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In which I made something for you (well, one of you)

GIVEAWAY closed. The winner is Amanda of Life.Edited. Thank you everyone for your comments – what a delight!

Some days, the Internet feels like this.

Yesterday was one of those days. (It also felt sorta like this.)

So.

I made something recently. It’s a simple cowl. I’m not the best knitter in the world, but I thought it would be fun to give away because the colours are so lovely and it’s so soft.

simple cowl

Leave a comment about something wonderful or funny or delightful. Perhaps a link, perhaps a story, perhaps just something nice you heard or saw.

I’ll choose a winner randomly from your comments on Saturday.

 

 

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99 Responses to In which I made something for you (well, one of you)

  1. Jenn January 17, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Love the colours! What kind of yarn is it?

  2. Juanita Dueck January 17, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    That’s beautiful Sarah! (and I don’t need to win it but I want to comment on something wonderful)~ my husband and I are slugging through some tough stuff right now:family,finances and friendships…ugh. BUT, we’re coming up to our 21st anniversary and every single day I am in awe of all that we’ve been through and the love and adoration that seems to grow each year for us. It is a miraculous thing and worthy of some *high fives* today! Have a lovely day.

  3. Danielle | from two to one January 17, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Yesterday my family and I had a pizza party to send off my youngest brother to Ghana for the semester. We shared deep dish Chicago pizza, family memories, and then watched the season premiere of Girls together. I think that says a lot about my family :)

  4. Annie Kee January 17, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    That’s beautiful!

    Here’s something I’ve really been digging today:

    “There is only one invitation it would kill me to refuse, yet I’m tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by the sunrise , the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down and invitation to fully live.Turning down the invitation come in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. But you see, we have been invited – every day, all over again.” — Bob Goff, Love Does

  5. Brooke S. January 17, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Beautiful colors. They reminds me of my little sister who I get to go visit 3,000 miles away this weekend. I’m so thankful for my wonderful husband who is graciously watching our three littles by himself while I’m on my adventure.

  6. cait mac pen January 17, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I’m a student midwife and am currently doing a short placement on in Labour and Delivery with a nurse- I’ve got to see lots of families meet their new babes these past few weeks. In my opinion, there is nothing as delightful as the birth of a new perfectly imperfect little human.
    ~Cait MP

  7. Anita_Mathias January 17, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Okay, here are some lovely images of the Azure Window on a beach in Gozo, Malta. I was there last month, but it already seems an eternity away!

    http://anitamathias.com/blog/2012/12/22/images-of-the-magical-azure-window-in-gozo-malta-and-i-learn-about-gods-infinity-game/

  8. Bridget January 17, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    My tiny baby rolled over for the first time this week. And it was wonderful and delightful and funny (SO SLOWLY…one inch at a time). And then she looked up at me with her eyes big as saucers and made a noise somewhere between a coo and a yell that clearly said “Did you SEE what I just did?”

    Your cowl is beautiful, and I’m sure your comments will be full of many wonderful things! (But I hope mine wins!)

  9. Elizabeth GR January 17, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Monday night I was playing with my almost-3-year-old when I told him “Honey, mommy needs to go to the bathroom.” “Okay” he said, “good luck!” What a sweetie! I’m going to tell that story at his wedding one day.

  10. Stephanie Nelson January 17, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    I’m thankful for ideas that help us beat the grumpys.

    My friend Kyle moved to Nashville two years ago. He decided he wanted to find a local coffee place where he would spend almost every morning there from 7am – 9am writing, reading and having community with the place he just moved to. The place he chose is a shop called Crema, and in the last two years, he checked into Crema on foursquare 400 times. At the 400th time, the owner of the shop sent him a message through foursquare and told him to stop by and talk to her next time he was in, because she had something for him. A few days later, he saw Rachel, the owner, behind the counter. Kyle just expected to get a free coffee. Instead, this is what she said:

    “Because you have checked in 400 times we wanted to do something to honor that. We would like to take the money you have spent on coffee here and donate it to your favorite charity.”

