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Each year at Easter, I usually find myself pondering the road to the cross through a different perspective. The story of redemption is really so simple that even a child may come with faith and believe, yet the implications are so profoundly complex that theologians across the millennia have wrestled with these simple truths in awe. Up until this week, I didn’t really know where my thoughts were leading me this year, but the sermon at church this past Sunday sparked something in my brain that has stuck with me through the week, and it has turned out to be the significant message from Easter I’ve ponde this year.

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Windy

Sometimes, I want to be like a wind chime.

Last night, a tremendous Arctic front began pushing through the Mid Atlantic region. We got a mere dusting of snow, but the temperature began to plummet and high winds settled in. All night long I heard the roaring of 50-60 mph gusts screaming around the house and the occasional thump of something like a branch falling from one of the copious trees in our yard.
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With the deepest part of winter behind us, February brings at least a glimmer of hope for the eventuality of spring. We aren’t quite out of the cold just yet, but this last weekend was a welcome respite, with temperatures up to 60 degrees and more on Sunday. We usually allow ourselves a bit of hibernation during January, purposefully taking a break, resting, and recharging for the upcoming months. This year was no different, as the relaxed pace of blog posts have probably indicated. The pace has picked up a bit this month, though, so we’re slowly ramping back up and getting back into the mood for tackling some new projects, because we’ve got quite a few on the docket.
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Goodbye 2014

In retrospect, 2014 was a relatively static year. There was plenty of moving forward, but after lots of change in 2012 and 2013, this past year was one in which we were able to settle in a bit. From starting some house projects to making more friends and getting involved at church, we’re feeling more established here. But 2014 did bring some unexpected twists and turns, both good and bad.

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Nine years

Did I ever tell you about the time I kind of messed up my ninth wedding anniversary?

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Twas two weeks before Christmas and all ’round the yard
All the creatures were stirring, which caught me off guard.

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Last week, Bart and I decorated the house for Christmas. Since we usually travel for the holidays, we only have a few weeks after Thanksgiving to enjoy our trimmings, so we try to get everything up fairly early so we have time to enjoy it. This year, we had some old favorites and some new additions to our decor, and it seemed to come together very well.

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