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Countdown to the Blog Birthday with a Repost

I started blogging on November 29, 2006 when I had things I needed to say, but couldn’t bring myself to utter aloud.  I figured it was a way to tell the truth on myself without actually knowing if anyone would ever see it, but knowing I needed to be brave, anyway.


For the next few days I am re-visiting posts or parts of posts that I remember writing.  I have written many, many words in almost 2000 posts.  But I promise, the birthday will arrive and be gone soon.  Meanwhile…


“I am at the start of a new year. Because I got another year older. But I am choosing to focus on the part about starting a fresh, new thing, instead of the wow-a-lot-has-happened-over-the-course-of-my-very-long-long-long-life.

I love new things, don’t you? I love fresh starts and second chances. I love beginnings and renewals and refreshment. They are always so full of hope, so anything-amazing-can-happen.

to do


List-maker that I am, a new year or season or even month (not to mention any Monday morning) will get me looking ahead with excitement and hope and jotting notes about all the things I want to see and experience and accomplish and produce and become…

Today, this:

I want to unleash my creativity (it’s been much too locked away) and have all the crazy creative thoughts I can find that will lead to a life of abundant fruitfulness and productivity and wholehearted living. Because wholeheartedness is HUGE to me (why be anything else, ever?) and it includes being both WHOLE (this is me cooperating with the work of God in my life in all areas: spirit, soul and body) and HOLY (which can come about only by the completed work of Christ and the blood He shed). This is actually possible because of the aaaa-mazing GRACE of God, “the empowering work of the Holy Spirit to be everything God created us to be and to do everything He created us to do.”

Yep. On my list. Happy New Year!”

Come back tomorrow.  We’ll dig through the archives again!   :)

Don’t you just love it?

“We love the things we love for what they are.”  ~ Robert Frost

  1. A full moon
  2. A freshly painted room
  3. A long phone call that isn’t long enough because there is just so much to say.
  4. A detox bath (fill the tub as full as possible, add 2 cups of epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda, and a handful of dried lavender – soak), bubbles optional
  5. Love letters
  6. Promises kept
  7. Getting an undeserved break
  8. Being let off the hook
  9. Some one who lets me be right even if I am not (so rare, haha)
  10. Clocks – the more, the merrier
  11. Remembering all the lyrics to a song I hadn’t heard in years
  12. The Ukulele Underground
  13. Wrapping up in a spa robe (no one can find you there)
  14. Even though you swore Nicholas Sparks was never going to get you again, secretly (shamefully) crying through one of his stories
  15. Martini music *sway with me
  16. A flickering candle
  17. My mom’s recipes
  18. The grandbebe’s fingerprints everywhere, everywhere
  19. The paper in a Bible, tissue-y but strong
  20. My old Anne Ortlund books (she doesn’t have a clue how much she has impacted my life)
  21. A blazing sunny day right after a snow – the whole world sparkling like diamonds


Yet for better or worse we love things that bear the marks of grime, soot, and weather, and we love the colors and the sheen that call to mind the past that made them.  ~Junichiro Tanizaki

Aren’t there just things you can’t help but love?