What does one do after the exhilarating but exhausting experience of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? 3 days of Safari of course! What an exciting opportunity to explore the amazing animals of Africa. Standing up in the safari vehicles with the wind in your hair (and the dust in your teeth!) binoculars at hand waiting to see…

How do you climb to the top of a really tall mountain? One small step at a time. And that is literally true. The Swahili phrase said over and over is Pole Pole (Po-lay) and it means slow or little by little. I learned this when I was in Kenya several years ago. East Africans…

Have you ever had a life quest? Something you have wanted to do for a couple of years, or something you have thought about or worked towards for years? And have you ever completed said dream? I hope so. If you haven’t, sit down right now and mike a list and then pick something and…

Mt. Kilimanjaro south side view from our lodge which is 2 hours away! Jambo! (Swahili for hello!) And so it begins! Our team arrived over the past two days and we gathered for our first team meeting as we met each other and prepared for our pending adventure. We have a young couple from Seattle,…

7 day climb with a 3 day safari     It’s hard to describe my feelings right now.  It feels like such a long journey to get to this place of excited anticipation.  I leave Monday to start my adventure of reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  I can’t believe it’s finally here. I’m filled…

It’s taken me a while to get back to writing my blog after moving to Boone.  Part of it could be that a company that shall remained unnamed took 10 days just to get our internet and TV running a total of 15 days to get telephone and still hasn’t gotten the order completed -one of…

I was doing a training hike the other day on Grandfather Mountain and stopped to take this picture.  I love this part of the trail but this week I was particularly struck by the image of the roots so interwoven and interconnected with one another- so you can hardly tell which tree the roots belong…

I need to write this blog now while my heart is filled with joy and a smile is on my face because that is not where my heart typically is these days.  Last night I attended Centenary’s annual Chancel Choir picnic and they surprised me with an awesome gift.  They purchased a new anthem in…

This Sunday I have the privilege of guest preaching at St. Paul UMC in Winston-Salem.  I am so thankful I have the chance to say goodbye to these wonderful friends I have made while at Centenary but to also encourage the continued growth in the relationship between St. Paul and Centenary.  St. Paul is our…

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately.  As I watch less and less news because I can’t bear the onslaught of negativity and the next unexpected turn of events I am reminded of my trip to Antarctica.  What does Antarctica have to do with anything?  Bear with me.  For my 40th birthday my…

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