{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, March 30, 2012

To kick off this week's FPF photos we have sisters Amy Kate & Grace who threw fist pumps and leg kicks at the Eiffel Tower. Grace is currently studying in Paris and Amy Kate came to visit over spring break!

Next, meet Taylor, Matt, Ellie, Emily, Jenna, and Bret who threw fist pumps and leg kicks while climbing Mt. Si in North Bend, WA. These guys reunited after spending a semester in Costa Rica together!


Our next photo is of Bailey and a group of Clemson University students who threw fist pumps while working at Las Familas, an after school program in Los Angeles. These students spent their spring break loving on kids who live on skid row (America's largest homeless population). Way to go, Homies!

Our next three photos are from readers who participated in one of this week's FPF challenges. Meet Auburn grads, Carra and Sarah Jane, who threw fist pumps and leg kicks by the Cherry Blossoms in DC!

Next, meet Danwe, Ian, Aleida, and Grace who also brought some FPF love to the Title Basin.

Lastly, meet Alyssa and Aleida (who deserves bonus points for being in two Cherry Blossom FPF photos). Way to play along, friends!  

Thanks to Carra, Sarah Jane, Danwe, Ian, Aleida, Grace, and Alyssa we've now completed one more of our FPF challenges! Here's to accomplishing some others! Take a photo of you and your homies A) while riding an elephant B) with your mailman C) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville D) with Twinner at Local123 E) at your favorite BBQ joint F) at the Pyramids in Egypt G) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo H) after running a marathon I) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome J) in front of your sorority / fraternity house K) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC L) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas M) throwing fist pumps with your grandma or grandpa (because grandparents are the shiz) N) with your favorite professor or teacher or O) with Naomi, Josh or Eleanor Davis of Rockstar Diaries (bonus points if it includes Kingsly at the dog park).  To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. And most importantly, Happy freaking Friday!

PS, Each week we receive several FPF photos that can't be posted on the blog due to photo quality. We'd love to encourage you to 1) take your FPF photo horizontally 2) use an SLR camera (no blurry cell phone pictures) and 3) take your photos in the daylight. Thanks Homies!

{Sayonara Fart Box!}

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dear Fart Box (aka Tim's 1994 Honda Accord that smells like armpit),


We will miss your broken door locks.

Cracked & dirty dashboard.

Missing knobs.

Crunched side panel.


Punctured ceiling.

Wonky radio.



And missing hubcaps. You were our first date car, road trip rocket, and weekly grocery getter. Thanks for 10 years of making our wildest dreams come true!



That said, Team Loerke is greatly looking forward to making new memories in our PriusC!

So grateful to have a car that passed inspection, gets 52 mpg, and will only cost $325 a year in gas to drive. Also grateful for the wonderful sales associates at Toyota of Dallas! If you're ever looking to buy a Prius or a new car we highly recommend contacting Rick Nichols (nichols@toyota-dallas.com). He made our first car buying experience painless and fun. He will also do things like throw fist pumps and leg kicks next to your new ride.

Happy freaking Thursday, Homies! We're still working on a name for the PriusC, but any and all suggestions are welcome in exchange for baked goods shoved through my computer screen.

{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this afternoon we get to pick up a special delivery at the Toyota dealership. I fully expect you to A) cry when you say good-bye to the Fart Box B) wear it's remaining hubcap around your neck for street cred and C) make over $12 from recycling the empty water bottles in your back seat. Dear Good 2 Go Taco, yesterday your Yardbird Salad made my inner chicken say buk buk buk buk bukka! Thanks for being worth the 20 minute drive for a Whole30 friendly lunch. Dear Nils Frahm, your latest album Felt has made me fall in love with the piano all over again. A perfect companion for my early morning reading. Dear Timothy James, to the moon! (In your new coche of course).

What's something new you've purchased lately (big or small), something you've eaten that's made you shimmy and shake, or something you've listened to that's made your heart full? Also, be sure and check back tomorrow for our last post about the Fart Box ... such a bittersweet day!

