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September Desktop Background

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// Smith Family Harvest//

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This year we planted carrots, green beans, squash, cucumbers, okra, pumpkins, watermelon, and sunflowers. So far we’ve seen no watermelons or pumpkins. We harvested one squash but it had already been eaten by upon some squirrels. We managed to get 3 healthy, delicious cucumbers but numbers 4, 5, and 6 were also squirrel dinner…

The sunflowers are blooming now; we still have half a plot of…

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// A review of “The Gold Finch” by Donna Tartt//

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Here are some of my favorite quotes from this 785 page work: The Goldfinch

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?” 
―  The Goldfinch“Because–isn’t it drilled into us constantly, from childhood on, an unquestioned platitude in…

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// Letter to my Two-year old No//

Letter to my Two-year old No

Dearest No,

I meant to write this to you on your second birthday, but that came and left lots of glitter on the floor and now, two weeks later, I still haven’t written this…

Forgive me, love, and I’ll try to make up for lost time.

You are amazing at two! (Amazing and a terror.) Some weeks ago the beauty of self-navigation enchanted you and since then you’ve been half sweet baby No and half…

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// Loving God with Your MIND//

Loving God with Your MIND

“We must always keep in view that each of us individually is called to love God with our minds. This means that it is good for us to earnestly attempt interpretation on our own before we read the interpretations of others. And this means we must wait to consult commentaries, study Bibles, podcasts, blogs, and paraphrases for interpretative help until we have taken our best shot at interpreting on…

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Trouble will find me poster – REVEAL

So I’m still not very happy with this but if you saw the previous design, I think you’d agree it’s a VAST improvement.

Trouble will find me poster – REVEAL

So I’m still not very happy with this but if you saw the previous design, I think you’d agree it’s a VAST improvement.

// Remember the Metanarrative - From Women of the Word//

Remember the Metanarrative – From Women of the Word

“Just as the Bible’s metanarrative is one of creation-fall-redemption-restoration, the gardener’s metanarrative is the story of winter, spring, summer, and fall. Every plant and tree in my yard tells its own unique story in flower, fruit, and leaf, but each of those stories points to the bigger story of the passing of the seasons. If I had no understanding of seasons, I might not understand why…

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// August Desktop Background - Leo constellation and Psalm 36:5 {freebies}//

August Desktop Background – Leo constellation and Psalm 36:5 {freebies}

August-Desktop-Calendar-01It’s here! August Calendar desktop background (full-resolution for imac 27″). Click here to download.

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” – Psalm 36:5

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// A letter to Jude on his 4th Birthday//

A letter to Jude on his 4th Birthday

Dearest Judester,

You’re four and I am floored (sorry for the corny, approximate pun). Every year you get bigger, smarter, sweeter, funnier, and dare I say, zanier. That’s what I love about you, though: you’re endless excitement for life… and chocolate cupcakes.

You were so happythis week that it was your birthday and you were…

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// Baby Nubbins//

I love this story by Elna Baker about Baby Nubbins and the doll adoption center. I first heard it in This American Life and have loved Baker’s writing ever since. Enjoy!

“For the first few weeks I rotated from toy to toy so that Chad, the FAO toy demo manager, could analyze my acting strengths before placing me on a specific product. I demonstrated anything from Robo-transformers to plush…

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