Friday, July 27, 2012

Where is Arizona, Au-Jamee?

Today, Lucas and Brennan are at the house and are spending the night with us. I've been trying to tell them for the last two weeks that I am going away for a year in a way that they would understand (they are 4 and 2). Today, I was at the computer answering some emails when Lucas crawled up into my lap and wanted to know where Arizona was.

I pulled up a map of the United States and showed him where PA was, and then showed him where AZ was. I drew a line with my finger from PA to AZ and asked him if he knew how far the two states were from each other. He shook his head no, and so we googled the address of our house and the place in Arizona where I will be missioned. I told him was over 2,000 miles and his eyes got real big and said that that was a really big number.

I love the innocent curiosity of small children, and I had to laugh at what his little brother, Brennan, asked me:   "Are you going to spend pwesents from Adizonda"?

Probably, Brennan.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Graduation Party

Today was my graduation party; a celebration of a wonderful four years at Cabrini and a sort of going away party for me as I prepare to finalize things with my commitment to MVC. I am being sent to Arizona for eleven months and within the next few weeks, I should be able to meet my community members and learn more about what I will be doing down there.

Despite the sudden and severe rain that interrupted the party, it was a good time with family and friends, and I was grateful for the chance to see some people before I leave. It is starting to hit me that this is a reality. Not only have I graduated college, but I am moving on into the real world. I am excited, but there is a part of me that is anxious about this new beginning. Of course, I want to do well, I want to be useful and helpful and feel like I am a part of a bigger picture. I am excited to see what August will be bringing for me.

My awesome graduation cake with my pre-school and graduation pictures! 

Friday, July 6, 2012


Welcome to my website!

I started this website months ago in an attempt to build up a professional site about myself and my career aspirations. Since then, I was struck by the desire to fulfill a dream of a year of service, and I am excited to say that I am headed to Arizona for the year with the Mercy Volunteer Corps to teach at an Indian School in the Navajo Nation.

I am taking my degrees in history, American studies and education and turning them into an awesome adventure of spirituality as I discover what it is like to live in solidarity with others on an exciting journey into the unknown.