• Faith,  Uncategorized

    accepting rejection

    I recently looked through the list of drafts I have created on this blog. Some are from years ago and others are more recent. Some I discarded while to others I added thoughts. One draft I came across made me chuckle: accepting rejection. Artists of all outlets experience the highs and lows of art. This can be a p That’s all I wrote. I guess I didn’t think finishing the draft was worth it at the time but I guess I can add a few more words. What I’ve found in my short years of singing professionally is this:  Clichés are annoying but can be helpful Although art can bring…

  • Faith,  Uncategorized

    Let me rejoice

    However short the trip, I love being back in Evanston. It is the place Daniel and I called home for several years. Yesterday morning, I sat with dear friends at a church I hold close to my heart. I looked around before service began and thought about the people who came and went during our tenure and those who shaped us in ways they’ll probably never know. I love talking with Daniel about memories held in these places. We grew a lot as a couple in the years we spent here. We were knocked down by ourselves and others but we learned more about grace and forgiveness. The growth wasn’t…

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    Walking

    I love walking. We currently live near a manmade lake that feels more like an old friend than an artificial basin. I have fond memories walking the harsh concrete and uneven gravel path in high school and college. It’s the place my husband first told me he loved me; the place I talked with my aunt about my faith; the place I learned my grandma’s emphysema from second-hand smoke was worse than I thought. I’ve laughed with friends, cried to God, and observed painted skies. It’s a dear place to me. My appreciation for the quality of conversation and comfortability with silence comes in part from walking around that lake. Our…

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    Giving Grace

    The reactions you receive when discussing our journey TTC with people can be quite amusing. I wonder if this is because we are accustomed to keeping personal matters personal, not burdening anyone with difficult subjects. And believe me, TTC is a difficult, personal matter. In the past couple of years, I have cautiously opened up to others about this topic. Each time I open up to a new person or group, it feels like a step of trust and faith. For the most part, our story has been received with love and grace, but occasionally this hasn’t been true. Through this experience, I’ve learned a few things about others and…

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    Leaving Seoul

    Today is our last day in Korea. We’re meeting with a friend for breakfast and then heading to the airport. I’m amazed at what we’ve accomplished in this last week since Monday. We’ve traveled from Seoul to Busan to Kyungchu back to Seoul all in a few days. The last two were spent solely in the Seoul area. I was looking through some pictures yesterday and saw one I took of an elevator. “An elevator?!” Yes. Here it is, in all of it’s glory. I took this to remember the first time we rode an elevator in Seoul and how I screamed as the doors quickly shut and all I…

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    Morning adventures

    This morning started a bit early. We packed our belongings last night. Rather, Daniel packed our belongings last night. He’s good at packing and I’m good at making lists to remember (most) things. He also packed the car this morning. I wish I had a before and after picture to show you just how much stuff he put into two suitcases. We came with two full suitcases and purchased gifts and clothes. We made our last trip to the local conbini to get coffee. I’m surprised we didn’t know the workers by name after this week after all of our early trips due to jet lag. We leave for Korea…

  • Family,  Food,  Uncategorized

    second time around

    I’m writing on a Saturday night in Tokyo. Back home, it would be Saturday morning but it’s Saturday night. Sometimes that still confuses me. We’ve been in Japan for only a few days, but it feels like much more. We’ve done a lot. I wish I could remember and record everything, but for now, a few pictures will have to do. When we first landed, Daniel’s parents picked us up from the airport and we ate sushi with them and his sister. I was already full from the amount of food we ate on the plane, but sushi in Japan is amazing, so I ate more. We came to this…

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    Singing again

    My best friend recently started a blog called, “Not a Wasted Day.” I love it. I’ve told her before, but I look forward to every post she writes. Daniel and I are getting ready for our second trip over the Pacific to Japan. This time we’re also visiting extended relatives in Korea. Preparing for the trip reminded me of blogging. It’s been quite a gap of time since the last time I blogged. Over two years. I blogged parts of our last trip to Japan and decided to read through those blogs. I ended up reading those blogs and the multiple previous entries I made. Some brought tears to my…