Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Dear friends, it's been awhile! I thought it was time for a post because a few significant things have happened in my life in the past few weeks, and I wanted to share.

First off. I went to the doctor for an annual checkup recently. When I walked in the nurse asked me to take off my shoes and step on the scale, then ushered me over to measure my height. Just like any start to a checkup right? WRONG. When she measured my height I asked her what she got, not really caring because everyone knows I'm 5'5". "You're five feet four inches," she said. After questioning her for a couple seconds she graciously offered to measure again, so naturally I took her up on her offer, taking special care to stand up straight (maybe cheating just a little). "Nope, still five feet four inches. Sorry?".

I've been saying I'm 5'5" for at least 9 years, maybe 10. Stupid big hair.

Secondly, and less significantly, I got a new job. It's still at World Vision, but is on a team that aligns a little better to my passions and gifts. As of July 29 (at the latest) I'll be a member of the World Vision Experience team. We're the ones who set up events for groups and churches who want to experience what poverty and injustice looks like. We get to tell the story, they get to be changed by their experience. My specific role will be helping develop marketing materials for our various experiences, developing a web strategy, and reporting on how our events are doing, and other random things. My first order of business, though, is to go to Creationfest and help run our Step into Africa exhibit. Did you get that? It's my JOB to go to a big gathering of Christian artists, with a bunch of people, and talk to them about World Vision's work. Guys, I'm grinning from ear to ear.

This means a couple things. It means life looks a little brighter and I'm staying in Seattle. It means I am hunkering down and investing, because I am here. Like, mind, body and soul - here. Seattle is my home for awhile longer. Maybe it's time to look into those Seahawks season tickets...


  1. Hurrah!! I'm glad you have something that makes you grin from ear to ear! Enjoy settling in, it's good for the soul.

  2. What Anthony said. :) Also, I'm sorry about the height thing. :) Love you Tara B! And SO SO happy for you. That team is L-U-C-K-Y to have you.

  3. HOW EXCITING!! I am really glad that you get to make a change without leaving Seattle. Change is good. Wish I was closer to celebrate with you :)

  4. Haha..I know what it's like to view height inaccurately.

    So excited for you, friend! I selfishly wish this awesome job was closer to me, but I'm so happy that your gifts are going to be used more and that your heart will be settled more. You are going to be incredible at this job!

  5. Hey, take it from me: 5'4" is a great place to be. ...Well... I'm actually 5' 3.75"

    But I can say that Seattle is a great place to be ... even though I live in Chicago now...

    Dangit. Basically: I'm glad God is putting you in good places. Enjoy the view. Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the 3 best months of Seattle! :D

  6. Girl, you go. You go you go you go. Go you. Go go go. Awesome.

  7. I am so glad you got on the experience team! (And kind of jealous). If I was still in Seattle I would so want your job. I'm so proud I'm gonna come over there and give you a big congratulatory hug.

  8. Tara, I am SO proud of you! Your enthusiasm, creativity and abounding joy will be a wonderful addition to any team! :-)

    Hey, are you going to tell your blog followers about your batting prowess at the Brush Prairie Softball Tournament? :-) You did GREAT! Even though you are only 5'4". Love you! Dad