    So the $900 he spent there over the last two years is now going to his church’s student ministry.

    • Dana January 17, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      I live near Nashville and love Crema! Now I love them even more!

    • HopefulLeigh January 17, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      Crema is one of my favorite places here and now I love it even more. I saw via Twitter Kyle had checked in for the 400th time but had no idea this happened!

  11. Brooke F January 17, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    taking my grandmother to the doctor…and stopping for milkshakes before hand.

  12. Stephanie Spencer January 17, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    What a wonderful idea! I certainly have a love-hate relationship with the Internet for this very reason- so much good, but also, so much ugliness.

    You may have already seen this, but I came across this post yesterday and snorted with laughter. I think it describes the pull-your-hair-out toddler phase pretty well. http://jasongood.net/365/2012/12/46-reasons-why-my-three-year-old-might-be-freaking-out/

  13. Erin Brown Brekke January 17, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Got a great upholstered rocking chair for free off of Craigslist for my 2 year old, but I left it in the back of the station wagon because I thought I couldn’t carry it all the way into the house without my husband’s help. My little guy was so excited about it though, he kept begging me to go bring it in. I said I would try, but I didn’t know if I could do it, and maybe we’d have to wait for Daddy to come home from work because Daddy has big muscles. He looked at me and said, “Mommy big muscles too!” So I went out and sure enough I carried that sucker in all by myself.

  14. Teri H January 17, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I love those colors! In the past 2 days I’ve read to blog posts regarding giving up a smart phone or contemplating give up a smart phone. This has been on my mind and so now I’m wondering if this is God’s voice telling me that I need to do that too! Thanks for sharing your story!

  15. Kelly @ Love Well January 17, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    This morning, I drove my big kids to school in the -10 (C) weather and then drove straight home with my two still-jammied littles. I made a big helping of scrambled eggs, extra butter, and I crisped up some bacon, just because. Teyla made a fruit salad out of berries and grapes and we gobbled it up like it was a taste of sunshine, because it was. And then I put my a lemon-raspberry scone in the toaster oven, a leftover birthday treat, and I ate it while drinking my coffee. I do believe I purred.

  16. jlfraz99 January 17, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    My 4-year-old daughter was spinning around in circles the other day trying to get dizzy. She laughed and laughed and couldn’t stop. In between giggles and hiccups she said, “I’ve got the tickles!” :)

  17. Taigan Bombay January 17, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Oh, Abby Lee Miller! I felt like that yesterday, as well… so I wrote this.
    http://www.taiganbombay.blogspot.ca/2013/01/mom-gig-new-mom-in-internet-world.htm

  18. Jen Martinson January 17, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Yesterday, while my bigs were at school and I was home with my 4 year old…I spent the day doing laundry (6 loads), baking whole wheat bread, making creamy chicken/rice soup and scrubbing the kitchen floor…I am not bragging but sharing that it was such an eye opener of what brings me joy…I love serving my family.

  19. Katherine January 17, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    My husband often works 12 hour days.

    The best part of his day (and mine too) is when he walks in the door, and our 7 month old son lights up at the sight of him, and flaps his arms to his daddy, demanding to be picked up NOW.

    I am so thankful that my husband is a tender and attentive daddy, and I am so glad that my little one already knows that while Daddy is not around during the day-time, he is still a haven of safety, comfort, and joy.

  20. Erika Tritipo January 17, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    What gorgeous colors! This morning I was driving with my daughter and she was watching Yo Gabba Gabba on my phone. When the beat-boxing part started, she tried to do it too and was making the funniest sounds. It’s the little things that melt my heart :)

  21. Kelly Bevill January 17, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Someone left an encouraging and uplifting response to scrawlings in a bathroom stall. Wonderful, and definitely delightful.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263728/You-brave-You-loved-Someone-cares-Inspiring-note-left-bathroom-stall-addresses-cries-help-left-university-students.html

  22. Jen P January 17, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Can I tell you about something brave I did? First, I joined a school committee in our local school district even though my daughter won’t be in kindergarten until next year. So, I walked into a room full of strangers and had to act like I had a clue, when, let me tell you, I DID NOT. So, since then I’ve learned a whole lot. And then, when it came time to do the presentation to the community, I volunteered to give it. It’s tonight. I am both elated and terrified. I always talk about wanting to do things like this, and then I chicken out but this time I did it. So that’s my brave moment. Go me!

