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Under the Butternut Trees

I spent much of my blogging break working busily ‘as unto the Lord’ in the kitchen, the garden, the car, and elsewhere, but some of the best hours were spent under our butternut trees. It was my favorite spot this summer, a place of open-eyed prayer, read alouds, chats, and much-needed rest.  It was a summer […]

Things to Think About this Valentine’s Day

Relationships are complicated.  The more I read, the more I find out just how amazing the connection between people can be.  Did you know that if you watch a loved one eat, for example, or see him look sad, the eating or sad parts of your brain are activated?  Did you know that if you […]

Noticing Miracles

Life is full of miracles, but we so seldom see them.  Especially when daily details discourage us, dragging our eyes downward, or pain stuns us, blinding us to blessings. Yes, it is so easy to focus on everything but the good gifts God gives us, on the irritating, the mundane, the horrifying, or even the […]

Just a Glass of Water, and a Smile

Recently, during an exceedingly difficult afternoon, a stranger kindly asked me if I needed anything.  A glass of water, perhaps? I hadn’t realized I was thirsty, but he had.  He saw the need for water—and the need for encouragement—and provided both. Just a simple glass of water.   Just an encouraging, compassionate smile. But it added […]

Recommendation: The BBC Historical Farm Series

Now that the weather is getting colder and there’s an end in sight to tomatoes and cabbages decorating our house, my thoughts turn to the hands-on history of the BBC series, Edwardian Farm,  Victorian Farm, and Wartime Farm.  We watched them several years ago, and since then the girls have been re-watching them through illnesses, concussions, […]

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