Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Homemade Year & A Giveaway



As a girl who grew up in a dancing-the-aisles church, I was never supposed to fall in love with liturgy. I was taught that worship should be free-flowing; that anything planned probably wasn't "of the spirit".

Some of those old ideas about church and worship took root. Many of them didn't.
I grew and learned. I figured a few things out for myself. One year leaned into the next, into the next, and then... I was a Mama, soul-swaying to the rhythms of simple routines and intentional (sometimes silly) traditions. I scooped them up and wore them like gladness and truth. Little did I know I had taken a bent toward the liturgical.

Merriam Webster defines liturgy as, "A rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship." Liturgy, to me, is the intersection of ceremony and worship.

So sometimes we sing the Doxology at bedtime and sometimes we say the Lord's prayer in unison with three pajama-clad short people. Sometimes we light a candle when Daddy works late so it seems a little like he's with us at the table. We get doughnuts and hunt down the best Christmas lights in December. We crow odd-ball nicknames and make up songs that might be better if we could just make them rhyme. 

Looking back, it occurs to me now that God uses food and the domestic rituals that surround it to call me into his presence. It is his love language to me.          - A Handmade Year

These are the rhythms of our life,  this is the life we live to the glory of our Creator.

What I'm trying to say is, Surprise! We all love liturgy. We just might not have known what to call it.

Worship is, to some degree, a casserole in the oven, a glittered table-top, comb lines in the just-washed hair of our child. It's finding the missing sock. Reading a book by lamp light.

My friend Jerusalem, the one with the swooniest curtains ever, the one who designed my kitchen print, poured this idea onto the pages of a new book, A Homemade Year. (I'm the lucky duck who scored an early copy which I promptly devoured on a blustery Saturday.)

A homemade year

In her fresh-from-the-presses book, A Handmade Year, Jerusalem Jackson Greer carries us through the seasons, pressing us into the sacred rhythm of a life we already love.

She gifts us with new reason to celebrate and does all the hard work for us. (Homegirl throws a mean and easy party.) She slows us down and teaches us more about noticing.

I have a deep affinity for faded things...The leap is not far from the cracked and faded treasures that I collect to the cracked and tattered people that I love.        - A Handmade Year

Through every project, every meal, every pause, her words point our hearts up.

Jerusalem writes about her life with a heart of a friend. Every sentiment drips gratitude, every project includes lush, swoony photography (courtesy of J's talented photographer sister, Judea).
{All patterns used in A Homemade Year can be found here.}

I have to say, I pride myself on knowing my readers and I'm telling you, you'll be all over this read.

Go ahead, fall on in.

Order your copy of A Homemade Year here and connect with Jerusalem here.

And... One of you will receive a free copy! Just leave a comment telling me something I should know. 

*First photo courtesy of Jerusalem Jackson Greer.
*Amazon link is an affiliate link.


181 comments:

  1. you should know that i love your gingham style (hee hee...) especially with a tshirt over the long.

    truthfully, your words have propped me up at the Table for so many years now. that's really a good thing. like a sunday casserole or a paper plate birthday garland.

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    1. I'm rocking Gingham Style for YOU today!

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  2. I think you should know that I check your blog every night before I go to bed just to see if there is something new... always such delicious food for thought that I find here. I just might double check again when I am up with the baby if I didn't find anything new before bedtime... would that be too much information?!?! :)

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  3. Something you should know? You are my favorite blogger ever. I have followed you since the beginning and you have inspired me to post quality posts and just be myself - you taught me what it is like to be a blogger. I did not even know blogs existed until I found your book wreath via google and now I have a pretty put together blog of my own.

    Thank you.

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  4. Its snowing in Northeast Ohio! :+)
    And some flattery....you are an absolute inspiration to me!

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  5. It takes the monotony out of homemaking to know that it can be an act of worship! Thank you for this reminder!

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  6. I too, want you to know that I am one that checks your blog at least twice a day to see if you have posted any new thoughts or honesty about your life and those three precious "short" people whom are you are blessed to call your children. I love your transparency and I love Robert and pray for him often and your 3 shorts and you and your dear husband. May God continue to let your light shine upon the hill..all for Him and all because of HIm!

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  7. I am, for the first time in my marriage of 21 years, making my house a home. With color and pattern and old, loved items sewn together with love by elderly women I don't know. You seem to be a kindred spirit to me in that way and for that, I thank you. Free book or no free book, you inspire me and are in my daily list of prayers.

