when your man won’t pose


we’re getting closer to the end. but the comps are approaching. there are a series of tests “comps” coming this spring and matt has to read around 90 books and articles to prepare. let’s just say, i would be hiding far away with a bottle of prosecco and chocolate (perhaps doritos too), refusing.

i have been wanting to get some cam practice in, so i grabbed my flash and headed upstairs. this one turned out ok. he’s pretty cute. maybe this could be an eventual book cover: “how i brought back arts and sciences to america: the rise of u.s. college religious programs, especially in jewish studies.” (you have to use a colon in your title to look smart)

the end.


happening things


eating @kingofpops | flavors blueberry lemonade and grapefruit orange blossom

things are happening over here, like:

-we played marco polo in our pool for the first time (the apartment pool–we did not install one)

-it is getting really hot and was 98 out today. gross. sweatiness. eww. why is ac not free??

-we just went to arkansas to celebrate matt’s dad’s bd, while fishing in a river that was literally in our backyard. it was good to see family outside of a holiday environment–just mixing it up trout-style…

-with much peace, we have decided to fully pursue the adoption route. this has also concluded our foster care path temporarily (since our foster care agency would not send our home study over to our adoption agency without closing first). it was a scary step, closing down 2 years of waiting, time, emotions, and work, but we felt it was a good step. our dear friend works at this adoption agency, and has been encouraging us for some time to head in that direction. it wasn’t until lately that it felt like a serious option. while our docs have just concluded we could start down the infertility treatment path, i don’t think my heart is yet ready/prepared to start down the seemingly endless slope of more testing, doctor’s appointments, treatments, etc. for now, God is leading us in another direction.

-matt only has 6 MORE SEMESTERS LEFT!!! AND NO CLASSES! at least that are required… (shaking head).

-our 6 year anniversary is saturday. wow. crazy. long-sweet time.

-in two weeks from tomorrow we’ll be headed towards berlin. matt is always looking for new summer classes and this year he actually (with God’s total grace) received two grants that are taking him to vilnius, lithuania to study yiddish (a mix of german, hebrew and other eastern european languages/russian). st. paul’s is giving me a couple of weeks off to go with him before he starts his classes. we are going to visit: berlin, dresden, prague, vienna, bratislava, kraków and warsaw. this will be our first vacation alone (longer than 3 days and w/o family/friends). it will be good to take a pause and just be.

June in a nutshell 

going to late night premier showing of “jurassic world” with my bubbe and sisters

(notice the hair similarities? we stopped at starbucks on the way for some mental nutrients in coffee form. the movie was so great. #chrispratt #iwanttotrainraptors)

in california on a family camping trip

(we had a great time with my family and Matt’s family in yosemite. the waterfalls in yosemite are beautiful. Yosemite is very popular and can be compact with tourists, but it is worth seeing. unlike Rocky Mountain National Park, there are some incredible vantage points where you can see almost the entirety of the park and its domes and falls.)

yosemite with the yah-yahs

317 feet tall vernal falls

(despite the steepness of this climb and the water strewn steps that led up to the top of the waterfall, this hike was well worth it. the falls were stunning and the top pool was a lovely place to stop and explore.)

the dry cali dessert

(we stopped at a mexican food truck outside of sequoia national forest and ate some of the best mexican food i have ever had. sequoia’s biggest tree, the general sherman, is the largest in the world by volume, not heigh [redwood forest] or oldest [california’s white mountains’ methuselah].)

Sf women’s shelter freshly painted: “silence is death”

joplin’s house

(san francisco was strangely unlike anything i was expecting. the amount of tech companies that surround the city are overwhelmingly numerous. basically to live there, you have to make a decent amount of money since it is the most expensive place to live in the united states. google sends buses into the city every day to pick up its employees. history exudes from each different neighborhood and has a story to tell in who lived there and what changes they made. our favorites stops were the mission district, the ferry back to sf from sausalito, etc.)

golden gate

freshly picked nebraska cherries in a skillet crumble pie with hazelnut liqueur

drove over 22 hours to the yiddish book center to stay with matt for the remainder of his class

yiddish book center