thankful list | August 2014

The Joy of Coloring, with host @scherling200. #reunioninthedr #onlyonecrayonatatime #choosewisely

01. a night to catch up on my nerdy TV show (ST:DS9) while Ian watched the Sox beat the Yankees.
02. receiving the hulk hands award.
03. an awesome REUNION BBQ (even if it is to say farewell to one of our favorite families).
04. a 30 percent discount on Ian's new dress shirt, thanks to a 5 second email search.
05. a successful first REUNION curriculum team meeting.
06. finally finishing Castle season 6 (thanks, procrastination, for a short wait until next season).
07. a chance to flex my Google Doc muscles.
08. a relaxing evening catching up on a few things around the apartment.
09. awesome coworkers.
10. the Gallery at Sasaki.
11. REUNION movie night for The Lego Movie at the Hatch Shell (everything is awesome!).
12. a quiet weekend to prep for the DR trip without a lot of extra stress.
13. a fun hour of bocce court maintenance followed by fast food with work friends.
14. a beautiful, challenging, and inspiring DR trip (more stories hopefully soon).
15. the chance to catch up with our friends in the Dominican.
16. meeting Isaiah for the first time, in all of his adorable mischievous glory.
17. health throughout the trip (no chikungunya!).
18. a return flight that got us home by early afternoon, so we could nap AND do laundry.
19. game night with community group friends.
20. a cheap flight change to accommodate Ian's first day teaching without missing a wedding in Atlanta.
21. the office summer barbecue.
22. a couple of at-home movie date nights despite busy schedules.
23. a visit from dear Kansas friends.
24. a much smaller rent increase than we were expecting.
25. answered prayers.


Ian + Anna in the DR 2014: next stop, Santiago

reunion in the dr 2013

At this very moment we are taking off from Boston, and by this evening, we will be settling in to the dorms we will call home for the next week, ready to serve alongside the Vargas family and G.O. Ministries staff. We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our supporters. This trip would not be possible without you. And while you are not physically with us in the DR, your presence is felt. You are making a difference. Thank you.

And we do have one more request of you. Please continue to pray for the trip. Pray for our team's health and safety, especially with chikungunya buzzing around the country. Pray for our impact in the DR through the medical clinic, construction work (most likely painting houses), field day with the kids, and overall relationship building. And pray for the Vargas family's ongoing ministry. Every day they do hard work in a place of great need. They exude such great joy, but it is not an easy road, and they can use all of the support and encouragement we can provide.

Thanks again for all your support, and stay tuned for updates when we get back!

P.S. Since we're radio silent for the week, if you want to know we made it safely (Moms, this is for you), G.O. posts team photos within 24 hours of our arrival.


thankful list | July 2014

The sun is finally out, and we're celebrating @MavisStaples's birthday with #NorahJones #newportfolk

01. our first Sox game this season (even though they lost).
02. a lovely birthday thanks to coworkers, friends, and Ian.
03. chocolate raspberry birthday cake from Russo's.
04. birthday dinner at Roxy's.
05. a fast bike ride to Cambridge side for the (early) fireworks.
06. a beautiful fireworks show.
07. a bike ride home in the rain (because it was more fun than we expected).
08. a delicious and colorful birthday dinner (gnudi!).
09. an evening stroll in the Public Garden.
10. Romeo and Juliet, the Public Garden resident nesting swans.
11. silly ducks.
12. a talented accordionist, who made us feel like we were back in Paris.
13. funny poetry by kids in the bookstore window.
14. a long weekend.
15. a tasty birthday cheesecake I didn't have to make (thanks, Ian!).
16. bocce league at the office (it's fun even if we don't have a winning record).
17. Despicable Me 2 at the Hatch Shell with friends.
18. fried dough.
19. Canstruction 2014 planning at the office.
20. an impromptu date at Tasty Burger.
21. lots and lots of turtle spotting along the Charles.
22. a fun and successful DR teambuilding meeting.
23. a friend's outdoor BBQ birthday party.
24. free ice cream from the Good Humor Joy Squad.
25. homemade mint chocolate ice cream.
26. Shakespeare on the Common.
27. a memorable performance of The Twelfth Night.
28. a big fun copyediting project.
29. a weekend at Newport Folk Festival.
30. seeing famous comedians (#sweetberrywine #cornelleverheardofit).
31. hearing The Oh Hellos live, and performing Come Thou Fount.
32. discovering new an amazing music (Shakey Graves! Roderigo y Gabriela!).
33. an Awful Awful and Del's Lemonade (thanks Danielle!).
34. gospel music on Sunday morning.
35. Humble Pies, of the chicken pot and peach varieties.
36. yoga at the office, and that after a year, I can tell a difference.
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