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Caren
Durham, the Bull City
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I guess trying to re-start blogging while also trying to start a flower business is a little silly. For those of you NOT on other forms of social media, consider yourself spared from being innundated with pictures like this <~... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at b o t t o m l a n d
Thank you May. Thank you thank you thank you.
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Dave has been writing music like a crazy person this summer. His song-writing streak actually started the fall we moved here, and he's written an album's worth of songs in the last two years, but he set a particular goal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at b o t t o m l a n d
Music is such a funny thing. It's a hot summer night--I'm propped up in bed with the fan blowing conditioned air on me. An hour ago, I watched the bright red moon come up through the trees driving home late... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at b o t t o m l a n d
Thank you Carie! I miss you too! I really appreciate the encouragement... It's soul food.
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I found myself home alone again this evening, and the sun called me out for a walk around my neighborhood. My friend Rachel came over to join me, and we meandered through the golden light admiring the pretty gardens and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at b o t t o m l a n d
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I skipped church tonight, just for the sheer pleasure of being alone at home. I adore my family, but one hazzard of having a family is the need to leave home in order to be alone. I did that last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at b o t t o m l a n d
Welcome John Peter! Grace, the NICU can be a terrifying place. We have our own story of a mostly healthy, though under-developed 32-weeker being kept in the NICU longer than she needed to be, and I know too well the horrible cocktail of anxiety, hope, PPD, courage and c-section recovery. The good news is that our time of (painful) separation never interfered with our bonding, and I now have a tall, lanky, impeccably healthy 8 year old. I hardly think of those early weeks, except to shudder and turn away. I pray that the joy of holding him in your arms will soothe your own painful memories and that God's love for each of you, and made manifest in each of you, will be a strong balm for you. Blessings from a long-time blog reader from NH, Caren
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This is a post I wrote last month on my work blog. I'm trying to get back into posting here, and am sharing some things that I've either written or loved in the last few months. * * * *... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at b o t t o m l a n d
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Whoever said that November is a dreary month has either never visited New England or has no scope for the imagination. It is so hauntingly beautiful up here in New Hampshire this time of year. October is (of course--it's my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at b o t t o m l a n d
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It is hard to even know what to do with the reality that my dad may not live for more than a few months. And yet, what a wonder that "we walk here in the light of this unlikely world... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at b o t t o m l a n d
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.: Because 10 years ago I stood before my young love and pledged my heart to him. .: Because I turned 33 last week, and he turns 33 next month. .: Because hard seasons can last too long. .: Because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at b o t t o m l a n d
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There are days, whole rivers of days, that stream past me at warp speed, with precious little to tether me to awareness. And then there are days like today, that stop me in my tracks, days that seem to shake... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at b o t t o m l a n d
Like everyone else, I am totally DROOLING all over my keyboard about this dress! I LOVE it! I hear you about letting go of expectations with handmade gifts, and now I'm even having to exercise that same restraint with my daughter, as she (at 6) suddenly has TONS of opinions about her clothes! So even if I made/bought her a beautiful dress like this, she may not wear it. *Sigh!*
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Hello my dear! I love your "people are scary and exhausting" description of yourself! You make me smile... I also love your image of some friends as playmates. I think I'm so friggin' intense that I want to know RIGHT NOW who are the people in my life who will stick around, but of course that's not for me to know. I'm trying to grow in living in the present and curiosity, two qualities that the little ones in my life can teach me! Hope all is well up in ME, and isn't that picture great? We miss your folks a lot.
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I totally hear you on how holding out for that one "kindred spirit" friend can mean overlooking a lot of great companionship. I certainly hope that you can find some meaningful female companionship, as it sure is essential! Another blog post I have up my sleeve is about friendship in marriage and how the value of having our spouses be our "best friends" can sometimes work, but sometimes backfire and put too much pressure on some marriages. I'm so glad that you and Roddy have each other, and have true companionship together! Now we just need some updates on YOUR blog!
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Ah, yes, Juliette, the wisdom of accepting the "seasonality" of our lives! I too feel like I'm starting to make peace with that, and yet sometimes it's so hard to accept that a once-cherished friendship will no longer be so vibrant. It's interesting--most of our closest friends are Gordon people, but they weren't necessarily our close friends while in school. It's funny how, as life goes on, it's hard to predict who will stay in your life and who will fade away. I love your image of "friendship seeds"! And I totally hear you on the extra challenge that ministry brings to bear on relationships. We consider our former pastor and his wife to truly be our friends, and yet they would sometimes share with us the loneliness of no one thinking to invite them over, or not knowing how to reach out to them. I remember my MIL (a former pastor's wife) once saying that no one in her church ever asked her how SHE was doing. Scary! Anyway, I hope your and my experiences will be better than that!
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I know, that one picture totally does me in. I don't feel very magnetic right now, but thanks for the encouragement! xoxo
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I hear you Sara! I could do a whole post about making friends with kids! Again, it's both easier and harder. Kids give us an instant thing to bond over (as in our experience at NHS--such a cherished time in my memory!) and yet, as you said, there is so much going on as the parent of a school-aged child. I never anticipated how much my child's "social life" might put a damper on my own! Anyway, keep on trying, and may we both find meaningful friendships in our new surroundings!
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Making new friends as an adult is both easy and hard. In some ways, it's easier than when I was younger because I'm much more settled into myself, and therefore less threatened by people who are different from me. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at b o t t o m l a n d
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Thank you so much for this thoughtful response! I totally agree that kids have a very astute intuition of what they are or are not ready for, especially if they have not been desensitized to violence through early media saturation. Clara is still scared by most fairy tales at age 6, so it will be a while before we get into HP, but I do look forward to sharing them with her! C a r e n S w a n s o n www.bottomland.typepad.com
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