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Annie Hofler
Twin Cities area in Minnesota
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The past 2 weekends we have hosted out-of-town guests at our house. Both sets of visitors were couples we became friends with in the 90s, at Abundant Life church in Evanston, IL where Drew & I met. Another couple from that same church just moved to our area this summer,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Leaf by Leaf
A tropical island sounds like a lovely place to be during these wintery days. However, an island with no shelter, no people, no animals, very limited food [coconuts, crabs and fish] and no way off is far from delightful. Indeed, it is more of a hell than a paradise. Chuck... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Leaf by Leaf
“I believe that you can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want,” she said. That quote is from an article I read a few weeks ago about children's author Kate DiCamillo, of Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux fame. It has stayed with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Leaf by Leaf
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Even in the fading light of dusk they seem to luminesce. Even on a cloudy day, their color is undimmed. Summer has come to an end, and with it, the lifespan of leaves winds down. The leaves are dying and falling to the ground. Their days are over and done.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
Christie, I love your photos! My favorite is the 2nd one -- the red berries stand out nicely against the leaves and twigs. And I love that you say transformation happened when you decided to take your camera along. I have found that simple actions can lead to substantial changes; it's especially gratifying when I can identify the shift, as you have, and choose it again when opportunity arises. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and colors!
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These are early days. The majority of trees remain green. But, oh, those that are changing! I am left searching for words to express their magnificence. Spectacular. Astonishing. Glowing. Awesome. I can do nothing but drink in their splendor. How is it that tree after tree, with the same color... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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Have you noticed that many women like to make things look nice? Maybe wrapping presents with fancy paper and bows? Maybe arranging a centerpiece and the napkins at the dinner table? Spending time and effort on beautifying their surroundings, even if it only lasts for a few moments, even if... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 TNIV We are image-bearers of our Creator God. So, like God, we are creative. One of the most fascinating thoughts about our creativity is how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
My daughter enjoyed the last book of her British Literature course so much, she couldn’t help sharing the ending scene with me – it was both heroic and tragic. Sydney Carton loves Lucy Manette. Lucy is the only woman he has ever loved. Carton told Lucy he loved her; Lucy... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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Last month Drew and I traveled to Rome, Italy. Arriving a few days before his business conference, we hit all the top tourist sites, including the Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. We wandered through ancient ruins, trying to get a sense of what these temples and palaces and arenas... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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Last Thursday, I was out with a friend. We were headed into a building when her grandson stopped and called to her excitedly, “Look, Grandma! Look!” We stopped and turned to see what had caught his eye. He pointed to where the snow had receded several inches away from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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Listen up people! I have news! We have a wooden deck off the back of our house. We have a birdbath in the flower island in our back yard. We have a black asphalt street. Ok, so that’s not really news. More like pretty basic facts about my home, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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If you are a follower of Jesus, you want to live life filled with His Spirit, in His power. Jesus promised this to His disciples in Acts 1:8. Reading through the New Testament, we see Jesus’ followers demonstrating His power over unclean spirits, power to heal, forgive, and be His... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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In just a few days the sun will linger one hour later in the afternoon, thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Doesn’t that sound good? However, the actual amount of daylight will only increase by three minutes from the previous day. It hardly seems like something to celebrate. But it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
“I may not look very tough, but I can accelerate faster than the guys on the racetrack, take harder impacts than a rider being thrown from a bull, and handle more G-force than a fighter pilot. But, why be extreme when you can be extremely graceful?” This is the narration... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
I wish life were easy. I wish wrongs were quickly righted and rewards were immediately realized. I wish all aspects of life were enjoyable and guaranteed. Do I have to bother telling you that life isn’t that way? A deeper longing in my heart, however, is for a magnificent life,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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We easily have two feet of snow on our deck. The wind chills are sub-zero again today, all day; the actual temp itself barely climbs above zero. It’s been that kind of winter. Still, every morning, the sun shines on the two feet of snow sitting on the deck outside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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January in Minnesota. Always a cold month of year, yet this year, it has been extremely bitter. School has been closed three days because of severe wind chills. These days I have felt as if my heart, too, is in a deep freeze. This morning, I have a sink full... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
[Note to those who might want to read the book -- while most of Malcolm Gladwell's books deal with ideas and the nature of how those ideas play out in our everyday world, this book has another aspect to it. Many of the stories in this book, because of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
A few days ago, I wrote about the concept of asking God for a Theme Word for the coming year. Since then I’ve been trying to decide if I have heard a single theme for this year. [While I wholeheartedly agree with the idea of asking and receiving a single... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
All of a sudden, I’m seeing it everywhere. Ann Voskamp wrote about it here. John Eldredge talked about it here. A friend posted it on Facebook. Alicia Britt Chole is teaching me about it through this. It’s the idea of having a single word as a theme for the coming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
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Christopher McDougall wrote about his search for the running secrets of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico, a group of people who ran long distances, very fast, all throughout their lives. A couple of excerpts from his book: “Such a sense of joy!” marveled Coach Vigil, who’d never seen anything like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
In Mark 4, Jesus speaks about Himself – the Word [John 1:1] – coming into our lives like a light into a dark place. If we allow Him to work in us, the process of illuminating and changing us continues and we ourselves become more and more like Jesus –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
[continuing my thoughts from the past 2 posts] If you are “in the dark” about something, you are, by definition, unaware. To “enlighten” someone is to offer them knowledge or understanding. Light reveals things as they actually are, correcting our misinterpretation of the shapes and shadows we encounter in gloomy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf
Yesterday I wrote about considering carefully the words that Jesus speaks. I’ve been thinking about the lamp analogy. Look again at this section of scripture: Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Leaf by Leaf