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  8. I think adoption rocks...I'm adopted and we just brought home our son last October! I also really enjoy reading about your life and thoughts on your blog.

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  9. You should know that when you post I get bugged and wish I could text you bc after all it's my favorite nightcap

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  10. Haha I meant when you DON'T post!!!

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  11. We too put God first - and find that when we do all of our daily tasks and interests just fall into place naturally! We recently moved and got rid of a ton of STUFF! and now are feeling so much freer! It is delightful!

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  12. You should know I smile when your blog pops up on my reader. . .

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  13. what you should know is that you are my straight up favorite blogger. I love it when I see that FPFG has a new post. Which, by the way, has been quite a bit this week. And I would love to win that book.

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  14. what you should know is that you are my straight up favorite blogger. I love it when I see that FPFG has a new post. Which, by the way, has been quite a bit this week. And I would love to win that book.

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  15. Oh I'm so very excited about this book! This is the first I've heard of it but it sounds like everything I've always suspected about homemaking but have never been able to articulate...

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  16. I think you should know that Aldi has hydrangeas for sale this week.

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  17. I don't know what you need to know, but I have a compelling need to know the names of any other siblings she has! Jerusalem and Judea! LOVE it!!!
    I also have a compelling need to restyle my kitchen shelves a la Jerusalem. Those are amazing!
    Oh, now I know what you need to know: you make me think with each of your posts, and I love how God is using you, and I love how freely you talk about God!

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  18. You should know 'Leave It to Beaver' is on right now in my home.

    Hey Beav. Hi Wally. . .
    Gee, I don't know Beav. . .

    On a more important note, God is using you! Be encouraged!

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  19. i'm jealous of the people who followed you from the beginning. just sayin'...

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  20. You should know that the little cushion with the heart in the first photo has just gone to the top of my sewing to-do list!

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  21. You should know that the heart w/in your FPFG chest pumps so as to circulate the blood through your body more than 1,000 times per day. (I learned that just yesterday, at Amazement Square.)

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  22. You should know that I am a new momma who is ExCiTeD about creating FuN traditions for my family! I found Jerusalem through you, and I would LOVE to win her new book!

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  23. You should know I can't even remember how I found your blog but I read it faithfully and love feeling like I actually know you and your family:)

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  24. you should know that:
    i loved this post.
    i love jerusalem, fancy girl.
    i love you.
    already i am having dreams of us at hope spoken. gotta say, they're weird dreams. maybe it's because i am excited out of my mind/terrified of the whole thing?

    i need this book.

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  25. You should know that I'm for the liturgy too and I adore you.
    xo

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  26. The church I recently started attending does a lot with old liturgy. The pastor puts a tune to it and we sing call and response. I like it. I also didn't know if it was "lih-TUR-gee" or "LIT-er-gee" for the longest time!

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  27. Oh Fabulous! i saw this Book on another Blog as well.If I don't win I sure am going to buy it. It looks really fun and full of fabulousness Lol ~K.Marie

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  28. I love your blog! You have give me so much encouragement. I would also LOVE to win the free copy of Jerusalem's new book!!!

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  29. You should know that your blog, you, your family, your life...it just makes my heart happy every time I click over here.

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  30. I've recently just discovered your blog. I love it!

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  31. I've recently just discovered your blog. I love it!

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  32. You should know that I am hungry for a good book, especially since discovering the stack beside my bed have all already been read.

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  33. A) it's way to late for me to be on the interwebs 2) my belly kind of aches and D) I miss being a stay at home mom. I feel like I rushed the gun, only no one is being kind enough to offer me a redo. My desire is to be home and write and take care of my home and my children. My desire is to homeschool at least my two littlest because I only got to do that for a year. It wasn't nearly enough. Someone? Anyone? Are you there God? It's me, Margaret … er. Shontell.

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  34. You should know I love the books you read and recommend! I love your blog, and I love that you make me think and feel! Your writing is such a precious gift to so many, and I wish I was as brave as you (in more ways than one)!

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  35. We have been friends (in MY opinion) for a very long time. You rs is a souls that I connect with on so many ways its crazy! Truth is, I live so so close to your parents with my patchwork family, but I've never been brave enough to tell you. It always seemed so stalker-ish. But today, I'm going to say... Please come to my house when you Xcode back home so we can be friends in more than the blogging world. I'd love to serve you some tea and crumpets :)

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    1. WHERE ARE YOU????
      You had me at crumpets. I've never had a crumpet.

