Monday, September 26, 2011

Photo of the Week

Here begins the photo of the week tradition. Happy Monday!

Royal Oak, MD.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pop n lock parking lots.

Saturday night rendezvous (9.24.11).  This group can get down... in parking lots and makeshift dance floors.  Thanks to Patrick and Meredith for the dance lessons at the Easton Brasserie!

Raise your hand if you want an ice cream cone

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bobby's still got it.

Bobby on what he did during the day of Silence and Solitude:

"I went kiting for awhile, and... I've still got it."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pinky pray? Are you kidding me?

We ended our Thursday evening community meeting with a prayer.

And some interlocking pinkies.

Clearly, this must be an American thing... or maybe just an Erin thing...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Patrick makes cookies and it's Liam's birthday!

9/16 - Friday night fun: debate watching and cookie eating. Thanks for volunteering Patrick!

9/17 - Saturday: Liam's farm themed birthday! We love the Powells!

Celebrating two years of little Liam!

Dropping 'bows.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baby got back.

"You shouldn't eat an hour before you go to bed....or it will go straight to your hips"  -BPS Bobby

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday night worship

After lessons in crabbing, we decided some worship was in order.  We sang hymns, rounds, and contemporary songs on the beautiful Osprey Point pier. What a blessing to worship with such sweet friends!

Lessons in Crab Feasting

Last night we were generously given several pounds of crab to enjoy for dinner. Little did we know what eating crabs in this form actually involved. Krista took the reigns on steaming it up and we all (okay, except me) enjoyed dissecting eating it!

They look apprehensive, no? 
Seasoned with Old Bay, or as Catie calls it, "Old Spice"

We decided to eat outside to enjoy the view, and avoid having our kitchen smell like crabs for weeks to come.

Suresh seems thrilled.

This photo brought to you by Patrick's obsession with camera timers.
Harder to eat than it looks.

Party crasher. Rude. 
Get it girl. 

Still going strong.
For a first crab feast, it went pretty well. The less we talked about what we were actually eating, the better it went -- lesson learned. We still have plenty of crabs in the freezer for the next time we're feeling adventurous hungry.

Welcome to Windrush. Have you seen my abs?

'nuf said. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Do we really live here?

Read read read while the bugs, sun, and water form their beautiful symphony around you.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mr. Manners and Co

Last night was one to remember. Theatrical happy hour. Some powerpoint slides. Singing and dancing for Grady, Sarah, Liam, and Parks (why is he plural?). Music in the home. Dinner in Windrush (thank you Sharon, Susie, David, and Mike!). And lots of good pointers for life.

I am continually blessed by this group. Much love.

Haley's Laugh

Walking back from the barn to Windrush in the rain, Patrick and I were enjoying making Haley laugh. It's a very easy thing to do, but endlessly amusing. Why is it so fun? Patrick explained: "Haley laughs with the whole essence of her being."

Engage session - a grandmother's words

"If it's not ok, it's not over."
-Haley's grandmother

Halloween & pinholes

I reminded of one of my favorite childhood holidays, Halloween.  I remember the excitement of sprinting through the neighborhood, pretending the homemade costume my mother constructed actually made me truly resemble superman’s physique.  The only obstacle between me and two pillowcases full of sugar was a carefully executed route.  Yet whoever designed that plastic superhero mask, with pinholes for eyes, clearly didn’t share in my candy amassing ambitions. 

D Cov quote

"Oh crumb!" - David.

'Nuff said.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

morning boot camp

1 minute plank. Ready go. 30 seconds in.....

Bobby "I'd be much more motivated if I wasn't wearing a shirt"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Erin in a suitcase

Austin and Christian asked Erin if she could fit inside a suitcase. She reluctantly agreed and insisted that she receive ice cream in return. Surely.

So Erin crawls in, we zip up the suitcase, and while capturing this special moment on camera, I say "Erin, smile!" to which she responds (face completely hidden in the suitcase)....

"I am smiling!"

Christian loses it (reference wild legs in photo).

Suresh in the rain....

On our first Sabbath, Austin and I went to town to pick up a few items.... it was raining, and kept raining, and kept raining.

On the way home, we can barely make out a figure in the's still raining...still raining...figure's SURESH! He rode to Target in the rain. Gotta love it.

Spider guts

Oh well. That's not the first time I've touched spider guts.

Monday, September 5, 2011


The scene was Sunday night, September 4, and all Fellows minus Haley were seated around a dinner table enjoying an innocent ice breaker.  Or so they thought.  Minutes go by, and by the end of the night we discover the following:

Meredith wants to marry a guy like a swan (a "project?").  Erin wants a guy like a comatose koala ("You think they are nice, but actually no").  Patrick wants a cougar ("predatory feline," was it?).  Bobby, a mountain goat.  I (Catie) just want someone to look shocked all the time and to hug my head, and any other descriptive phrases are forever blocked from my memory.

Soresh considers himself... [ready with your British accent?]... regal, refined, decadentIndependent and rich.  

Blue is calm and so are waterfalls.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


While Patrick, Erin, and Catie are getting ready to scarf gourmet pork chops ("5 minutes!") while working dinner kitchen shift...

Patrick goes to bless the meal and says (loudly), "Thank you, Lord!"

Dawn looks up. "You're welcome."


And another Bobby quote came in today:
"I don't get in touch with people. People get in touch with me."


Osprey Point training and orientation was Thursday. And Roger Valentine retold a conversation he once had with Louis in order to make a point:

Louis will not answer the door if an Osprey Point guest knocks. He told me, "Once I take my trousers off, I'm not putting my pants back on."