Hidden Art of Homemaking: Flower Arranging, plus a practical solution
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This post is part of Cindy’s Hidden Art of Homemaking Book Club for chapter 7 on flower arranging. This chapter is surprisingly varied and passionate for what one might expect to be a brief, boring chapter. I do hope others in the book club take up some of the topics covered, and I encourage you to click on the link above to find those posts. I am going to stick to the main point, because it’s one of those things … Read More

Convivial Chronicles: Easter!
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He is Risen! He is risen, indeed! And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. […] if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been … Read More

Fairy Tale Picture Books – with a giveaway!
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I have a whole collection of beautiful fairy tale picture books. I collect what some might call “scary” picture books: the art is gorgeous but haunting, and the tales include the bits about dancing in red hot shoes until dead or wolves’ stomachs being opened by honest woodsmen. I came across a hardback copy of a favorite (though decidedly not scary) picture book of ours in great condition at a yard sale a year ago, and decided I should give … Read More

Announcing Our Latest Arrival: Geneva Kate
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Geneva Kate Winckler November 2, 2012 7 pounds, 10 ounces 21 inches long Despite being stubborn in utero by refusing to be monitored or stay head down, Geneva appears so far to be a placid newborn. More than likely, she’s just plain tuckered out from exerting her will and energy so much prior to birth and will be giving Knox a run for his money as soon as she’s had a respite. I have now added ‘c-section’ to my list … Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Vacation!
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We spent a week at the beach last week! It was lovely! The house we rented (with friends!) did have wifi, and I did check my email once or twice a day, but for the most part it was an internet & technology detox week. As soon as we all got onto the beach on the first day I arrived and I laughed hard at Knox’s reaction to this amazing thing called a beach (it was his first time and … Read More

Easter, Simply Celebrated
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Decorating I love the idea of decorating for Easter, but haven’t really made it happen yet. Someday I want a wooden cross with the appropriate color sash draped on it, some sort of Easter (but not Easter egg) wreath, and a branchy tree with eggs and maybe these art hangings. Circle Time Hymns: Ah, Dearest Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Low in the Grave He Lay O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus Christ … Read More