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  36. My last comment has a seriously bad case of auto correct! Xcode really means come. What is Xcode anyway?!

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  37. You should know...I long to be crafty and to be a good cook...I could use this book! Also - I recommend your blog all the time as The One blog you simply MUST read.

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  38. You should know that I stumbled upon your blog one day and I've been hooked every since. You're the me that I aspire to be. We have similar style and use similar verbiage, but you have the courage to put it out there where I don't. You love the Lord like I do, but you always have the right words to express it when sometimes I can't find them. You appreciate the tattered souls you have enveloped into your family's lives and I do the same in my work - take care of the broken and pray that the Lord's grace fills in the cracks and glues together the broken pieces. I'm going to purchase this great book because I have some extra Amazon dollars saved and maybe someone else on this list doesn't. They should have this book. Keep on keep'n on! :)

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  39. You should know that my husband and I just adopted our first child 2 weeks ago and I'm already looking to you to get me through the complicated teenager years. Glad you are blazing the trail...I'll need your insight and general cheekiness!

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  40. You should know that I'll be taking a close
    look at this book for our church library!

    Thanks!

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  41. You should know in our bible class your blog topics (about when helping hurts) are a topic of discussion:)

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  42. You should know in our bible class your blog topics (about when helping hurts) are a topic of discussion:)

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  43. You should know that spring in NY = 3 inches of snow!!!! Aaaaaagggghhhh! :)

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  44. You should know that your words in the first few paragraphs just gave me a sense of freedom. I grew up in a similar church setting, with similar views...and married a man that grew up with a Lutheran/Methodist background. I've always felt awkward when we say the "Come Lord Jesus" prayer for dinner--like its fake or something. I've read your blog for a little over a year and am encouraged by the down-to-earth realness of your faith...I think this morning God used your words to remind me that whether I am raising my hands during worship to him or saying "Come Lord Jesus" or the Apostles Creed, I can still be doing it with the same attitude of worship to Him. Thank you for being real!

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  45. You should know that I LOVE the quote that you shared from A Homemade Year -- and now I'm intrigued by this book!

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  46. You should know a group of goril­las is called a shrewdness. Supposedly.

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  47. You should know that you're an inspirational writer, that God uses you to speak to people's hearts. I love your description of liturgy. I can't wait to read this book! With a tight budget these days, it sure would be a blessing to win a copy. :)

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  48. You should know that you are one of my very favorite blogs, and I love your writing! And, you should know I would love a copy of this book :) Blessings!

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  49. You should know that I love the way you weave words together....and how you write about your faith!

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  50. You should know that Matthew Crawley lost a lot of weight and dyed his hair. But, you do keep up with the celebrity scene...so you might already know this? :)

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  51. Your post yesterday followed me around all day and into the night. I'll be honest, I tried to shoo it away, but as I was chopping the carrots, folding the laundry, picking up the kids, I couldn't get past it.
    Your friend's book sounds lovely….good for her!

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  52. You should know, your love for the Hatmakers helped me discover them and then lead a Barefoot Church study at my church. Thanks

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  53. You should know that we are great friends....even though you don't know me! That is how you make us all feel! ~Kim

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    1. BaileyWife - I agree 100% Her and I are, like, totally BFF's and she doesn't even know me!!!

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  54. I do think I would love that book!
    You should know that we found out this week that we will be traveling to Taiwan in three short weeks to pick up our two year old son and that the second thing I wanted to do after I found out (the first, of course, being panic a little, since I thought we wouldn't be traveling until the summer) was go back and read your big adoption series posts about silas. And I did and I felt better/worse/cried through most of them, but I really appreciate you taking the time to write it all out and share it with the world :)

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    1. So excited for you!! My BIL/SIL are in Uganda right now. :) And for what it's worth, their little guy is exact same age Silas was and is adjusting tremendously well already. (Just want to make sure my early Silas stuff didn't scare you too bad. Ha!)

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  55. You should know that from where I sit at this moment, I can see blue skies and sunshine, so there's hope for spring! Looks like a great book!

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  56. You should know that it really helps me to think of housework as worship today when I start packing boxes to move across town. Thanks.

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  57. You should know my heart hurts today in a way that all daughters who lose their mom's does and will and your post made me smile. Thank you.

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  58. You should know that I'm getting this morning the only 2 hours to myself for the entire month of March. All three kids in school - woo hoo!! And that book looks so fun and welcoming. Thank you for sharing it!

