dearpomegranates Merry indeed 21h

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dearpomegranates Christmas Eve craziness continues but I do love customizing the wrapping. And to be fair, Nattie wrapped most of Finn's gifts so... 2d

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dearpomegranates A good Monday filled with neighborhood kids riding bikes, playing cul-de-sac baseball, sharing and eating Nattie's chocolate covered pretzels and just enjoying community. Oh, and sweet little pink flowers gifted to me by one of our youngest neighbors. 4d

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dearpomegranates She was pretty excited over today's advent activity. Especially when it involves sprinkles. And chocolate. And pretzels. 5d

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dearpomegranates My two little darlings. Learning to live with another, grow with each other and love one another. It's not always easy or natural but it's worth fighting for. And then you have these moments that remind you it's possible, it's real and despite what you think, it is growing. #onefromthecuttinroomfloor as tagged by @thegirlwhomarriedabear 1w

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dearpomegranates Mmm, that fresh baked smell... 1w

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dearpomegranates Finally baking soda bread again. I seriously love mixing the butter with the dry ingredients. It's almost therapeutic; feeling it between my fingers while the aroma of bread to be rises and fills my olfactory senses. Now, smelling the bread bake and listening to Benjamin Dunn and friends' Adventus Christmas. Good morning indeed. 1w

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dearpomegranates There's a lot in life that I may never understand. Currently I feel like that's most of what the season of life we are in is about. I don't know why certain things have been denied us or why we must endure others. Somehow, somewhere in my heart I have to know and believe that there is a reason. In His providence He has decided to give me friends, sisters in fact, that make up my inner community even though only one actually lives here where I am. So this morning, I am thankful for that, even though I wish I could be with these friends more, in the flesh. Until then, thinking of (and thankful for) @pamelove (my friend here), @ekwetzel, @abitofearth, @hebba112, @devawinchester and my dear @mamagaddis. Thank you for being my community 2w
  •   benditamusic Yes yes. Beautiful, dear. 2w
  •   terricajoy Beautiful image, beautiful truth. 2w
  •   pamelove Ditto my friend 2w
  •   abitofearth May He be fresh deep water to the trenches of your heart️ love you my friend! 2w
  •   mamagaddis Although I selfishly want you here with me in KY, I'm excited to see what God will continue to do in your life:). I love you!!! @dearpomegranates 2w
  •   hebba112 I still giggle when I think about how long we have been friends through the Internet. It was such a blessing to have you up here not too long ago. Can't wait for you to come back! Always thinking of you and praying for youI appreciate your openness and honesty are. You are a gem. 2w

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dearpomegranates @namastetiff asked to share how my Sunday is. I still haven't gotten over my cold but I've finally picked up a pair of needles and started knitting again. Working on making a scarf and learning the seed stitch. 2w

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dearpomegranates Hey all, my friend @crannyandme is having a B1G1 free sale on these lovely 2015 calendars. It's only for a limited time and available at her shop, www.etsy.com/shop/crannyfoundfavorites! Gotta say, I absolutely love the encouragement she has written out for this. So good. 2w

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dearpomegranates A nasty cold found its way to us with myself being hit the hardest. Finn caught it too but his spirits have remained high for the most part. So it's been primarily an iPad and movie kinda week but thankfully today we got to spend some creative time. We rolled little balls around and within his train tracks. My purple plastic knitting needles have served as both drumsticks and pretend fishing poles. We played with acorns, putting them in a jar with a spoon or by hand, rolling them around, making a slide for them and of course, Finn pretending to be a squirrel. Now back to the bed with a movie playing on the iPad 2w

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dearpomegranates It is scant love which the fire of persecution can dry up; the true believer's love is a deeper stream than this. -- Spurgeon
Help me have a deeper stream of love for You.
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dearpomegranates Yesterday I made a reindeer. And a himmeli ornament. 3w

