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FOR TODAY January 20, 2015

Outside my window... a gray sky and fresh white snow.
I am thinking... of new beginnings and changes.  I've been making little changes ever since my trip to Africa and it feels good!
I am thankful... for my husbands words of love.  Something I tend to take for granted.
In the kitchen... coffee brewing!
I am wearing... gray tights and a purple tunic.
I am creating... Pinterest boards for decorating inspiration because January is the month for change around the house.
I am going... write letters to my Compassion children this week.  They are long overdue!
I am wondering... if Milo the dog might have an ear infection?  We're going in to check today.
I am reading... Fearless by Max Lucado.
I am hoping... I get over this pesky cold soon. 
I am looking forward to... turning the living room into a den complete with built-in bookshelves and comfy chairs.
I am learning... all about the 1800's right along with the kids.
Around the house... winter snowflake decorations…

Walking in Woods on a Snowy Day

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Beautiful snowy day.
We grabbed our cameras...
and strapped on our snowshoes.
Trail through the snowy trees.

Covered in a snow blanket.

Breaking trail.
Snow dog!
Natures own birdhouse.
Surprised the river was still open.

Heading back.
The quiet that surrounds us while deep in the woods never ceases to amaze me.  So peaceful.  Every now and again we could hear the chickadee's singing to us from the woods and the wind whispering in the trees.  It always reminds me of Robert Frost's poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Whose woods these are I think I know.    His house is in the village though;    He will not see me stopping here    To watch his woods fill up with snow.    My little horse must think it queer    To stop without a farmhouse near    Between the woods and frozen lake    The darkest evening of the year.    He gives his harness bells a shake    To ask if there is some mistake.    The only other sound’s the sweep    Of easy wind and downy flake.    The woods are lovely, dar…

Five Minute Friday : Welcome

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wel·come  verb\ˈwel-kəm\: to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner : to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure Welcome.  It's such a big word when you start to unpack it.  It's full of hospitality and warmth.  It is an embrace.  An embrace of acceptance.

To make someone feel welcome is not an easy task.  I feel it is a gift that some have more abundantly than others.  When I ask the question, 'Who makes you feel welcome?'  You will quickly think of one or two people that overflow with hospitality and warmth.  They put you at ease with a few quick words or a warm hug.

Maybe it's a place that makes you feel welcome.  The cozy overstuffed chair in a quiet corner of the library is one such place for me.  How about your friends scarred kitchen table with the nail polish stain and the bite marks from the dog.

As I ponder welcoming people and places, I can't help but think of my God.  His arms are forever open.  His hands are scarred; proof of His…