{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, as we prepare for our trip to Uganda, one thing becomes more clear to me each day: this life we have together is such a *gift*. Dear Jack Bauer, looking forward to watching the premier of your new show on Fox tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed that you'll carry a satchel and phone CTU for backup. Dear Go Month (Get Organized Month), so far you've been marked by newly scrubbed hardwoods, a deep cleaned kitchen, and the tossing of all expired foods in our Frigidaire. Fresh starts are sometimes just what this girl needs. Dear Timothy James, your giving tree peace offerings are also the shiz. BAM!

For those of you who are comment shy on the blog, today's your day to put on your Wonder Woman (or Superman) skivvies and comment! We'd love to know A) your favorite song B) the most beautiful place you've ever visited and C) preferred toothpaste and D) occupation.

Tim's answers: Three Tree Town by Ben Howard, Alaska, TOM's Whole Care, Physician Assistant.
Em's answers: Re:Stacks by Bon Iver, Maui, Burt's Bees Multicare, Watermark Community Church Staff (for last 7 yrs) ... can you believe they let me work with kids??

Okay, your turn. We believe in you.


Han said...

I'm not shy - felt that I had to join in though and break the "being the first" bubble lol.

A) your favorite song - toughie! Most played on my iTunes is Don't Rain on My Parade by Only Men Aloud (Welsh Male Voice Choir with a jazzy glee like twist). At the moment, Somebody That I Used to Know by Goyte ft Kimbra.

B) the most beautiful place you've ever visited - Wast Water in the Lake District - oh my life! It's so amazingly pretty and serene. Just what we needed when we went on holiday away from the craziness. Was good for meeting with God too.

C) preferred toothpaste - Erm I think I use Colgate something at the moment but I think I'm going to switch to Oral-B - I have to be careful which one I use as I've found that some make me feel nauseous in the morning - how random is that!

D) occupation - the day job is Customer Service Representative. Then again minus the work account I manage 4 Twitter accounts and 3 Facebook pages amongst other web based bits - I would like it, if this could pay the bills instead of the day job. But we'll see - it's what's in God's plan really

Karen I said...

"Your Are the Everything" by REM, New Mexico, Arm & Hammer PeroxiCare, Project Manager

Sash said...

I Was Here by Lady Antebellum, Hawaii, Crest, Recruiter.

Thanks for encouraging me to come out of my comment shell! :)

Ashley said...

Favorite song - Timshel by M&S

Most beautiful place - Northern Michigan, any season of the year.

Toothpaste - whatever is on sale :)

Occupation - right now I am a full time accountant. Come July I'll be a part time accountant and a full time mom!

Heather The Great said...

Love the Jack Bauer comment - we are so watching tonight. Saw him on Ellen and was hoping he would find the hidden terrorist in the audience (just for my sake). :)

Wonder Woman Skivvies, ON:
A) This is the hardest. I love music and my "favorite" song changes often. It depends on where I am emotionally and what song is speaking to me. So for now, "Beautiful Things" Gungor and "Dancing in the minefields" Andrew Peterson

B) Connemara, Ireland (I would move there now if I could)

C) Don't have a favorite, but love Burt's Bees lip stuff, might have to try the toothpaste.

D) Publishing

Mindy said...

My favorite song right now is Lonely Boy by The Black Keys. I love the video and I cant help but smile every time I hear the song. Most beautiful place would be Montana and South Africa. Love any cinnamon toothpaste and I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom to three littles!

Rebecca said...

"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones, Sweden, and a student at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)

I'm Jess said...

Ok, here I go!
-Laundry Room- The Avett Brothers
-Crested Butte, CO (even though it's name is so close to crusted butt- it is truly beautiful)
-Crest Vivid White

I been reading for a couple of months now and I love this blog! You guys are awesome, thanks for sharing your story.

Kristina said...

I have comment frequently but I love the questions so here I go: a) Movements by Rend Collective Experiment, b) Bear Lake at the Rocky Mountain National Park, c) Meridol and d) studying to hopefully have an occupation someday :-)

Kristina said...

Sorry for the typo! I should re-read my comments before I publish them :-)

Traci said...

Morning!! Love love LOVE your blog; thanks for sharing your story!

Here goes: Arizona by Kings of Leon, Australian coast, whatever is on sale (I'm THAT shopper), Health Educator

Today's Letters said...

"you're doing it peter, you're doing it!" - the lost boys ...

you guys are so brave!

Dana said...

1) currently? we are young by FUN.
2) Piazza Michelangelo in Florence
3) Crest total care
4) Risk Manager (don't worry folks, I've got your back)

Becca said...

A)I Like to Be With Me When I'm With You- Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
B)Mackinac Island, MI!
C)Crest Whitening
D)Teacher. Currently an English auxilier in Spain, and hopefully an elementary teacher when I get back to the States.

Michelle said...

1. Song - really, how could you choose?

2. Beautiful Place - so far Cuba (Havana) might be it but my life is still young. I really like my front yard too.

3. Tooth Paste - Crest but in a bottle NOT a tube (tubes are too messy)

4. Job - I manage the office part of a clinic that dispenses hearing aids.

Sarah Delk said...

I'm shy. I've been reading for forever and never comment! here goes:

A) currently: "I Surrender All" - Jadon Lavik

B) Juneau, Alaska!

C) Crest Complete

D) Occupation: Freshman at the University of Florida!

Sarah said...

A) No way I could choose a favorite

B) Maui

C) Colgate Optic White

D) Acquisitions Analyst


Scout said...

Yours is the best blog to comment on. Y'all always ask the best questions :)

Favorite song: Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses. Which is strange, because my favorite style of music is more folksy.
Place: I haven't traveled too much, but I will always love NY City. I love the beautiful buildings and beautiful people.
Toothpaste: Any kind of minty gel.
Occupation: I don't have a real job, but my dream job is to be like Joy Williams in The Civil Wars.

