The Mixtape // 06.02.17

Happy Friday, friends. I hope you’ve got some good plans for the weekend. Tonight, we’re hosting a party to celebrate all of the amazing people who serve at our church, and tomorrow night we’re heading to a pop-up dinner at a secret to-be-announced location in Brooklyn. Should be good times on deck.

But first, the mix of things worth sharing from this past week… Continue Reading

Family, Travel

Life Abroad in Shanghai, China

For as much as I love getting to call Harlem, NYC home, there are times when my mind wanders to thoughts about what it might be like to live abroad for a year or two. To immerse our family in a different culture, new adventures, perhaps a new language. In my 34+ years of life, I’ve moved to different cities and states, but still never farther than a three-hour drive from where I was born. So the whole idea of packing up and moving across an ocean is hard to fathom.

And yet, lots of people do it. And I’m totally fascinated by it.

Since I don’t see an international move in my near future, I figured the next best thing was to send a barrage of questions to a friend who is doing the very thing that I find so fascinating, in part to learn something new and to also live vicariously through her. Continue Reading


Bonding, Biscuits, and Beluga Whales

When I think about the things in this stage of life that really bring me joy, having so much of our family living within a short drive is easily at the top of the list.

For most of my life, I lived far away from grandparents and cousins and even my brother, and I was always wishing I could see them more. So getting to see Jameson interact with his grandparents and cousins on a weekly basis warms my heart like nothing else. And the emotional support it lends me and Jordan is pretty immeasurable.  Continue Reading

Around NYC

Taking the Tram to Roosevelt Island

Last Friday, I checked another item off my NYC bucket list when we rode the tram over to Roosevelt Island. For those of you not in NYC, Roosevelt Island sits east of Manhattan Island in the middle of the East River. It’s a tiny piece of land with only about 11,000 people living on it. And it’s a great place to take in a different view of the city.  Continue Reading