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June 14, 2010 / chelledonohue

Full circle

Truth be told, I don’t know why I stopped blogging. It has something to do with these reasons.

– Most of my life wiped off my hard drive with one small plane ride.

– I have a hard time communicating how I feel about where I am now.

– An intense dislike for being calamity- Jane.

– I feel like I hardly know myself.

All that aside, I miss writing, and I miss telling my dearest’s what going on in this incredibly small space  of our time/place. So I’m going to start up again, and see where we go.

I promise nothing.

October 13, 2009 / chelledonohue

Dear Pri,

Just sitting here in Cheryl’s room, helping her with homework. Been thinking about you a lot, wishing we could hang out. I miss you sis. It would be so kool if you were here, if all us girls could go out for drinks, (and of course, hot chips). I’m thinking about you all the way over there, and the fact that we didn’t really get to say a proper goodbye. I told you I’d be there in a bit, and that we’d navigate the new country together. It was a promise when I said it, and I’m sorry I haven’t kept it yet. I was sad thinking of not seeing you for a few weeks, and now it’s been months.

Anyways, I miss you a lot, and realize that I got addicted to having you there these last five years. We did some crazy things!! Remember dancing in our first typhoon?? The wind was blowing the rain sideways, and we laughed. Other people huddled under their umbrella’s and we sang at the top of our lungs. Branches fell from the trees and we skipped in our high-heels. Drivers pulled over and cowered undercover and we shook our heads while our long hair got soaked. People worried about acid rain and we foolishly drank in the raindrops. Lightning and thunder struggled across the sky but we shouted louder. And then, having narrowly escaped drowning, we walked into Starbucks and offhandedly drenched the entire store. After which we drank cold coffee and laughed some more.

People don’t get it and we seriously don’t care. We’re just sisters and we like that. It’s ok that we’re best friends, and it’s perfectly fine that we don’t have an explanation. Well, I could go on and on about how it’s because you’re crazy fun, well read, stunning, smart, incredibly talented, kind to a fault, insanely loyal, (and tall, let’s not forget tall). But truthfully, honestly, behind all the why’s and the wherefore’s, and looking far past the fact that you make me look good (!), it’s because you are real. You are a solidly real person. And in this crazy time of people who poke and prod and photoshop themselves into asexual mannequins that live mostly online, it’s refreshing to find a slice of Audrey Hepburn pie in the mix. A girl who will wear hipster jeans and flats out clubbing, because she really is going to dance for oh, 500 hours, and might even dance up on the bar. Who, after the party is over, will trek all the way home, across town, in the wee hours of the morning, just because she has the common sense to sleep in her own bed. Who thinks Dumas is a good read as opposed to, oh let’s say, Cecily von Ziegesar. Who knows all the words to my favorite Andy Williams song, and will sing it with me on the subway. Who’s idea of make up is lipgloss. Who always remembers everyone’s birthdays – and I do mean everyone!

I love you sis. I miss you. Just thought I’d say so. And yes, I was planning a major post for your birthday, but then “stuff” happened, and all I could do was call you and hear your voice and laugh about your antics and never-ending handsome admirers. If I could ask for one thing for you in this year, it would be that you stay you. Always.

Tons of love, ‘chelle XXX

September 12, 2009 / chelledonohue

DC Zoo – its full of animals!!

While watching the elephants, who were very large and standing in plain view, Cheryl and I overheard these stellar remarks, from some genius adults:

“I think I can, like,  see, like, an elephant. I think it’s an elephant. Maybe it’s two elephants.” (What the ____?)

“It’s like they have an opposable thumb right in the middle of their faces.” –“Oh you know soooo much about elephants.”

“Awww, the last time we were here we got to see them poo.”

You’ve gotta love the zoo goers.

PS. Keep your eyes peeled for some keen insights on this subject from my brilliant niece Cheryl.

September 9, 2009 / chelledonohue

In the land of the wiiii

Guys, I am still in Amrica. And yes, that is how you spell it. Amrica, baby.  I don’t know that I can find the words to clearly explain what its been like to spontaneously leave behind our entire lives since July.

What I can say is that it has given me quite the edge on perspective. Think of it this way, take away your job, your lifestyle, your livelihood, your house, location, friends and jettison yourself into an entirely foreign environment . Man, the epiphanies have been coming so fast that I am 90% liquid epiphany solution right now. The other 10% is calamine lotion.

The best part has been getting in touch with my family here: Christina, Nick and Cheryl, Sancho, Prem, and the extended family in Portland, as well as my Dad’s brother and sister and their families from Canada, and I even got to visit with my parents! In Amrica! Meeting Steph’s family goes right up there on that list, Danny, Ytala, Maria, James and Mark.

So that’s my silver lining of epiphanies. And I just wanted to tell you that if your life has been thrown through a man eating wringer, well, just think how enlightened you will be on the other side. HA.

Cuz, right now, the planets are charting a course of irreverent-headlong-non-stop change that might take you through shingles, staph and chickenpox all in one week. Be prepared.

Oh and I am loving WiiFit.

July 1, 2009 / chelledonohue

Prayer needed

On Friday we found out that Stephs Dad has had another heart attack.  Steph is leaving with his Mum within 24 hours to see him, and Alex and I will follow shortly.  His Father is in a very fragile state, and needs our prayers for his health, comfort and peace. Thank you for your prayers for him, and that we will be able to fund our emergency travel. Love always!

June 21, 2009 / chelledonohue

Farewell to the roaring 20’s!

Yes, thats my lengthy explanation for my last post. Celebrated my 30th, and am kissing my 20’s goodbye! I have to say, I enjoyed them immensely. At the same time, I have a feeling that whats ahead will be a whole lot more happiness. The last couple of years have the been some of the happiest of my life – and I expect it to continue!

Even though Ive essentially been doing the same thing for the last five years, days filled with work and striving for better, the last two have been exquisitely punctuated with strong arms to hold me, and little baby kisses and smiles. Its a sense of joy  that I highly recommend.

So, no, I don’t regret my age. I love it! Ha! I actually feel blessed to look back on 30 years of a life of faith, loving the missionary life. I have so many dreams for the future, so much I want to do – more changing the world, if I may! Realizing that we’ve made it this far, gives a little thrill to think of what lies ahead.

Steph escorted me to Brown Sugar – a lovely jazz lounge, where we had cocktails and grilled tiger prawns, and hours of music to die for. Che’ Best is a stellar vocalist from LA, and truly won my heart. She killed pretty much every singer out there, and did it with class. This was all after an afternoon of girlie shopping for pretty things from my man, and then a full on salon treatment session the next day… spoiled! All thats missing is celebrating with my friends and family, as my last birthday with Sam, Vin, Alina, Mike, Ia, Paul, Joy, Justin, Rossi and so many others.

We shall see!

June 17, 2009 / chelledonohue


Goodbye forever!