Love -Scout

Lindsey said...

A- White Dress by Ben Rector
B- Monteverde, Costa Rica
C- Colgate Total + Whitening (Paste not gel!)
D- Management Consultant. I'm a Bob.

Love you guys!

Sister Lynn said...

1) Natural Woman by Aretha
2) Runaway Bay, Jamaica
3) No strong preference
4) Religious sister a.k.a. a nun!

Katie Baba Nielson said...

fun fun!

current favorite song: all will be well by: the gabe dixon band

the most beautiful place i've ever visited: i know it's cliche, but paris, paris paris!

my preferred toothpaste is close up because i love cinnamon gel toothpaste!

my occupation is an assistant counselor for student athletes at uga

Eva said...

Dear Team Loerke, I am a bit shy when it comes to comments because English is not my first language but of course I like to tell you that A) my favourite songs often change but an alltime favourite could be Creep from Radiohead B) there are many beautiful places in my home country Austria but Northern Italy was also pretty cool or Stockholm or New York… aaargh… I like too many places C) I actually don’t really care about my toothpaste, nothing sweet I would say D) I am office manager and on the weekends I help my parents in their little hotel. Lots of love! Eva

anne said...

a) currently, "after the storm" by mumford & sons - at least according to my itunes playcount.

b) so torn! either cinque terre in italy...or the rocky mountains (possibly more bias than anything).

c) mint-flavored anything really.

d) flight attendant/admin asst./freelance writer/going to sort it all out one day.

thank you two for being so willing to share life with us! and for the encouragement to comment!

dhhargrove said...

1. Tie - "Refine Me" by Jennifer Knapp, and "The Breaking of the Dawn" by Fernando Ortega
2. Red Square Moscow - at night - dead of winter.
3. Colgate Cinnamint (daughter won't use anything else)
4. Tape Librarian (IT)

Anonymous said...

Definitely not shy...

Favorite Song: I love so much music and many times what's "favorite" depends on season, mood, activity, etc. But, like a rorschach test, the song that immediately popped in my mind, and one I consistently am moved by is "Hymns to the Silence" by Van Morrison.

Everyplace I have ever visited or lived has its own special beauty. I am drawn to the ocean and beaches and palm trees, though, more than mountains.

Toothpaste: whatever is on sale. The choice thing is ridiculous. Don't we all want healthy gums and clean, white teeth? The only choice should really be the flavor!

Currently enjoying the freedom to be a wife, mom, nonna, homemaker, friend and volunteer. I'm getting ready to move to Dallas, so my plate is very full of that right now. I'm a graphic designer, so if I had to find a job, I'd go looking in that area.


Heidi said...

Ohh, I love reading other people's music picks. I'm going to have to explore them a little.

A) This is a hard question. I'm going to have to say either "Blindsided" by Bon Iver or "Leaves in the River" by Sea Wolf. But there's so many to choose from!

B) Also a hard question! I think I'm going to go with the Canadian Rockies (because they're the beautiful place I get to visit all the time), but there are so many beautiful places in this world.

C) Sensodyne.

D) University student. I also like to think of myself as a professional lover of life. :D

AmandaStretch said...

How much do I love that you quoted Hook? So much.

A) This changes all the time, but right now I'm with Dana - We Are Young by Fun.

B) Ireland, particularly around the Blarney Castle. Also, any temple (I'm LDS or Mormon).

C) Crest ProHealth

D) Music librarian and second time grad student

Stephanie Leann said...

Okay, I've been called out! I'm a regular reader, and an occasional commenter :) A) Right now loving Amos Lee Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight B) Ghana, Africa C) Crest Extra-Whitening D) commercial real estate manager

leslie a. knight said...

a) it changes all the time. right now, i am loving "wedding dress" by derek webb. it speaks so much truth to my heart.
b) suttons bay, mi will ALWAYS be the most beautiful place to me. mackinac island too.
c) crest total care plus whitening
d) i work with current and prospective foster/adoptive parents in the state of oklahoma.

Cait said...

Favorite song is definitely "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty.

I love the mountains in Colorado - but my family was also missionaries in the Philippines, so I love the islands too.

Crest all the way!

And I'm a student at Howard Payne University - wooo.

Sarah said...

-two hands way way up in the air for Farther Along, Josh Garrels
-mountains, wherever whenever
-Colgate, baby
-TU student & proud of it!

Allie Bryan said...

Been reading your blog for a few months and find it indredibly real and incredibly encouraging :)

1. Timshel - Mumfor and Sons

2. Santorini, Greece

3. Colgate - also my alma mater :o)

4. Special Projects at non-profit.

Kristy said...

A) I'm a country girl so I've gotta go with "Bait a Hook" by Justin Moore.

B) Switzerland is the most beautiful place I've visited. But I live in Kansas and I think its wide open spaces are beautiful all the time!

C) Crest whitening plus Scope

D) Las semester college senior, baby!

Beth said...

a. such a difficult question. according to my itunes, it's "Something Beautiful" by NEEDTOBREATHE. I'd say that's pretty accurate.

b. well i'm currently studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland...

c. Colgate Total Mint Stripe

d. college kid. hopefully a camp counselor this summer.

m.e. said...

A) More Time by Needtobreathe
B) Boundary Waters Canoe Area
C) TOMS Whole Care
D) nurse at a homeless shelter in DC

Christina said...

I've been reading forever ... love the blog and how open you are about your life & marriage! You guys are such an encouragement to us young married folk. :)

here we go:
a) our wedding song - "You and I" by Michael Buble
b) hmmm, pick just one - Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
c) Colgate Total w/whitening gel - to get rid of the coffee stains because ...
d) I am a fourth year medical student. Hoping to match in pediatrics for residency. :)

Angela said...

