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there can be joy.

I have been feeling very blessed by some of the sweet friendships in my life this last year. One of the greatest purposes of the church body is not only for the members to encourage each other but also to sharpen one another. I am very grateful for these friends who have not only called … Continue reading

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will be canning soon.

I think when I was younger, I always wanted to grow up a bit faster because it represented freedom. People tell me that when I’m older, I’ll want those years back and wish to be younger because it represents a different kind of freedom. Right now, I feel fairly in the middle – that’s why … Continue reading

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a grief observed.

It is stormy this morning. I’m sitting by the big windows upstairs and watching the mass of vibrantly green trees in the field next door shake. It is a 10am storm, yes it is. I wonder if the aspen (now growing in the wooden plot that was once our vegetable garden) knows it is being … Continue reading

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tukutendereza.

The Kenyan woman, Anna, who lived in my hall this semester flew back to Africa today. Two nights ago, she had Els and me over for some Kenyan rice, meat, bread, and some vegetables. She was drinking something that looked like hot chocolate but had the consistency of Malt-O-Meal. Somehow, it was very comforting…like drinking … Continue reading