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Resolution: 2012

Resolutions 2012Do this: write down something for which I’m grateful… (almost) every day.

(using this free pdf or free app)


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December Days

little shoeshow is it that letting go
of what I wanted to make me happy
shows me the happiness I sought?

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Gingerbread Village House

One of the ideas in our Advent Activity Jar is to invite someone over to build a gingerbread house.

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Toddler Advent

Advent CandlesPaul gathers his glasses and our chosen book, Jesus by Joseph Girzone, and meets me at the dining room table shortly after dinner. “It’s time for our story!” I call to our toddler daughter Hope, who continues playing with the bookend she pulled off her shelf. “Candle time!” I try again, and she comes running.

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Village Family

by Lori Ann

Village Bedroom

In the local (Yi minority) culture where we live, a married couple who has grown attached to another family’s child can propose a “new name” for that child. If accepted, the married couple becomes the godparents for the child, and there is a special relationship between the birth parents and these godparents. If the child was formerly naughty, it is also hoped that this new name and these new parents will change that, too (our friends joked about this, but I don’t think they took that part seriously).

We were excited and blessed to enter this relationship with close friends of ours who named Tigger, “Snake-Flower Girl” in the minority language. I don’t have any photos of our family — villagers rarely sit still long enough for a photo, which I suppose is true of most traditional farmers! — but here we are enjoying the hospitality of their home. Ah, the simple life!

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Pancake Saturday

by Lori Ann

Sourdough Pancakes


Dutch Pancake


Buckwheat Pancakes


I make pancakes every Saturday morning for breakfast and am having a ton of new fun trying and inventing new recipes. I wanted to tease with some recent photos to encourage everyone to bug me until I remember to post the recipes.

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This one’s One!

by Lori Ann

Guess who’s one entire year old?

Smiley Birthday Girl

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