A) Currently its Song of Moses by Aaron Keyes
B) Bali, Indonesia
C) Crest Vivid White
D) Intern at a community mental health agency & social work graduate student who is looking forward to graduating in May!

Kimbojamma said...

Sheesh! You got a lot of comments! Hey, I always wondered what you did for a job, Em. Fav song? That's too hard! Lately it's Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather".
His voice just relaxes me. You stumped me on most beautiful place...how about in my grandma's arms when I was a kid. All my troubles seemed gone there. Toothpaste (or pootaste, as my kids used to say) Luster Premium White 7. I work at home doing my husband's business books. He has a commercial tile and stone installation business here in OKC.

Kelsey said...

A) I've Got The World On A String-- Frank Sinatra
B) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
C) Rembrandt Deeply White
D) Auburn Student-- War Eagle!

Anonymous said...

never commented before so - wonderwoman skivvies on!

1) fav song of late: Bombs by hometown band The Bonfire Orchestra video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktSIz_78KgQ

2) most beautiful place ever visited: short-grass prairies of North Dakota

c) toothpaste - Crest Total Care

4) waterfowl biologist for Ducks Unlimited in south Louisiana (which is also a pretty beautiful place to be!)

Mrs. Pedersen said...

A) On A Night Like This by Dave Barnes (it's "our" song)

B) It's a toss up between Normandy Beach, France and Antrim, North Ireland

C) whatever is cheapest, ha!

D) Freelance Copywriter

Amanda Brown said...

A) Dog Days are Over
B) Italian Farmhouse on a mountain in Rodengo Saiano, Italy
C) Toms of Maine toothpaste
D) Student pursuing Masters in Elementary Education at the University of Florida, RA on Campus, English Teacher in Italy every summer! :)

Krista said...

1) Favorite song....Skinny Love
2) Jinja, Uganda! :)
3) Crest Total Care
4) Full-time grad student and babysitter..in Dallas!


Meg said...

a. loving paradise by coldplay right now

b. three way tie between the coast of oregon, the slums of Mexico, and Israel. Privileged to have been to all three!

c. Crest whitening

d. Stay at home mama, and I clean a law office on the weekends.

Catherine Denton said...

A.{at this moment}Oh Gravity!
Catherine Denton

earlynovemberlove said...

a) The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot, by Brand New
b) The coast of Northern California!
c) Crest Whitening with Scope
d) college student, soon to be teacher

KB said...

A)Too many really, currently Amen by Eden's Edge
B) Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
C) Crest Whitening something - i dunno
D) Office Manager/Executive Assistant for the Plumbing-Heating-Contractors Association of Oklahoma City

Mel said...

Gah, I'm definitely taking your giving tree as inspiration! It's such a simple and wonderful way to always keep your heart in the giving spirit.

As for the list:
A) Ray LaMontagne's "Can I Stay"
B) the Costa Rican countryside, particularly Monteverde
C) Colgate whitening paste!
D) Production editor (of five months! Love it so much.)

Re: Stacks is such a good song. What do you do at your church?


Unknown said...

a) impossible! but today i will pick Mother's Eyes by Jump, Little Children
b)Lake Crescent in Washington's Olympic National Park
c)old school Aquafresh. i love the stripes!
d)Special Events Assistant in a big, fancy hotel in Charleston, SC

Lisa said...

A) Three Little Birds-Bob Marley :)
B) Ocho Rios, Jamaica
C) TOM's Whole care in Mint
D) Mother first...Coordinator second :)

Melinda said...

Billie Jean-by Michael Jackson, Virgin Gorda (a must see by all), crest mint and Community Relations and Volunteer Manager at The First Tee of Fort Worth.

Elise said...

a) Forget Me Not, the Civil Wars
b) Greece!
c) I have never picked a favorite, but I love the ones that make my teeth whiter :)
d) Student/Tutor/Babysitter


Anonymous said...

Favorite song: Guns & Horses by Ellie Goulding (if you aren't listening to her, you should be)

Most Beautiful Place: Alaska & Tahoe

Toothpaste: Crest 3D Whitening

Occupation: Writer

Kristi said...

Song: I have all different ones for all different reasons, but the one that I have loved since I was a little girl to this very day is: Manic Monday by the Bangles. Don't ask why, I do not know...it just makes me happy!
Place: Grand Cayman
Toothpaste: Colgate
Occupation: City Planner

monster cakes said...

Well this is fun. : )

A. "Green Eyes" by Coldplay. We danced to it at our wedding.

B. Yosemite National Park. We hiked to the top and the view was breathtaking!

C. Crest. Only Crest. Always Crest.

D. Executive Assistant at an audiobook publishing company.

: ) This is my favorite blog read of the day. Thanks for the inspirational words!

Shannon said...

(1) Gabriel's Oboe
(2) Portovenere, Italia
(3) Crest (mint)
(4) I coordinate student teacher placements for a university.

Adore your blog. Thank you for sharing so much truth and beauty.

Jay said...

A. Very tough! If I had to choose, I'd go with "I Want You To Be My Love" by Over The Rhine.

B. Lauterbrunnen Valley. It's an amazing place in the Swiss Alps. Translation is "many fountains".

C. Couldn't name what kind of toothpaste I used this morning if my life depended on it.

D. Finance Manager. And I have a part-time gig as one of the small handful of men that regularly reads Today's Letters.

Brooke said...

Wow, you sparked a comment revolution today with these questions!

A) I'm awful at picking favorite songs b/c they change so frequently. And it's like Sophie's Choice. So, at THIS VERY MOMENT, "We Are Young" by Fun.

