Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Blog, New direction

Hey ya'll, as the time is drawing closer for me to go to the Philippines I have decided to create a new blog dedicated to my journey towards becoming a midwife serving women and babies in developing countries. My Spindelicious blog will still be here, but will be dedicated mostly to knitting (although I will probably have knitting on my new blog as well. Cause I just can't live without yarn, ya know!).
I wanted to start a new blog for this new chapter in my life as it seems to be going full steam ahead! So I would love for you to follow me down this path and join me on my journey. It means alot (more than you know) that so many of you hold me in your thoughts and prayers, and I know I'll need that support as I am going to have some amazing, but challenging, times ahead! So here is a link to my new blog,
Midwife to the World.

xoxo
peace,
Beth

Monday, August 17, 2009

Adventurously Expectant

I was talking to my friend Drew the other day and he pointed out to me that in just 6 short months my life has totally changed. Not just kind of changed...TOTALLY freaking changed.
Marriage.
Job.
Direction.
House.
Family.
Name.
Community.
City.
All different and/or new.
It's been really difficult at times. I've been thrown for many loops. But I have to say that God has been and continues to be so faithful and good to me. He has definitely held me,blessed me, comforted me, and led me through this tumultuous (and oftentimes dark) time. And I can't believe where He's leading me now!...
If you've been following my blog for awhile you might have noticed that I have been talking about becoming a midwife for quite some time; for about 4 years now. I wrestled time and again with this "calling" and stepped out and waited and prayed and wondered if it was the right path for me. Sometimes I totally doubted it and shoved it to the back of my mind. And then inevitably I would meet some amazingly strong mother or some midwife passionate about holding a sacred space for mothers and babies in the midst of a culture completely saturated by the medical model of birth, and I would feel that call deep in my heart again.
And now, would you believe it?..God is (finally!) busting wide open the doors for me to actually follow this calling.
Through some major Divine Providence (meeting Bethany!, falling into a new job where they actually support my dreams of becoming a midwife, being so utterly supported by my church and all of my friends and community, etc.) I am going to the Philippines for 2 weeks at the end of November (just bought my tickets tonight!! Layover in Tokyo...SWEET!!) to visit NewLife International School of Midwifery! I get to stay with Bethany and Tim, hang out in Davao City, spend some time with students in the birth center, hopefully visit another birth center in a rural village in Kalinga, get to know the Filipina midwives who teach at Newlife, etc.
I can't even begin to describe how excited I am!!
Then I will apply to the school in December. And if I get accepted I will be moving to the Philippines for 2 years studying (through the National College of Midwifery's distance learning program) to take the NARM exam, and serving at Mercy Maternity Center while learning from the Fillipina midwives. My goal being to eventually start birth centers in developing countries working alongside native midwives.
I can't wait to see what unfolds!

"This resurrection life you recieved from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children."
Romans 8:15,16. The Message


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What Did You Do Last Sunday?

Erica and I were biking the Providence Bride Pedal!
Starting at 7am all of the freeways and bridges in Portland were closed to cars and open to bikes so people could bike 11 bridges in downtown P-town (riding a couple twice coming from the other direction! Here's the order of the ride:
  • Fremont
  • Marquam
  • Sellwood
  • Hawthorne
  • Ross Island
  • Marquam
  • Burnside
  • Broadway
  • Fremont
  • St. Johns
  • Broadway
It was SO cool to bike on the freaking freeways and over the bridges and see Portland from a totally different perspective. The 11 bridge ride was 38 miles. After we were finished we were on such a bikers high that we decided to take the max to Delta Park and then bike home over the I-5 bridge...that makes 12!! bridges and a whopping 44 miles we put in by the end of the day. We met up with Robbie and rewarded ourselves with beer at McMenamins and more beer at the Doug Fir for the Pickin' On Sunday concert series.
We took pics of ourselves on every single bridge, but they are on Erica's camera so I'll have to wait to upload them.
It was a pretty perfect day.

Next ride: Tour de Lab!Starting at the end of this month I will officially be car-less and will start biking everywhere. I'm excited. I hope to never own a car again! I feel like after biking 45 miles in 5 hours I can bike anything.
But I do need to invest in some rain capes.
xoxo
p.s: I dyed my hair red today. Back to my roots, so to speak.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hot (really hot) fun in the summertime

It's been scorching hot here this week. So I made a sundress. I am not that into sewing but Eryn inspired me (and promised that it was super easy to make. It was.) and I really like how it turned out. It's perfect in the heat, so now I think I'll have to make a few more!



Here's some other scenes from the summer so far: Birthday tattoo completed. Thanks so much to everyone who gifted me with the birthday tattoo funds!
My rad co-worker let me shave a heart into her hair. Fun fun.
Warm nights=summertime bbq's. My favorite.

An awesome lemon curd and berry trifle I whipped up for a bbq.

Twilight in the park, in all it's angsty glory.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New!...and fancy

New summery cardigan I'm working on...
The most juicy, sweet berries I've ever had! From a local farmer here in town.
New break room at my new fun job! Yay!
New art gallery opening in the Pearl and guess who has a piece hanging there?...
ME!!!...
I feel fancy.
yay!

Rebecca's new chickens! I want some.



Friday, June 26, 2009

Last Thursday on Alberta (RIP Michael)

Hanging out with some of my favorite folks from Imago couve at Last Thursday on Alberta.
Not pictured is the spontaneous dance party that occurred in the middle of the street around 9:30pm. A beat boxer with an amp and some break dancers converged at just the right moment.
It was magic.
My camera batteries died.
I was so happy to be their in the crowd though, even if I was just bobbing my head and shimmying in place like a timid white girl.
But here are some pics from the night:



These kids were raising money to buy a puppy!
Cappoiera dance off!
Worshipping at the shrine of Voodoo Donuts. Too bad they were sold out.
This amazing "gypsy cellist."
Old-timey good times.
One of the many odes to Michael. Mini dance party set to the tune of "Wanna Be Startin' Something.'" RIP.
Some of Drew's old buddies busking.


Airbrush scaley style.


Adam partaking in Party Corn (aka: popcorn with butter, sugar, salt and pepper). Get that party in your mouth.



"Free Advice."

Dinner at Tin Shed.
xoxo