Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [11.22.14]


From the Smithsonian’s photography contest? Glory

time lapse video of this week’s record snow storm? wow…

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Have you see the 10 most photographed places in America?  – fascinating


a teacher, coach, husband, father, friend – what kind of legacy can one man make?

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you gotta see these pictures of snow this week in upstate New York?

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 breaking the awe meter 

What does as astronaut see from up there? From the red soil of Africa, the blue water of oceans, to the green lights of the poles and yellow light of human activity, discover, through this journey to space, something astoundingly beautiful and strange at the same time.


a most special project – renovating a shelter for the homeless?Must see —

this surprise? tears —


11 ways having a messy house is normal when you have kids

signing their way into a whole new world


This can still happen anywhere. Not everything is lost.

changing awareness one sign at a time – must see.


this story of love? one not to miss —

how this panda is enjoying our most recent snowfall?


100 year old woman visits the ocean for her very first time

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles


cities on a hill? stunning —

and we’re smiling — 10 reasons to invite dogs over for Thanksgiving

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The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened. When God uses John Wycliffe’s book to stop a bullet in your back



Over the past 30 years? These folks have parented 34 kids — five biological and 29 adopted – what a story


why he traded pro football to be a farmer? Must read —

Ambulance Ride Dog

an ambulance? a sick owner? And a dog who clung to the side of the ambulance?  amazing

and this will help you get your happy on?!

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This baby baboon? Photo of the week around the web —

… how every story in His Story is begging an unwrapping of what you’d never expect



the kids couldn’t believe that these aren’t photograhs…really


Post of the week from these parts here:

35 Things We’d Better Tell Our Sons About Harassment, Assault & “Boys will be Boys”

oh my — this sets the tone for the weekend — and takes your breath away?

Hey, can we laugh loud together on Monday? 
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Join us for a Free little webcast? Can Liz Curtis Higgs & this farm girl bring a hot cup of tea right to you, wherever you are, on Monday — and shortbread too, can we bring you shortbread too? Write it on your calendar? This Monday, the 24th? 2pm EST? We’re bringing No-Stress Holidays to You!

All you have to do is exhale, put up your feet, and tune in to watch the free little webcast “Christmas at the Farm” right over here — ( Mz Lizzie & I laugh loud, sing off tune & kick off the season from the farm in grand style [using that term ‘grand’ quite loosely
;) ] and at the same time Lizzie & I will meet you over in Twitter  (Just follow #TheGreatestChristmas) to live chat through the hilarity with crazy wonderful giveaways, recipes, cookies, tea, NO-STRESS HOLIDAYS, Q&A (ask us anything — okay, just about anything ;)) & we’ll have way too much fun.

Think of it as an early little holiday treat for you? After you laugh it up with us girls, you’ll be set for a NO-STRESS holiday, a Sane & Sacred Christmas, & the relief that you aren’t alone & there’s a whole bunch of who are just #KeepingItReal

See you & all your beautiful people Monday at the “Christmas at the Farm Twitter Party” & the relief of a No-Stress Holiday?

Choked me up. Us Canadians, we love our American friends
November 18, 2014. Leafs vs Nashville Predators  hockey Game.

The mic cut out partway through the USA national anthem — so the Canadian fans took it from there!

Because The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas  

was named by the Christian Retailer’s Association as  

Best Devotional of the Year for 2014 —

look at the Giveaway we’re having until Monday!





To Celebrate Best Devotional of the Year, we’re giving away on Monday:

10 Heirloom Jesse Tree Ornament Sets & 10 of our Heirloom 24 Hole Advent Wreaths 

To celebrate & enter, let’s just Share the joy of The Greatest Christmas:

Look at All You Beautiful People Having  

The Greatest Christmas

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To celebrate Jesus with us & enter to win a set of the 24 sculpted ornaments or the Advent wreaths, just:

1. Hold up a copy of  The Greatest Gift or the family edition: Unwrapping the Greatest Gift that you’ve found on your shelf or  your local bookstore’s shelf

2. Snap a photo of yourself holding a copy of the Best Devotional of the Year,  The Greatest Gift or the family edition: Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

3. Share the picture by Monday, Nov. 24th, to one or all of Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, or post to our Facebook Page Wall (more shares & we’ll count every share!)

4. Include the hashtag #TheGreatestChristmas AND the URL: with every sharing.

And we’ll choose TWENTY beautiful people at random on Monday, November 24th from all the sharing to win The Greatest Gift Jesse Tree Ornament Set  or the The Heirloom 24-Hole Advent Wreath.  Let’s have The Greatest Christmas this year!

and because the snow just keeps falling… the kids can’t stop replaying this!

What’s on the Stack here on the farm?





Only One Week till Advent Starts? Next Sunday already?

So we’ve got stacks of The Greatest Gift, of Unwrapping the Greatest Gift everywhere because?
Shhhh — we’re planning a new “Night Before Advent” tradition, with all kinds of free printables to go along with both books so you have everything you need for a new tradition, a “Night Before Advent” party — so kids & grandparents & folks from 4-94,  can get ready for a whole month, all of December, of marvelling every day of Advent over The Greatest Gift, every day of Unwrapping the Greatest Gift more of Jesus.
Have your stacks ready — we have the most lovely new free printables and ideas for a Night Before Advent tradition coming next week! 


… what would your dog do? you? your kids? the kids sheepishly found this pretty funny

kids here tears up over this one — and then laughed happy.

For gifts you can’t wait to give — like more of Jesus!


Print’s free as Sticky Note For Your Soul right here

so, the deal is, God? We aren’t about to let anything steal our thanksgiving.
We aren’t letting hard times steal our thanksgiving,
We aren’t letting hard sells steal our thanksgiving, 
We aren’t letting hard knocks steal our thanksgiving.
Because all of us folks down in the trenches know it:
If you let something steal your thanksgiving? 
You let something steal your joy, 
And if you let something steal your joy? 
You let something steal your *strength.*
So, in the midst of our Big Things, our Ugly Things, our Hard Things, in the midst of All Things,
We give thanks to You, God — not because of how we feel 
but simply because of Who. You. Are. 
We’re on it, O Beautiful Lord & Giver of All —
The one thing we must pray to be great at is thanksgiving —

because it’s the one thing that makes You, God, great in our lives.

[excerpted from our evening prayers in our little Facebook community come join us?]

That’s all for this weekend, friends. 

Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Re – joy, re- joy, ‘re- joys’ again

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