2) Also difficult, but Vernazza, Italy is gorgeous. http://haverootsandwings.blogspot.com/2011/11/day-26-30-days-of-indie-travel-indie30.html

C) Crest, good old regular paste. Not a fan of gel.

D) Office assistant

Kate said...

A) "Amarillo By Morning" - George Strait
B) Grand Cayman
C) Colgate whitening toothpaste
D) Administrative Assistant

Sweet Tea and God's Graces said...

You're right, I have been comment shy! But I really and truly love your blog.
So here goes!
1) Wave on Wave - Pat Green
2) Boone, North Carolina
3) Sensodyne...
4) I'm a student at Florida State University and I'm studying to be a social studies teacher for grades 6-12.

Hope y'all are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Sarak83 said...


Most beautiful place visited: South Padre Island

toothpaste: Colgate Total plus Whitening

profession: Manager of a Neurology office and a photographer.

I hope you guys have a great Wednesday.

Janea said...

A) Skeltons by Eli Young Band

B) San Diego or the campus of Oklahoma State University, my alma mater.

C) Crest Pro Health

D) Administrative Assistant and grad student at SMU studying Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

JillJ said...

1) Currently, Paradise by Coldplay
2) New Zealand. 'nuff said. :)
3) Crest + scope + whitening
4) College Ministry Intern


Anonymous said...

a) Anthem of Our Discovery by Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
b) Hvar, Croatia
c) whatever's cheapest!
d) undergrad studying archaeology at Harvard

Sarbear said...

A. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out - Cat Stevens
B. Upstate New York is pretty beautiful with all of its water, trees, gorges, and wildlife.
C. Trader Joes Peppermint Toothpaste
D. Student of Communications, graduating in May. Woo!


DLavina said...

Lol! I HAVE been a bit comment shy...thanks for the prompt!

A)Never Alone by Barlow Girls
B)Red Fish Lake, Idaho
C)Colgate MaxFresh
D)Executive Personal Assistant for a family

Jessica Kelly Willett said...
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Jessica said...

1)At the moment- All My Fountains by Christ Tomlin
2)In recent memory - Buck Bald in Tellico Plains, TN
3)Colgate Total Advance Clean
4)Product Development Artist for a retail department store

Heather said...

Hi guys! Very fun! Let's see: Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra, The Lake District, Arm and Hammer somethingorother, watching my girl plus one on the way!

Leslie F said...

A) Everywhere I go-Lissie
B) On top of a cliff looking onto the ocean in El Salvador
C) Crest Vivid White
D) Third year Pharmacy school student (4 months away from Doctoral candidate! WOO!)

P.S. Have you guys seen this video of Yosemite?


It makes this girl want to see another beautiful place.

jordyn said...

a) new slang by the shins.
b) multanomah falls with snow.
c) aquafresh extreme clean. it's so extreeeme!
d) pre-k teacher.

love your blog!

Amanda Jenae said...

A) For the moments I feel faint by Relient K
B) Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Perfect honeymoon spot!
C) Crest something or other. Got it on sale for only 1 doll hair!
D) Substitute teacher for Frisco ISD. Basically I threaten children all day that I'm going to write them a bad note unless they stop screaming. =)

dede said...

A) Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
B) Isla Mujeres Mexico
C) Crest 3D Whitening
D) Admin Asst for County Judge

Anonymous said...

A) I love L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah and the Whale right now. B) I hiked to Rainbow Pass in Red Lodge Montana 6 years ago-- I can't wait to go back and C) I prefer toothpaste that stands on it's own. Now the tube. and D) I'm a student at UTKnoxville... and I tutor at the School that I lead YL at.


life with the wisners said...

what's up emily. long time, no see.

a) hosanna by christy nockels, b) oslo and stavanger, norway c) i should be ashamed that as long as it's a whitening toothpaste, i don't really care d) mommy to 3 rad little people and pt photographer

Anonymous said...

Love this! Em, I always wondered what you did!
1. "Only A Man" by Jonny Lang
2. St. John in U.S. Virgin Islands
3. I use Colgate. I don't know my fave.
4. Nurse Practitioner

Whitney said...

Skinny Love by Bon Iver. Himalayas. Colgate Total. Executive Assistant at the Dallas Arboretum. :)

Anonymous said...

Thousand Angels by Derek Webb, Bangkok Thailand, Good old Crest, and I'm a high school English teacher.

Stacy Rad said...

1. Take My Hand- Shawn McDonald
2. Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland)
3. I'm a Crest kinda girl
4. Grad student at Truman State in Kirksville, MO (AKA teacher-in-the-making!)

Julie G. said...

1.Crazy Circles - Bad Co.
3.Colgate Paste
4.Controller/Buyer of cool stuff to make signs/tshirts/graphics/etc
(all of these start with C...what does that mean?)

Anonymous said...

A) Anything by NeedToBreathe... cannot choose one
B) I fell in love with dowtown Charleston, NC
C) Crest the whitening kind
D) Student

Sara said...
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Sara said...

A- World News-Local Natives (http://youtu.be/oiGbFO-qZhg)
B-Possum Kingdom, Texas
D-Administrative Assistant at a Law Firm in Downtown Dallas/Roller Derby girl

I <3 Today's Letters!

Marianna said...

A) O Love that Will Not Let Me Go by Anna Slade. It's the guy from the Fray's wife and she makes this hymn even more beautiful!
B) Koln Cathedral in Germany
C) Crest Scope Outlast with Whitening
D) college student til May! then I will be doing ______. eh, something.
Thanks for making come out of hiding! Love your blog!

L said...

It's been a little while since I've left a comment, so . .

a) White Dress - Ben Rector (in full-on wedding mode currently)
b) Mount Ranier (whilst snow shoeing)
c) Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (makes 'em feel so clean!)
d) government contractor in public affairs (that is, until I get hitched and move to NC in April!)

