Spring is here!!

So the benefit of living in a basement is that all of the windows are at ground level.   Which means that in the Spring, when the tulips and crocuses and daffodils are blooming, they are blooming right in front of my window.  My apartment?  It smells INCREDIBLE right now.  (though my allergies are going to hate me for it later!)

There is no other season that warrants the deep breathes, the contended sighs or the feeling of relief like Spring does.  It is the one season where the world collectively says, “Thank God Winter is over!!”

Thank God indeed.

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A new countdown

Um, I’m getting married.  IN 95 DAYS!!  Holy Crap.  Holy. Crap.

Can you sense my excitement? 🙂

So, the wedding planning has taken many twists and turns over the past few months.  While we had originally planned to get married in North Carolina, we had to make some changes.  Though the venue was beautiful and exactly what I had imagined for my wedding,  the logistics just weren’t working out.  So after much debate and prayer, Kris and I decided that the wedding was more important than the venue.  And in order to have the wedding of our dreams, we had to pass on the venue of our dreams.

But don’t feel bad for us.  Because it is still going to be awesome.  We were blessed by a friend of the family offering their beautiful home for the celebration, and other friends have just come right along and offered help in other areas.  This is going to be the wedding of my dreams.  And not to be too cheesy, I’m marrying the man of my dreams – so really, what more do I need than that?

So, in 95 days, in the throws of a Florida summer, I will be walking down a make-shift isle, surrounded by those I love most, and marrying the man I love.  How lucky am I?

Um, 95 freakin’ days y’all!!

Women in Black

Every time a homeless person is found dead outside or dies by violence in King County, WHEEL (a homeless women’s organizing effort) and the Church of Mary Magdalene (an ecumenical day ministry) mobilize for our silent witnessing vigil called Women in Black.  Having just received an updated 2009 list, on Wednesday, March 3rd, we will stand vigil to honor and remember:

  • JEFFERY HEBERT, 51, who was found dead at the Gilman Playground (in Ballard) on December 19th (the cause of his death is pending),
  • JOHN CHENEY, 54, who died by suicide (from the Aurora Bridge) on December 21st, and
  • MICHAEL DOUBLES, 56, who was found dead of natural causes at NE 68th and Weedin Place NE on December 31st.

At least 38 homeless people died outdoor/violent deaths in King County in 2009, and we are heart broken that 10 of these were deaths by suicide.  At least two homeless people have died outdoor/violent deaths already this year.   Where is the community outcry?  Please join our vigil if you are able to!

(Taken from the Women in Black press release)