7 quick takes from Liturgy of Life

We blink and a week goes by.  Here is a quick recap from our end of things.

 

1.  We were honored to visit the Orthodox church with the refugees from Ethiopia.  They were polite enough to not only stay for lunch but to do the dishes afterwards.

 

ethipians

If you ever feel like you are lacking in patriotism you should spend some time hanging out with these guys.  They believe in the American dream and know more about American politics than most Americans including myself.

 

daniel

 

This is Daniel he is kind, hard working and well educated. He sought asylum here after he was imprisoned and beaten for being part of an opposing political party’s campaign.  He needs a surgery and we are helping to raise money for him, if you are interested in contributing please let me know.

 

2. If you are looking for another great read on the internet, I Believe in Love is a simple resource for exploring ideas around dating, marriage and family. My friend Shannon recently wrote this piece. Check them out on facebook.

 

3. My daughter and I are both moving into a new phase. She has started a one day a week preschool/mother’s day out program which seems to be going quite well. And I am exploring ways that I can volunteer with a local free clinic here. We are working on raising money for my malpractice insurance and then I’ll be good to go. I’ll admit that it is a bit intimidating to think about seeing patients again after almost two years off but so far it feels like the right step.

 

4.  I celebrated finally learning to thread my sewing machine (it has only been like 8 years).

 

sewingmachine

 

Though my  first attempt at Zenie’s costume (it’s a pumpkin) isn’t going to cut it. I’m trying to convince myself to be grateful for the chance to practice my sewing skills on round two.

 

pumpkin

 

5. Right now our reading group is about a quarter of the way through Wendell Berry’s The Art of the Commonplace. Here are some thoughts from a friend and fellow blogger who is reading along. If you are reading along with us we would love to hear what you think.  And there is still time, feel free to join in, we will be reading this book through mid-December and make sure to send me a link if you write a related blog post so I can share it with our group.

 

6.  Not much cooking this week. We head out of town for a few days soon so we have been living on off the land, mostly fried bananas and grapefruits.  Love how eating local looks so different wherever you go.

 

banana

grapefruit
7. Zenie and I have started bringing some activities to engage the kids at the shelter. While they had fun with all of my puzzles and play-dough, they ended the morning doing what all little ones love to do, spinning and spinning and spinning. Nothing breaks down cultural barriers like the smiles and giggles of our little ones playing together.

 

refugee

 

 

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Thanks for reading friends and have a great weekend.

 

To learn more about Liturgy of Life click here, or join us in our reading group, where we are currently reading, The Art of The Commonplace by Wendell Berry. Feel free to comment here or join in the discussion on facebook.

 

Erica

4 Comments

  • Amy Reply

    Thanks for writing and congrats on threading your sewing machine… that it definitely an accomplishment.

    I enjoyed reading about your experiences with refugees as a family, I have worked with different populations in the past and am excited to see how you are doing it with a little one in tow.

    • egjarrett Reply

      Thanks Amy. Yes the sewing machine is a bit ridiculous, I mean I am grateful for the convenience but it seems like with all the technology we have now they could make threading it just a little bit simpler.

      I am looking forward to to learning more about the refugee community in the US too. Spending time at this shelter has been such an education for us. We knew when we came back to the border we would work with immigrants but didn’t realize they would come from so many places in the world. It has really been an honor to become part of their lives even in a tiny way, their stories are amazing. Thanks for reading.

  • Kirby Reply

    Thanks for doing such great work!

    There was a Sudanese refugee ministry at another Catholic church where I grew up. I normally was only useful in the nursery, but it was pretty inspiring to see how hard all of them working toward having a better life. And such sweet baby snuggles!

    • egjarrett Reply

      Thanks for your comment Kirby, getting involved with the refugees has been amazing. I feel like I’m learning about the world and about what it means to be an American in a whole new way. And my daughter is my only kiddo so it has been great for her to get to love on the little babies and see moms and kid from all around the world taking care of each other.

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