an ode to 105 Southview Drive.

that was the address for our cute little house my senior year in college.
despite being spread from boston to madison to nashville, we've managed to stay close the last 5 years...

from football games...

to costa rica...

to chicago...

to weddings...

this weekend was another rendevouz, full of birthdays...

and...BABIES?? yup, this time with a new addition...little charlotte anne (cherry) rice! (note: the mama is the blonde on the left!)


thanksgiving day parade...

from family to food (pumpkin pie!) to football (go titans!)...yes, i'm thankful for so many things today.

but is it sad that i'm bummed i missed this fabulous lip-syncing moment this morning...?
(note: at about 37 seconds in...what are those girls doing??)



we at Mocha Club have been asking bloggers to write about the concept of why "I need Africa more than Africa needs me."
so i thought i would participate as well...

what does that mean to me?
as i sat in my windowseat, and watched the africa i had experienced fade to memories, i wrote in my journal these thoughts and prayers that kept running through my mind about the friends i had met there..
their hearts are big
their faith is strong
their joy is deep
Lord, thank you for letting me come to africa. i so desperately need it. my soul needs to be reminded to be still. my spirit needs to be reminded to be thankful.

there was a spirit of humility and simplicity that dominated each soul i encountered. i was challenged to take the lessons i learned and try to apply them to life here:
- to love community deeply
- to depend on the Lord and praise Him first and foremost above all else
- to be quick to listen and slow to speak
- to appreciate life and the gifts of each morning, to take nothing for granted
- to dream big and take risks
- to pray without ceasing and live a life of worship

i need to be reminded everyday of these valuable truths...truths that africans know intuitively. yes, africa most certainly needs our partnership and our prayers...but we need her purpose and her passion.

something about this strike a chord with you? share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. join in the worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership.
come back Dec 1st to see what we're up to...

check out some friends who are among those that blogged about this today, too..
annie, david, ryan + rebekah, sarah, kate, lauren, and christine


things i love...#9.

#9...coffee shops.

whether it's enjoying a warm cup of goodness, engaging in rich conversation, or curling up with a book and escaping the noise of outside life...i just love spending hours at coffee shops. although working at one was weird for a season...there's not a place i'd rather be on most days.

where you'll find me...
- bongo java (i can walk here from my house.)
- fido (where nashville turns to trendyville..)
- frothy monkey (the first one i ever went to here..way back in january 06.)
- J&J's (too small to have a website...but probably my favorite.)
- portland brew (the best tea, hands down.)

my next dream trip is to go up to portland and seattle...and just waste days away at coffee shops...(and see this original starbucks...i know, i'm a dork.)

who knows, maybe i'll even fall in love at one like landon...


twitter me this.

still trying to figure out this whole twitter thing. if you care to know when i run errands, go to the gym, hang out at fido, or bake cookies ...then follow me.

...what are you doing?

Suddenly, it seems as though all the world's a-twitter.


M-I-C...see ya real soon.

so we were at our newest mocha club artist, ernie halter's, show last week..and i was introduced to his friend and fellow musician, tony...
and oh how it brought back so many memories.

if you were a pre-teen in the early 90's, you're familiar with the revival of the mickey mouse club...MMC. it was recorded before a studio audience at the disney-MGM studios in florida, and don't worry -- i got to be in the audience when i was 12!! the show was a mix of live skits, recorded comedy, and songs. and it was the starting point for many of our favorite popstars...JC chasez, keri russell (my obsession with felicity is another story...), christina aguilera, justin timberlake, britney spears, and ryan gosling. oh, and tony lucca. well -- you may not know him...but he did have an acting career with kerri russell on the short-lived malibu shores. and then he went on to pursue music, and all these years later he still has talent...without all of the drama of many of the above-mentioned costars. i so badly wanted to bust out the MMC theme song, or tell him how much i loved him (and had the MMC CD...and waited in line for hours for their concert...) 15 years ago, but i figured that could get awkward. so instead i listened them play a great show...while my heart just smiled, and i giggled about how small the world is.

--> watch season 6's opening here.

and here is the closing...


give presence.

(note: this goes against my "save thanksgiving campaign"...oops.)

something to think about as the holiday season fastly approaches...check out the advent conspiracy

here's the promo video...


save thanksgiving!

ok, don't get me wrong...i love christmas music, white lights, "elf", peppermint mochas, and all things red + green. but what if we waited until after thanksgiving to bring those things out? what if we actually let november have its own identity, instead of being just the precursor to december and the holiday rush? what if november was the month we actually celebrated thanksgiving and hearts full of gratitude all month long?


use your voice.

i don't know who out there in blog world really reads my blog, but if you are a blogger, and you have a heart for africa...check this out and be a part of something super cool we're doing!



anyone else think of drinking lemonade out of a yellow can?

so last night were the CMA awards here in nashville. i may not have had a ticket to the show...but did manage to make an appearance at some afterparties...dress up + open bar + rubbing elbows with taylor swift and reba mcentire? don't mind if i do.

and congrats to my friends (and mocha club artists) lady antebellum for winning best new artist! so exciting!!


things i love...#8.

#8...oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

so i kinda adopted the persona of cookie monster as i grew older because of my crazy obsession with cookies (i blame my mom). i can have the option of the most amazing cakes, ice cream, pies...you name it...and i'll pick the cookie every time.
only recently have i honed in on oatmeal chocolate chip as the ultimate favorite. chocolate chip has always been the forerunner...but when i discovered you could put oatmeal in a cookie without raisins, i was sold. (who doesn't pick out the raisins, anyways?)
whole foods is holding down first place right now as supplier of the best cookie. i will literally make a trip there, buy 1 cookie, and leave...i love them that much.

...so now you know the way to my heart.


talented community.

we were marveling the other night how our community group is full of so much talent. here are some members and their mad skills...
autumn makes people look pretty.
emily designs and creates.
gabe pretty much owns nashville's music scene.
andra writes, sings & plays beautiful melodies.
will + stephen rock the stage.
phil keeps the beat...among many other things.
ryan is an audio/video genius.
jamie interviews and manages this site like a pro.
and we still consider blake a part of our community, too...even though he moved back to kansas.

man, i need to step it up...and get my own website.


grand opening.

well...today was the day. it opened. and we were there...at 6:30am.
first in line? check.

i even got interviewed by the news. happy friday!!


100 words.

nashville whispered to my heart for a while before i faithfully leaped to a city where i had no job and few friends. a year and a half later, it couldn't be more clear that this is my home. i've been immersed into a rich community that i consider family. i work with an organization that i can fully pour my heart and soul into. music city continues to woo me, with its melody of dreams and relationships.
my expectation in moving was that i would grow...in character, in vision, in passion. not only am i growing...i'm thriving. i’m home.


elections make me thirsty.

after you VOTE tomorrow, head to your neighborhood starbucks and grab some free coffee!

thanks to david's post on the election for a reminder of who is really in control of tomorrow's results.

11/4 update: free food, too! :)
[krispy kreme + ben & jerry's]


the world water crisis.

we went to see this documentary and i left wrestling through an assortment of emotions.

[watch the trailer HERE]

did you know...?
- water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil.
- the water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
(other water facts]
FLOW builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

want to see it? check if it's coming to your city over the next month or buy the DVD when it comes out december 9

sign the petition for article 31 :: the right to clean water.