Monthly Archives: October 2011

Maptime! (Expanded version)



Planning my big mapping project in Ethiopia for Mudula Water (and walking every day to be ready for the trek!). Mapping and me and my GPS; we’re getting to be friends.

I’m off to Ethiopia in a few weeks. First Addis. Then Hosanna. Then Mudula. To say that I am excited is…well, there are no words.

    • I’ll be traveling with the women of Mudula Water (
    • I’ve organized a couple days of activities with the women at AHOPE for children ( A big tie dye project for all the kids, delivering watches for the children (all donated from friends!) , and a tour of  CDC (a family preservation program)
    • My dear friend Mulu just returned from Gojam where she delivered assistance to the Bechina Clinic for Clinic AT A Time Inc.  (
 (My thanks to my friend Desta, who put together this graphic!)

Watches Wednesday

Destination: AHOPE for Children, Ethiopia.  Ameseginalehu!

Got Injera?

Super busy days, including this whirlwind 24 hour back and forth to Minneapolis to join some friends at a potluck. Injera, tons of lovely children, and some kick ass moms. WORTH.THE.TRIP.

I’m in the thick of planning my travels to Ethiopia – – and really feeling the combination of excitement and sheer ‘heaviness’ of the journey.  It’s all consuming right now. Plus.

The short list looks like this:

1. Learn gps to map the water pipeline and surrounding area of Mudula (big learning curve here for me – really wanting something tangible for families to connect with surrounding Mudula Water).

2. Plan arts and crafts for 100 kids at AHOPE for Children (this is a lot of work). And a supplies nightmare.

3. Gather supplies for AHOPE (stay tuned for this one – I think I might need help gathering 50 some watches for the kids. This is the number one kid centered request and one that the staff at AHOPE thinks would be great for the children who are attending school).

4. Spend oodles of time with Blueberry –

5. walk walk walk, climb climb climb (fitness shifting from couch25K to 10,000 steps a day).

6. Stay present and connected to Blueberry and Mr. Sillypants. Enjoy Songbird. Keep in touch with Twinkletoes and Waffles.

7. Prepare for a 40+ person dinner party next week here at our home to welcome Ethiopian physicians here on a new grant for a family medicin partnership/program with Black Lion Hospital. (rub hands w/excitement at the thought of Mr. Sillypants getting involved with this program in a meaningful way).

8. Continue advocating for kids right where they are: Clinic At A Time, Mudula Water, AHOPE for Children (in Ethiopia). Stay active in local discussion surrounding Madison Prep. Continue advocating for public school funding (local).

9. Make progress on the discussion with Mr. SillyPants about a local relocation – which means finishing some home projects in anticipation of selling our home. Courageous living.

10. Start thinking about 4K! OMG…NOooooooooooooo.

11. Continue processing our local “Racial Justice Summit” and the practices of restorative stuff.

— there’s more, I’m just too tired to remember it all.

As I was driving home the other a thought came into my consciousness, “My life is miraculous.” I  hope I honor the goodness every day. It’s a stunning thought that hasn’t often visited my awareness. I hope I can honor the awareness in act and deed.

Wordless Wednesday


Mudula Water and the Mudula Mamas went for the win – AND WON!  


$9,000 in charity purse award money. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU  – each and every one of you who shared our story, promoted our challenge, and came to our donation page to help our grassroots fundraising with your family dollars.

On behalf of Mudula Water, we are grateful and humbled by your support.


Please stay tuned….