{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, recently you figured out how to send emoticons on your iPhone. So far you've texted me pictures of a dude flexing his muscles, sleep Zzz's, an airplane, and a turd. Reason #271 why boy roommates are awesome. Dear Whole30, t-minus 3 days until I curl up in a ball and eat my last package of Sour Patch Kids. Here's to a much needed detox. Dear Unfinished Books, currently there are 4 of you sitting on my desk. Thanks for the subtle reminder to spend an afternoon in the hammock. Dear Husband, you know those Carhartt's you wear with the holes in the pockets? They make me wanna poke my fingers in them. Just sayin.

Have any of you ever done the Whole30? I'll give you three fist pumps and a leg kick in exchange for your best advise on how not to bang my head on the wall when I'm craving dessert.

{Ekki Mukk by Sigur Ros}

Monday, March 26, 2012



It's been four years since Sigur Rós released their last album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. Good things come to those who wait? I think yes. On May 28th their latest album Valtari will be available on iTunes. Until then you can enjoy one of it's tracks, Ekki Mukk.

Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust - Sigur Rós

{Today's Letters}

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, every year you lovingly question my bracket discernment in choosing the Jayhawks to win the National Championship. One word: ROCKFREAKINGCHALK! Dear 18 Rabbits, it's official. You're granola bars are the wind beneath my wings when it comes to my 10am hunger pains. Dear Company Cafe, on Saturday we learned your patio is perfect for afternoon pancakes and people watching. We also learned there are more unicyclers on the Katy Trail than in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Dear Timothy James, after cooking Friday night our house still smells like India. Love you more than madras curry powder with a side of coconut oil.

Happy freaking Monday, Homies!
Em

What's your favorite kind of food? Indian? Mexican? Chinese? I have a feeling the Loerke's would both say Thai. (Husband, please confirm).

{1904 by Benjamin Francis Leftwich}

Saturday, March 24, 2012



A few weeks ago my brother got me hooked on Benjamin Francis Leftwich's latest album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm. Current favorite song is Atlas Hands, but 1904 is a close second. What have you been listening to lately?

Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm - Benjamin Francis Leftwich

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, March 23, 2012

To kick off this week's FPF photos we have Auburn students Katie, Kelsey, Lauren, Katie, Alex and Abby who spent spring break in Port Saint Joe, Florida. Lovin those beach towel capes, Littles!

Next, meet Andrea and Scout who reunited last weekend at Bryan College, in Dayton, TN. Fist pumps for college reunions and time with dear friends.



Our next photo is of Auburn Kappa Deltas Sarah Elizabeth, Caroline, Elle, & Julie. These sweet friends threw fist pumps and leg kicks while spending spring break in Nicaragua. PS, those Chacos = be still my heart!



Next, meet Vanderbilt seniors Catherine and Bethea who helped us accomplish another one of our challenge photos by throwing fist pumps in front of their sorority house! Way to represent, Vandy Thetas!



Remember this FPF photo from last year? Watermark's 4th & 5th grade leaders are back like a brand new invention. Pretty sure they still deserve a raise for investing in the lives of Dallas' 9 & 10 yr olds!


Lastly, leave it up to these brave souls, Rebecca and Liz, who threw fist pumps inside the Sistine Chapel while in Rome. The challenge was to take a FPF photo outside the Sistine Chapel, but ya'll earned bravery points for persevering for a photo where photos are not allowed. Y'all are truly crazy ladies!

Thanks to Catherine, Bethea, Rebecca and Liz we've now completed two more of our FPF challenges. Here's to accomplishing some others! Take a photo of you and your homies A) while riding an elephant B) with your mailman C) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville D) with Twinner at Local123 E)  at your favorite BBQ joint F) at the Pyramids in Egypt G) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo H) after running a marathon I) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome J) in front of your sorority / fraternity house K) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas L) throwing fist pumps with your grandma or grandpa (because grandparents are the shiz) M) with your favorite professor or teacher or N) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC! To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. And most importantly, Happy freaking Friday!

PS, Each week we receive several FPF photos that can't be posted on the blog due to photo quality. We'd love to encourage you to 1) take your FPF photo horizontally 2) use an SLR camera (no blurry cell phone pictures) and 3) take your photos in the daylight. Thanks Homies!

{Brooklyn's 718 Cyclery}

Thursday, March 22, 2012



If only Brooklyn didn't sit at the top and Texas at the bottom. The 718 Cyclery would be the perfect place to restore my 1983 Stumpjumper.

