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    On Thanksgiving

    Be patient with yourselves, my friends. This is my Thanksgiving wish for you. That you will be patient with yourself. That you will not expect perfection from yourself, or your pie, our your family. That you will not put all … Continue reading

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    The Love Language of Tree Stumps

    I had just laid down for a nap when I got this voice text from Nathan: “You should come look again.” Now, usually I would ten shades of irritated for being called outside right as I was lying down for a nap. … Continue reading

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    5 Books for Celebrating the Church Year at Home

      One of the questions I get asked a lot is if I could please recommend resources for those who are new to celebrating the Liturgical Calendar/Church Year at home, which is something you would think I would be prepared to do. … Continue reading

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    The Sacred Practice of Being Oneself – Owning My Style

    I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. Psalm … Continue reading

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    Introducing Preservation Peeps

    At long last we have chickens! Again! If had told me two years ago that it would take us this long to be ready for our first Preservation Acres flock I would have slapped you and wept for days. Y’all … Continue reading

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    Nathaniel Turns 40

    Last weekend I threw Nathan (aka Sweet Man) a surprise 40th Birthday Shindig. And it was an amazing afternoon spent with some of our oldest and dearest friends, many of whom we had not seen in a decade. Here is … Continue reading

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    Adventures in Preservation – Canning Pasta Sauce

    Do you remember that scene in Anne of Green Gables when Matthew buys all that sugar because he is too embarrassed to buy Anne the dress with the puffed sleeves? Do you remember when Marilla is dividing the sugar into … Continue reading

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    4th of July 2016

    One of the blessing’s -in-disguise of this summer was our impromptu Independence Day celebration at Preservation Acres! In between funerals (such a bizarre statement, I know) two of my siblings and parts of their families were able to come on over … Continue reading

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    Why I stopped using the All Lives Matter Hashtag

    Conviction is a powerful thing.  I can no longer be that arrogant or hypocritical. Somewhere between Trayvon and Charleston I used the All Lives Matter and the Black Lives Matter hashtag together. But I soon stopped. Why? Because I cannot blatantly tell such a … Continue reading

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    No one should lose two grandparents to death in a two week span. But it could also be said that one should not complain if they get to age 39 with all four alive, and age 41 with three still here. … Continue reading

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