Sunday, June 22, 2008

Obligatory post about reaching the end of my twenties

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you have been." Madeliene L'Engle

This week I will celebrate the last birthday of my twenties. A funny thing has happened in recent years, I look forward to aging. With years comes experience, wisdom, friendships and memories. In another birthday, I see opportunties ahead of me.

From ages 23 - 27, I dreaded reaching another birthday. It symbolized death to me instead of life. The knot in my stomach was primarily caused by my lack of husband and lack of babies. Turning 24, 25, 26 and so on unattached was not the life I had sketched out for myself. I am not sure when my outlook on passing years and years ahead changed, but it has. Somewhere along the line I decided that I could hate my life or embrace it. I decided to embrace it and have found fullness in my friendships, career and spiritual life. I have lived a full life in my twenties and I hope that the capstone year of this decade is as wonderful and memorable as some of the others.

Here are some friends that helped me celebrate with a lovely brunch on Saturday.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A local Web site, Knoxify, recently put out a call for local authors to contribute posts about Knoxville. So, I decided to put my love for the city to work and dust off my old journalism skills. My first post is up today, it is hard-hitting reporting on baked goods.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Women's Business Professionals

Some friends and I are beginning a Women's Business Professionals group to provide an avenue for networking and professional growth. Our first monthly meeting is set for this Thursday morning. I am excited about the opportunities that the group will provide for these ladies. Any suggestions on topics to be discussed or must-read business books?

Monday, June 09, 2008

Changing Directions

In coming months, I hope to be blogging more and I will also be changing the direction of this blog. Topics will include issues of non-profit mangement, business practice, and all things Knoxville in addition to orphan care and adoption. Since I will have a more diverse subject matter, I think it is time for a title change.

Let your creative juices flow and leave your suggestions in the comments section.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Are we doing justice?

I haven't had time to write a substanitive post in a while, but I am trying to put up some things that may be of interest to you. Since the actual title of the blog is "Do Justice and Love Mercy," I am giving you a taste of that topic from Tullian Tchividjian.

Tullian pastors New City Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is an author as well as being Billy Graham's grandson and once upon a time called Knoxville home. His post today refers to Gary Haugen, founder of International Justice Mission, and the mission of the Church in society. Read it here and then post your thoughts on Tullian's comments.

More information on International Justice Mission.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Say it ain't so Auggie

My morning was greeted by this story on NPR. It is enough to bring a frown to this St. Louis girl's face.