Wednesday, December 31, 2014

today is the last day of 2014 [lavender scarf]

i own a lavender scarf.

it is my favorite scarf, because i made it myself.

it took a few months and lots of patience.

patience to continue knitting line after line

and keep knitting,

even when i made a mistake.

i made a lot of mistakes...

sometimes i could track back and fix the knitting misstep, but a lot of those missteps were not easy fixes and they are now permanently etched into the rows of my favorite scarf.

my best friend, betty, and i learned to knit at the same time. she was really bad at it (haha -- she would agree with that statement), because she always restarted her piece each time she made an error. she restarted her scarf tens, if not hundreds, of times. in the end, she became frustrated and quit. she couldn't accept the flaws as a natural part of the process and it stopped her progress completely.

i finished my scarf. it is far from perfect.
yet it is my favorite scarf,
i made it with my own hands.
i worked for every stitch of that lavender scarf.

2014 has unraveled a lot differently than i expected.
[get it.. unraveled.. knitting..]

there are many knits in my life that others may look at and see as flaws.
there are many knits in my life that others do look at and see as flaws.
there are many knits in my life that are flaws.

..and that is okay.

..that is absolutely okay.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

oh how i missed my scrubs

After spending the last few months working every day in dressed-up missionary attire, it feels incredibly nice to work in SCRUBS again!

Sigh.. I missed the Emergency Room.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Delia! [Madison, WI]

Madison, WI

This weekend I got to see one of my favorite people...

I met Delia when we lived in Ecuador.

We lived in neighboring communities.

2013 Global Citizen Year fellows from the Cloud Forest region (when we visited Otavalo)

This weekend I got to visit her in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin!

downtown Madison from afar


Friday, December 12, 2014

First Week Home from the Mission

This week I came home from my mission.

Hetalia Life  Challenge animated GIF

It's very confusing to be back in Iowa..

84 Years

I keep trying to read my texts aloud to everyone... It confuses them...


And I keep looking around for my companion....

..and then I realize I don't have one anymore..
I miss Hermana Yanez and Bossa and Mocellin and Diaz and WHY AREN'T THEY IN MY LIFE ANYMORE

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