his mind is engaged. The past three years I’ve homeschooled him for half days because of some special needs. We journeyed through World History for two years and spent the last semester studying American History. Can I admit that I’ve learned more about our country’s history in the past six months then I did in 16 years of school?!

So it was natural for us to want to take him to Washington, D.C.  I  believe it’s another layer in his learning process. Of course, that’s not really what we had in mind when I had to explain our First Amendment rights and circumcision to my nine year old while walking past protestors on the Capitol lawn….yeah, that’s an interesting story… I felt like I was in an episode of  Arrested Development with Lindsay Bluth Fünke at the H.O.O.P. fundraiser!

Here’s our photo journal:

Just to prove I was on the trip 🙂

 I laughed as Jonah sat down on the steps of the Capitol building with a sad look on his face and started singing one of our favorite Schoolhouse Rock songs:

“I’m just a bill
Yes, I’m only a bill
And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill
Well, it’s a long, long journey
To the capital city
It’s a long, long wait
While I’m sitting in committee
But I know I’ll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will
But today I am still just a bill.”

The World War II Memorial is meaningful to my family. My grandfather, who lived in Ohio for much of his life, was on the U.S.S. West Virginia that was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

We missed the cherry blossoms by about one week. Big bummer! Someday…

It was 5:45 p.m. We hadn’t had dinner, we’d walked at least seven miles, and we were heading into a museum with no food and drinks allowed. What do we do? We get frozen yogurt, of course!

Street performers needed Jonah’s help.

I met Jodi and Chad my first semester of college. They were high school sweethearts that dated through college and married soon thereafter.

Since that time, they’ve lived and traveled the globe– and I do mean travel the globe.

My husband and I have deep respect for people that think big and do the extraordinary. Chad and Jodi are the epitome of this. They are dreamers AND planners– a rare combination, don’t you think?

A few years ago their adventure included a sabbatical where they spent six weeks in Santa Cruz and six weeks in East Africa, volunteering for Trade as One, a fair trade retailer in the United States. During this time, their family visited 12 of Trade as One’s Fair Trade producers in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

They returned to a life of normalcy in Chicago but couldn’t do life the same. They felt God leading them to be more engaged in job creation and poverty alleviation.

Naturally, they felt their house was the one thing “holding them back;” they knew they had to let it go in order to be freed up to let God work.

They put their house up for sale, and it sold the first day it was on the market! With two young boys, they spent one year with their belongings packed up, lived in three different rental houses, and wondered what in the world they were doing as they sought God’s direction.

Through some contacts Jodi made when they were on sabbatical in Santa Cruz, she was offered a job. Being in the Bay Area close to other social venture companies could be the best way for them to pursue the passion for job creation in developing countries.

They’ve been in this phase of their journey for two years. While visiting, I kept saying, “I can’t believe you live here!” I have many friends that live in pretty cool places, but I think their story makes them unique. What I probably should have said was, “I’m in awe of your story! You left your comfortable city life and now you walk barefoot to the beach, ride bikes with surfboard racks, rent your house to vacationers, and tirelessly work on a start up to help African women!”

They’re in a prime position to watch God work and to be more free than ever to respond to His promptings.

With these two adorable little dudes.

My husband had business to do in California so I decided to tag along. Why not, huh? While Mike was in meetings, I explored, and then we stayed two extra days to vacation. Let me tell you, hanging out in California was certainly refreshing for this Central Indiana Photographer! I could shoot the coastline all day long!

Sadly, I had never spent time in California. I’ve seen the California airports many times, but actually BEING there was a joy. It made me wonder why I live in Indiana– oh, yeah. The people. I love the people in my town!

We spent time in San Jose, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur. Can you recognize any of the places below?

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Santa Cruz

Our friends gave us their bikes to explore the town. Check out the surf rack. Yes, you can say it– POSERS!

The view at our friends’ house. It’s a rough life.

Big Sur

My diet food 🙂  Spinach gnocchi. Casanova Restaurant. Carmel, Califormia.

Sonja is a dear friend from my post-college, still single phase. I was a traveling admissions counselor at the time, rented a tiny one bedroom house, worked out every morning at 5:30 a.m., and spent my evenings watching Dawson’s Creek. (That sounds really lame, doesn’t it? Remember, I was a TRAVELING admissions counselor; my excitement came while I was on the road! That’s my disclaimer, at least :)) Sonja was a college student and we connected quickly over peanut butter pancakes, boy stories, and our brothers who were friends.

That was many moons ago.

Since that time, marriages, kids, military life, etc. has matured and changed us. I don’t get to see her much so it was a thrill to travel to California and spend time with her and her husband, Mitch. Mitch just HAPPENS to be getting his MBA at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and that just HAPPENS to be next to Carmel and Big Sur, and they just HAPPEN to be renting a gorgeous home with an incredible view, and she just HAPPENS to have a true gift of hospitality.

We were spoiled to say the least.

Mitch is a Captain in the Army– a war veteran who has spent much of his adult life defending our freedom. He’s smart, steady, and tells a great story.

Sonja is beautiful– inside and out– with a true love for people. I think I feel about her the same way I would feel about a younger sister. I’m heart-connected to her. I want the best for her.

They have sacrificed 3 ½ years of their marriage for our country while Mitch was deployed in Iraq.

They deserved a photo session, don’t you think?

So after exploring we stopped and had some fun…

The following morning we captured these shots before heading out for the day 🙂

All images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark iii and a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8.