Where in the world is

23 08 2011

the Mozambique mission team going to be?

Here is our tentative itinerary.


Waka waka

26 07 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

As some of you may know, I visited Africa in 2006.  During the trip I saw many unforgettable sights: lions mating, zebras on the Serengeti and baby elephants.  I also saw women walking along the roads with jugs of water on their heads and on their backs.  Eastern African was in the middle of a drought and water was hard to come by.  I will never forget the rusty color of muddy water that was filling the yellow water jugs as children played in the water hole.

For the last two years my church, The Gathering, has used our Christmas Eve offering to fund wells for safe water in Africa- our money helped to build 3 wells in Mozambique. This October, a group of us will be visiting Mozambique on a mission trip.  We’ll be nurturing a relationship with the village by helping with construction, tutoring and teaching basic computer and Internet skills.

Why is a well important?
•    It provides safe water for local people.
•    Saves time- previously women had to fetch river water from miles away.
•    Helps turn previously barren land into several acres of crops.

Why is supporting the training center important?
•    The training center will maintain the well.
•    Keeps the well from being co-opted by one person.
•    Ensures continued public access to safe water.
•    Provides skills and services to locals.

I’ve committed to raising $4,000.  The money will go toward building supplies, training materials, and offsetting the housing and transportation costs.

I know giving to charitable causes is very personal.   If you currently support a cause and cannot contribute, I understand. However, if you are looking for a cause to support, I believe this is a worthy one and hope you will support in whatever way you feel comfortable.   A financial contribution will be VERY helpful, but if that isn’t an option right now there are other ways to be a part of my success.  Consider donating some of your contacts by sharing this letter with other family member or friends who might want to support this cause.
If you’re the praying kind, any and all prayers for myself, the team, the towns and villages we’ll be working with would be much appreciated.
If you would like to support me financially, please send your tax free donation to me by Aug 15th (shoot me an email/leave a comment if you need my address).  Checks should be made out to The Gathering with Mozambique mission in the memo line. If you would like to keep updated about this, I’ll be posting about preparing for the trip here and if/when possible I’ll up date the blog in Africa.

Lots of Love!

Don’t call it a comeback

26 07 2011

Hello readers!

Welcome to the return of the blog.  Things in St Louis are very very hot right now!  It’s the second straight week of heat warnings and advisories.  Bleg!
Here’s an update on my life:

I started a new job in Dec and it’s been going great!  In Jan I survived snowmaggeden here  in STL, and as I previously posted, in Feb I went to the wizarding world of Harry Potter with McEdit (AWESOME).  March brought me to Atlanta to run a half marathon with my mom and April was packed with freeze-my-butt-off cheering on the cards at a baseball game,  running a half marathon in St Louis with my mom in the scorching heat, and celebrating my college girlfriends coming into town for a reunion. In May I saw Jason Aldean in concert, graduated, and had my birthday. In June, the boy and I went on a whirlwind trip of the AK (look for another post about how awesome that was!) and so far July has been spent enjoying modern conveniences like air conditioning, training for a triathlon, and wondering what in the world possessed me to sign up for a triathlon in Aug in St Louis.

I’m planning on posting a bit on my AK vacation, some on my adventures in St Louis and training, but the focus of my posts will likely be on my upcoming trip to Mozambique and the fundraising I’m doing for it.

Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

10 02 2011

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend!!!!!! Wahoooo!!!!

Despite having been single for every single Valentine’s day of my life (save this up coming one), I have a, perhaps bizarre affection, for this little holiday.  On what other day is it socially acceptable for you to give tiny cards with action figures to your bosses and co workers?  NONE!  It’s all about telling the people you love that you love them, which is totally what I’m all about!

McEdit and I have taken to spending V-day together, in high school it was a natural fit, Mcteach and her bf were together- so we were each others valentines.  In college we sent cards, and last year I flew to Portland to hang  out and this year we are spending Valentine’s weekend in the most magical place on earth.  HARRY POTTERS WIZARDING WORLD!!!

Love you all!

It’s been a long time

25 01 2011

Hello faithful readers,

It’s been a long time, the end of the semester was brutal, but is finally over.  What’s happened since my last post?

I finished school, you may now address me as Master when you see me 🙂

I went to Georgia to hang out with the fam, awesome times!

I got a new job, I’m now a full time project manager, with an office and everything!

I visited Taubs in Milwaukee, where we did a lot of eating, shopping and relaxing!

I went sledding… more on that later.

I signed up for a half marathon (I blame it on the mom)!

I joined a small group at church.

I got some sleep.

Hopefully I’ll be back again soon so you can keep tabs on this Alaskan’s adventures around Tha Lou.

I am a Visitor Here I am Not Permanent

15 11 2010

A couple weekends ago, in a time known as BC (before comps) or BIGCAC (Before I got crazy about comps), I went to DC.  Three very exciting things occurred.

1. Three of my college girlfriends live there and we got to see each other and hang out.

Replace LT (far left) in this pic with me, and replace the Seattle background with DC and voila it’s like we all took a picture together to celebrate how great it was to see each other.

2. Jon Stewart found out that I was going to be in town and scheduled his Rally to Restore Sanity on the same weekend.  I managed to get my hands on a “special guest” pass (thanks Kyle and Nick) and it was AWESOME!!!!  Here are some great signs and a “close up” of the man himself!

It’s true Matzah balls are WAY more delicious than bombs!

3. After standing for 5 hours and walking miles and miles to on Saturday, I still decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon.  It was a glorious day, I felt about as good as one can hope to feel when running that far, and I think the Marines are some of the nicest most helpful people you’ll ever come across.

Dtown and I about 5:30 am on race day

And more pics from raceday (proofs from marathonfoto)

Mom was there to cheer me on!
So that was my Halloween weekend.  All and all it was pretty awesome!  I’m looking forward to many more exciting weekends free of homework and full of friends in the not too distant future.

From Every Mountain Top

26 08 2010

Yes I’m back in Tha Lou, but I can still post beautiful pics from the drive back from Valdez right?

I’ll probably continue updating the blog with some remaining AK pics, and also updates about life back in St. Louis.

Backdrop of the Wrangells


Summit Lake


Horsetail Falls