  23. Lisa Colón DeLay January 17, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    so pretty!

  24. Mary1912 January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    My husband and I made a thoughtless decision that really upset our son. He wrote this wonderful letter to him apologizing for what we did and asking forgiveness. It was so touching and so wonderful.

  25. beth raven January 17, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    It’s 3:25am right now in Australia and I’ve been awake for an hour now in the sticky heat, just browsing through blogs on my phone and I came across this story about Melinda Gates’ efforts to make contraception available worldwide. This makes me so happy. She is a practicing Catholic but is happy to step away from one part of that religion because she knows that this issue of social justice is the more important. And I think my favourite part was hearing how much aid has been committed by developing countries, including Nigeria, where only 1/10 couples use contraception, but has increased their commitment to family planning by 300%. Here is the article I read http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/catholic-melinda-gates-defies-the-vatican-over-birth-control-funds-7936386.html

  26. courtney January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    My 2 year old climbed into our bed this morning, snuggled down between us, and announced, “Mommy, Daddy, PENCIE! [Spencer]” He then gave us each a death-grip hug around the neck and a loud kiss on the nose. It was the very best way to kick off a very tired morning.

  27. Jessica January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    This just made me smirk. Does that count? (link below)

    http://www.sadanduseless.com/2012/12/craft-fails/#S1Sxwu8q5fIchXbk.01

  28. Sheri Melville January 17, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    A conversation with my 22 year old daughter, who lives 1200 miles away, ended badly. I was so hurt by what she said I almost shot off a text saying so but she called back apologizing before I even had the chance. Love that girl, just wish she wasn’t so far away.

  29. Meg January 17, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Just this morning before reading your blog I was feeling a little unsupported by those dear to us about a large choice our family has made. Just as I was about to sit in my sadness the Lord’s soft voice said to me “but you have me…I am enough”. Yes, Lord you are.

  30. Linda Stoll January 17, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    what a lovely offer …

    i honored my parents this week in 6 Steps to Aging Well
    http://creeksideministries.blogspot.com/2013/01/6-steps-to-aging-well.html

  31. Abby Norman January 17, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    I am making something for YOU, actually TEN yous! and I don’t even have ten to pick from yet! http://accidentaldevotional.com/2013/01/15/the-rooster-naked-and-unashamed/ Also, in the same post, my baby running around the house naked and squealing. Amen.

  32. Amy Scott January 17, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    My husband and I are children’s pastors and the other day we were doing our grocery shopping in town. We ran into a family that attends our church. Their 4th grade son looked at us and said “I’ve never seen you two outside of church.” It was so humorous because he had the same awe in his voice as if he as seen a lion or a zebra outside of the zoo! We had a great chuckle! I love being able to bump into our students or go to their sporting events or band concerts. They all get that look of awe like we only ever existed at church and now we are in their real world. I love being the type of person that isn’t just a church friend, but along for the ride of life in the real world!

  33. Ashley January 17, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Today we are putting an offer in on a house that we have been praying for for 14 months. God is so good!

  34. sowhope January 17, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    something wonderful, delightful or funny- I just finished sending off a note to my friend Beverly- she definitely fits all of those categories. Bev is in her late 80′s and still drives her little truck each day to deliver food and furniture to those most easily forgotten. Each day finds her with her knit hat in place and a big smile as she greats the day that the Lord has given her. Bev is never without a smile, a joke or a precious word of encouragement. She is also the full time caregiver for her husband of over 60 years and the coordinator of a non profit that acts as a safety net for the poor in our community. The beauty of that soft warm scarf reminds me of her and the way she brings what is truly lovely to those often overlooked

  35. Sarah Askins January 17, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    My something wonderful would be returning to the classroom and teaching college English courses(dream job). Not to mention being called “Professor Askins.” This also means an influx of papers. Some well-written, some bless your heart you tried….best line so far: “Americans wash in today’s world.”

