Food on Fridays: Tea Is Necessary

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(smaller button below)For the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes. When your Food on Fridays … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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(smaller button below)For the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes.When your Food on Fridays … [Read more...]

Food on Fridays: Vacation Food

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(smaller button below)For the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes.When your Food on Fridays … [Read more...]

Cause for Celebration

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My Slow-Down Fast didn't wrap up quite how I expected. I imagined creating quiet moments of contemplation leading up to Easter, and in a way I did enjoy more moments of interaction with the Lord, but not necessarily in long stretches of quiet solitude. I haven't had a lot of down time, but I have … [Read more...]

Slow-Down Fast: The Rooster

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These final days leading up to Easter, we've continued to open the Easter Story Eggs and read the related passages from the Gospels.This week in our reading, we came across another critical moment in the story that's not represented in the egg collection. So, to enrich the journey, we added a symbol … [Read more...]

Slow-Down Fast: A Slow-Down Smile

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After attending a bridal shower on Saturday, I drove home and changed into running clothes fully intending to get out and pound the pavement.Instead, I climbed into bed and fell asleep.Four hours later, I woke up.I needed exercise, but I guess I needed to slow down and rest even more. … [Read more...]

Slow-Down Fast: Easter Story Eggs

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Years ago we bought a set of "Resurrection Eggs," twelve plastic eggs filled with small symbols representing moments in the Easter story, including a donkey for Palm Sunday, a tiny metal wine goblet and plastic bread for the Last Supper, and a rock for the stone rolled in front of the tomb. The kids … [Read more...]

Slow-Down Fast: Music and Silence

My nine-year-old son spent most of Wednesday curled up on the couch recovering from a stomach virus while I worked on the computer at my desk a few feet away. At some point, he got up to get a book, and when he returned he stuck a Mozart symphony in the CD player and pressed play.Music filled the … [Read more...]

Slow-Down Fast: Pondering Pace

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We home educate, which allows considerable flexibility in our schedules throughout the week. But we supplement with once-a-week classes in a cooperative effort involving multiple families. The parents share the teaching, and I offered to teach high school writing.This means, of course, that I … [Read more...]

Slow-Down Fast: Undivided Attention

The morning began very slowly, causing me to write and publish this later than I intended. Perhaps that is somewhat appropriate for a "slow-down fast"?Sunlight streamed through the windows as I sat at the kitchen table this morning. This is noteworthy, after countless days of sorrowful gray skies. … [Read more...]

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