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30 november 2006: the end.

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finally i can let the cat out of the bag and let you know that i’ve participated in something called NaBloPoMo – a cute way of saying National Blog Posting Month. the challenge was to blog at least once a day. i didn’t want to announce that i was going to participate way back on november 1, because that would just set me up to fail by the 3rd of the month if i admitted it out loud. so this is the end of you hearing from my big mouth…read more

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29 november 2006: a mini book review – Blue Like Jazz

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My brother Jonathan strongly recommended that I read Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller a few weeks ago. I remember that my mom had a copy since she had seen Donald Miller speak at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College this past spring. So I borrowed her copy and read it in 3 days (mostly when the boys were sleeping!). A few nuggets of wisdom that I really liked:on community: “I was in San Fransisco recently staying at this bed and breakfast for people who are in…read more

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28 november 2006: full hands

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i can’t tell you how many times i hear the comment, “boy, you have your hands full!” when i’m at the grocery store, the library, church, or any public place, really. they see me trying to balance three young boys and a grocery cart, or a stroller, or a husband (i’m kidding, babe). i know what most of them mean when they make this comment. they imagine my days at home…trying to do whatever it is i do (clean, cook, or work an outside job, perhaps) all the while trying…read more

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27 november 2006: bright orange

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today is the first day of deer hunting season in pennsylvania. it’s also the first year that i’ve actually known it was the first day of hunting season and that’s because we live in the hunting mecca of western pa. there are woods all around us, and beyond those woods are the state gamelands. i can’t tell you how much bright orange i’ve seen in the previous weeks leading up to today. not to mention the MANY guns fired in practice all around us. when we had this house inspected…read more

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26 november 2006: it’s the most wonderful time of the year

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it’s an odd phenomenon. out here in the country, people put up their christmas decorations sometime in early november, alongside of their halloween decorations. the halloween decorations disappear sometime right before thanksgiving, and then the full-blown christmas decorations have taken up their temporary residence in people’s yards. and being the hardcore anglican that i’ve become, i think it’s preposterous. it’s not even advent yet. but when in rome…. today we started on our christmas decorations. one reason is that we have a HOUSEFULL of family coming for the most wonderful…read more

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25 november 2006: you know you’re country livin’ when…

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…you pull out your old rusty push-mower to cut around the edges that your tractor can’t reach and it feels wrong. it feels like you should be sitting on your lawnmower, not pushing it.

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24 november 2006: black friday

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i have a secret crush on black friday. there is something really exciting to me about waking up before the crack of dawn, dressing warmly and driving out into the shopping areas with other sale-seekers. maybe i should take up fishing or hunting for those reasons…they certainly are safer than braving some of the people who take advantage of the sales (rather than eating up the sales – a completely different approach to black friday shopping). i woke up a little over and hour ago (6:00 a.m.) to the beckons…read more

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23 november 2006: conversation

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today sawyer found a noah’s ark puzzle at nana and pop pop’s house. he took the puzzle piece of noah and found a yellow dune-buggy car in a bucket of toys. he decided noah needed to drive the car (i guess the ark isn’t good enough for sawyer’s purposes of getting noah through his errands). sawyer: “mama! yellow tar!” (that’s “car” in sawyer’s voice. and for some reason he always points out yellow cars on the road. it’s a secret obsession.)me: “yes…and is noah driving the car?”sawyer: mm…hmmm (one of…read more

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22 november 2006: over the river and through the woods…

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even though we’re not in charge of the big dinner this year (whew!) we had our own thanksgiving dinner preparations today. we’ve been reading thanksgiving-themed books with the boys (richard scarry, bob and larry…) recently. i can remember being in kindergarten and having a “thanksgiving feast” of our own. we made indian and pilgrim costumes and ate things like apples, raisins, and marshmallows around a big table. i think i might even have a picture of it somewhere. in these little books we’ve been reading with the boys, there is…read more

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21 november 2006: traditional family recipe (with secret ingredient!)

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i know exactly what my mom is doing today. she has started on the thanksgiving stuffing for dinner on thursday. she might also be cooking up the sweet potatoes so they can cool properly for the candied yam dish that we all love (except i think my brother andrew is still not a fan). we like our stuffing simple: bread, sage, poultry seasoning, butter, onion, and celery. we don’t like nuts and dried fruits in our stuffing. or sausage. or cornbread. although we are known to boil the turkey giblets…read more

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