Thursday, August 31, 2006

Good Times in Beautiful Santa Monica

I just got back from a most excellent trip to Santa Monica where a good friend and co-worker from my Tier2/Open Text days, Mr. Thomas Milan, was married to a beautiful Eritrean, Rahel Woldegaber (see these links: link1, link2, link3). Another good friend and co-worker Pat Bucy was also at the wedding. It was a great experience getting to know some of Rahel's family, seeing a totally new culture, learning about Eritrea, and especially hearing Rahel's story and how both of their stories united. I am kicking myself for not getting a "Green Boy" reunion picture, but here are a few shots that I did take:

Thomas and Rahel during the Sunday morning brunch

I didn't get many other good shots. (The fact that these are my best will help you realize how bad the others are!) After the wedding and dinner, the dancing commenced. And did I menton that it wasn't your typical wedding dancing??!! Thre was an Eritrean band and Eritrean music and Eritrean dancing and was it fun! I still find myself jiggiling to the rythmn. The photos below show the last dance (which has a special Eritrean name which I have since forgotten) where we all dance around the bride and the groom with roses (a blessing for children) and money (which you place either in the colorful baskets or on the forehead of the bride or groom).

Being on the beautiful coast, I couldn't leave without checking out the beautiful beaches! Thanks to Pat, who brought a couple boards, I was introduced to the art and pleasures of boogie boarding. And what a better place than in wonderfully refreshing warm water with a beautiful breeze on your face. My only dissapointment was that Maura and the kiddos weren't there, too!

Another amazing blessing was seeing a good friend and college classmate of both Maura and myself, Sr. Catherine Marie of the Trinity, previously known as Catherine Adams. Sr. Catherine joined the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in Alhambra, California, and now lives her live praying for and serving those both near and far. Sr. Catherine is currently teaching 4th grade at one of their schools in La Puente. I was able to stop in on them early Sunday morning, visit with Sr. Catherine, meet her fellow sisters, and attend Mass with them at the local parish, St. Joseph. It was such a treat to an already wonderful visit.

Sr. Faustina, Sr. Madeleine (the Mother Superior and Principal), Sr. Catherine Marie, and Sr. Mary John

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