Saturday, November 28


Thanksgiving! My favorite holiday. Not only was it an excuse to spend the entire day in the kitchen, making all kinds of culinary creations, but a day to be thankful for all we have . . . and also an excuse to dress up. This was the first year we were ever in charge of the family celebration, and it was a smashing success. Everyone is now 5 pounds heavier, except for our furry companion, Arthas, who's still ailed with Starving Puppy Syndrome.

Wednesday, November 18

Unexpected Blessings

It never ceases to amaze me how God uses the things we least expect to bless us. Case in point - I found out just over a week ago that I was being transfered to a different cafe. I can't say I was thrilled at the prospect, since I was comfortable where I was (even if it was insane and stressful). But when I pointed out my opinion to God, I got an undeniable sense that this was His plan and I should go with it... Fast forward to today, day one at my new cafe. What a blessing! It's still Panera, with it's quirks and personalities, but there was an inexplicable yet undeniable undercurrent of peace there that has been missing from my work life for a very, very long time. So here I am: humbled, awed and with a fresh reason to be thankful just in time for my favorite holiday!

Tuesday, November 17

It Had to Happen

I've put off having an online presence for as long as possible. No Myspace, Facebook, blogs or personal websites. But it had to happen sooner or later, right?

So here it is. My best shot at keeping in touch with the people I love now that we're all across the far corners of the world. I ask forgiveness ahead of time for the rants and you're welcome ahead of time for the adorable Arthas pictures. :0)

Oh, and the title? It means "the stuff of everyday life" and I discovered it in the book Stoneheart. Fantastic word from an amazing book. If you haven't read it, you should. But since my everyday life includes a pretty long to-do list today, I'll keep this first post short.

More soon!