Coffee with Friends

Each day while I was in Colorado, I would take some time in the morning before breakfast and before the plans and logistics of the day’s hike become the prominent thoughts upon my mind.  I would make a cup of coffee and retreat to the patio behind the lodge to reflect, pray, read scripture, and generally just observe the quiet beauty of the world at the start of the day.

On several mornings, a family of deer would descend from the surrounding hills to graze on the grass of the camp.  As I sat quietly in the morning sun, the deer seemed to subtlety notice me but were not in the least bit alarmed by my presence.  I enjoyed my coffee while they enjoyed their breakfast, both enjoying the morning and perhaps even the company. Continue Reading →

Finland: Day 2 – Helsinki

Between travel and the time change, the previous day had lasted 44 hours before I went to sleep shortly before midnight.  Despite this, I awoke at 3 a.m. for reasons not completely known.  While certainly unplanned, this gave me the opportunity to fully appreciate the Finnish summer only one week after the solstice.  I can only assume that darkness fell on the country for a brief period but I myself never saw it. Continue Reading →

Project: Christmas Bike

Last Christmas, as my father and I hung the exterior decorations, we pondered what could be added to the house.  It was a simple but elegant setup of candle-lit wreaths in the windows, icicle lights hanging from the awning, and a small green wreath with a red bow on the door.

After staring at the open space next to the door with the white backdrop, we decided it needed something more.  We considered giant wreaths, illuminated boxes of presents, and mechanical reindeer, but nothing seemed quite right.  Then the idea came:  A Christmas Bicycle.

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