{Come Run With Us!}

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

And you thought we were kidding about the goat! So far 24 of you have registered to run the Sudan Footrace with us. Way to represent, Homies!

If you're still on the fence about it, we'd encourage you to go ahead and SIGN UP. Six weeks is plenty of time to get in shape for a 5K. And remember, we run slower than most of you can walk.

{Team Loerke at The Sudan Footrace in 2010}

Just be sure and register under our tribe name "Today's Letters." Looking forward to supporting our friends at Seed Effect and e3 Sudan!

Over and out,
Tim & Em

{Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars}

Tuesday, March 20, 2012



I've been meaning to ask how many of you are looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games on Friday? Would you recommend reading the books? Girl Tyroch says YES but I'm still not convinced. I do, however, dig this song by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. Thoughts?

Safe & Sound (From

{Husband's Letters}

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Husband's Letters: Dear Mrs. Loerke, remember when we had $200 to our name and spent our honeymoon in Gruene, TX? Looking forward to going back next month to celebrate our 7th anniversary together! Dear Days & Nights, lately I've been getting you mixed up. So grateful to be working the 8a-8p shift this week. Dear Anich, you gave me a new found respect for pilots after giving me my first flight lesson from Kampala to Arua. Landing on dirt runways is quite the adventure. Dear Emma, your growth in spontaneity continues to encourages my heart! Thank you for random lunch dates and trips to In-N-Out for chocolate shakes.

Where did you spend your honeymoon? Would you ever go back?

{Today's Letters}

Monday, March 19, 2012

Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, this weekend we had 6 hours of daylight together and. it. was. AWESOME. Grateful for your ER job and that it consistently reminds us to focus on quality time together more than quantity. Dear Twinner, today we get to drive to OKC for the Austin to Boston Tour. Your willingness to travel 1,660 miles for time with family and good music encourages my heart! Dear Texas Homies, wanna run a 5K with Tim and I? (Circle Yes or No and see below). Dear Husband (who always gets two letters), your face after winning a free iPad2 = priceless. #Humbled #Grateful.

Happy freaking Monday, Homies! Have you ever won anything before? I once won a bottle of Merlot while playing BINGO with my grandma at a country club. I was 8 and felt like the old man and his leg lamp. F-R-A-G-I-L-E ...

Also, Tim and I would seriously love for you to consider joining us for the Sudan Footrace at the Katy Trail on Saturday, April 28th! You can register under our tribe name "Today's Letters" HERE. Btw, we run really S-L-O-W ... like 11 min miles slow, so no excuses not to come!

{Calling All April Sponsors!}

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's that time of the month again! Our blog receives over 450,00 page views per month and would love to have you listed as one of our APRIL sponsors. Just contact us for our current rate sheet!

In the meantime, you can check out these beeswax beauties hand poured by our friends P & J. They started making antique bottle-shaped beeswax candles in their 1975 Winnebago a few years ago. Stop by their shop and mention Today's Letters at checkout and receive a FREE CANDLE through the end of MARCH with your order!

{Fist Pump Friday!}

Friday, March 16, 2012

To kick off this week's FPF photos we have Alabama students Samantha, Jessica, Kimberly, Erin, Jane, Sara, and Lauren. These chickies hiked 11 miles up Mt LeConte near Gatlinburg, TN. Way to go, Homies!

Next meet Jen, Adriana, Amanda, Sarah, and Joey who threw fist pumps and leg kicks after participating in the Dallas Color Run. Bonus points for bedazzling yourselves like a Mardi Gras King Cake.

Next, meet Katelyn and Anna who threw fist pumps and leg kicks with Needtobreathe after their show in Kansas City last week. Way to be brave and get these jokers to play along with FPF!   


Our next photo is of Chris, Sadie, and Ashley who threw fist pumps and leg kicks at the True/Falst Film Fest in Columbia, MO. Bonus points to these homies for watching 10 documentaries in 3 days.


Lastly, meet Megan, Brandon, Patrick, Kali, DeeAnne, and Jean who threw fist pumps after running in the Little Rock Marathon. Way to run 26.2 eleven months after having your first bambino, Megan!

