Thursday, March 21, 2013

Done.

Wanted to stop in and share some exciting news: I RESIGNED!
Done and done.

An old photo from January 2012 when we were celebrating Jill's resignation!
My last day of work will be July 4th--a true day of independence!

I'd be a liar if I didn't admit to being a little nervous about resigning.  However, the very day I turned in my paperwork a dear friend gave this verse to me:  "One handful of peaceful repose/Is better than two fistfuls of worried work . . ." (The Message, Ecclesiastes 4.6).  So very fitting.

Not quite sure what's coming next, but I've got a few dreams in the works.  We shall see what happens.  I think I'll be happy as long as it involves having a life again. Yay!
♥, Molly 


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bright Spot



Dear Jill,

Today I took this photo today with you in mind.  (I was practicing bokeh with marginal success...)  It made me miss you even more than usual.  I was out by the breakwater and the rocks and waves reminded me of both Bellingham and Thailand.  That got me thinking... Do you remember how we finally found our 'chalet' in Jordan?  Or of the time you beat me in Uno and I suffered the consequences by sleeping with the cockroaches?  When you were the model for a bedouin scarf lesson near Azraq?  How about the time we learned how to read cliff paintings in Azerbaijan?  No!  You are wrong! What about the mayhem on the flight to Chittagong? (Yeah--still not too sorry I missed out on that one.)  Or the time we tried to roast marshmallows but were robbed by racoons instead? Baby City--where the babies are the boss? Or our very first novelty snack pic? And please, please tell me you have not forgotten Bruno?!

Oh! I have such special memories with you!  Some good (happy days in the Homestead), some bad (chemo days), and some funny (Christmas in the Mideast)--but all very special. Ms. Jill--you are a once-in-a-lifetime kind of friend and we have had some once-in-a-lifetime types of adventures.

Thank you for being such a bright spot in my life!  You are so dear to me!

Wish I could be there to help you celebrate!
♥, Molly

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Instant Love: An Instax Here & There Holiday

Christmas break was a lovely mix of travel and relaxation.  I was able to spend a week in Germany with dear friends, a week camping and being outside, and a week at home in UAE.  The resulting photos show some of the beautiful sights and quiet little moments that made this holiday so special.

♥, Molly

Little Maren Mouse, Lisa and Justin's 2 year old daughter (Munich)
The littles and Lisa on their way to "Wilderness Kindergarten" (Munich)
Lara and the littles at home after venturing out in the cold to get our Thai take-away (Munich)
Standing tall (Munich)
The swans at Nymphenburg Palace (Munich)
Market on Christmas Eve (Munich)
Christmas Day with Hannah Hardy ♥ (Abu Dhabi)
Sandy! by Hannah, Allan, Molly, Brent (Abu Dhabi)
Family photo with Sandy (Abu Dhabi)
In Liwa it's nothing but dunes for miles and miles (Abu Dhabi)
Dutch Blitz Tournament in Liwa with Alex, Bethany, Evan, & Bella (Abu Dhabi)
Fort City near Nizwa (Oman)
Wadi Damm in the distance (Oman)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Helloooooo!

glowstick writing on New Year's Eve
My new goal for 2013 is definitely not a "check it off the list" type of thing.  It's more of a process.  (Yeah--probably one that will take me the next 50 years to accomplish!)

In 2013 I'm going to work towards being on time.

Those who know me well are probably laughing right now. Yeah, well me too.

So, here's the game plan.
1)  I'm trying to shift my whole frame of mind and adjust my attitude towards punctuality.  In theory I value being on time.  In reality I don't show up on time because it isn't that important to me.  Hmmmm.
2) Only schedule things that are important to me.  In other words, cut things from my calendar that aren't important.  This is going to require saying no.  Saying no is really hard and kind of scary.
2) Record it in my calendar. A million reminders on my phone will be better than storing it in my head.  While I'm at it, I'm going try to to put in appointments 10 minutes early. 
3) Assume it will take longer than I expect.  I always think I'm going to whip right through things and demolish my to-do list.  For some reason I still can't grasp the fact that I'm a very. slow. worker.
4) Use a timer.  I'm sometimes good at this.
5) Set up ahead of time.  I'm late once in awhile because I forget stuff.
6) Get off the internet.  I'm sure you have no clue what I'm talking about.
7) Plan for trouble.  If I aim to be on time then I have no buffer if something goes wrong.  A little wiggle room is a good thing. 