  36. David and Yolanda McLean January 17, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Last Saturday we were blessed to attend a college graduation in a prison. My husband spent many years in this very prison. It was wonderful to see 24 men receive degrees in Biblical studies. The warden has allowed a real celebration to occur, families gathered and hours spent in fellowship. It was such a blessed day!

  37. Amanda Williams January 17, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I feel almost normal today, after nearly three weeks of sickness. And my kids are at school for two more hours. And Sigur Ros is screaming loveliness through the buds in my ear and I’m wearing a knit hat I’d forgotten about and I’ve been lost in my words since mid-morning. Amen and amen and amen again. I heart cowls.

  38. Katie O January 17, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    One night while I was out for the evening and my husband was left to put our 4 children to bed on his own, my 2 sons (7 & 5) conspired together–while Daddy was putting our girls in bed–to pick up all the toys, straighten our always messy shoe shelf and put away the things in the dishwasher that go in shelves they can reach. So wonderful for him, and for me when I came home and got to hear all about it!

  39. Abbie Kampman January 17, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Umm, I just pinned a scarf exactly like this on Pinterest. If it was made by my kindred spirit it would be worth it’s weight in gold!

  40. Michelle January 17, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    This is a link to a 3.5 min video of puppies (and a couple of big dogs) dreaming out loud. It put me in a great mood. http://www.wimp.com/sleepingdogs/

  41. Leighellen January 17, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    You are a wonderful light and positive influence and encouraging word to so many of us. THANK YOU!! Don’t let those grumpies get you down :)

    My little bit of salt & light in the world happened just this morning. I lead a youth group for teenage girls and last night was our weekly meeting. I had just finished a “woe is me” session with my husband where I was telling him (yet again) how ineffective I feel in my life and how much moving here to this dry, desolate place (Colorado) from a rich, lush life (Seattle) has almost completely broken every part of who I think I am/was. I whined about how hard I was trying and how unused I still fill. Then I went to youth group. Hoping to pour out a little bit of me into these girls. These girls going through hormones, schoolwork, friendships, body issues, boyfriend drama, broken homes, life decisions. I sat back and listened. And prayed. And loved on them. I went home and told my husband how full i felt. How I know I’m supposed to be there for these girls, but how these girls have NO idea how they heal me, too. When I woke up this morning, I had two emails and one text from different girls in the group, all wanting to meet for coffee. To talk about how Jesus could change them. Heal them. Use them. All because some ineffective mommy took the time to sit still and pray with them.

    Feeling VERY effective after all. So don’t let the cynics (or even self doubt) get you down. God has a plan for all of us!

  42. julestew66 January 17, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    This video always makes me smile….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtsvsLFYYSg

  43. pinkbriefcase January 17, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    When I read that you gave up your cell phone I almost died. That is all.

  44. D.L. Mayfield January 17, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    based on a certain someone mentioning a knitted french-press cozy, my friend and i went to the most intense yarn store i have ever been to. it is run by this fabulous yarn/rockstar dude who looks like steven tyler’s twin. when we walked in (we had to take off our boots and put on homemade slippers as we walked around the museum-like store), we were immediately accosted by the owner himself, plus two intense sales associates. they looked at my friend, focusing on her hat: “knitted, store bought.”

    then they turned to me and my own hat, and with looks of pity/horror they declared, unanimously: “crocheted. definitely homemade.” ( i did make it myself, not from a pattern, and it was a bit . . . lumpy).

    and i sort of laughed hysterically, and thought of you.

    who knew there was such a prejudice against crochet-ers!

  45. lyndsey January 17, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    I recently moved to upstate New York from Georgia. The snow still makes me so happy.

