heartforhugs One of the reasons I love spending whole weekends off the grid with students is the opportunity to get to know their true colors. See glimpses of undiscovered sides of their personalities. Explore our hearts together as we work alongside one another. Grateful for the chance @mini_mckin @keef_huvdee @molliebriddell and @megan_baileyy18 gave me to really 'see' their hearts. #fromwhattheysee 7h

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heartforhugs Just walked in the door from a filled-to-overflowing with the fullness of life this weekend. A whirlwind trip to the mountains with my students, a birthday party for a friend, and the joy of meeting the new Pastor I will soon be working alongside of. Phew! Not a lot of sleep means I am literally fighting to keep my eyes open after very little sleep all weekend and 4:30am departures. So here's a quick iPhone shot I took of an incredible waterfall. Goodnight friends! #chasingwaterfalls 1d

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heartforhugs Headed to the mountains for the weekend to work on some projects for our church camp. Excited to be off the grid with some amazing students! (Here's hoping the rain stays away while we work on clearing trails! ) #roadtrip #WHPstrangelight 4d

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heartforhugs Each time I face things in my life that requires much of me, I look to Reepicheep for inspiration and to point the way. Reepicheep, a tiny talking mouse with a big personality, though smaller and humbler than the rest of the characters, is one of great character and integrity He’s brave in the face of overwhelming physical odds, and he’s brave in venturing friendship when there’s no real reason to believe it will be returned. Reepicheep remains faithful to his purpose throughout, challenging the other members of the crew to continue in the face of danger and fear. Reepicheep is determined to take the nobler route, to promote justice and compassion (the first to offer it) and the good at all times. Never overcome by fear, Reepicheep strives for what he thinks is right.

What characters inspire you? #Narnia
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heartforhugs Summer vibes with the beautiful @amber.kooi at last summer's Bruno Mars concert in The Gorge. Found some photos I thought were lost forever and am enjoying going back through them. Finding lots of gems. #chasinglight 1w

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heartforhugs "I'm afraid, I can't even think of what to think just now." -Chummy "A conundrum that has ailed me much. But in chapel we need not choose our thoughts. The words are aligned like a rope for us to cling to."-Sister Monica Joan
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Love this wise exchange from Call the Midwife Season 3 Finale--this is one of many reasons I love a liturgical setting, for when life is hard, the liturgy guides my fumbling numbness. #adventuregram
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  •   to_melanie I love your posts! 1w
  •   to_melanie I think we are kindred spirits 1w
  •   heartforhugs @to_melanie oh my! You flatter me! Tell me more about our kindred lives! I'd love to get to know you. 1w
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  •   to_melanie @heartforhugs Well we both love Call the Midwife, I teach 6th and 7th grade art, and volunteer with our Sunday night youth program! ️ Love your photographs! 6d
  •   heartforhugs @to_melanie oh my gosh! Yes! I love art teachers and the fact you work with Jr. High makes it even better! PLEASE pass on any ideas you have for creative ministry with youth! I love trying new ways of tapping into the creativity God has given us. So wonderful to "meet" you! 6d

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heartforhugs Had the honor and joy of watching this young ballerina's recital this weekend. She did a marvelous performance and demonstrated such poise, fierce strength, and tremendous focus. #PostThePeople 1w

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heartforhugs "In God's wildness lies the hope of the world--the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and the wounds heal ere we are aware." --John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals #letsgosomewhere 2w

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heartforhugs The abundance of this place, the stories of its people

The birds, their songs, the frogs, and the bees,

A memory, native to this meadow, a symphony rising from the ground.

And with each new morning memory will grow into legend,

Legend will blossom into song, song into sacrament.
#adventuregram
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heartforhugs Today I went to the Apple Store for an accessory and met Megan who has this insanely awesome tattoo and is the best screen protector putter-on person I've met, hands down. And to make her already chill and vibrant personality, she let me take a photo of this tattoo because I loved it so much. Apple employee extraordinaire and a creative and genuine soul. Great meeting you, Megan! (Also please keep me posted on the future idea!) #storyportrait 2w

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heartforhugs There are times when relationships catch you entirely unawares, illuminating dark corners, doubts, and memories of your mind, and filling them with a fresh and radiant reinterpretation. An outside insight that at once resurrects dry bones into flesh, gives hope in a wounded place. Gifts from someone once a stranger held at arms length, now speaking forth a world with a beauty and a joy that takes your soul, all unprepared, by grand surprise. Laughter and tears, laying the foundation of the house of the Lord in my call (Ezra 3:12-13). Laughter and tears affirming the Lord's goodness. Thank you, beloved friends and colleagues for the gifts you have given. #honestcaptions 3w

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heartforhugs It's been a whirlwind 48 hours filled with soccer, flights, and a professional development conference here in the Mitten. So grateful for the opportunity for self reflection and challenge with such marvelous colleagues. #travelgram #airplane #WTSTIM15 4w

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heartforhugs Today continues the epic rivalry between Seattle @soundersfc and the Portland Timbers. I cannot wait! #SEAvPOR #matchday 4w

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heartforhugs Excited to hang out with @northwestbird today and catch up! #PostThePeople 4w

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heartforhugs "[Sacraments] reminded me that Christianity isn't meant to simply be believed; it's meant to be lived, shared, eaten, spoken, and enacted in the presence of other people." #SearchingforSunday by @rachelheldevans is speaking to my life in ways that have moved me deeper in love with my ministry again. I'm not even finished with the prologue and I'm finding echoes of her profound insights rampant in my life. This outing to the tulip fields is one such moment: lived, shared, eaten, spoken, and enacted. Sacramental living, where the tactile tangible world invites us to see God in the every day stuff of life. (And even in relationships with siblings ️) What are you reading and how is it impacting you? 1mon

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heartforhugs To sit and look in solemn morning, before the fog has burned.
Where sun clears the shaded lands, to light and glisten still meadows.

My dithering fades and loneliness ceases, hope is easy in this place.

Caught up in the morning Symphony where creation wakes, free and wild.

Softly and tenderly, the morning's music stirs the winds,

Listen silently, as each voice rises in the song.

Each breath of snow-filled-air dances on notes of wordless grace:

The Sabbath hymn sustained from the dawn of time.
(Poem Inspired by Wendell Berry) #morningslikethese #WHPdoubletake
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heartforhugs “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." -Job 12:7-10
#earthday #creationcare
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