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dearpomegranates My husband took the boy out to grab grapefruit from our neighborhood tree. The rain had paused but they shook the tree so Finn could have a bit of rain. I took the grapefruit, butchered it to pieces, and put in in bowls with brown sugar on top for a little treat. I had pieces of ginger root leftover in a pot, so I threw in the grapefruit peels with dried pine I saved from a Christmas tree long ago with water and simmered it to fill the kitchen with a sweet smell. While I wait for things to change, for miracles to occur and for faith to be strengthened, I think about small moments like these. This moment is simple, messy and may not seem monumental but it's ours. 3w
  •   wildhobbitjam Your stovetop potpourri sounds ambrosial. I must replicate it. 3w
  •   dearpomegranates @wildhobbitjam oh do! I wish we lived around more fragrant evergreens or I would do it more often. Oh, and I want to make pine syrup too. I need to live by the trees. Soon. ️🌲 3w
  •   dearpomegranates @dearpomegranates or pine tea too ;) 3w
  •   jeskah22 I love this... 3w
  •   janetiharvey Yum! I grew up eating orange dipped in sugar! 3w
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  •   deena_bean I love your moment! and I want to do this. our house smells like dog :) 3w
  •   gretchen.leah Yes love this...they are not perfect but they are ours and that makes them darn near. 3w

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dearpomegranates Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.--Karl Rahner
Last year we did a family Advent devotional, complete with a homemade Joshua tree made out of twine and found sticks. This year is our first time doing an activities calendar. Every year I'm loving Advent more and more. Share your advent traditions, I would love to hear them P.s. This is not my car but I wish it was! ;)
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  •   herbanhomestead We have been doing the Ann Voskamp Jesse Tree daily devotional for the past few years. I love it. And now that they're older I love to see them really grasping the ideas. My favorite season! 4w
  •   oregonmama Beautiful!️🌲 4w
  •   dearpomegranates @herbanhomestead yes, the Jesse tree, I knew I said the wrong name 😬️. I heard of her devotional, it's suppose to be really good, right? 4w
  •   herbanhomestead I love it! I haven't seen the new one, we use the old one that you could download from her blog. I've heard great things about her new book too! 4w
  •   em.hazeldean Her book is lovely. I love listening to my kids read aloud. We read together in the afternoon after school, or later in the evening. And I have a little advent calendar with activities or just a sweet treat. Previous years found my focusing too much on making advent amazing and Instagrammable... this year I am breathing deeper and focusing on Him, for real. x 3w
  •   dearpomegranates @em.hazeldean Mmm, that's beautiful 3w
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dearpomegranates Hello friends. I'm excited and honored to share that I'm a part of this month's @wildandfree.co bundle! The WONDER bundle is now available at bewildandfree.org for single subscription or as part of a year subscription. ️Nat and I share how to make upcycled friendship bracelets for craft time, giving and fun. Our tutorial is along so many creative and inspiring Mamas sharing their Christmas traditions and handmade ideas. I hope you enjoy it and happy December all!! 4w

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dearpomegranates They can drive me wild but they are my wilds, my blessings forever. 4w

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dearpomegranates Good morning friends! Here's my contribution to #stopdropandselfie as tagged by a new friend @twolittlecs. Thanks Meg for getting me out of my comfort zone . I tag my daughter @hellosnowdrop (she's dying to do it!) along with the lovely entrepreneurs @alpinebabyco 🌲and @woolful 🐏. 4w

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dearpomegranates Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. --St. Francis
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  •   juniperbriggs Amen. 1mon
  •   wildhobbitjam Beautiful. 1mon
  •   joyefuljourney This is my absolute favorite. I memorized it when I was a little girl and it still hangs on my parent's wall. It's been on my heart lately and what a treasure to find it in your lovely feed today 1mon
  •   kalberry This just flipped morning focus. Thanks, Drea! 1mon
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  •   sarahblankstudios The colors in this! Marvelous! Such a moody feel to it. 1mon
  •   dearpomegranates @sarahblankstudios I wish I could just jump into it and make a home in it ;) 1mon
  •   alpinebabyco Absolutely beautiful. Oh how I love your heart! 4w

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dearpomegranates One of my favorite things about @instagram (besides the amazing community I've found here) is actually seeing seasons through others' photos. I have to admit, I'm pretty jealous. Especially now that pictures are being posted about the beginnings of winter in November and I'm over here like, "Autumn, is that you?" #ohsoutherncalifornia 1mon

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