  46. Christine Ingebretson January 17, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    My 5 year old Kayla Joy came into our family when she was 4 months old. She was stiff, disconnected and had no light in her eyes. I had never held a baby that didn’t just nuzzle right into my ample softness. In the middle of the night last night, she came into my bed. I heard her footsteps and lifted up the covers to enfold her into the warmth of my
    body. She nuzzled in as close as she could, aching for tenderness, assurance, and love. The joy in loving her, in comforting her overwhelmed me. And if this is how I feel when I whisper, “you are deeply loved, my precious one, you are safe in my arms,” it overwhelms me to think of the joy that God feels when He whispers sweet nothings over me.

  47. Dede Jackson January 17, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Saw this link this morning and it made my day! http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ZPW3EB5U0bo&desktop_uri=/watch?v=ZPW3EB5U0bo

  48. Sharon O January 17, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    My thirteen year old grand daughter and I text each other almost daily. One night before she was going to bed she said to me, “God didn’t give you the gift of speech he gave you the gift of song.” and that opened the door for me to say to her, “And your song is beautiful to me”. she answered back, “really?” I said “YES I will always love your song”.

  49. Becca January 17, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Just gonna leave this here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KisuGP2lcPs

  50. janetb1 January 17, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Having all my young adult children sit with us at church and worshiping the Lord and taking communion as a family. That is a wonderful thing :) Thank you Lord!

  51. Laura Glendenning January 17, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    A nice thing…over Christmas, I was walking through downtown Montreal and a guy passed by me on the sidewalk. As he did, he said “Merry Christmas”. Simple as that, and it wasn’t creepy at all.

  52. C.c. Almon January 17, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! God is using you to create in so many amazing ways. Your post made me smile. :)

  53. janetb1 January 17, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Having my young adult children attend church with us and worship the Lord and us taking communion together as a family. That is a wonderful thing :) Thank you Lord!

  54. Cindi Hoppes January 17, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    “Happy Friday!” Your hand knitted cowl is lovely…To me, there is nothing like handmade! Our oldest has
    gotten engaged to a wonderful young woman. The wedding is in August and I am so excited and happy

    about the marriage. It is fun planning with them and they are including their two Husky puppies in the

    “Save the Date” photo and the wedding. Our younger son is the best man, so you can bet that this proud
    mom will have plenty of happy tears when I see them at the altar together! Many thanks and take care, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  55. Katherine Willis Pershey January 17, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Something wonderful: I am organizing a public reading of the Gospel of Mark, cover-to-cover, to happen on Ash Wednesday. I am fretting a bit that no one will come – it’s kind of akin to a spiritual marathon, perhaps – but every time I work on it I feel the power of the Holy Spirit.

  56. Sarah Scott January 17, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    It’s sometimes the rough days that make you thankful… we are in the middle of a week of packing to move… and wouldn’t you know it our family was hit with the flu… but it gave us time to rest in t midst of busy and chaos… it gave us time to connect and snuggle and just be amongst the boxes… it was short lived… and a few extra loads of laundry were done… and now we are back to packing again.

  57. Sarah Caldwell January 17, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    The colors in this cowl are breathtaking! (I’ve got my fingers crossed:) Last night, my husband and I watched Modern Family and BELLY LAUGHED deep at Cam’s antics. I’m also happily reading my first fiction read in months, and battling thru the writer’s block with writing for my blog. Drinking lots of tea out of my favorite pottery mug helps with that :)

  58. Kristen January 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I moved in last month with a couple from my church and they are so delightful! Refreshingly honest with each other in their marriage, very hospitable people, and they love to share their food with this poor graduate student! It has brightened my life to be living with them. =)

  59. Canita January 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/brent-burns-hilariously-terrifying-nhl-headshot-now-more-071245013–nhl.html

    I don’t know a single thing about hockey, but I do know a few things about young men (my English classes in a public high school are full of ‘em!). This story made me laugh–mostly b/c I see this kind of kid every day. :)