Do you have any goals for the upcoming year?
♥, Molly

Monday, January 14, 2013

Goodbye . . .



Last year I made some resolutions.  (Yeah, like 12 of them...) 

1. Send home ____ dirhams each month. My monthly savings plan worked for about half the year.  Now I'm behind schedule!
2. Learn how to change a flat tire on my bike.  Learned, but never really practiced.  If I had to change my own tire now it would be quite an ordeal.  Praise the Lord I didn't have a flat tire during my Oregon Coast bike tour!
3. Figure out imovie.  Yes, to make this little film.  However, doing it independently still seems so daunting that I haven't even tried to make another one.
4. Practice planning ahead, doing little bits along the way, and avoiding last minute crunches.  Sometimes.  I did better before I got a little distracted by a certain someone
5. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Yay!
6. Respond to emails within 1 month of receiving them.  I'm a little itty bit better than before. 
7. Finish reading my camera book. Halfway there . . .
8. Set better boundaries.  Hahaha.  Does it count if I ordered a book on the topic?
9. Practice more consistent giving.  Online giving makes things easier!  Someday, I'd love to do a series to spotlight some of the incredible projects out there.  It's encouraging to see the different ways people are helping build a better world.
10. Declutter, organize, and back-up my electronic life.  It's sad when you dedicate 5 full days to this but don't really have much to show for it.  Oy!
11. Ride my bike without hands. Woot!  I can even go over speedbumps without hands!  And although I'm incriminating myself by saying this, when I lived along the Corniche I was in the habit of texting while pedaling.
12. Rehabilitate my shoulder so I can do yoga, lift, and rock climb pain-free.  After 3 months of physical therapy and several trips to the neurologist, things aren't any better.  It was a bit of a disappointment to learn that the damage to my nerves is permanent.  Or so they tell me . . . 

As you can see, meeting 3 out of 12 goals leaves some room to grow. Wellll, LOTS of room.  I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't quite get where I wanted to be, but a wise woman once told me that a little bit is better than nothing.  Yes, a little bit is better than nothing.

♥, Molly

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Prayer for 2013


May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God, the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

AMEN.

A few months ago I found this little prayer tucked away in some papers.   I'm not sure who wrote it, but it was on the back of a bulletin from my old church in Bellingham. I brought it back to Abu Dhabi and put it on my fridge so I would see it everyday.  Whenever I hear about God's "blessings" I'm sad to say my thoughts almost subconsciously drift towards first-world comforts and material possessions; the blessings of discomfort, anger, tears and foolishness aren't the first things that come to mind. The more I've looked at it and let the message sink in, the more I've wanted to share it with a bigger audience than the small handful of people who have been in my kitchen.  May 2013 bring true blessings that lead to greater truths, deeper love; more justice, freedom & peace; genuine compassion and comfort; and lasting change in the world.

♥, Molly

Friday, January 4, 2013

View From Here // Swimmin' Hole on NYE

inspired by {this moment} by soulemama
an image // from the week // no words


♥, Molly 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Check Yes ✔

For my friends and family who haven't yet heard, I think a little introduction is necessary.    Over the past few months I've been spending a fair amount of time with this guy . . .

ha!  he's going to be so pleased that i posted these...

Kind?  ✔
Honest and open?  ✔
Supportive?   ✔
Keeps me laughing?  ✔
Thoughtful?  ✔
Encouraging?  ✔
Willing to talk about things? ✔
Patient?  ✔
Makes me feel respected, cared for, and appreciated?  ✔
Fun to be around?  ✔   
United in faith and purpose? ✔ ✔✔


It was the classic scenario:  Girl likes guy.  Guy doesn't even know girl exists.
For like 3+ years.

And good thing.  Over the course of all those years, guy and girl were both in confusing on again/off again relationships with other people.  Guy and girl both needed to do some growing and changing.  

Then, this fall, the timing was finally right.  Something changed.  Guy finally noticed girl!  Guy asked girl out.  Girl decided to check yes. ✔  

Best decision ever?
Happy? ✔
Thankful?

♥, Molly

P.S.  Excited for you to meet him in Washington this April?