Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’

jenga, drones, and being together

This week has been a long time in coming. I think a lot of us were more than ready to put our hectic work lives behind us for awhile and slow down to “island time”. Both Seanathair’s and Seanmhathair’s health have been declining this past year. It’s been pressing on us to visit with them as often as possible while Seanathair still has some recollection of who we are. Also, the little cousins are growing up so fast, and we want to be part of their childhood memories. Even if they are running around too much to notice us, we see them. The O’Clisham family is special because they show up for each other and they truly love each other. 


I've got a lot on my mind these days. Springtime seems heavy this year. I was reading an article the other night about how the fear of appearing foolish keeps us from sharing the gospel. Our culture worships knowledge. The ultimate transgression is to be considered ignorant. This is why social media is such a firestorm: everyone is desperate to share an opinion and make themselves appear wiser than their peers; at the same time the brutality in which they tear down is shocking. "Ignorant" is a curse word. When Jesus said he chose the foolish things of this world to shame those who consider themselves wise, he was talking about those considered foolish by the world’s standards. But in the Bible, actual fools are those who don’t look to God for their source of wisdom. 

cultivate conference

Source: Cultivate

The weekend arrived so much faster than I thought it would, and before I knew it, Maura and Sarah showed up at my house to pick me up for the women's conference! Even though it was nearby, Maura booked a hotel room for the three of us. After a late lunch of blackened fish tacos, we headed to the hotel to drop out things off and get a quick workout in at the hotel gym. We had just enough time to get changed and head over to Reston Bible Church for the Friday evening portion of "Cultivate". Cultivate is Kelly Minter's ministry. She was the keynote speaker, and her teaching was phenomenal.

grandad & carol visit maryland


…so of course we went to the best seafood restaurant on the Patuxent River.

The week leading up to this weekend was long for both Brian and me. Extended hours at work with new projects and "school" with fast-approaching deadlines meant that we didn't see much of each other. While we wanted to see family, we also wanted to collapse in front of the TV, or maybe just sleep for a few days! That is not how real life works, though. :) Saturday was full of chores and errands. The funny thing about that was, once the house was clean, the fridge full, and the dog walked, I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders and I once again had the energy and desire to give back to other people. And that's good because we had big Sunday plans!

whirlwind florida


Don't blink! Our trip to Florida was 53 hours long – including flights. Our goal for this trip was to decide (once and for all) if West Coast FL was a viable long-term plan for us or not. The two of us kept going back and forth about the pros and cons; we took FL off the table and put it back on several times without having any weighted deciding factor. By visiting, we would be able to see industry opportunities, look at neighborhoods in our budget range, and see what traffic and locals were really like. 

centennial of entering the great war

Western Europe Map
Source: A Brief History of the Great War / Carlton J.H. Hayes, 1920

This week marked the centennial of one of the most consequential events of the 20th century: the United States of America, under President Woodrow Wilson and with the vote of the U.S. Congress, solemnly entered the Great War.

march reflections


Different parts of the country produce different naturally-occurring events to signify the passing of time. The Midwest has harvest time. Boston has the changing of the leaves. Florida has the arrival of the manatees. DC has cherry blossoms. We Washingtonians anticipate and marvel in the short window of pink blossoms softening this hard city. We recount our days by referencing these delicate petals. I remember this time last year: Justice Scalia passed away, the unusually warm winter made the cherry trees bloom early, and Brian started a new job



Saturday night the Newsboys were in town. The last time I saw them in concert was Christmas 2006 in Beijing. It was an emotional time back then, because that concert was the first one the Chinese government allowed the Newsboys (an overtly Christian band) to perform in China, and I got to be there. It was also emotional because that concert was my last night in Beijing.

restoring beauty


I am so pleased to show off the new addition to our photo wall! A friend of ours creates custom frames using invitations and other design elements from a specific event, like our wedding. I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It fits our design esthetic beautifully. And beyond that, it's a visible reminder that God can restore memories and make what was tough, beautiful again. Let me tell you what I mean.

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