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so THAT’S what laverne and shirley were singing!

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this past weekend, kenny and i enjoyed a DATE! (i know you other parents of young children can’t remember what those are. believe me, i had to refer to Webster’s for a reminder of what a “date” was once myself). fortunately for our babysitter, adam was asleep before we left (he enjoys a bedtime of 7:00 p.m.), so it was a relatively easy evening. in these neck of the woods, it’s hard to find a restaurant that isn’t a 45-60 minute drive that’s worth the cost of a babysitter. there…read more

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problems with comments?

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if you’ve recently had any trouble leaving a comment on my blog (especially since the redesign), please drop me an email: liz(at)smithical(dot)com  i’ve recently had 4 people tell me they’ve left comments only to find them not being published. thanks!

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covenant orthodox presbyterian church

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my old church suffered a fire today. a few hours ago, my mom called me and said, “i have some sad news…your old church burned today.” as she gave me the details of what happened, i took it in and asked her why she was so sad. we left the church over a decade ago. she answered, “we spent a lot of years in that church, liz.” close to 20 years. and then i read a few more local news stories and began to feel the sadness my mom was…read more

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chickens, part 1

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one of the many reasons kenny and i wanted to move out to “where the stars shine brightly” is to raise chickens. when we lived in the city of pittsburgh, we found out that it was perfectly legal to raise chickens in our backyard as long as we weren’t making profit from keeping them (in other words, we had to consider them pets, and not income by selling their eggs or meat). we decided against raising chickens in the city for several reasons, one of which was the fact that…read more

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pancakes revisited

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i was browsing through my archives just now and realized that i blogged on the past two shrove tuesdays. it would be like breaking some spiritual code if i were to not blog today, shrove tuesday 2007 i secretly look forward to this day in the church calendar. i absolutely adore pancakes, and i do love getting together with the people of our parish. but really, any excuse at all to have pancakes for dinner is a good one. our old church’s youth group made and served the pancakes. in our…read more

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an obligatory post to help unblock writer’s block

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it’s been a busy week here in the woods of fenelton, my (new) hometown…. the crazy week rushed in with the snow on tuesday but by saturday, the pace began to slow down. it seems the blogs i visit are plagued by writers block right now, and i’m feeling it as well. for whatever reason, i feel i’ve nothing to say to the blog-reading world. so i’ll point you to my favorite blog-read-o-the-week: my friend serina had three great entries this week on “real world whole foods living.” check them…read more

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cabin fever

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Today is the 76th day in a row that it’s snowed. I shouldn’t be complaining because I did ask for it…but I really only wanted a few small snowfalls here and there…enough for some sledding, and a good excuse for hot chocolate every once in while (I’m actually getting sick of hot chocolate!). As the entire nation now knows, a major snowstorm has hit the midwest and the northeast over the past few days. My parents drove up here yesterday and were going to drive home this morning, but it…read more

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teach your children well

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the boys are borrowing a toy from one of their old babysitters who happened to be in the neighborhood last week. it’s one of those toys that you, as a parent would never buy…but you as an auntie or grandparent (read: someone who doesn’t live in the house with the toy and child) would buy in a heartbeat. the kind of toy that has 587 SMALL parts to it, and  when one of those parts goes missing, the entire toy is deemed “worthless” (by a 2- or 3-year-old) until it’s…read more

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prayer

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i know a great deal of you who read my blog pray so i’m asking you for your prayers. our church family lost a member this morning. evan william campbell died this morning at children’s hospital where he has been with his parents for weeks, and in and out since he was born in july of 2006 (7 months ago).  this has completely rocked the congregation as things seemed to be on the “up and up” for evan this past week: he just moved out of the ICU and onto…read more

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aggravating

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i wish i had a more interesting post for you all today. i did have one…about five minutes ago, complete with lots and lots of links and stories…but it is lost in cyberspace due to the poor service of our blog host. so i just wrote a scathing email to the support folks, asking for a good reason why the blog was down AGAIN…this time at a very crucial moment (publishing a post), causing me to lose 45 minutes worth of typing. and that’s precious time, too! the boys are…read more

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