Posts tagged family
The Thankful Game

At a conference I attended this summer, a keynote speaker gave a talk about thankfulness. She referred to a study which found people who meditate on five specific things per day they are grateful for are 25% happier. I'm not exactly sure how happiness is measured (although it's explained in the full text), but I can tell you from personal experience that focusing on the good happening around me rather than the negative changes my perspective.

So I came home from the conference and excitedly told Patrick about this new piece of information I learned and thus was born The Thankful Game.

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Vignettes of Community

Where I sit typing in this busy coffee shop I watch lives briefly intersect. Coming, going, coming; humans are social creatures, but sometimes we can be so isolated. The more people I encounter the more evident it becomes that people need people.

I am a product of my community. I have been either incredibly lucky or incredibly blessed to know the people I do.

Let me share a little how my community has touched me.

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Suck it, 2016 (Alternate Title: Glass Half Full)

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a rough year for me. I can’t remember any other time in my life that had so many consecutive days of dry-heave crying.

So suck it, 2016. You tried to bring me down, but you didn’t. And no matter how many days I had tears streaming down my face and my heart was full of sorrow, the laughter and love still overcame.

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Sweet Corn Season

Sweet Corn Season. It's a capital-letter-phrase in our household, and it's an experience that I've been looking forward to sharing. Let me tell you the story.

When I turned 12, my parents bought me a cheap, above-ground pool for my birthday to replace the old stock tanks we used to swim in (hashtag farmlife, am I right?). It came with a catch (of course): my brother and I were going to help pick and sell sweet corn the following summer to pay for it.

And thus was born the annual Sweet Corn project.

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Soul Food

This Christmas I'm feeding my soul.

About 95% of the time, I make decisions about what to eat based on health. I really believe (depending on what you eat) food is either medicine or poison. I think about this a lot and I try to live by that rule.

But there are times that food is as much medicine for my soul as it is for my body. In my book, Christmas is one of those times.

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In Memory of Grandpa

My grandfather, Leonard, passed away at age 93 on Thursday. He was a kind, gentle man. A father, a husband, and - as many of the other men in my life - a farmer.

What a great blessing I had last weekend when I had the chance to stop by and see Grandpa on one of his last days here. He didn't remember me, but he knew it was lambing season.

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