BBrady said...

a. too many to count...a safe bet would be Wild Horses by THE Rolling Stones
b. tie for most beautiful place in beauty town goes to the irish/scottish gree lands and venice the city of water love.
d. Enrollment Specialist for Ohio University in downtown Dallas.

Vanessa said...

a. "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty or "Nearer Blessed Lord" as sung by Nina Simone
b. Montana (y'all'd love it)
c. Arm and Hammer something or other with a whitening agent in it
d. Case Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters

trisha*n said...

Do You Feel by the Rocket Summer, the quiet beaches of Kauai, crest white, and I'm a college student who tutors a boy with autism. love it!

Jessica Rush said...

I love that you love Jack Bauer...I still find myself hoping that CTU will revive again!

Fav Song: there are so many but Free Fallin (Live Version) by John Mayer is always great

Venice Italy
Tea Tree Oil Organic Toothpaste
student/summer worker at Pine Cove Camps/student assistant in the Auburn athletic dept!

Becca said...

A) Currently: Anything from the CD "Music Inspired by the Story." My favorites are the songs about Ruth & Naomi, Esther, and Mary.
B)Prague, CZ. Hands down. Am dreaming of the day I get to go back.
C)Crest Pro Health
D)Administrative Assistant at a church by day, retail worker by night.

Stephanie Gill said...

A) Eagles "Hotel California"
B)I was raised on a Kansas farm, and the most beautiful sight is the view from the middle of a golden wheat field, waving in gentle breeze...at sunset!
C) Arm and Hammer Baking Soda is my one and only brand
D) Teacher-Middle School Gifted Language Arts

I love your blog! Steph from Wichita, KS

Sarah B said...

This is my first post in almost a year of reading... love your blog!

a. My favorite song changes a lot, but one of my more consistent choices is Carry Me by Jenny & Tyler (feat. Mac Powell).

b. The two most beautiful places I've visited are Lake Tahoe and Acadia National Park in ME.

c. If I'm buying the toothpaste I'll usually get Crest Pro Health, but I'm not above using whatever my bargain-hunting grandma sends me.

d. I work part time as an administrative assistant in a medical office, and am a full time senior (!!!) at the University of Southern Maine.

J.J. & Katy said...

First - I love love love your blog. In fact, lately I've been telling every sweet person I know about it!

Song - Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin

Beautiful Place - I love the mountains in East TN.

Toothpaste - Crest Total Care with Whitening

Occupation - 4th Grade Teacher

Haley Dorsey said...

A woman like you by bryce lee, Wyoming, Colgate cavity protection, Student/librarian

p.s. I wonder if you guys have ever heard of a guy called Jay Buchanan. He has an amazing voice and seems like your type of music (from previous blog posting about Bon Iver, civil wars and other concerts.) you should check him out my favorite is "Beauty everywhere"

Love your blog, been following for about a year and have yet to comment.

Elizabeth said...

A) the music never ends; Tony Bennet
B) santorini, Greece
C) crest
D) child life specialist...I get to work with kids, too!

De said...

Song: Untitled hymn, chris rice.
Place: Bahamas.
Toot paste: Colgate total + whitening.
Occupation: Current student, future illustrator or art therapist. :)

Mikayla said...

Thr hymn"come thou fount", Jackson Hole, WY, Xyliwhite toothpaste, and an EMT- working on my Paramedic.

esther said...

I had no idea it was "GO" Month, but so far I have a bedroom cleaned to perfection, a deep cleaned bathroom, and a purged fridge as well!

MLM said...

1) Hurt (Johnny Cash version)
2) Tie between San Blas,Panama (where my mom is from) and south Alabama (where my Dad is from)
3)Toothpaste- anything on sale and whitening because i drink a lot of coffee
4)MPH student

Mountain Chipmunk said...

A) Depends on the week :)
Currently I am loving "all Sons & Daughters"

B) Switzerland & Banff,Canada

C) Bubble gum haha (I'm 25 going on 5)

D) Occupation: Loving God and sharing him with others

least of these said...

A.)Skinny Love- Bon Iver
b.)"The Magic Trail" near Cannon Beach in Oregon. Roadtripped with my boyfriend to visit with Liz Forkin Bohannon & she showed us...the name is made up, but the magic is real.
C.)I can ONLY use one kind of toothpaste: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda & Peroxide Advanced Whitening. Add a freah head on my Sonicare & I am in heaven!
d.) Executive Assistant to the COO/Engineering/Production/Quality at Boomerang Tube. We make steel pipes for the oil industry. I'm a theatre major...but it's a good stretch for me.

Peyton said...

Be Thou My Vision by Ginny Owens
Switzerland or St. Lucia
Crest? Not sure!
Speech Pathologist

Deby Jensen said...

1. Pilgrim Song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
2. Prince Edward Island
3. Crest
4. Special Education Preschool Teacher

Hormiguita said...

A) Right now it's Poison & Wine by the Civil Wars B) Either Ecuador or Peter Island, BVI C) anything Crest D) Accountant

Julia said...

A) John Mayer - Covered in Rain
B) Melchtal and Lucerne, Switzerland
C) Crest 3D White - Radiant Mint
D) Student at University of Texas, PA-hopeful :)

Becky Johnson said...

1. Currently "Your Strong Love" by Jon Thurman. (Have you checked out the original worship from IHOP in Kansas City... God inspired, truly!)
2. Tie between Acadia National Park, Yosemite National Park & Kauai
3. Crest Pro Health
4. Part-time stay-at-home mommy, part-time physical therapist (love my job flexibility!)

Molly said...

