Friendship and Contra Dancing

It’s Saturday, it’s sunny, I’m making yummy coffee, and I get to see my good high school buddy for the first time in almost 2 years…It’s a good day. Sarah Hooley, one of my best friends in high school, is a Mennonite farm girl from Idaho. We were choir buddies in high school, traveled to Washington D.C. where she eventually returned to do an internship in peacebuilding, spent a week in Canada helping our other good friend, Bre, marry a wonderful German man, and used our honor cuts to skip class and go to The Gilbert House. She’s a sweet, hardworking woman who gets up with the sun to help on her families farm, loves fresh veggies, has a passion for mediation and peacebuilding, and can sing a mean alto line in any hymn. I’m excited because Sarah is in town for the weekend and I get to see her! We’re going contra dancing tonight. I’m not really sure exactly what contra dancing is, but Sarah enjoys it so it must be fun. As far as I can tell, it’s similar to square dancing. I guess I’ll know for sure after tonight!

Sarah and me


Where Did The Old Year Go?

Did 2011 sneak up on anyone else, or was I the only one who was blindsided by the new year? There were so many events from 2010 that feel like they just happened: salsa dance lessons with Brandon, Brice graduating from high school, Dad moving to Pendleton…These things couldn’t have happened half a year or more ago!! And Christmas! I was still enjoying Christmas music and the holiday came and went. Brice just got home from Grand Canyon University for Christmas break and tomorrow he’s going back. Where has the time gone!? It worries me a little..they say that the older you get, the faster time goes. Well, I’m only 22!! I’ll be 23 before I can blink, and if time is going this fast in my early 20’s I cringe to think about the speed with which it will fly by when I’m older. I really did enjoy 2010; it was way better than 2009, that’s for sure (just ask anyone in my family). Hopefully 2011 will be better even still…and hopefully it’ll slow down so I can enjoy it. 🙂