Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I haven't been taking very many pictures lately, but Monday evening I hung out with Joanna and enjoyed gorgeous weather! As we were walking around, I saw this: 

It's not the first time I've seen this, but it cracks me up every time.

There's another message I want to get a picture of sometime that is equally, if not more, entertaining. I'm sure your curiosity is peaked. 

I mean, who? why? Haha. Take a walk on the wild side. Thank you, city of Rennes. :)

Rennes is so quaint. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

donald duck or a bird??

For a few months now, a debate of the most serious kind has been going on in Rennes. I've been trying to convince a friend of mine that these carvings are those of Donald Duck's head, and not those of a bird. :)

Now, before you dismiss my Donald theory entirely, please look CLOSELY at the picture

Do you see how it's the profile of his face? I mean, you need to use your imagination a LITTLE bit... but I think the city of Rennes definitely had Donald in mind when they were carving these bushes. 

Not everyone is convinced... especially not my French friend. He argues that the city of Rennes would not carve Donald Duck's head into the bushes of the the most beautiful park in the city. But can he prove it? I think not. Hehe. :) 

And this is where you come in. I NEED you to vote as to whether you think this looks more like Donald or a bird. 

I also know that more people will read this than will vote, but I'm trying to prove a point people, so leave a comment and tell me what you think!!! Ok Kris!?! And Jeff can vote too :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

the first one!

I didn't know I could get so excited about tomatoes. But when I was checking on my plants this morning and I saw this little guy, I think I had an outloud outburst of joy!


Really sorry all of my latest blog posts have been about plants...will try to remedy that. But really, it's nothing short of a miracle that things are growing at my house, so must rejoice while it lasts! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

northern shore of France

Monday-Thursday of this week, our team had a 4-day planning retreat for what the coming year will look like.

We stayed in this little house on the northern coast of France -- a 3 minute walk to the seaside. It was soooo beautiful!

This part of the coast is called the "Pink Granite" coast, and it's really neat. No beaches, no sand, just these beautiful rocks lining the border of France. 

Fun to discover an area that's only a couple hours away from Rennes. Isn't France so beautiful?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

may the fourth be with you

Right. So, the fourth was yesterday.

HOWEVER, I have not been connected to the internet since Monday morning, and so couldn't post about the fourth until today. I haven't yet figured out how to write a blog post, save it and have it post automatically at a future date. Is that possible?

Anyway. Yesterday was my middle sister Lindsay's birthday!!! She's so proud to be born on the fourth as it gives her reason to be jedi-like and say "May the fourth be with you" to anyone and everyone. I wonder how many times she said it yesterday. :)

I'm so proud to have such an accomplished, talented, beautiful, smart and HILARIOUS sister. She has been such a blessing to me! She STILL IS such a blessing!

Those of you that know her, know that she is super super funny and can entertain people for years. It's one of the things I love about her, and consequently, one of the things I greatly miss, living on separate continents.

One of the other things I love about her is our shared love for reading classic literature AND our shared desire and, shall we say, lifetime quest of imparting this desire on our youngest sister, Erika. You see, while Shorty has greatly improved in the "love-of-reading-classic-books" realm, she would still much rather do other things. And that's fine...there's absolutely no judging... we just see it as our older sisterly role to one day succeed in getting her to love classic novels as we do. :)

Last summer, Linds and I took a road-trip to visit our brother in Minnesota and for the entire 10-hour trip there, Linds read The Scarlet Letter out loud to me. We finished the book in one trip. And she consequently had no voice left by the time we got to the Twin Cities. But what a great book!

So Lindser, in honor of your birthday, I decided to do something oh so special, and write you a message in the sand. And not just any sand, sand from the the northern coast of France!! (it's where our team went for the past 4 days for planning for next year -- no internet, remember?)

 I didn't find a stick to more clearly write a longer message, and so contented myself in scrawling out the two letters "HB" for "happy birthday " (thank you captain obvious) and thought that this simple thought would speak volumes to your heart. Doesn't it?!!

I love you so much, Lindser! Can't wait to see you in 8 months! :) Happy Happy Birthday!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Halle calls it "Kansas"

I love love LOVE the country. 

And living where I live, within 10 minutes of walking, you're surrounded by countryside. Halle calls it "Kansas". :) 

While it really doesn't look much anything like Kansas (sorry Helenka), there ARE cutsey little farms scattered around, occasional cows, and small fields... and it DOES makes me feel a bit like home when I walk around there. 

...and the waving wheat! 

The paths around "Kansas" lead to Hubert and Catherine's garden, which we frequent regularly... just to make sure everything is in order. Muahahaha.