Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Long time, no blog. I need to catch you up on some Washington D.C. eats (when we weren’t hunkering down from Sandy) and some Hawaii eats. Yeah, it’s been a jet-setting last couple of weeks, and I’m happy that I don’t have to see another airport until January 7th when I fly to Kenya. Like you do.

We’re having a mixed family Thanksgiving again with my family and Joe’s second cousin’s family, which is what we did last year and worked so well. Everyone requested another appearance of the Famous Bourbon Slush, and my dad requested the Brie en Croute I made for my birthday party with pumpkin butter and roasted pecans. There will be a few more dishes that I’ll blog later.

Of course, everyone wants to share what they’re thankful for, and naturally, I’m thankful for my family, my health, and all of the opportunities I have, so I wanted to share a few other things for which I am thankful.


I’m so thankful that I am surrounded by so many incredible women ministers, runners, and friends. Every day, I am in awe of the amazing things that these wise, strong, and faithful women are doing in the world. If I can even halfway live into deserving their friendship and guidance, I’ll be doing pretty darn well. From breakfast every other week to collaborative preaching over glasses of wine to sharing 22 miles of Marine Corps Marathon or interpreting dreams over Twitter, I am so blessed to have these women in my life. There are some pretty amazing men in my life as well, but I have to give props to my sisters.


Sorry Vols fans, but I am so thankful that Vanderbilt thoroughly trounced UT this past Saturday. I’m also thankful for the brilliant Twitter sports commentary from the Vanderbilt fans. Go ‘Dores!


My ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. Particularly after what happened yesterday in the Church of England, I’m thankful to be ordained in a tradition that allows (and occasionally encourages) women leadership. As the only clergywoman in the town where I serve, I do not take this for granted. I’m thankful to serve a congregation that is open and excited about new ideas and that has welcomed Joe and me with open arms. Having been a minister both in the parish and the hospital, I am continually blessed by my occupation. Ministry is filled with so much joy for me, and I’m thankful for a denomination that recognizes my calling to ordained ministry.


I’m thankful for a body that allows me to run marathons, climb mountains, go kayaking, lift weights, do yoga, cuddle our three adorable cats, wear fun high heels, and so much more. I haven’t always loved or appreciated my body, but running has totally transformed that relationship. It’s also pretty difficult to be incarnational, to celebrate the Eucharist, to hold a hand, without a body, so there’s that.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!