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Think About It Thursday: Americans and Leisure

I have been philosophizing lately.  Don’t worry, it’s not too scary because I have a professor guiding the philosophies I’ve been philosophizing about.  I’m taking a higher-level English course that deals with literature and Christianity and the interplay between the two.  Earlier this week, we talked about how genuinely good art is important for Christians to incorporate into their lives because it touches the soul on a deep level and lifts a person’s heart to God.  If you think about it, it makes sense that art would lead a person to God because it ponders the mysteries of life and things human experience cannot explain.  I’ll try not to become overly philosophical on you, but this basically led us to discuss how, in general, Americans do not value leisure and many times do not make time to enjoy the arts (paintings, operas, plays, concerts, literature, etc.) which is one way that a person can ponder and ultimately strengthen their faith.  In the United States, the value seems to be placed on working, working, and working some more until the point where a person must retire or dies.  When you think about it, it’s kind of sad and scary, but it’s

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Home For The Holidays Tour: Part Two

Here is the second half of my parent’s house.  We left off at the master bathroom.  To view the first half, go here.

DSC_0165 DSC_0166 All of the tile work in the entire house was done by my dad.  He is a carpenter and can do just about anything house-related.  He is very handy.  There is a clear shower door which swings out and a nice jetted spa tub next to the shower with two huge windows above.  Now, you can really see that we live in the middle of nowhere surrounded by woods.

DSC_0168    DSC_0172DSC_0174DSC_0177    All of the cabinetry on the main floor of the house is the same, as you will see in the

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Home For The Holidays Tour: Part One

I am finally home after a very stressful week and cannot wait to show all of you my parents’ house.  My mom is a great decorator and has been since I was a little girl.  I am sure I got my passion for it from her.  The one thing that stands out in my mind about Christmas was how amazing our house always looked during Christmas, no matter how stressful the time was or how little family was coming over.  My mom loves the holiday season and always goes all-out in her decorating.  I thought now would be a perfect time to give everyone a tour of my real home, when the house is shining in all of its Christmas glory.

After taking all the photos of the house, I realized my mom has a few rules she stands by when decorating for the holidays.  #1 – Work the holiday decor in with your regular decor.  If any of your accessories can be Christmas-ified, than by all means go for it.  It saves you money and time looking for all new accessories.  #2 – Little hints of Christmas decorations go a long way, especially when spread throughout the house.  There are

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Thankful Thursday: A Sense of Home

It has been eight weeks since I have been home or seen my parents. That is by far the longest I’ve ever gone. I think it has contributed to lots of stress, which I already have enough of, but that will hopefully all change because I’m going home tonight! I feel like a kid who can’t sleep the night before a sleepover. That’s how I was last night. Today I am thankful for my home and what it means to me. I get all warm and fuzzy when I think about it. These images sort of represent what home means to me.

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Neighborhood Tour: Second Day in Highland

I hope you all saw yesterday’s post about St. Paul’s Highland neighborhood. If not, please check it out before reading this one. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss the goodies the first half had to

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