Sunday, July 02, 2006

The things I miss most about Portland:

10. The rain. Yes, I miss the rain. It rained today in the Springs like it does in Portland, and I found myself very reminiscent of cool rainy days in Portland.

9. I miss my apartment. I like my new apartment, but I miss the great neighbors that went with the old apartment. I miss my great landlord. And I miss being in such a central location to everything important in my life.

8. I miss green things. More specifically green, flowery plant life. Everything is brown here.

7. I miss the smell of Portland. Portland has a distinct smell that I can't describe to you--maybe something to do with all of the rain and the vegetation. Colorado Springs has no smell good or bad.

6. I miss hearing the goings-on of NE Portland outside my window. Not so much the fighting or the police sirens, but people greeting each other and the jazz music that my neighbor Midget would always play that wafted in my back windows.

5. I miss my life group at Shirley's. I miss her good cooking and the great conversation to follow. I miss all of Shirley's encouragement that she so freely offered me and so many others. I miss seeing her passion for the Lord.

4. I miss Sunday morning worship at PUMP. I miss the hand-clapping and the stomping. I miss Steve sweating bullets as he worshiped his heart out. I miss the smiles and the sound of so many voices in such a small space.

3. I miss the kindergarten class and the youth class that I spent so much time with, teaching them and learning from them.

2. I miss good conversation that stimulated me and caused me to grow and look at my own life and my own walk in different ways.

1. I miss the people. I miss so many smiles. I miss so many hugs. I miss so much love.

So Portland, in case you don't think I miss you. Believe me I do, and maybe I just share all these things that I miss right now because I'm a wee bit homesick. But I do miss you, and I do love you Portland. Lord, bless that city and bless all that I love there.


kristi w said...

And in case you doubt that you are missed, a few memory highlights of you...
* Deep thoughts. Deep talks.
* Seeing you saunter into the PUMP house, baseball cap pulled down low.
* Having you next door to PUMP - I still instinctively glance at your apartment window to see if you are home.
* I look for the ACU sticker on the back of Broncos (right kind?) - especially ones whose door looks like it may fall off any moment!
* Watching you gently, casually, and humbly interact with the young teens.
* Smiling at your reactions to the antics of the kindergarten class.
* Lunch at Wendy's.

When are you coming home for a visit? :-)

Adam Wolfgang said...

I don't miss rain!
I do miss people.
I miss you, when are you comming to visit? :)

word verification: dohkyzd - the name Olive (the other raindeer) used to call Rudloph.

Portland said...

I miss you too. Thanks for the prayers.

Amanda Peterson said...

I probably won't be able to come visit until the Spring since I don't get vacation time until after I've worked six months. I may be able to squeeze in a weekend somewhere.

Jessica Bolt said...

I miss Thursday mornings.

ewall said...

a to the p--miss you man, thanks for sharing this list. i think you would've liked tonight, i took a drive through some portland places, the sun setting to the west, a lightning storm going on to the east (yes, a lightning storm!!), and fireworks popping all over the place!

miss you, praying for you--

Anonymous said...

Hey Amanda,
Of course, we (YAM Group) served lunch at PUMP not too long ago and it wasn't the same without you. You truly have embraced Portland! I miss being able to run into you at PUMP and Cascade!

Steve Maxwell said...

I am so with you it is not funny. I feel frozen sometimes. It is heavey on my heart. It is the closest I've been to crying lately. Not tears of heart wrenching sadness, just tears of wanting to see and hug certain people and children again. So I understand AP. Alasha and I miss you also. And Jonah will miss you when ever you are not in his presence.

kristi said...

I miss everyone that has left recently. You, the Wolfgangs, the Maxwells. It's weird to think that I almost left. Who is Portland? My guess is Adam Wolfgang, or Jason Hill . . . it seems like something they would do.

brenda said...

A lot of poeple mock prtland's rain, but I am with you, I love it! I bet you also miss Bj's baked potatos!