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10 things I love about Britain

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a writer on a blog that i read (a working sheep farm!) made this same list in honor of elizabeth II’s 60th, and since i have a laundry list of things i love about ol’ blighty, i thought i’d join in the fun. 10 things i love about britain oxford. the magical spires, the bells ringing on sunday mornings, the cobblestone streets. the shaldonian, magdelen college deer park, st. cross road and the covered market. temple cowley school (where i attended 3rd form), st. aldate’s church, Brown’s restaurant, and blackwell’s bookshop. london….read more

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thanksgiving 2010

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we had a lovely thanksgiving traveling 10 hours east to massachusetts to spend with two of kenny’s brothers. thursday was our cooking day…my sister-in-law prepared the standard turkey dinner while i took notes in my head (dry sherry makes an already delicious turkey gravy 100% tastier; a stick of butter inside the cavity of the turkey makes the white meat even juicier, etc). we cooked, we ate, we played Wii. fabulous! on friday, we caravaned down to plymouth, massachusetts where we toured the mayflower II and Plimouth Plantation which were…read more

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november ~ thanksgiving

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over the river and through the woods…. we traveled a good bit yesterday and got to our destination a lot earlier than we anticipated (what with it being the busiest travel day of the year and all). i’m so thankful for modern travel – the ability to jump through a few states in a day, and for family time on holidays. we are in massachusetts with two of kenny’s three brothers. i’m thankful for little cousins and late-night adult conversations. i’m thankful for a roaring fire in a kitchen woodstove,…read more

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november 23 ~ thankful

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there is a reason i’m being inundated with GRACE these days. comments, songs, prayers….the theme of grace is everywhere around me. the fact is, it’s always around…but for some reason i’m taking more notice of it now: ‎”The Law tells me how crooked I am; Grace comes along and straightens me out.”–Dwight L Moody I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. ~ Galatians 2:21 I can’t imagine a faith without grace. Perhaps we’re not meant to…read more

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november 22 ~ thankful

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i’m so thankful for tea and the down comforter and flannel sheets on our bed. i’m so thankful for the end of the day when i get to cozy up and be comforted by these things. especially after long, painful mondays.

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november 21 ~ thankful

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on sundays in late november and all through december and EVEN january, i am so thankful for the Church Calendar. today is Christ the King Sunday, the last sunday in the liturgical church calendar, and the last sunday of Ordinary Time. i cannot do this day justice through my own words, so i leave you with the incredible words of Christ the King Prayers: A Song to the Lamb Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours by right, O Lord our God, For you created everything that is, and by…read more

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november 20 ~ thankful

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a great lion, four curious children, and a magical land under a spell…. i loved the story of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe so much as a child that I barely remember the other books in the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. it was one of the first books we read aloud to the boys, and we’ve since watched the newer version of the moview twice…the second time being last night. the boys can’t just watch a movie passively. they process the entire story as they watch it,…read more

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november 19 ~ thankful

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dust bunnies! i’m thankful for the scads of dust bunnies in the corners of my home today. because for the past few days you couldn’t see them!  seeing them today means that the SUN is OUT! i never realized how much i thrived on sunshine…how much the sun boosts my mood – almost instantly. i don’t need anything artificial, all i need is sunshine! yesterday, the sun peaked through the clouds for literally 5 minutes total – in brief 30 second intervals. each time, i was standing with my back…read more

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november 18 ~ thankful

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there was a fabulous lady in my old church named florence. she recently passed away but not for lack of living!  this woman lived to 100 (at least!) and each day, she lived like it was her last ever since i knew her (we were introduced about a decade ago). she knew movie trivia better than anyone i knew. we met for lunch several times and she treated me to a viewing of Gone with the Wind at a local theatre (my first time seeing it).  one day, when her…read more

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november 17 ~ thankful

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i’ll be the first to admit that our meals (and meal times in general) are not perfect. they are not perfectly well balanced, vegetables are spat out, full white pasta is preferred over whole grain amongst the littles, and there is a fair share of leveraging for eaten meals in exchange for being excused from the table. there are evenings that i’m so tired of BEGGING our youngest to eat, tired of the complaints that this is “SO NOT MY FAVORITE MEAL” and a little tired of the silliness that ensues when…read more

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