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Jul 1Liked by Kristin Haakenson

I'm always so glad when I can make the time to come to your page and catch up on some reading. You never disappoint! As with every post, I learned a lot, got some much needed beauty and also have the itch to start a farm haha. Thanks for you wonderful writing, Kristin!

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How kind, Daniel! I'm so glad you enjoyed. I have SO MUCH catching up to do on reading here, and it's always a joy to connect with you. Three cheers for starting a farm!

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Jun 14Liked by Kristin Haakenson

My youngest's Heavenly Patron is St. Bartholomew, so I like this date for different reasons!

Beautiful post, thank you

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I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

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Jun 12Liked by Kristin Haakenson

'There’s something remarkably beautiful about a church fostering that intersection of the temporary and the eternal, isn’t there?'— Yes! There certainly is.

The 'Now' and 'Not Yet' of our faith comes to mind here too. The kingdom of God is here,and the kingdom of God is coming...

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Learning to hold both the 'now' and 'not yet' in the same hand is quite the lifelong task, isn't it?!

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Jul 8Liked by Kristin Haakenson

Absolutely, it’s definitely a balancing act!

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Jun 19Liked by Kristin Haakenson

Lifelong learning for sure!

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This is marvellous - I had no idea about the use of sweet woodruff though I have some in my garden. Here we are still in winter, extremely cold for June and I have had to protect tender plants such as squashes with cloches - very low temps forecast for tonight! But the days are long, the nights are short and the baby birds are fledging from their nests. A lovely time of year.

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I love going into a feast day knowing next to nothing about it and then finding something like sweet woodruff - suddenly the day comes alive for me, when I think about those past generations hanging woodruff on their church doorways. Ah, my heart.

I hope it's warming up for you - we had some cold spells here, too, and were late to plant a lot of things (winter squash especially!)

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It's warming up here finally, I had planted my squashes out but had to put them under cloches last week! Should be able to remove them tomorrow, God willing.

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Jun 12Liked by Kristin Haakenson

I brought in some lavender and some lemony-fragranced geranium leaves for the kitchen bench. I like the reminder that circumstances must not alter our trust in God and that we can look to the natural world to remind us of this. The birds are doing their daily tasks because that is their rhythm but also God takes care of them, despite their size. We must feel the same way but do our part - which is what the farmers such as you are doing currently. I saw three hawks, lots of finches, sparrows and wrens this morning on my walk - a blessing that was like your swallows. I love the sound of the clergy wearing flowers and herbs. How beautiful.

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Isn't it so beautiful to think of the churches and clergy of years past all adorned with herbs & flowers of the season?! So sacramental.

How lovely to bring in geranium leaves...one of my favorite flowers, that my mom planted every year!

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