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From Pittsburgh to Melbourne
Mom to four, follower 'round the globe (sometimes enthusiastic, other times reluctant) of my husband, christian, teacher and writer
Interests: British Literature, Travel, Education, Cultural Studies, Faith
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Our sixth and final full day in Costa Rica began with a bus trip to the town and river area in the Heredia Province known as Sarapiquí. We traveled through a stunningly beautiful protected nature reserve and disembarked at Pozo Azul where 16 zipline tour guides awaited us in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2023 at The Plunge Down Under
Anticipation again ran high on the third day as we prepared to finish and furnish the three houses. Six people from each house build team met the three families and escorted them to our bus for a trip to Walmart. Those who remained behind hammered, finished up electrical work, painted,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2023 at The Plunge Down Under
Expectations were high as we arrived in Pavas for our second house build day. It was hotter and stickier than the previous day (which meant a big storm later), but we could see how much had been accomplished at all three sites in just one day of hard work. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2023 at The Plunge Down Under
Walking down the road ready to see our house build sites and to meet our families. Unloading materials at house build site 3 (Toval Morales Family). The concrete pads were poured and ready for us to begin work. At each site the teams met their families and had a time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2023 at The Plunge Down Under
Sunday, our first full day, began with a delicious breakfast of gallo pinto, scrambled eggs, chicken fajitas, fried plantains and fresh cut fruit. We then headed to the Pavas community to attend and help out with a local church that started as a Bible study to minister to families who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2023 at The Plunge Down Under
Group pic in Miami We finally made it outside of the airport in San Jose! First stop was the Starbucks coffee farm. It was absolutely gorgeous, and the coffee was fantastic. Our junior girls! Senior girls! And senior guys. We finished our first evening with dinner and devotions at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2023 at The Plunge Down Under
Our last full day in Costa Rica began with a stop at a coffee farm en route to the Poas Volcano. I remembered seeing photos of this beautiful spot from the trip taken two years ago, and it did not disappoint. Before we arrived, Sr. Huggins read Psalm 104 to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at The Plunge Down Under
On our fourth full day in Costa Rica, we spent several hours helping out at a day care run by the church pictured below, Ciudad de Fe (City of Faith). The church is located close to a poverty-stricken area, and most of the 148 children that are registered at this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Plunge Down Under
Our clothes may be dirty and our bodies weary, but our hearts are full after returning from our third day of work in San Jose. It is not that often that the opportunity comes along to participate in a project with such a satisfying sense of completion in such a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at The Plunge Down Under
Today began much like yesterday, with breakfast in the open air restaurant in our hotel before piling on the bus to head back to the build site. During our sharing time last night we agreed that it had been wonderful to see a community of people come together to put... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at The Plunge Down Under
I'm hopping back into this space after nearly two years away to share photos from a trip I am currently taking with 12 students and two teachers to Costa Rica. Today was our first full day, and although I was initially dubious at what our team would be able to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at The Plunge Down Under
I returned Monday from my seventh trip to Melbourne, a visit that reaffirmed for me that it is a city that will always remain close to my heart. I will share several photos in this post, but many of the best parts of the trip were not captured with a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
I have started writing a post that describes my recent trip to Melbourne. I will probably finish it, but right now the words seem a bit ho-hum. That's likely due to the fact that the post is more or less a blow-by-blow description of where I went and what I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
Thanks Teresa! This year has truly been easier than last year, and we are so very grateful.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2016 on End of Another School Year at The Plunge Down Under
It's the middle of May, and that means many things for American moms of school-age kids. The first word that comes to mind is hectic. That might be why I am taking a minute or two today to stop, take a deep breath and gird my loins for what is... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
We buried my grandma today. The crowd of friends and relatives that gathered both last night and today is testament to the many people that loved her. In this post I will share a few pictures, plus the text of the talk that I gave at her funeral. My grandma... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
The fervent hopes of our youngest child were granted this week with a day off from school due to winter weather. The brutal combination of rain, freezing rain, and snow arrived with impeccable timing at the tail end of what was already a three day weekend. After a relaxing Monday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
In honor of Australia Day, here's a post I wrote nearly two years ago: Dear Australia, You and I had a rough beginning. I had never thought about you much until R came home one day and rocked my world by telling me there was a great job opportunity for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
Our last full day with our Australian friends before they headed back to Melbourne dawned gray and bleak. I am pretty sure the weather managed to achieve the maximum level of bleakness possible for a sun-less day in January in Pittsburgh. Around about 3pm we congregated around the dining room... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
When we lived in Melbourne, we spent so much of our time sightseeing around Australia that locals joked with us that we knew their country better than they did. There may have been some truth to those claims. We were certainly motivated to see as much as possible, and it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
Five years ago, the word Australia was the elephant in the room. I had forbidden my husband to mention it ever again, particularly in front of my family. The word itself signified for me not so much the stereotypical images of kangaroos hopping in the Outback or surfers on Bondi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
I am checking in between loads of laundry to say hello and post a few pictures from the past two months. At the end of my last post I hinted at reunions to come, and even as I type our Australian friends wait in the Denver airport to board their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Blogging works best when it's done frequently. I find that the longer I wait between posts, the harder it is to write one. But today seems like a good day to try. For starters, it's a gorgeous autumn day, one of my all-time favorite kind of weather days. The air... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Thanks so much, Marilyn, for the kind words and the update on Joyce. Please tell her that Sophie's arm has healed completely as far as we can tell and give her our love and warm wishes.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2015 on Back to School, Me Included at The Plunge Down Under
It's that time of year again. For most North American parents the end of August means an end of one season and the beginning of another. Lazy mornings, mid-morning smoothies, afternoon trips to the pool, and late evening strolls are over. Instead we will be making lunches, overseeing homework and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under