Way too much wonderful music to pick but I'll just go with our wedding song too since it was such an awesome moment dancing on the beach with a boombox. haha

1. "Inside of Love"-Nada Surf
2. where we now live, Bend, Oregon---so breathtaking
3. Crest 3D White
4. personal assistant to someone you have probably heard of...love that I can still do this long-distance. It's been 6 years, 2 of which have been done remotely. Very thankful my boss is not a Devil Wears Prada one. ;)

Caroline said...

1- "The Beat," Ben Rector
2- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
3- Crest, Cavity Protection, Original Paste
4- Auburn University student ~ WAR EAGLE!!

Kayla said...

A) A Case of You by James Blake
B) Great Rift Valley in Kenya
C) Crest 3D White
D) Graduate Assistant; Student

Ady O. said...

Thanks, Em :)

1. "A Crooked Line" by Darryl Purpose
2. It's a tie: Mahajanga, Madagascar and the shorelines of Tacoma, WA
3. Arm and Hammer
4. Operations manager at a community philanthropy

WesandCaren said...

A. When the Saints by Sara Grove
B. Sugarcreek, Oh in the fall
C. Crest total care for sensitive teeth
D. Guest House Manager in Jakarta, Indonesia!

Angel and Leigh said...

Hello! I stalk your blog so I thought I'd take you up on your invite to comment since I never do..
Fav song...I have lots of favorites, but right now Cannonball by Damien Rice sticks out.
Most beautiful place...it's a toss up between Maui and big sky Montana
toothpaste...the kind that has mouthwash in it, not sure if it's crest or colgate
occupation...physician assistant

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm also a stalker and just love yall! November Blue (from Country Was album, not live version) by Avett Bros, Monaco, Aquafresh Extreme Clean, and Audiologist (all ears all the time).

Laurie Mc

Laci said...

Kathleen by Josh Ritter, Provence France, Crest, Super Mommy.

Anonymous said...

The Water is Wind (Karla Bonoff)
Tuscany (but it's a toss up with the crook of my beloved's arm)
Thom's Baking Soda
Production and office manage a floral design and events studio

Julie said...

A. Right Now- "The House of God Forever" by Jon Foreman
All-time- "I Will Follow You in the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie

B. Jemez Mountains in New Mexico (you guys would like it)

C. Aquafresh Extreme Clean!

D. Fine Art Photography Student at Texas State

Michele said...

Hiiii sometimes my commenting doesn't work for some reason but I'm trying!
1. song: SO many, but anything Jacks Mannequin is top of the list (Dark Blue, MFEO/You Can Breathe Now, Caves, Amy, I...!)
2. beautiful place: Zanzibar, Tanzania
3. Toot-paste: anything Tom's
4. Occupation: healthcare industry consultant

Anonymous said...

i love your blog! i read it everyday but never comment...
A)this is difficult 'better days' by dianne reeves & 'drifter' by decemberadio B)semuc champey in coban, guatemala C) sensodyne isoactive whitening D)clinical pharmacist but applying to PA school!

Malory said...

Have been reading the blog for a while but have never commented!

A. Currently, "Old Friend" by Caveman
B. Tie between Boulder, CO and Big Turtle Lake, MN
C. Crest
D. Full-time Advertising Master's student and research assistant at SU

Monica Jackson said...

A) Oliver James by Fleet Foxes (for the moment)
B) Gstaad, Switzerland
C) Crest 3D White
D) Momma

jess said...

A) Your Love Never Fails - Jesus Culture, B) Glorieta, NM, C) Crest Complete and D) SENIOR in college!! three months until graduation and I'll be a graphic designer!

Em said...

sinking friendships - jonsi or re:stack - bon iver
johannesburg, south africa
full time high school student.

BAM with JAM


layne said...

a) more holiness give me b) home in alaska or my second love: the tuscan region of italy c) arm & hammer toothpaste d) undergrad student and drive the forklift at the central receiving department on campus :)

wildchild said...

i'm a little late to the game, but i still wanna jump in.

a) my fave song is tough, but i think i'm gonna go with Softly and Tenderly. the randy travis version.

b) i lived on the French Riviera this past summer and holy cow. so much beauty.

c) i love the kid's crest. ha. the blue sparkly kind. but now that i'm in my own apartment and have to buy my own toothpaste, i go with whatever's on sale.

d) i'm a student at a small christian college in Rochester, NY. and i have a zillion part time jobs here, such as secretary, tutor, model for the art dept., phonathon caller, and babysitter. i'm a busy girl.

okcowgirl421 said...

A) gah-this changes often. Currently loving all of the Civil Wars Barton Hollow album because it's awesome and also because my 18 month old likes to dance to request that I turn on the music and lately he says "no" to everything until I flip over to Barton Hollow. B) Toss up between Vienna, Austria and Friedrichshafen, Germany. and C) Colgate total and D) CPA part time/stay at home mama (although I think both my jobs are full-time!)

Hav said...

1. Waterfalls - TLC
2. Petra, Jordan
3. Crest
4. Children's Ministries

Don Dinnerville said...

A) Subject to change regularly, but currently it's Matt Redman's "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"

B) Hawaii (Big Island)

C) Cinnamon Rush Crest

D) Self-Employed Web Developer

Rebekah said...

I've been reading for about the past year and comment occasionally, couldn't resist this one. :)
{a} I can't do this! I'd say anything by Brooke Fraser or Gungor. Or Come on Eileen. The song, not a band.
{b} I've thought about this and I really don't know. My mind is going back to White Rock Lake. That's kind of lame. But I can't think of anything else!
{c} Colgate Total Plus Whitening
{d} I was an accountant for 4 years but am in the process of becoming {hopefully} a high school math teacher. Right now I'm a substitute and I absolutely LOVE it. :)

I've always wondered what you did Em!