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  59. I'm not sure what all these other lovelies haven't already told you but I too grew up dancing in the aisles. My dad would often bring homeless folks to live in our basement; once I even remember he gave our tv to some guys he met living in a parking garage when he found out there was a cable hook up. He's now questioning God and wonders what good any of that did in a world of hurting people, but as his daughter it makes my once embarrassed teenaged heart want to emulate his big, soft one that once beat for the hurting...

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  60. I grew up in the Catholic church, so a love of liturgy, of ritual, is rooted deep within me. I've been fascinated with the liturgy of the everyday for years, learning to worship in the small, the routine, weaving love and meaning into daily rituals. The more I read here, the more I'm convinced we would be friends, except for the small matter of geography. People can moan and groan about the dangers of technology and the way things are getting too impersonal, but were it not for the internet, I wouldn't "know" or be inspired by women like you!

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  61. I love your blog...Your "Her Mama's Daughter" post inspired me to have more grace with my boys and their creative outfits. It fit right into our Sunday School discussion too. :)

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    1. If nothing else, it's entertaining for everyone!
      Calvin broke me in back when he was 3. He often rolled to school looking like a literal clown.

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  62. You should know that....God is using your writing to tear my heart up. To step out of my comfort zone and walk in a deeper more intimate level of surrender. To let God out of the box I tried to confine Him to, and give myself completely. To love others the way He loves me! Thank you for your honesty and transparency! You are a blessing!

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  63. I absolutely love your blog. Your writing pulls me in and hugs me.

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  64. I grew up in a string of protestant churches (my dad was easily bored) so I've been in heavy and light liturgical places. I never thought of the rhythms of my home as liturgical, but in a sense they are -- cinnamon rolls on saturday morning (always) the first time I read The Lion,the Witch and the Wardrobe to whoever is 6 at the time (and whoever sneaks into my room and lies on the floor listening) the free-for-all Christmas tree decorating that I always think will be thoughtful and considered, as if any of my children could actually exist in Little Women (they couldn't) prayers at bedtime, hot cocoa after snow play, homemade pumpkin muffins...I am seeing my life differently after this post. Thanks.

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  65. You should know that I think we would be great friends, even though we've never met. Love your blog!

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  66. You should know that I have been missing the liturgy of my childhood church in recent days too--especially since I read "The Jesus Life", and with the recent developments at the vatican, I just might go take an adult catechism class and jump on board with Father Francis. Would love to win this pretty little book! . . and I LOVE that seating area. Is that YOUR house?! Why have I not seen that lovely little corner of it?

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  67. This book looks awesome!! I don't know what you should know... maybe just that every time I come here I glean something wonderful, be it encouragement, deeper conviction, inspiration, a few laughs, a breaking heart, or just a nummy recipe. Oh, and here's what else you hold know- I've been patiently waiting (read:dying) to see your little wallpapered office nook in its furnished state! And pretty much very other room in your house that you haven yet shown. Nosy house-stalker alert :)

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  68. This book looks phenomenal. I just found your blog and am kind of getting chill bumps with the deep heart humming and similarity in our outlooks. You should know that I had the distinct privilege of running an ecumenical (primarily liturgical) bookstore for several years. I got most of my real theological training there. If I were still there, I would be promoting this book like mad!

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  69. You should know . . .that I found your blog because I loved your kitchen on AT – I have been wanting to hang an old door in ours the same way! – and in retrospect that seems the silliest way to have connected with it because of everything I found there. I read more because I grew up near South Bend/Bremen, live in Boston now, and really miss Indiana. Then I saw your kids and had to go back and read each one’s story, because we are in the process of adoption and I needed to read it all. Then I read your thoughts on faith and could not stop reading, because my husband and most friends here are not religious and I needed some companionship in that department. And your struggles, like wanting to protect your kids yet raising them in the city, are the same struggles I am having and I needed to see them through the eyes of faith. You inspired me to make some changes in my life.

    You should ESPECIALLY know that I teach a class for teenagers at my church on Sunday nights. We are reading Tattoos on the Heart and this Sunday will be my fourth class teaching about the book and I have been struggling with what is there new that I/we can say about it this week. Then I read your post on the train this morning. I got chills.

