Advent Thankful

A Thankful Tuesday List: Two candles lit on the Advent wreath. Quiet morning coffee in the light of the Christmas tree. The Playmobile Nativity Mary and Lightning McQueen going for a ride in the Spy Plane together. My four Pandora stations that basically tell you everything you need to know about me: Dave Barnes Holiday, [Read More...]

Katniss, Katy Perry and my cat: a Thankful Tuesday list

Post-church Hohorst-famous pancakes with friends. Realizing on the way home from Writer’s Group last night that I was alone in the car and I should definitely roll the window down, turn the radio up as loud as I could stand, and sing along to Cobra Starship (“You Make Me Feel…“). A tired 3- year-old in [Read More...]

Mama:Monk’s 1st Ever 7 Quick Takes!

This is my first time to jump in on Conversion Diary’s 7 Quick Take Friday. This is because I cannot finish a whole thought today. Therefore, I will write you 7 partial thoughts and call it a day. Sound good? One: Yesterday I sat at the feet of a woman I cannot wait to know more [Read More...]

…because they are so grateful

Finding this on Ann Voskamp’s wonderful blog: “I doubt that there is such a thing as a measure of spirituality —but if there is, gratitude would be it. Only the grateful are paying attention. They are grateful because they pay attention, and they pay attention because they are so grateful” (Barnes, The Pastor as Minor [Read More...]

Mysterious Jaguar Thankful

A Thankful Tuesday List: A boy who said this last night at bedtime: “I know a mysterious jaguar. He’s my friend. His name is Pikong. That stands for ‘pink songs’ because he likes pink things, like pink songs and pink doors and pink windows.” Cousins dressed as a skeleton baby, a fairy, a dragon slayer, [Read More...]

Snow piled

We wake up to snow piled on the outdoor table, still parked where it sat all summer. We were not prepared for this: two inches stuck on green leaves, quivering out of concerned trees. They weren’t prepared either. “Mama, does this mean it’s almost Christmas?” my boy asks in his pajamas and I shake my [Read More...]


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