Thanks to the Loerkes for being awesome :)

Davis - K said...

A. The luckiest by Ben Folds
b. Florence, Italy
C. Whatever costco has
d. RN - pediatric intensive care unit

Davis - K said...

A. The luckiest by Ben Folds
b. Florence, Italy
C. Whatever costco has
d. RN - pediatric intensive care unit

Team Todhunter said...

a) Martina McBride's Holy Night
b) Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
c) Original Colgate
d) Manager at nonprofit (World Vision)

Fun times!! Love, love, love your blog!!!

Jenn said...

Favorite Song: "Out Loud" - Dispatch. Or "Hey World (Remote Control Version)" - Michael Franti.

Most Beautiful Place: Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO

Toothpaste: Aquafresh. Old school with the stripes. Werd.

Occupation: Marketing and Community Relations

Gen said...

Late to the party but I want to be brave too...
Down in the Valley- The Head and The Heart, Lake Como Italy, Advance Care Blah blah demanded to be used from the dentist, and a pretty hip nanny for two amazing littles

Debbie said...

{A}Viva la Vida
{B}tough one...Amalfi Coast is in my top 5!
{D}2nd/3rd grade teacher

Ashley said...

A. Hide Me Babe by Garrett Hedlund
B. Molalla River, Oregon
C. Crest Whitening
D. Student Teacher for 1st Grade!

Thanks for sharing the letters and the love!

Hannah said...

Hello, I am quite new to your blog & I love it! I'm finding it makes me think a lot of thoughts in letter form now though!
Sorry I haven't commented before now....Here are my answers:

1) currently - Gotye: Somebody I Used to Know (more for the music than the lyrics) but Dave Matthews Band are probably my all time favourite
2) Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
3) Colgate Total
4) Nursery Class Teacher (in England!)

The Oakes said...

1. i have no idea. i listen to a lot of Yancy's little praise party, it's a favorite of the kids in this house!
2. got lost in a national forest on the border of NM and CO once on our way to Pagosa Springs, CO wowsers!!
3. crest with scope

Alyssa said...

A) My Father's Father by The Civil Wars

B) Seville, Spain

C) Crest complete care

D) Staffing Coordinator at Kirkland's (the home decor place)


Household Executive said...

A. My favorite song at the moment. Hmmmm. Depends the mood. If I am wanting to get funky then God is Enough by Lecrae. Otherwise I am loving Your Great Name by Natalie Grant.

B. Colorado. I love the mountains.

C. Crest

D. Stay at Home/Homeschooling Mama to 3

Rachel said...

1.Dull to Pause by the Junior Boys
2. Coeur d' Alene, ID
3. Whatever is cheapest ...
4. RN; I work part time in the ICU and part time as the night shift nursing supervisor.

Elizabeth said...

I'm a little late to the party...

A: Hard to choose...maybe "Before the Throne" by Shane and Shane

B: Argentina or Utah

C: Colgate--some kind of minty flavor

D: staff writer for a Christian non-profit

Lindsey Shull said...

1. Pennies from Heaven - Louis Prima
2. Ngorongoro Crater - Tanzania
3. Arm & Hammer Whitening
4. Student at George Mason in Virginia/Newlywed
5. Just heard about you guys - you are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Timshell by Mumford & Sons, Gold Coast - Australia, Sensodyne (I have sensitive ones), Talent Acquisition - JPMorgan Chase

Becca said...

A. Winter Trees- The Staves
B. Breckenridge, Colorado
C. Crest!
D. Student at Texas A&M. Whooop!

The 1st of May said...

A)My favorites change...Songs that makes me FEEL and make me hit the replay button over and over!
B)The island of Capri
C)Arm and Hammer
D)Part-time Commercial Real Estate Appraiser...Full time Wife and Mother of 2 (#3 due in August!)

Angie said...

1. You are the Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne
2. Lake Louise/Banff National Park
3. Crest Whitening Plus Scope
4. Host Team Pastor at LifeChurch.tv

anna_elise24 said...

1. Timshel - Mumford and Sons
2. "Pretty Place" at Camp Greenville in the Appalachian Mountains. A chapel carved out of the side of a mountain! Absolutely breathtaking.
3. Colgate Total
4. Human Resources Representative

Sara said...

A) Beyond the Blue - Josh Garrels
B) Switzerland, definitely.
C) Colgate Optic White
D) Teacher at a juvenile detention center

aaaand I love reading y'alls blog :)

Anonymous said...

1. My hubs is the music guru, for sure, but I love anything by Gaelic Storm. Favorite song is probably, "The Night I Punched Russell Crowe"

2. Niagara Falls...Canadian side. :)

3. Whatever is on sale. I'm not picky!

4. Stay-at-home momma to a 5yo boy.

Livyb said...

Very late to the party but braveness is good thing, right? a)Have a little faithe in me-i love all versions,b)the Florida keys-haven't traveled much-sadly,c)Tom's,d)pediatric dental hygienest

Lindsay Himmer said...

A) How do you pick one??
B) Petra
C) Colgate Total Clean Mint
D) Just graduated from college and have a baby on the way. No one wants to hire someone for 3 months so I am a housewife until I become stay at home momma!

Kate said...

Well, I'm a little late, but ...

A) Gosh, I have no idea. I can't even think of a song! I've never been a musical person, which is funny, because I've been introduced to so many artists I DO like via your blog.

B) The San Juan Islands, Washington.

C) We don't use toothpaste! We brush our teeth with pure baking soda and use 3% hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash.

D) Writer/translator.

ashley said...

1) this is tough, but I can always listen to Hosanna by Hillsong

2) Switzerland

3) Crest

4) admin. assistant and dietetic student

Anonymous said...

