This Journey

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the last Friday Five of 2012

It’s the 4th day of Christmas and we have an inch or so of fresh powdery snow. The RevGals Friday Five is up and I’m up and so… here we are.
1. What is some “old news” this year that you’d like to repeat for 2013? 
2012 has been a bit of a rough spot in many way, but if there’s something I really hope I can repeat it’s the feeling of excitement and purpose I had at the beginning of year when LN and I were just starting out (and before I found out I was in actuality working for free to build his business and not mine.) That sense of waking up in the morning and knowing there was tough but exciting work for me to do that day. Interesting conversations to have, lots to learn and something that I could actually bring to the table to make the whole thing move forward.
2. What “new thing” have you started that you want to keep going in 2013?
A new thing that I’ve already started that I want to keep going in 2013? That’s a tough one. There are a lot of things I want to start… but something I’m already doing. I guess that would have to be the partnerships (both personal and congregational) that we began with our trip to Guatemala. It was a tough trip physically for me (I had a gastrointestinal reaction to the malaria medicine that meant I couldn’t really enjoy meals) it was a profound experience of the ministry of accompaniment, and receiving hospitality (not as easy as it sounds!).
3. What event, experience or gift would you just as soon “Return to Sender”? Maybe it was a disastrous sermon, a congregational kerfuffle, a vacation nightmare, or your own mis-step. It can be funny or sad.
I love working LN but I would “return to sender” the fact that we never had a written agreement about what that meant until way too late. My advice to myself (or anyone else) is “absolutely work with friends, but get the agreement about the money in writing at the beginning.”
4. Share the brightest bit of joy that was a part of your year.
The brightest bit would have to be getting to walk this part of the journey with G who is really trying to partner with me and I with him. We’re far from perfect at it (to be fair we’ve only been at it for 2 1/2 years)  but that partnership means that even the darkest parts aren’t too dark.
5. Share a picture that says far more than words. (You can use it to illustrate one of the above.)
This doesn’t illustrate any of the items above, but as all icons it does say more than words.
Share a recipe! I’m in the doldrums and need some healthy eating options for my menu planning. Soup, stew, main dish, side dish or a healthy dessert – any and all are welcome!
I had a delicious flatbread pizza the other day that I’m trying to recreate. My stumbling block is the crust…getting it thin and cracker like. Eating the failed experiments hasn’t been a burden.
On a flatbread crust:
blue cheese
garnished with:
a few (not to many) pralines (candied pecans … candied walnuts have also been tasty!)
a little arugula

Author: Not Fainthearted

A paradox wrapped in an enigma playing the accordion. I'm a sinner-saint, child of God working at the cross-roads of church and world. A Deaconess called to connect people living near the center with people on the edge and to help your life sing (literally and figuratively) while doing it. People don't always get the deaconess part. Could be the swearing, the corporate job, or the wine.


  1. I don’t think I’ve “visited” you before. The Guatemala trip sounds amazing on many levels. Enjoyed your play.

  2. wow, that a revealing play! Joyful new year 2013 to you!

  3. Thanks for playing the Friday Five! I pray your coming year has fewer bumps in the road — or at least, you know what bumps are more likely and can accommodate them with less pain.

    I love your cover photo by the way – reminds me of a road between Estes Park, CO and a little town we stayed in one summer a few years back.

    • Thanks, Deb. That shot is from the North Cascades Loop in Washington. I HIGHLY recommend the drive! Fantastic views around every turn and very cute small towns to explore on the eastern side. Hope your new year is full of blessings. NFH

  4. The flatbread pizza sounds yummy. I love pears, and have finally started to buy and eat them! Good luck with your crust efforts! Hope your road smooths out a bit in the coming year.