Love.

Love.

Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the

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Best Valentine’s Day gift. Ever.

Best Valentine’s Day gift. Ever.

Though Tom is very romantic, he doesn’t get the prize for best Valentine’s gift. It goes to my sweet niece Eleanora Belle, born on Valentine’s Day. From the start Ellie has been head-strong and smart and beautiful (just like her mama). On her first birthday, my mom and I went to Taiwan with a suitcase

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I don’t know how to say ‘Happy Birthday’ in Chinese, but if I did this would be an appropriate time to use that knowledge

(Dear Kristie, I’m sorry this birthday post is late. You were not late with your birthday post for me. But do you know how hard it is to write a birthday post when you’re eating tortilla chips and watching Madonna get carried around by gladiators?) My sister, Kristie, moved to Taiwan six years ago. Among

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Happy birthday, John Amos

Happy birthday, John Amos

This time last year I was in Taiwan, welcoming this little guy into the world. Hello, John Amos. My name is Aunt Amanda. He was just the sweetest little baby. A whole year has passed and he’s gotten much bigger and even sweeter. Now he’s grown into a full-on adorable and rascally little guy who

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Winter blooms

I’m no expert, but isn’t it a little early for Camellias to be blooming? Careful Jonquils, it’s only February.

Since we’re on the subject of goal setting and new years’ resolutions

tumblr_lyohdqfu8k1r2ys05 Since we’re on the subject of goal-setting and New Year’s resolutions, this sermon on 2 Samuel 6-25 made consider success and failure in a whole new light.  “Failure is exposure, and exposure can lead to repentance and repentance can lead to Jesus, the ultimate arrival… “Our success and our sinfulness may lead us to think

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