A) A Canadian Folk Group called Jacob and Lily and their song Vancouver. You can find it on the cbc.ca/radio3 website along with several other amazing canadian artists and for free!

B) Bon Echo Provincial Park, Ontario or Killarney Provincial Park
My husband and I try to camp at both locations at least once a year.

C) TOM's toothpaste

D) I'm a teacher, I work with high school aged students with significant Developmental Disabilities and Autism. I have the best job in the world!

~ Jess

Becca Zimmerman said...

A) Go To Sleep - The Avett Brothers
B) Cinque Terre, Italy
C) Arm & Hammer (Because it contains real baking soda!)
D) College Student

Kristen said...

A) I could never pick one! Current fav is Plumb-In my arms

B)Lived in HI. Visited Jamaica!


D)Office Services

danYelle said...

falling by ben kweller (he's a texas boy!), oceanside CA, crest prohealth, ceramic artist mostly,.. but bartender to pay the bills.

annie h. said...

A) Won't Back Down - Mat Kearney (there are many favorites but this is up there!)
B) Central Coast of California (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, etc.)
C) Crest with fresh breath strips and whitening
D) Volunteer Coordinator

boo ya!

vee ! said...

A) All the Right Moves by OneRepublic

B) The Kenai Peninsula in Alaska (various places--can't remember the names of all the places I went)

C) Sensodyne Pronamel. Gotta take care of those sensitive teefs.

D) Grad student.

Jacob & Olivia said...

I've loved reading these! Lots of new music I need to check out.

A) My favorite song is always changing, but for now it's anything by Gotye, Andrew Peterson, All Sons and Daughters, Josh Garrels, or the Avett Brothers. I have a problem with commitment, okay? Can't decide. :oP

B) The most beautiful place I've ever seen is either Siby, Mali during rainy season or Northwestern Arkansas in the Fall.

C) I make my own toothpaste because it's cheaper and easier than trying to find one without fluoride and other bad things.

D) I am a homemaker, part-time art teacher, and a student midwife.

Great questions!

Beth said...

What a great idea for comments!

A) According to itunes, Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch and Skinny Love (Bon Iver)

B)The most beautiful place I have seen is the Grand Canyon...and Volterre, Italy!

C) My favorite is the prescription fluoride stuff that my dentist gives me to help keep my teeth super strong

D)PA-S! (second year) :)

Meagan said...

A.This is impossible...but I will say "From this Valley" by The Civil Wars

B. Australia.

C.Arm & Hammer - Brilliant Sparkle

D. I am an admin assistant for a church youth group.

Jess Lonett said...

current favorite song: Meantime by Giveers http://youtu.be/NqsV0l5xtiA

most beautiful place i've been... portland, maine

umm colgate mint stripe?

and sales assistant at clear channel media + entertainment in harrisonburg va.

Nelle Somerville said...

Oooh man so sorry to be late for the party. Love you guys the most!!!
A) too many to pick but Freedom by George Michael rocks
b) County Wicklow, Ireland
c) Sensitive Teeth Colgate
d) Meeting and Events Manager for Visit Baltimore

SunshineMT said...

So behind but still arriving!
A) Settlin' by Sugarland
B) The Great Smoky Mountains - I grew up in a small town at the base of the mountains in Tennessee, and it still takes my breath away every time I see it.
C) I don't really have a favorite, but it does have to be a gel. The paste kind makes me sick!
D) I'm the director of a Servant Leadership program at a small, Methodist college in Tennessee. I connect students to service and leadership opportunities in our area and abroad, and it pretty much rocks my face off.

Anonymous said...

A. The Chair - George Strait
B. Turks & Caicos!!! The most beautiful beaches!!!
C. Definitely Crest!
D. Stay at home Mom!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for your blog! your joy is infectious and puts a smile on my face every time :)

a) does an album count? julie blue by joe purdy
b) blue ridge mountains - any hike, any time of year!
c)trader joe's
d) college student in nashville!

Nikki T said...

I just found your blog today thru someone I follow on Pinterest!
I just wanted to say that I love your letter to Jack Bauer in this post, lol! I think I wrote the same one, only I just 'wrote' it in my head instead of out loud ;)
What did you think of the show??

Today's Letters said...

nikki, loved jack's new show! can't wait for the rest of the season to start ... i think it kicks back off again on march 19th??

Nikki T said...

I think so and I can't wait either! Although its a new show, he will always be Jack Bauer to me!

Anonymous said...

Love Vigilante by Iron & Wine, Greece, anything minty (I guess...), and lifelong student.

Meggie O'Brien said...

Sorry for the late response but I just found your blog...

1.) Favorite Song-One Republic "Good Life"

2.) Most Beautiful Place-Iceland. I felt like I was in a magical place. Kind of like all of Sigur Ros' songs.

3.)Toothpaste-Arm & Hammer Whitening

4.) Occupation-Pre-School Teacher on a military base

c h a n t i l e said...

A - "Keep Us" by Peter Bradley Adams
B - Hua Hin, Thailand
C - Rembrandt
D - Reiki Master :)

whitlea said...

"Swept Away" Avett Brothers, Belize, Colgate Total...dentist:)

Heather said...

I know this is an old post but I felt compelled to comment anyway. I just found your blog today and I have to say first and foremost that you two are adorable and inspiring. I think I cried (happy tears) at least 5 times while reading random letters. Thank you for that! :)

My answers: A)Comfortable by John Mayer (I've also recently fallen in love w/ Atlas Genius), B)the center of a Cherry Blossom tree w/ a good book, C)any kind as long as it's a gel (not a paste), D)Loan Admin Specialist

Anonymous said...

A) Ever the Same by Rob Thomas (wedding song - BAM) B) Big Sur, CA C) Sensodyne bc I have braces from a car accident BOO D) Director of Ops at a Hedge Fund

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