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My Thanksgiving Hallelujah

We’d been married 205 days when my body failed my first (un)born. We’d been apart for 148 of those days. My soldier left in the fall, in the brilliance of the dying leaves. He left, and I was pregnant and blissfully naive in the way you can only be when you have yet to suffer real loss. I said goodbye to my husband at midnight in a nondescript gravel lot, with my head tucked up under his chin, breathing in...

Happy Easter.

In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand. In Christ alone, who took on flesh,Fulness of God in helpless babe!This gift of love and righteousnessScorned by the ones he came to save:Till...

Best Christmas Fudge Ever

People have asked … and I’ve said it at least once already, if I am going to gain five pounds eating this all December long … so are you!! EVEN MORE REMARKABLE FUDGE Butter 4 cups sugar 2  5-ounce cans (1  1/3 cups total) evaporated milk 1 cup butter (no substitutes) 1  12-ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces 1  7-ounce dark chocolate or milk chocolate candy bar, cut up 1 7 oz jar marshmallow creme1 cup chopped walnuts 1...

O Christmas Tree

Oh – happy things to write about … yay. My last real post came on a difficult day, so I feel compelled to let you know that I am okay. Our days are challenging but we are having sweet moments. Sawing down the tree together I love Christmas. I mean I really love Christmas. We went to a Christmas tree farm Saturday and traipsed all over looking for the perfect tree to cut down ourselves. It is so sweet to...

Thanksgiving Tree

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  ~ Psalm 106:1 The Huggins Family Thanksgiving Tree I cut some branches off some bushes growing in a wild patch in our neighborhood, wrapped the base with twine, and plopped them in a mason jar (another use-vases!)  I used a circle punch, cut out ten circles, (’cause we had ten folks that could articulate their thanks), and had each person write down what they...

Give Thanks

This morning [Saturday] I got up with every intention of scrubbing my house into submission. Instead, we spent the better part of the morning gleefully cutting out random circles and making a thanksgiving banner from Little Birdie Secrets. Is my house clean? Absolutely not. Did I have precious time with my daughter that I never get back. You betcha. Do I have a totes fabulous thanksgiving banner created solely with materials dug out of my craft stash. Why wouldn’t I?...

Treasure Hunt

Have you ever had those days, moments, where you wish you had photographic memory? Jewel of days where you wish you could tattoo every second behind your eyelids, etch each separate moment into the folds of your subconscious, so that decades from now, you can float them up crystal clear and just as precious as the day they happened? Tonight was like that. We decided to hide from the trick or treaters (don’t judge, puhlease…) spend the evening enjoying God’s general...