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A Tangled Mess

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 4 comments

A Tangled Mess

Every knitter and crocheter has at least one of these. I have two scrap yarn bins, one for small remnants and another for larger partial skeins. I’ve used leftovers to make coasters and cup cozies, and as ribbon for tying around presents or dressing up bottles of my homemade essential oils room spray. While hanging Christmas ornaments this year, I didn’t even bother looking for the box of hooks, I just ran downstairs and snipped pieces of red yarn. Last weekend, a New Year closet purge included going through my yarn drawers for the first time...

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My Word for 2017

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

My Word for 2017

I almost included “A Memoir” in the title because choosing my word for this year turned out to be such a long process that included a great deal of meaningful reflection, and even some research. Until last night, I thought I knew what my word for 2017 was–trust. It went perfectly with the verse I decided on when my friend Julie gave me a ring with Jeremiah 29:11 on it for Christmas. I’d already written the verse and trust in my journal and in my calligraphy practice book, so it was official! I’d spent 2016 learning new things...

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The Best Christmas Gift

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in God at Work, Holidays, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

The Best Christmas Gift

I had a hard time coming up with a topic to blog about this week, not because I don’t have anything to say, and not only because the week leading up to Christmas has been extremely busy. My challenge is staying focused. I’m like a little kid who got a hint that she is going to receive exactly what she requested for Christmas and can’t wait for Santa to leave it under the tree. I know what two of my gifts are. Dad has a tradition of buying each of his girls (me, Sherry, Kristy, and Mom) our favorite perfume. He always gets the big bottle so it...

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Why I’m Thankful for an Unfinished Yule Log

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in God at Work, Holidays, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Why I’m Thankful for an Unfinished Yule Log

Yesterday afternoon, my niece Haley and I baked our traditional Yule Log for French class. Her mom works in an afterschool program until 6:00 and is not a baker. I work at home and am a baker. As I’ve mentioned in past post, I am “the aunt who makes things”—room sprays, scarves, ornaments, memory wire bracelets, Mexican soup… and Yule Logs. It wouldn’t be Christmas around here without a frantic call from Sherry asking if I have time to make a cake with Haley, followed by a gloriously messy baking frenzy. I don’t even mind using a boxed cake...

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Just Because…

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Friendship, God at Work, Holidays, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom | 2 comments

Just Because…

Last year, I walked into the choir room on Christmas Eve with a cloud of melancholy threatening my holiday joy. I was looking forward to singing in a Christmas Eve service for the first time since 2010, but everything about the experience resurrected memories of another life that felt more and more like someone else’s. I hadn’t expected to miss my old friends so much while enjoying new ones, or to get weepy when we rehearsed “Silent Night” because we would be singing it by candle light and the last time I held a candle while singing that song...

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