Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kite Runner: A Book Review

I usually prefer to read the book and then go see the movie—to visualize the characters how I want them to be in my own head first and then see how they’re depicted on the big screen.  There’s also quite a bit more detail in the books so it gives the reader plenty of background rather than what the viewer might miss out on. 

However, this was one of those times when I saw the movie first and later read the book.  I first saw this at a cozy little hostel in Tramore, Ireland with Tricia two summers ago.  We had enjoyed our ritual tea time, complete with biscuits, jam and lemon curd.  We had booked this hostel for two or three days in Tramore, a tiny little town where there wasn’t a lot to do, so we watched movies and read a lot during our time there.  This was one of the first movies we watched there and I was surprised by how much I loved it. 

I just recently got around to reading the book and it is now one of my favorites.  Amir and Hassan are childhood friends, playing and racing kites together on the streets in Kabul.  However, after Amir witnesses a tragic and horrific event and does nothing, their friendship is changed forever.  

Although it’s a sad story, I love it for its redemption the characters find at the end and the irony that takes place throughout the whole novel.  It's a great story.  If you haven't read it, do it!  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kansas: Take 2

More pictures from our time there.... Mom, I need to get a few from your camera, too!

Taking a little stroll at Cedar Crest

Me and my sisters!  Excuse my dark eyes, I had major red eye.

Perfect weather for some homemade hamburgers on the deck!

My aunt and uncle recently got CHICKENS!  So awesome.

Oh Daddycakes... I mean, Billy Vanilly.  The best cupcakes ever.

Cupcakes with the Kaberlines after biking to the top of Burnett's Mound... it cancels out, right?

After a lovely dinner prepared by Miss Tricia Lagae.  I'm always reminded that I'm actually quite short when I come back to Topeka.  :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just a Few

Our time in Topeka was so wonderful.  I loved seeing family and friends again... and my dog, Tanner.  :)  Here are just a few pictures from our time:

My lovely mama and me

Israel and I standing near the spot we were *supposed* to be married at

Silly brother-in-law!  ;)

Typical forced sibling shot... my mom and Uncle John

A very Uncle John expression

Sunset at John and Lavina's 

Israel and my dad posing very cooly at "NOTO" Art Walk

Awesome antique dealer gallery

Okay, so I can never post "just a few."  I'm a photographer!  I've decided to do a Part 2 to this soon, because I still haven't downloaded all of my pictures to my computer yet.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Meeting for the first time

Celebrating September 9, 2010

Today is my husband and I's first wedding anniversary!

We have officially made it through our first year.  We were married on a misty, rainy day in my Uncle John's barn and although we had originally planned to be married outside, it was really quite beautiful.

It was the happiest and most important day of my life.  I just remember that the whole day really flew by, no matter how much I wanted it to slow down.  We were surrounded by friends and family, everyone we loved the most to celebrate this special day.

Israel and I have been through quite a lot during our first year of marriage.  We've definitely grown closer, and I can say with confidence that I love him more than I ever have.  He encourages me to trust God more, he still greets me every morning with a kiss and an "I love you," he makes me more at peace, he still opens every single door for me, and he is the sweetest man I've ever known.

Happy Anniversary, my love!  Every day is a new adventure with you, and I'm very excited for this new year with you and all the blessings to come.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Home Again

I'm here, and it's wonderful:

Well, not technically here.  But the place where abandoned houses can be found off the side of the highway.  On the way from the airport back to my parents' house (the house I grew up in), I almost swooned when I saw my first silo in nine months.  It's been a long time since I've been home.

I'd forgotten how peaceful it is here.  Quiet, room to breathe, the ability to get across town in only twenty minutes, and not to mention the lack of traffic.  It's magical.  I feel like I can breathe again.

We spent the night at Israel's aunt's house because she took us to the airport this morning.  I tossed and turned all night and maybe slept an hour, I was just too nervous and excited to be back.  Two planes later, we landed and my parents were there to greet us at Arrivals.  After eating only Delta cookies and Pop Tarts, Israel and I were quite hungry so we all ate at Mimi's Cafe afterwards.

My my, is it hot here!  I thought I would be escaping the heat a bit from Miami, but I could literally feel the heat rising from the ground.

I'm excited to spend some time with my family and some friends.  If you're in town and reading this, I'd love to see you!