Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back at the Archives

Researching Mother Cabrini this time. Her fingerprints are everywhere.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

En route to London

We had a memorable lunch today and got to renew our acquaintance with Charlotte, our lovely goddaughter. Notice her T-shirt. She is a huge Darth Vader fan.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

On the Feast of St James

It's the Feast of St James! Paul conducted the choir for the first time and we met the rest of the family. 

St James the Greatest made his annual appearance before awestruck crowds.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

At the Seattle Center

Everyone seems to be here, even Darth Vader.

On pilgrimage

This morning we had a pilgrimage/Camino walk to some Seattle churches. At the Immaculate, they met us with cookies and water AND showed us the attic/museum which used to be the rectory in the Jesuit days. It was chock full of dusty old portraits and votive candle racks. This is Bishop O'Dea: 

A whole box of sodality pins in mint condition:

Just a touch of the history of Seattle.

And an ancient calendar dating back to the year we were born. Well, maybe not so ancient.

Friday, July 24, 2015

At the waterfront

We inspected the progress on the sea wall and played tourist at Ivar's.

The forecast

Hope no one is planning a big parade or street party this weekend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Camino walk at St Edward's

Tonight we joined a Camino walk at St Edward's. It still looks really nice from the outside.

We saw the grotto which used to have a statue of St John Vianney in it.

There are beautiful trails around the park.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Day 1

Paul has 27 boxes of books on the way. He may need a bit more shelf space.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


I don't love the weather but I do love my Star Wars weather app.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


We briefly went camping in the backyard in our new tent.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Camino walk again

Tonight we walked to a mini-park down the hill from our house. There are amazing views of Mount Rainier and people playing softball.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

At an artist's studio

Today we visited the studio of Father Trung Pham, a Jesuit and an artist. We started with lunch at Arrupe House.

There are three coffee choices but they are all Jesuit.

This series of abstract pieces is called "Crack." Pretty cool.

In the studio:

He also does sculpture, including a statue of St Clare which is somewhere on the Santa Clara campus!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

At Ron Tonkin Field

Cash's birthday party was at Ron Tonkin Field, home of the Hillsboro "All Hopped Up" Hops. They played the Spokane Indians. 

The mascot, Barley, came over to take pictures with Cash. Cash was not that into it.

Cash in a few years:

Cash got a signed baseball in addition to the cake. A teenaged stadium employee cut the cake for us. He went with slabs rather than slices.

Even Auntie Reen got her picture taken with Barley, the big green hop.

En route to Oregon

Today we drove down to Hillsboro for Cash's birthday party. We stopped at Powell's. It was an absolute zoo. There was no quiet browsing to be had. 

The Grotto was pretty noisy too. Full of pilgrims.

Please don't point at the flowers.

The sorrows and joys of St Joseph:

In the modern chapel. We couldn't help but be reminded of that Memorex commercial.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A different kind of Camino walk

This was the day of our visits to hotel concierges with tourist brochures in hand. At the Best Western a tourist was asking about guided tours of Bill Gates' home.Then we hit the Pan Pacific.

There's so much construction it is hard to recognize downtown these days. 

This sign was just asking to be posted on social media.

The view from the Edgewater lobby was amazing.

They use antlers in all of their decorating:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

At the President's Office

So many Jesuits.

Yesterday and today

Julianna and her bunny:

He is a very soft, cute bunny:

On a Camino walk:

In the garden this morning:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Vertical tour

Today was the day of the vertical tour of St James for my intern Julianna and her family. Four of them made it not only to the bells but to the cupola!