Seven Quick Takes the Highs and Lows from a Week a Liturgy of Life

For some reason I felt weary this week.  Maybe it is the novelty of our new location wearing off and the reality of the exhaustion that comes with trying to begin a new work and find our way into a new community,  dealing with the “what if’s” and the “if only’s” wishing we had just a bit more control over the world.  Here are the quick takes from the week. They are both highs and lows, and then some are both.


1.  I think I bought this can of beans around the time we got married when Michael was trying to teach me about Southern food.  I have put it in the donation pile a handful of times but he always pulled it out. I never expected to actually eat it.  Not that I have anything against canned beans, it’s just that I don’t really know what field peas are or how to cook them and they look sort of slimy.  Well they got cooked last night in a moment of desperation and to my husband’s credit they weren’t half bad.

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2.  I broke this pitcher which we have used daily to keep water on the counter for filling the coffee pot etc.  It’s just a pitcher but still, it’s sad to loose something that you have always had. I can’t help but get a little sentimental.

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I looked for a new one at Target (seriously for someone who is trying to cut down on purchasing unnecessary items, Target is a toughie, do not go in there!).  Nothing wrong with this one, but I think we will hold out for something a little more fun.

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They also happened to have some plastic terrariums on clearance. Making a terrarium has been on my to do list for about 2 years now so I was tempted, but I held off on this too. Maybe I’ll get one put together in the next few weeks.

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4.  Michael has always dealt with allergies.  Our move further south has not helped.  He wasn’t feeling the greatest this week which perhaps is part of our weariness.  We have been learning more about natural remedies and he is usually glad to give them a try.  Here he is chugging Chlorophyll in one hand and garlic in the other.

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5.  Though this day started with my trash can overflowing with maggots, once I got them cleaned up I went outside and was greeted by this flower. I’ve had this plant for 6 years and it has never bloomed. I took it as a sign that we were in the right spot even when it doesn’t always feel that way.

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6.  So grateful for the simplicity and imagination that I get to experience with this little girl.

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Pretend painting. As in she is painting with no paint, awesome right, no clean up!


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Good old fashioned clothes pin in the milk jug.


7.  One of the most amazing benefits of doing the sort of work we do is getting to connect with people who are excited about it. I can’t tell you how heartwarming it is to get notes, packages and donations from financial support from friends and strangers And I love sending out thank you cards (though I am often behind) and imagining them traveling all across the country. I wish I could travel with them and give you each a hug (well let’s face it, I’m not much of a hugger, but still the sentiment is the same).

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Thanks for reading friends and have a great weekend.

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  • Shannon Reply

    So… the fact that you have a letter addressed to St. Michael and his angels is pretty much the best thing I have ever seen!!! ha

    • egjarrett Reply

      Haha, yeah we have some really awesome folks in heaven supporting us. Love it.

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