    You have done a lot for me without even knowing it. And what you should REALLY know that around 7pm this Sunday night, when we say our beginning prayer and our intentions, I will ask the class to pray for all those who have been hurt and are struggling to heal. And you will have a class of 7 teens (and 2 teachers) in Boston praying for you and your family. That is the only thing I can think to do to say thank you. And, as you may have guessed, I just thought you needed to know this. It’s not about the book :)

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  70. You should know that though I've never met you, you feel like a friend to me. I read your blog faithfully and you are a huge inspiration to me.

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  71. The more you post the more I know we are cut from the same cloth. I was raised in the AG denomination, but have moved away to less charismatic. Husband was raised by AG parents who lived in a small town with no options and went to the Pres. church. So he gets/appreciates both sides. I know with your move there were not a ton of church options. Curious. What is the church like that you ended up, besides full of lovely white haired people : ) ? I'd love to know your thoughts on church "shopping." How do you go about it? Plug where you are, find one that "fits"? What do you compromise on or not? Sorry to focus on your analogy. The book does look delightful! I am adding it to my wishlist now : )

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    1. I'm filing this away for a future post! Thanks for the curiosity. :)

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    2. I too would love to hear your thoughts on this one.

      And you should know that even though I seem to always come late to the party, I like picking through the leftovers. There is always a morsel worth having that someone else missed. I would love to peruse that book.

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    3. Yea! We moved 7 months ago to the north Nashville area. Love it, but the south is overwhelmed with churches. Makes is hard to find the right one. I'd love your perspective.

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    4. Yea! We moved 7 months ago to the north Nashville area. Love it, but the south is overwhelmed with churches. Makes is hard to find the right one. I'd love your perspective.

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  72. you should know that I just found your blog today via Jerusalem's blog. I met her many, many years ago through some friends of my husband's (who was at the time simply my boyfriend). I've never had the privilege of getting to know her one on one but she remains one of those people that I always think "man, I would love to grab a cup of coffee with her." We live close, so hopefully that coffee date is in the near future. ;)
    So SUPER excited to have found yet another amazing blogger....I will be visiting here often now. :)

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  73. I grew up in a dance-aisles-carry-a-banner-blow-your-chauffeur church. All very "spirit-led". In the last couple of years, I've learned that tradition and liturgy are good, too. I think I'm living more in the middle now....of His word and His spirit. At least I'm trying to.

    You should know that you are absolutely fabulous, and should you ever venture to Texas again {particularly the Houston region} I can show you the best Tex-Mex this state has to offer. I'm talking chips and salsa you will dream about.

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  74. You should know that your choices are inspiring me to move into a community that has a need for love and breathes connection and out of my suburban hold-each-other-at-a-distances neighborhood.

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  75. You should know that I'm so hoping I win that book.
    You should also know that I'm playing UNO with my girl for the 47 thousandth time.

    You're posts are like giant hugs!!!

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  76. I already posted this once but I don't think it worked....

    Anyway, I recently discovered Jerusalem's blog (she's a fellow Arkansas blogger) and then realized you two knew each other. Small world. I quickly fell in love with her blog and am so excited because in a couple weeks I'm going to one of her stops on The Homemade Year Living Room Tour. It's a little get-together at the home of a mutual friend of ours. I can't wait to get my copy of the book!

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  77. You should know that I faithfully read your blog and ALL the comments. You and your blog readers are a delight to my daily grind.

    So thank you for all of your time and dedication in presenting a consistently wonderful blog, even when the topics are not so pretty!

    jean

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  78. You should know that I love your blog -- found you quite a bit ago --- and have been a lurker ever since. I take your book recommendations very seriously and you have not steered me wrong yet. Plus, I love your adoption stories, as we are an adopted family, too. And I cannot get enough photos of your new home.

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  79. you should know that your blog is like a good book that you can't put down!

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  80. Beautiful things and colorful things are music to my soul!

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  81. You should know I started following you after seeing how excited people were to see you in craft weekend photos on instagram. And then the whole knife debacle sealed the deal ;)

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    1. Really!??! That is cray. Zee.
      I hope you were more worried about my flesh wound than the rest of the ladies...

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  82. you should know that i put lemons in my water each and every day:)

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  83. You should know that your words about this book speak to my heart. You should also know I am nursing a partially torn tricep muscle from snowboarding in breckenridge with my family last week. But you should also know I was killin' it!!! :)

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  84. You should know that as an Ohio girl, if the sun doesn't shine soon, I will NOT be responsible for my actions.

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    1. Amen sister! My thoughts about the snow coming to Indiana!

