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Somewhere off the highway between Half Moon Bay & Santa Cruz.

Somewhere off the highway between Half Moon Bay & Santa Cruz.

Stanford Memorial Chapel, Stanford University

Stanford Memorial Chapel, Stanford University
Our tour at the Robert Mondavi winery.

Our tour at the Robert Mondavi winery.

Sometimes I forget how beautiful this place is that we called home. This week, I have had the opportunity to share it with my parents and cousin. We have toured many places during the last three days. It’s been wonderful and fun to show them lots of great new places.

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So, I have lots of things I haven’t blogged about in weeks. I’m even behind on uploading pictures to facebook which friends keep politely reminding me about. I’ve decided to do a quick review of the last few weeks months and leave you with some pictures. Here goes:

Well, for our anniversary, we got tickets to see the INDIGO GIRLS in concert. I love their music even more after watching them perform live! We saw them at this incredible place called Mountain Winery in Saratoga. The weather was perfect for the concert, too. Here are some highlights:

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At the end of July, Todd came to visit us. He split his time between our apartment and Jen’s house in the city. One day, Jen, Todd, and I went to Napa Valley and visited the wineries. Later in the week, Todd and I enjoyed the beautiful weather and went kayaking at Shoreline Park.

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As you saw earlier in the last post, I just finished up my CPE residency. I’m off for a couple of weeks before starting my new job as part-time Interim Pastor of New Community of Faith in San Jose, CA. I’m excited about journeying with this community of faith as their pastor while they seek God’s direction for the future. As many of my blog friends will remember, I’ve preached at this church several times over the year. I’ll begin in September co-pastoring with the current interim and will begin solo at the beginning of October.

The best way to enjoy time off is with some of your favorite people!!! Brittany came to see me and was here for my graduation. (Yes, we had a graduation/worship service). She and Joe are expecting twins later this year which means I got to see her baby bump!! We had a great time seeing our favorite movies together, enjoying high tea, and doing what we do best— talking!! I’m so glad that she came to see me. We miss being in the same city with her and Joe so much!

She's been waiting a whole year for a Sprinkles cupcake!

She's been waiting a whole year for a Sprinkles cupcake!

We had a picnic at a park in Cupertino and went to Shakespeare in the Park.

We had a picnic at a park in Cupertino and went to Shakespeare in the Park.

Enjoying high tea at the Crown & Crumpet in San Francisco

Enjoying high tea at the Crown & Crumpet in San Francisco

Whew! What a great couple of months! I hope I’ll do a better job blogging more regularly. It’s something I really love doing!

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you write a post about a NPR broadcast you heard earlier in the day. Seriously, what has happened to me? I used to make fun of Joe for listening to NPR religiously and now, especially with the constant coverage in the Bay area, I NEVER listen to anything else.

Getting back to the point of this post. During my drive from San Jose to Palo Alto a couple of weeks ago, I heard this interview. It took me back to remember the books from childhood which taught me about the world. I’ve never called in to comment on NPR because that just might add to the case that I’m becoming an old woman. But, I thought I’d start a conversation here about the top 3 books that you read as child that impacted your life the most. Here are the ones I remember reading when I was in Elementary school:

I loved the Boxcar Children. I wanted to be adventurous and life without parents seemed like such the adventure. I don’t think I ever stopped to think about how they had to scrounge around to get food, etc.

images The Babysitter’s Club series could be credited for helping me think about how to make money. My first jobs were  mowing my neighbor’s lawn (no lie- started in the fourth grade) and babysitting (did it all throughout high  school). I loved making money. My cousin Christy and I read these books together and tried to set up the club  similarly to the girls in the book– dues and everything. It didn’t work out long.

The Sweet Valley Twins series gave me my first image of California living. 🙂 Yes, I longed to be a twin and have  the experiences that Jessica and Elizabeth did (I can’t believe that I just remembered their names!). Of course,  now I know that California is even more beautiful that I could have imagined from the books. I certainly didn’t think when I was reading them in elementary school that I’d be living here as an adult!

I didn’t say it was QUALITY READINGS that shaped my life. Hee hee! So, what do you remember? Where you camping out with the Boxcar Children? wishing you were a twin so you could have the adventures of the Sweet Valley Twins?

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Transitions

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I’m sitting on the verge of another transition. There are five days left of my Clinical Pastoral Education program. FIVE DAYS.

I remember hearing about CPE during my first year of seminary and thinking, “maybe I’ll try that one day“. This year has been incredibly difficult, inspiring, and overly reflective in so many ways. I will walk away from this experience a different kind of pastor than when I began.

I’m thankful for my colleagues who have journeyed with me. I’m thankful for the patients who have taught me. I’m thankful for my family and friends who have encouraged me through the process.

Now, off to writing my final evaluation!!

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