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finally…

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…we lost a chicken. and i don’t mean “finally!” as in “we were eagerly awaiting the death of one of our poultry.” i mean it in a very realistic sense: we can’t believe that all fifteen of our chickens lasted eight whole months!  when we brought the day-old chicks home, way back in april, we thought for sure a chick or maybe two would die that first night. that’s what you hear about happening. or sometimes you hear that the chicks arrive through the mail with one or two dead…read more

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Christmas Day 2007

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The last of the snow melted with this past weekend’s rain. And what a soaker that was. Fortunately, the older two boys were able to hike in the woods before it all totally melted and found some turkey tracks (and deer poop!). Our Christmas morning was pleasantly non-chaotic. The boys didn’t devour the gifts – they were excited to give presents away and couldn’t wait to see us open the gifts they planned (with the help of me or Kenny). Of course, they were very excited about opening presents of…read more

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snow day

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snowplay is not one of my favorite things. but it’s something the boys love to do. every once in a while, you’ll hear rowan say, “i LOVE the grass! where’s the grass? i miss the grass!” and i couldn’t agree more. but they are all over running around making tracks in the snow, eating the snow, packing the snow into snowballs, eating the snow, throwing snowballs, making snowmen and EATING the snow. if i had my act togehter, this would be our christmas card picture this year. they all climbed…read more

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cooped-upness

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we had such big plans for the day: cutting down our christmas tree to trim tomorrow (rose sunday!), decorate the inside and outside of the house, attend our saturday service at church with a great ham and potato dinner to follow (with lemon-sauce gingerbread for dessert!)…but snow came. and snow has a habit of changing even the best laid plans. our house is almost decorated, but there is no tree. the christmas tree farm that we drove to this morning at 9:42 a.m. wasn’t open until 1:00. and adam slept…read more

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mondays in advent

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advent sundays are so fun…they’re feast days, so fun happens.  last week we spent sunday afternoon with my parents and yesterday our friends traveled from the big city to eat and fellowship with us. this morning, it was grey all morning long. the forecast called for nothing but grey. fortunately, i had a whole hour to plan the day between the time kenny left for work and when the boys woke up. and here’s how our day went down: we were out of milk (the milkman comes every monday around…read more

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he came, he came!

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oh…it was an early morning today. after the late-night preparations last night, i was too tired to get up at our normal time of 6:00. i finally came downstairs to light the fire and get started on the stuffed french toast at 6:30. kenny was down and started the coffee at 6:35 and that’s when we heard the boys’ voices over the monitor…first it was adam, then rowan, then sawyer. at 6:40, their door opened and down the older two came, leaving adam to call out after them. sawyer said…read more

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preparing for our overnight guest

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after dinner this evening, we dug out our christmas stockings and hung them from the living room mantle. we set out our creche, only adding the animals and empty manger (the expectant family, kings, shepherd and angel are all the way back in the office starting their journey toward the creche set up in the living room). rowan and sawyer have waited very patiently (okay, somewhat patiently) to eat their “bishop cookies.” i made the recipe included in my last post on monday and we’ve been rolling and cutting out…read more

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1 advent

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Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ it’s…read more

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