19 03 2006

Go ahead and swim against the current. It’s hard at first, but one day you look around and realize you’re dancing on the tops of the waves.

Here are some highlights of our Northwesterly Expotition:

-> A leisurely Victorian tea at the Queen Mary Tea Room with Grace and Luke, served by Grace’s lovely roommate, Briana. I’m pretty sure I once met similar fresh homemade orange-cranberry scones in a dream, but here they were real.

-> Breakfast at The 14 Carrott Cafe with Blake and his oh-so-adorable wife, Karla.

-> Coffee and stimulating conversation with Alexander, beginning at The Fremont Coffee Company and continuing at a nearby Indian cuisine cafe, where Curtis joined us for lunch.

-> Being with Grace and Curtis at various restaurants and in the car and at Grace’s apartment and walking down the sidewalk and anywhere else we could be with them. Every time I think of those two I get the biggest grin on my face.

-> Hearing Curtis and Grace sing at the O Lounge and Crown Plaza Hotel.

-> Attending the Purim festival at Beit Tikvah, a Messianic Jewish Temple in Renton. The rabbi, Hylan Slobodkin (who was dressed in some sort of monk-cloak-black-masked-costume that made him look like a deranged racoon impersonator), explained the festival is like the Jews’ version of Halloween, with costumes, carnival rides, food, and prizes. The centerpiece was a very clever modern-day version of Esther’s story, acted out by youth and adults from the congregation. Rowdy and lots of fun.

-> Dining with the Slobodkin family at the Icon Grill and meeting Israel’s girlfriend and Eliza’s fiance. Grace lived with the Slobodkins for several months after she and Eliza returned from their European adventures. We owe them much more than a nice dinner!

-> Meeting the Higgins family, Grace’s employers, who live in a lovely home on Lake Washington. We also met their dog, Lucy, and watched her retrieve tennis balls from the lake, which was more inspirational than you might imagine. Grace recently wrote some awesome thoughts about that very thing in her livejournal, .

-> Views of the mountains. Views of the water. Views of the city. Seattle is very view-worthy, in case you were wondering.

-> Eating good Thai food. Eating good seafood. Eating Ivar’s clam chowder. Eating dark-chocolate-covered caramels from Trader Joe’s. Seattle is very food-worthy, in case you were wondering.

Our last night there, Curtis asked George and me to sing for them. George was hesitant, because he almost never plays his guitar anymore and doesn’t sing much except in the car or during congregational singing in church. But he agreed, and it ended up being a very cool time. We played and sang songs we wrote back in our college days–songs that hold many significant memories for us. Harmonizing with George has always been one of my favorite things ever. The next day, before we left for the airport, George told Curtis how much he’d enjoyed it and how he wants to start playing his guitar consistently again. I don’t know how long I’ve wished for this. George has a beautiful gift that died a little when Jacob had his accident, and it’s been asleep for a long, long time. If it stirs to life again, this will be a good thing. A very good thing.

Today I’m thankful for glimpses of Truth, for the awakening of the earth from her winter slumber, for promises of yet-to-come. I hope today finds you thankful as well. Until tomorrow . . .



13 responses

19 03 2006

I’m so glad your trip was so wonderful.

I didn’t know that Eliza is engaged! That’s happy!

Love, Sharon

20 03 2006

Just so lovely.

This whole post made me want to send everyone I know flowers…What a great trip!

I’ve really missed you!


20 03 2006


Hi, Jeanne!

I’ve been reading your blog (I guess the proper term for me would be a lurker, but that sounds so malevolent!) for a long time. I’m always inspired by what I read.

Your post today and the link to Grace’s thoughts, “Of Throwing Balls for Dogs” forced me to come out of the shadows and finally post a comment.


I see that Grace has inherited her mother’s lyric voice. She also has a deep insight into the workings of the Spirit.

Thanks for letting us in on your blessed life.

Sandy (Staton) Shorey (from way too long ago to think about!!)

20 03 2006

Yes, Eliza is engaged as of a month ago and is getting married next month! But she and Natan’el have known each other and been heading this direction for quite a while. Grace and Curtis are singing in the wedding. They’re also going to lead the congregation in worship singing, which brings back memories of George and me at your wedding long ago, Long Longbow.

We did have a marvelous time on our trip. I hope you and the TC will, too, when you hit the slopes this week. Ski a run for me. 🙂

Love, J.

20 03 2006

Re: Just so lovely.

Thanks! I’ve missed you, too. I’m glad you’re posting again. Words love you. And so do I.

20 03 2006

Re: Kudos

Sandy! What a delightful surprise. I’m honored you’ve been stalking my blog. 🙂

And I’m glad you stepped out of the shadows. I love knowing who stops by this little corner of my ramblings. Thanks so much for your kind remarks about my writing and Grace’s.

What’s going on with you? Are you planning to go to the HS class reunion in June? I hope so. I’d love to see you and catch up on the past . . . lots of years. 😉

So great to hear from you. Truly.

Love, Jeanne

20 03 2006

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I felt like I went on a mini-vacation just reading about it.

Jennifer T.

21 03 2006

What a great time!

Oh, Jeanne. A little girl in love is a wonderful thing! (A boy in love is just as beautiful…)
And as for you and George singing together, I pray it goes on and on. Doug and I have written many songs together (and he can play any instrument). We like to sing together but rarely do anymore. I think we should, like you should. Some of our songs our own kids have never heard, and that’s not right. We feel so close when we sing, and there’s a healing in it, I think.

Many songs with the beautiful Jeanne, that’s what I hope for George.

21 03 2006

Re: What a great time!

And, true to form, I forgot to self-identify! Katy Raymond here and above here. 🙂

21 03 2006

If you’ve never been to Seattle, you really should go. It’s my favorite big city.

21 03 2006

Re: What a great time!

Thanks, Katy. You are right. We should, and you should. So, let’s, shall we? Glad that’s settled.

5 04 2006

Re: Kudos

Hey back–

I just returned from Portland, OR, and I share your enthusiasm for the Northwest. Someday maybe I’ll get to Seattle.

No, I won’t be able to make it back to the reunion. My baby is graduating from high school and we’re taking a “road trip” (which has now been whittled down to merely a trip to California!!) for her graduation present.

What’s going on with me? Wow, way too much to put on a post. I do have an online journal, though, at http://rhythmandrain.blogspot.com/

It’s not nearly as entertaining as yours, but it’s a great way to let our loved ones know what’s up with us.

Suffice it to say that these are, so far, the best years of my life. I am crazy in love with my handsome husband of 28 years, blessed with three amazing, incredibly talented kids, and delving into writing.

Sound familiar??? (Obviously, I know more about your life than you do mine, since I’ve been blessed to read your online journal since I found your web site, what? at least a year ago, if not more.)

Anyway, your journal is always inspiring; I love your lyric voice. Thank you for enriching my life…

5 04 2006

Re: Kudos

Hey again! Thanks for the link to your blog. I can’t wait to check it out and catch up with you and yours. 🙂

Speaking of “delving into writing,” I leave tomorrow morning for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in California. You should look into it for next year. It’s a great way to meet publishers.

Happy Graduation to your “baby.” Mine turns 21 in two weeks. Craziness, eh?

Thanks for the kind words about my writing. I’m honored and encouraged by them.

Sorry you’ll miss the reunion, but I’ll see you in the bloggerhood!

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