The Way of All Things

It’s been an intense fall. An intense year, really, but particularly an intense fall in my world. We had no rain to speak for a couple months this summer, and so I didn’t expect much in the way of fall color, but it got crazy cold all at once. The one and only benefit of…

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The Weekend In Gratitude

You know how you take the weekends and you cram them full of stuff, expecting to accomplish a ton, only to end the weekend in frustration because virtually nothing got done? This should have been one of those weekends…but it wasn’t. There was Beauty and the  Beast on our friends’ front lawn, with popcorn and a…

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Seven Quick Takes Friday

…hosted by #1. A first word. Well…let’s call it a proto-word. For a chromosomally-gifted 2 3/4-year-old, that is a big deal! We were reading Jeanne Cotter’s Child of the Moon. For weeks, I’ve been trying to get her say “mmm” while pointing to the moon. She’s a very stubborn little lady; she knows exactly what…

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Crowning the Year

Fall color is peaking this week, here in mid-Missouri. And this year, that means something extra. There is nothing bad that doesn’t carry with it some good, as Caroline Ingalls said. In this case, the cold and rain that delayed planting, stunted crop growth, and now threatens to make harvest drag on through Advent—all these…

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The Work of His Hands

It is fall, and in the mornings now we run in the dark. I am beginning to see pinpoints of sky among the sycamore trees, and that wonderful smell of leaves giving themselves back to the dust from which they came is just starting to make its presence known…only a subtle whiff, as yet, but…

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