Thanks to Megan, Brandon, Patrick, Kali, DeeAnne we've now completed one more of our FPF challenges. Here's to accomplishing some others: take a photo of you and your homies A) while riding an elephant B) with your mailman C) in front of Antique Archaeology in Nashville D) with Twinner at Local123 E)  at your favorite BBQ joint F) at the Pyramids in Egypt G) at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo H) after running a marathon I) in front of the Sistine Chapel in Rome J) K) with Katie Davis in Uganda or at Catalyst Dallas L) in front of your sorority / fraternity house or M) celebrating St. Patty's Day. To participate email photos to em@todaysletters.com. And most importantly, Happy freaking Friday, Homies!

PS, Each week we receive several FPF photos that can't be posted on the blog due to photo quality. We'd love to encourage you to 1) take your FPF photo horizontally 2) use an SLR camera (no blurry cell phone pictures) and 3) take your photos in the daylight. Thanks Homies!

{Thursday Morning Thoughts}

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Ever since Tim started working the 4p-4a shift at the ER I've found him wearing miniature boobie baskets on his face to help him sleep. One word: DIVA.

{Stools by Sentayehu Teshale}

Thursday, March 15, 2012



For those of us who are in need of a little inspiration this morning.

{Today's Letters & National Pi Day!}

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, since returning from our trip to Uganda you've taken shorter showers, fallen asleep mid sentence each day at 2pm, and asked if we could sponsor another kiddo. All three have proven to be quite sexy. Dear March, thanks for making open windows irresistible. Dear Grandpa Who Wrote His Name In Ketchup at Elevation Burger, you are one of the many reasons why there is still hope in this world. Dear Husband, Happy freaking National Pi Day! Last year's Apple Skillet Pi and our Homemade Vegan Sweet Potato Pi from the year before just don't compare to the awesomeness that is currently in our fridge. Nothing better than a slice of Key Lime Pi packed with a lime and a fist pump in honor of 3.14.

What's your favorite Pi? I still could eat my weight in this and this.

{Almond & Yogurt Waffles with Orange Honey Syrup}

Tuesday, March 13, 2012



Waffles + Jolie Holland = AWESOME bread & AWESOME music. Looking forward to adding these to our Saturday morning waffle rotation.

The Littlest Birds - Catalpa

{Our Trip to Uganda}

Monday, March 12, 2012

We finally made it back to Dallas! Our time in Uganda was truly incredible. I wish there was a way to sit down with each one of you and share stories of the amazing things we saw and experienced there.


We'd tell you about the couple who biked over 50 miles to attend our leadership conference in Arua.



And about the new life former LRA child soldiers are now experiencing at WM's trade school in Pader.


We'd also tell you about Jessica, a young mom with Polio who carried her 2 yr old son Daniel on her back as she crawled around on her hands and knees.



We'd tell you about the women & children working at the rock quarry who chip stone for 60 cents per day.



And about the women who sacrificially prepared our meals, making sure tea was always ready at 10am.



We'd tell you about all of these stories and the many other things the Ugandan people taught us ...



Like how to laugh.



How to eat with our hands.



How to dance.



How to appreciate rhythm.



How to be a family.

How to work hard.



How to trust God for daily provision.

How to persevere.



How to rely on each other.



How to endure.



How to value education.



How to welcome.



How to forgive.



How to rest.



How to value a second chance.



How to be patient.



How to learn.



How to trust.



How to embrace.



How to be grateful.



And how to survive.



All of these stories and faces are still burned in the hearts and minds of our team. Tim and I were so grateful to have traveled with Linda Barry, Aaron Graft, David Howard, Mauri Tardy, Meredith Hall, Scott Whitaker, and Lisa Rickets, all of whom are top notch leaders.



We were also encouraged to see firsthand all of the work ALARM is doing in Africa. Lives are truly being changed as a result of the reconciliation and restoration taking place between different tribes in Uganda.



A special thanks to all of you for remembering to keep us in your thoughts and prayers while we were away! Although we deeply miss being in Africa it's been equally as sweet to be home. Now we're met with the task of applying everything we learned overseas in our own backyard in Dallas.

Mungo ne onyero,
Em & Tim

PS, several of you have emailed asking if we got to meet our sponsored boy, Moses. Unfortunately, we didn't but we're still keeping our fingers crossed that one day we will!
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