Baltimore Riots & What the Media Won’t Show You

My heart is breaking for Baltimore.


“Rioters slash firefighters’ hoses as they attempt to extinguish the burning city.” -Daily Mail

People are angry. That’s reasonable. As much as we don’t want to admit it, racism still exists in America today and there’s no denying that. I’ve felt it, too. But what is unreasonable is burning buildings and assaulting officers. This solves nothing. The legitimate claims of injustice are drowned out by the lawlessness. If everyone is yelling, no one is listening.

Protests have turned into riots and violence. Protesting in and of itself is not the problem. If you feel there has been an injustice, the Constitution provides for “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. Key word: peaceably. What is going on is no longer peaceful. It ceased to deal with injustice the moment the violence and looting began. People talk about police brutality and getting justice for Freddie Gray. What about citizen brutality? Because of the building fires, one person is left in critical condition. Dozens are left without a place of employment. At least 12 officers have been injured. What about justice for that?

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Law enforcement is taking the appropriate measures to see an end to this. Kudos. Police Officers have a hard enough job already and now the media is breathing down their neck.

I’m not a big fan of the media. The media is obsessed with bad news. Rarely will you find a good, uplifting article – don’t get me wrong, they are out there, you just have to search. I think the general population tends to scoop up what the media dishes out and look no further. But this is only one sided and that side that is twisted to get our attention. The media is very powerful. It can dictate what we think and feel about a situation if we let it. I’ve been following the major news networks and the only headlines I’ve seen are the ones where people are setting fire to cars and buildings, fighting, looting and throwing rocks at the police. But here is what I haven’t seen in the media:

“Love sails in the deepest sea of hatred.” – Lecrae

Protesters engaging in a civil conversation with the police:

This man standing between the protesters and the police saying to the protesters, “Don’t give them a reason.”:

People cleaning up their city:

After doing a little research, I’m finding that the majority of those protesting are doing so peacefully. But one would never know given that most of the media coverage is aimed at the violence:

And that is my opinion on the #BaltimoreRiots. But what Baltimore needs more than my opinion are my prayers. Because my opinion can’t change the heart of people. God can.

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. – 2nd Chronicles 7:14


Birthdays and Beginnings

Happy Birthday Simeon!


It was a fun filled day of shooting, skyping and singing.

The day started off with breakfast in bed – biscuits and gravy – for Simeon, who was getting up early to go to the shooting range with some friends. While Simeon was at the shooting range I made the cake he requested for his birthday: Chocolate and Raspberry Layer Cake with vanilla frosting.





When Simeon got back from the range we skyped with family. After that we were inspired to record the song “Ulysses” by Josh Garrels. Check out our cover version on YouTube!


We took it easy for a little bit and then it was time for the Cantus concert. Cantus is the Norwegian female choir that sang the opening song of Frozen.. except they sang the real version of the song in concert. The real version of the song is a beautiful rendition of “Fairest Lord Jesus”. The conductor explained that the Disney movie took it out because the hymn is sacred and the movie is not. The production crew from Frozen flew out to Norway to record the new version.





The concert was absolutely beautiful. Goosebumps. The women were dressed up in their traditional Norwegian garb singing Norwegian songs and songs of the Sámi people. The Sámi people are indigenous to Scandinavia. While waiting in line to get a CD, Simeon was speaking Swedish *swoon* to the Norwegians and they all understood each other! They said they could tell he was from Sweden.

We ended the night enjoying midnight appetizers at Applebee’s with some friends. Great day!


Sounds like the day was well planned and went off without a hitch, right? Not so much. That’s the happy version, the “we’ve got it all together” version a.k.a. the version we tell people. This is the real version: Continue reading

Take a Hike

*Looks up from phone*

“Let’s do something.”
“What do you want to do?”
“I don’t care, anything.. got any ideas?”

— 5 minutes later —

*Looks up from computer*

“We should do something.”
“Think of something and I’ll do it.”
“How about you think of something.”  Continue reading

Coffee and Cake

It’s been SO beautiful outside lately so we’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible. A few days ago we walked 4.5 miles.. 4.5 MILES!! We walked from our apartment to a not-so-local coffee shop.. that was in the next town over. It’s a quaint coffee shop right by our church. But what made the trip worth it was this:

20150414_151106a mixed fruit smoothie, iced chai tea latte and a blueberry muffin. (and the company wasn’t so bad either ;))  Continue reading


We went to see a Rugby game today. Simeon was scrolling through his news feed and saw that our cousin had a game today at 5:30. We looked at the clock: 5:00. It takes half hour to get there so we had just enough time! 5 minutes later we were out the door.

I always thought Rugby was Football without the pads.. but that is not the case. Rugby is pretty different from football. When the ball hits the ground the play still continues. The goal is to touch the ball down in the end zone- this is called a “try” and is worth 5 points. Then the players may kick for a field goal which is an extra 2 points. The catch is that wherever the ball is touched down in the end zone, they have to kick from that spot.


The lineout. This happens when the ball goes out of bounds. The players line up and hoist their smallest player Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


I made these for a snack the other day. Growing up I never really liked raisins, especially when they were in cookies.

My relationship with raisins:

If given the choice, I would gravitate towards chocolate chip over oatmeal raisin any day. Now that I’m into this business of “expanding my horizons”, Continue reading