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  85. You should know that I used to be a northern Indiana girl too, until I cam home for Spring Break my senior year of college. I shoveled snow the whole week. I decided I would never live in the north again, unless God made me. Thankfully He didn't :-)

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  86. you should know that i feel a connection to you with your Robert and my Rose. love it when you write about your experience.

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  87. You should know that I use the words "swoon" and "swoony" thanks to you :) xoxo

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  88. You should know that my husband and I are reading "7" and it. is. messing. us. up. Thanks, Jesus:)!

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  89. You should know that your blog makes me really uncomfortable... in a great Jesus, right side up in an upside down world kinda way.

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  90. You should that I really like free things..gimme gimee gimme!;)

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  91. this feels like a book i'd like to read. i started reading your blog a few months ago and i feel like i'm a little late to the party, but i think i love you.

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  92. I don't know what you should know! I like knowing that incandescent light bulb filaments are made out of the element tungsten, due to its high melting point, and the volume inside the bulb is a vacuum in order to prevent premature oxidation of the filament.

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  93. you should know that you are an inspiration.

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  94. You should know that I yearn to live in the city.

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  95. Hmmm....you should know that I'm a new follower of your blog and I think you are an amazing writer! You have a great story telling quality that makes you so darn relatable!! It's a real gift and blessing. Keep it comin'!!! Annnnd....I've heard so much chatter about this book!! I'd love to have a copy to devour with some ice cream after the kids go to bed!

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  96. You should know that....I just posted an awwwwwwesome beans & rice recipe on my blog yesterday. Try it! :)

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  97. you should know that Jennifer Westfeldt has a frozen face because I told you yesterday. does that count?

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  98. I have a story of complete randomness having to do with how I stumbled upon your blog. Also I've seen people on your blog that I personally know. Total cosmos in chaos.

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  99. You should know that your blog makes me smile :)

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  100. You should know you have inspired me in decorating my home with things I love. No matter what anyone else thinks I am going with my heart.

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  101. You should know that I am constantly challenged by your posts. The fun ones, the serious ones, the ones where you ramble on (in a very good way) about nothing and everything. I love it all! And, of course, I would love this book! Such a neat idea!

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  102. I want my little hands on that book!

    You should know that I'm smiling reading all the comments on this post. You are well loved, dear!

    xoxo

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  103. You should know that my sweet husband and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage in July. I love him and our adult children so much I can't stand it.

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  104. You should know that each day is a gift and our precious children are the pretty coloured bows on top.
    I don't know why I'm telling you this, because I know that you know all about this already.
    Thanks for brightening up my day with your wonderful words..xx

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  105. You should know that I've followed your blog for 2 years and never commented, yet I feel like we are friends. I hope that doesn't seem too creepy!

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  106. There's a parade down Main Street on the 4th of July in Londonderry, VT. All kindsa folks line both sides to watch. It's just about the most special half hour ever - Patriotism, friend, families, and Summer in Vermont all rolling down the main drag. That's kinda what reading your blog and all these comments is like. You should know that in the Vermont parade, there's a little kid near the end ... pulling his red Radio Flyer wagon which carries his crowing rooster. A sight like that stays with you for a long, long time ... And so do your words, pretty lady. They stay with me a long time. So here I am, near the end of this comment parade, and I' m pulling for you - all of us. Be well!

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  107. You should know that I find comfort in reading your blog, knowing there's a kindred soul out there wrestling with the same things I do. And know too that you helped me to put words to this wrestling - it's about being missional. Thanks for encouraging me in following Jesus into all of the crazy places he asks me to go. :) There really is no better place to be than seeing God all around you (even in the brokenness and mundane things of life), and living and loving for him in this world! - Mel

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  108. You should know that you are in my blog reader and although I don't read you everyday, when I do, I spend time catching up on everything I've missed since the last visit. It's like popping in on an old friend. I like your honesty and how you keep it fresh.

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  109. You should know that I REALLY want this book (you should ALREADY know that I love you)! You should know that I first found Jerusalem while browsing magazines at Barnes n Noble and googled her right then n there n began following her blog. As we say in our home "both yuz" light a fire in my spirit! THANK YOU!!!
    xoxo
    Leslie

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  110. You should know just how fabulous you are! And you should know I love, love, love the new logo....oh, and the bunting social icons, too! I'm all over bunting!

