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For My Womenfolk, Vocational Duty, & Hot Soup - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 45

For My Womenfolk, Vocational Duty, & Hot Soup - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 45

This week I am grateful…

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For my womenfolk.

In this photo are women on my mother’s side. From left to right: me, Grandma, Aunt Monica, Mama, and Granny.

Leanna, Doris, Monica, Michelle, and Earlene.

We took the photo after Granny and Poppy bought us all breakfast Saturday morning.

Mom and I were down for the weekend with Aunt Monica in her forest home. I am not sure if we knew it going in, but it was definitely a YaYa kind of weekend for the three of us.

A weekend for sharing and receiving stories, daring to be present to one another and to see one another as the women we are. It was a weekend for falling asleep as we talked Friday night because we can relax together and rummaging through antiques Saturday morning because we can be honest about what inspires us and what doesn’t. It was a weekend for tears, laughter, and trust, trust, trust.

It was a weekend for my women, the ones whose blood runs through my veins, whose stories echo deep within me.

And it was—

For Backcountry Wedding Planning, Surprise Ashings, & Juniper Fox - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 9

For Backcountry Wedding Planning, Surprise Ashings, & Juniper Fox - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 9

Welcome to Seven Gratitudes, vol. 9!

Seven Gratitudes is a weekly spiritual practice for me and several of my friends. My intention is that by carefully considering and joyfully sharing my thanksgivings, I might be moved to a deeper sense of God’s pervasive presence in the world and, also, my place in it.

I am happy to meet you here, too. 

There’s a lot in the world that would keep us from rehearsing our gratitude, friends. I celebrate, however, your presence and the chorus we make for praise, no matter what.

This week I am grateful for...

Molly's Mac-n-Cheese: A Peacehaven Chronicle

Molly's Mac-n-Cheese: A Peacehaven Chronicle

As soon as I pulled into the Peacehaven driveway on my first official day as the summer chaplain I realized that I had left my packed lunch at home. I have hypoglycemic anemia, so forgetting my lunch is no small matter. Furthermore, I was anxious about forgetting anything around my new “coworkers,” or having to ask for a lunch break off the farm.

I remember that the house rhythm was unusually quiet that morning. Sometime around 11:30 a.m. I heard Molly, one of our Core Members, humming to herself in the kitchen as she pulled out an enormous cooking pot and two boxes of Annie’s Shells & Cheese.

In No Particular Order: Pizza, Multiple Conversations, & Sex - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 7

In No Particular Order: Pizza, Multiple Conversations, & Sex - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 7

A spiritual practice is an activity through which we engage God, self, and creation that deepens our awareness of liberation and communion. It truly is practice, practice in loving God, self, and other.

We practice anything we care about, you know.

Seven Gratitudes is a weekly spiritual practice for me and several of my friends. My intention is that by carefully considering and joyfully sharing my thanksgivings, I might be moved to a deeper sense of God’s pervasive presence in the world and, also, my place in it.

I was dearly hoping to meet you here, too.

There’s a lot in the world that would keep us from rehearsing our gratitude, friends. I celebrate, however, your presence and the chorus we make for praise, no matter what.

Thanks for being here. 

This week I am grateful for...

Hey, this thing actually works! Seven Gratitudes, vol. 4

Hey, this thing actually works! Seven Gratitudes, vol. 4

Round four of "Seven Gratitudes" is already here. Wasn't it just Christmas yesterday? Between Epiphany, snowfall, classes beginning, and things picking up here at For the Birds, January has swiftly flown.

I am thankful, however, for these weekly gratitude check-ins. Four weeks of 2017 seem that much more believable when I can look back on the sparks and crackles of grace--in my life and those of my friends.

Blessings upon you, gentle reader. May you find yourself graced and strengthened through the practice of gratitude, seven quick thanksgivings at a time.

Brave the Kitchen and Eat Pizza

Brave the Kitchen and Eat Pizza

Cooking requires bravery because it involves mistakes and going against the market's consumeristic norms. Be brave. There's pizza on the other side.

Joel Salatin once said something like this: “Food preparation is easier than it has ever been in the history of the world, and yet few people actually step foot in the kitchen.” Salatin’s idea came to mind last night while preparing dinner with Aaron. 

Meal Planning: Quick Switch #002

Meal Planning: Quick Switch #002

This week’s #quickswitch has to do with what you eat!

When it comes to making strides toward sustainability, there is A LOT to say about food. Today, however, let’s focus on one. simple. switch.

MEAL PLANNING

Take it from this divinity student, my family would not eat unless we had a plan! In the very least, without our awesome meal plan we would not be eating as well as we do. 6:42 pm would roll around every day and I would look up from my reading and be like, “Uh, takeout?”

Ain’t nobody got money for that.

Ain’t no body made for that either.

Meal planning is a fantastic and (moderately) easy switch to help us eat more sustainably and enjoyably!