Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my superhero dad! You are awesome, and I love you.

Love, H

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Sticking Out My Thumb

There’s a first time for everything! Yesterday, for example, was my first time hitchhiking.

I was on my way to work. My mode of transportation was my (usually very reliable) scooter. All of a sudden, said scooter didn’t want to be going 50 km/hr to go through town. Instead, it gradually got slower and slower… until it stopped altogether.

Awesome.

I tried to restart it. Nope.

My first thought was to call my boss. No answer. Boss’ spouse. No answer. Boss again. No answer.

Ok, so I needed a new plan. “Maybe I can take the bus,” I thought to myself… as the hourly bus whizzed by. So that was a no-go.

I needed a new plan again. “My husband has some family in the neighboring village, maybe they can drive me!” I called them. No answer. And still no answer from my boss.

At this point, I reevaluated my options:

  • Take the scooter. 
  • Have my boss pick me up.
  • Take the bus.
  • Have D’s family drive me.
  • Call TCS (Swiss version of AAA). I didn’t want to wait for them to come. So: Call TCS.
  • Walk. This would have made me about 2 hours late to work, and my boss still had no idea I was running late. So: Walk.
  • Stick out my thumb.

This really had become my only choice. FORTUNATELY, hitchhiking is common in Switzerland and is still considered safe (more on Swiss honesty in a future post). The person who picked me up was very friendly, and I made it to work, almost on time!

A good experience, but I’ll try not to make it a habit. 🙂

Liebster Award!

A huge thank you goes to Shawny Lou from Writing in a Raindrop for nominating me for my first blog award: the Liebster Award! As she so eloquently explains, The word Liebster is German and means dearest or lovely. The award is given to up and coming blogs with 200 or less followers.” Reading Shawny Lou’s blog has been such an inspiration for me, and I’m honored she thought of me. 🙂

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According to the rules, if I wish to accept this distinguished award, which I do, I must create a post containing the following information:

  • Link Back to the Blog that nominated you
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  • Answer Questions posted by you from your nominator
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Create 11 Questions for your nominees to answer
  • Contact your nominees and let them know you’ve nominated them

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Building a Cathedral with Light

This post is the continuation of Building a Cathedral with Structure, where we explored how establishing a Christian marriage is similar to building a Gothic cathedral. In the previous post, we looked at the structural technologies of the cathedral.

Beauvais. I was so embarrassed for this cathedral that I couldn't bring myself to take pictures of the modern beams.

Beauvais. I was so embarrassed for this cathedral that I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of the modern beams.

There is one more point to mention regarding structure before we move on. Historically, cathedrals competed with each other to be the tallest and grandest in the land. This wasn’t necessarily the best plan. The cathedral in Beauvais, for example, was built with such pointed human ambitions (to be taller than the cathedral in Amiens) that today, it requires modern support beams (very visible and very gauche) in order to remain standing. Direct correlation to our marriage: comparing our relationship to others’ leads to our demise. Instead, my husband and I must build our own, unique cathedral according to God’s plan for us.

Now that we have done that along with integrating pointed arches, flying buttresses, and ribbed vaults, our cathedral can stand solid. But “existing” is not the ultimate purpose of a cathedral, is it?

When I step inside a cathedral, beyond the ingenious stone architecture and the enormity of size, the one thing that never fails to take my breath away is the stained glass. These magnificent pieces of artwork typically tell Biblical stories or depict Biblical figures. The physics of the Gothic structures has the columns bear the weight, taking pressure off of the walls and allowing them to be made of colored glass. Incredible.

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Random Ten

Ten random things about me:

  1. I was named after Halley’s comet and, by extension, Edmond Halley.
  2. My favorite natural smell is lilac. But only the dark purple kind.
  3. At the age of 2 1/2, I memorized and sang all three verses of Away in a Manger. Thus debuted my musical career. Since then, I have picked up the piano, violin, handbells, and alto sax.
  4. One of my biggest loves is performing. I thrive on being the center of attention.
  5. I have a birthmark on my wrist I used to pretend was my watch (it even resembles one, with a little imagination).
  6. In 2008, I crossed “swimming with dolphins” off my bucket list. What a thrill! In 2006, I crossed off “skydiving”, which I found extremely peaceful.
  7. I’m really good at sudoku puzzles.
  8. When I was little, I loved snakes. Now, not so much.
  9. I wish I could film my dreams. They’d be excellent on the silver screen.
  10. I am currently working on a novel.