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  111. I don't like the word should as no one needs to feel like the should be or do or think anything. A term I recently heard was "Don't should on yourself!" But, I'd like you to know I am now a lover of Brussels sprouts because of you. Thank you! I also abhor Indiana in March, especially when snow is expected on Sunday! I'm about to pack my bags!

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  112. You should know that I think you are fabulous! I love reading your posts. I think I would devour this book!

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  113. I love the connection of crafting and cooking and homemade and worship. Such a beautiful idea and truth.
    You should know that today my 21 month old asked for chips and salsa for lunch. I thought it was adorable and then I thought of you :)

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  114. You should know that reading your blog has given me courage to live on mission right where I am.

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  115. You should know i have the same shirt as you... Live with less.... And I popped over to her blog and shes from AR too... How cool is that????

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  116. You should know that I peeked around your blog and was inspired by the colorful curtains, plate wall and turquoise island. Then I read some of your words, and was inspired in my spirit....to my complete surprise. I love unexpected surprise inspiration!

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  117. What you should know? That I deeply admire you and so appreciate that you are sharing your heart here...

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  118. You should know that a monkey ate my phone 3 weeks ago and yesterday my daughter threw my newest phone into a pond. I think I want this book to show me a bit of the everyday :)
    ~Sharon

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  119. I think you should know that I too like Spicy Cucumbers (kimchi) like your littlest Stinker! And also I am inspired to paint my tiny kitchen island turquoise after seeing yours!

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  120. You should know that you are a light! Keep shining girl!

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  121. You should know that my 42 year old, skinny, infertile self was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis today. You could've blown me over with a feather when I saw the DNA report and wondered why it took decades of misdiangnoses for me to finally KNOW why. Why I can eat pie at every meal and stay thin. Why I couldn't conceive and the doctors really didn't have a clue why. To know that one out of 25 white, thin women have it and don't know it. I thought of you, you fellow skinny, infertile woman! I also thank God for showing me why ~ even though looking into the eyes of my babies-not-borne-IN-me-but-TO-me showed me why I wasn't supposed to conceive a baby.

    God is always good, Shannan. Every single day and in every single way ~ even at the very end of a hard chapter that gives paper cuts on our hearts with the turn of every page. It all makes sense, eventually. The answers always come, even in the midnight hour when it doesn't make sense to finally find out the WHY.

    Thanks for your blog. It inspires me and makes me think deeply.


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  122. I think you should know that you inspire me, too....did you know you were so inspirational to so many people? Thanks for being you and sharing!

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  123. You should know that I love your blog!

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  124. You should know...
    That I just started reading your blog...late bloomer, I guess.
    God made me a mama through adoption...twice.
    I love bacon.

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  125. You should know I'm still waiting for your book.;)

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  126. You should know that I live all the way across the seas in Australia, but I'm a readin' your blog.
    And that no, we don't ride kangaroos to school.

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  127. I really like your gingham style too and think you have a beautiful family!

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  128. You should know - I check your blog first thing in the morning - will you make me laugh? give me peace? make me think? give me cause to pray? I file things away in my head, and sometimes, when a friend needs a particular pick me up or an inspiration, or you have an insight relating to a current dialogue, I pull up just what I want to share from your archives! Thanks for being such an inspiration and a positive part of my world!

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  129. You should know that the beautiful love you have and share is a constant inspiration to me. How you look beyond the story of people to see their hearts and the true story beneath. Your beauty shines and inspires xx

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  130. Homemaking is a lost art and I am so glad that I have found other Christian women that see it as an act of worship!! Thank you. xo

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  131. i don't know if you like the singer Jewel, but I'm listening to her right now while I read some blogs (yours is top five: every.single.stinking.time - you just GET how i want to live life with colors, and chaos, and love, and the Lord). but, she sings a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and it is so LOVELY. that's what i wanted to tell you today. :)

    have a lovely saturday with your people.

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  132. You should know that I just found your blog today....and I'm so happy that I did!

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  133. That the energy bites found here: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2011/08/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe.html are addictive and handy. Since they're balls, you can literally throw them at your children as you run late on a Monday morning while yelling, "Here, kids, eat your breakfast!" Ahem. Also, I think this book would be such a bright spot in my day!

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  134. Would love to win!! I have also grown and changed and love a lot of the liturgical...while still attending a contemporary church where I raise my hands in praise every week. Shhh. But don't tell I was a southern baptist preachers daughter growing up. Ha! I'm quite the eclectic worshiper.

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  135. I just have to say you inspire me everyday...oh, and I'm really glad you ended up "stealing" that Nipsco tin sign off the post from your farm. It looks much better in your home decor!

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  136. So fun! I would love to update our parsonage!

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  137. Love love love your blog!!! Such an inspiration!

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  138. Love love love your blog!!! Such an inspiration!

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  139. You're such an inspiration to me - I look forward to your posts and have started to purge our life and our home, back to basics....and we're loving it! Thanks!

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  140. I think you should know that I'm reading this while watching Supercross with my boys. And last week, when we swore our friendship sealed by the bond of BBQ chips, I was also watching Supercross with my boys. Really, truly. I wrote that because you asked. :)

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  141. You should know I wish I could meet you and I wish there were more people like you and Cory in the US of A!
    And.... I hope I win;)

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  142. You should know that since I went to college with you I sort of feel like I kind of know a celebrity! ;) You are so inspiring and funny. Love this little spot on the internet. That book looks amazing.
    Mindy
    (This will show up as my hubby. UGH!)

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  143. You should know that I am a new-ish reader. I, too, have some teenagers in my life that I finding it easy to love even those many around them don't. What a priviledge! Your words inspire and encourage me!

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  144. Your blog inspires me and never fails to make me think, that is a very good thing!
    mowrose@aol.com

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  145. You should know that I'm new here, and love what you share.

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  146. You should know I have a mad schoolgirl type crush on your blog. I pine for your beautiful pictures as I lay in bed. I hold my breath as I open my emails, hoping you will have posted. And today, I purchased some fabric at a church rummage sale only because it reminded me of you! Thanks for all of your fun and inspiration!

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  147. You should know that I have had to impose a time limit on myself before I start reading your posts otherwise I would never get anything else done, ever!
    I love,love,love your writing, it draws me in and makes my head/heart hurt
    (in the very best way!)

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  148. You should know that you are probably the most inspiring blogger I have ever come across! Thank you for including us (your readers) in your everyday life thoughts and experiences.

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  149. You should know that when my 2nd boy was under six I sent him outside with a hammer and bag of nails and let him hammer away. Saved us both on frustration. We are doing a handmade Christmas this year. So far I have only completed once mini present!

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  150. Hmmm what should you know...well, as I type this im sitting on my iPhone in Rwanda hoping this comment goes through. Haha. I love your blog. Love yoir honesty. We could be bffs. Haha. What else...oh! I made your orange garland this last Christmas! And it's still up in my house :)

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  151. You should know that you are a child of God who has been blessed beyond measure with the most amazing gift for words. You inspire us to reach down deep and twist things all around. You inspire us to reach out far and love in ways that scare us. You inspire us to reach up high and trust in His calling. You bless us with your gift.

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  152. You should know you are a treasure, the bees knees even! You are a gift that we unwrap through your words in every post. SO thankful for you girl :)

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  153. You should know that I was raised Southern Baptist and didn't have the first clue about Liturgical things until I started seeking them out on my own a few years ago. These "rituals" are something I needed. I craved a little order in the chaos that was my life. Looking forward to reading the book. You should also know I LOVE your blog. I identify with so much of what you write. Blessings!

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  154. jeruselum was our inspiration for our big plaid red curtains...i love her home
    LOVED her book...it is the sweetest thing
    we ordered one of her prints and i am framing it now
    love the gingham style girl...you ROCK it...i think it may be YOU:)
    xo

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  155. you should know that reading your blog is equal to the chocolate I hide in the back of my pantry, such a treat girl!!

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  156. You should know that it's so easy to make your own fresh baked bread. I have a recipe that takes 2 minutes to stir, a night to rise, and then you pop into the oven in the morning. It's from pinterest - because we should all know that we don't have to each re-invent the wheel, we can learn and share from each other!!

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  157. You should know that every time I read your blog I am uplifted. Thanks!

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  158. You should know that I nearly cry when I read of Robert calling you "Mom and Dad." It makes me want to hug him and stroke his hair a bit. It's beautiful.

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  159. You should know the best time to visit Northern California is in the spring when the hills are green and bursting with wildflowers and mustard. You should also know that you rock the cuff, the grey sweaters and the truth that listening to the call of God is THE THING...the very thing that love and life and adventure comes from.

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  160. you should know that i really get happy when i see a new post from you. :)

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  161. You should know that I love the way you use the word swoon.

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  162. You should know that I have read your blog for years. I love your writing and your heart.

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  163. You should know that I find God here and it is so comforting!

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