  60. JP January 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I just wanted to share with you that I discovered your blog recently (probably via Rachel Held Evans’ blog) and it makes me cry all the time, which is fantastic! During 2008-2010, I lost my mother in law (who was my spiritual mentor), endured a 10 month separation from my husband (back together now for 3 years with a beautiful almost-2-year-old), and the loss of $200,000 on a business investment. To say the least, my life felt pretty decimated. Even after things started looking up (in terms of circumstances), I felt odd and numb and really just shut-down emotionally. This past year has been an amazing time of “inner excavation” with God showing me how to live, feel and hope again. Something about your writing has helped in this process – so thank you! :)

  61. Team Cotey January 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Sarah, how lovely! This morning my 15 month old cried when her daddy put his coat on to head to work. While sad on the surface, I was touched by the sweetness of her love for her father. H e scooped her up and we all cuddled close. He had to run to catch his bus.

  62. Elizabeth Grace January 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I woke up loving every minute of this day. This is a significant departure from the norm. It felt blessed. I woke up happy to be alive and excited to greet the morning. It was as though everything conspired to show me just how good life can be. I feel as though I’ve finally found my purpose, like after 35+ years of waiting I finally heard the voice of God. It was spectacular.

  63. Kathie January 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog….but now I really like you because you are a knitter!!! if you live in the lower mainland you should visit Once Upon a Sheep in Maple Ridge, a for profit yarn shop run by a non profit society that supports The Salvation Army camping ministries in Maple Riddge. Just saying… I started it so i’m a bit biased :)

  64. Erin Cook Szczerba January 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    That is a gorgeous cowl you have there, missy.

    10 years ago, I met a guy at church who was heading up the men’s ministry. I was helping my friend with women’s ministry, so we met up a few times to talk about stuff we could do together. I was married.
    I saw this guy a handful of times over the next few years and heard about my friend setting him up with her single friends. Things just never worked out.
    5 years ago, I was getting divorced. I’d just gone through 9 months of hell and I was exhausted, but I was cradled in the arms of Jesus. It was a sweet time of surrender and brokenness and glimpses of restoration.

    5 years ago, I was invited to a BBQ a “this guy”‘s house. I met his girlfriend. They looked happy and I thought, I wonder if I’ll be that happy with someone–ever. The guy and his girlfriend got married not longer after that.
    I have had my heart broken more times than I thought possible. I considered putting up a gigantic wall that no one could penetrate so that I could avoid such horrible pain. Dating has not been fun or easy. I took a break from dating for a year, while seeking healing in all the little places that are hard to see. It’s been wonderful.
    I found out last fall that “this guy” had gone through a miscarriage and divorce with his wife. I felt so sad, knowing the pain of both. And then, after feeling sad, I thought “hmmm. this guy is single”. And that’s all I thought. I carried on with what God had put before me.

    On New Year’s Day, I got an email from this guy. He said he had been catching up with our mutual friends and they told him what had been going in my life (move to TX, parent’s divorce, more yuck). He said I wasn’t very geographically convenient, but when I was, he always enjoyed seeing me…and would like to stay in touch. I was like, “Really, God? THIS GUY?!” It was fun to hear from him.

    And because I’ll be visiting my old stomping grounds for my birthday next month, I have a few dates lined up with this guy. Also, because I took a year to let God heal my wounds and brokenness and now fully trust Him–with Everything, I can just enjoy the ride. See where this goes. Have fun in the process. Plus, this guy is a planner so all I have to do is show up. God knows I like that. :)

  65. TZ January 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow, your cowl is beautiful! This video of two brothers made me cry: http://www.sikids.com/sikidstv/conner-and-cayden-long-sportskids-of-the-year

  66. Becca Schwartz January 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    What a gorgeous cowl! I’m a crochet-er rather than a knitter, so I always get really impressed by beautiful knitting.

    After a rough couple weeks, my 11 mo daughter has been delightful today. :-) She is full of giggles and has been cracking up at the littlest things. A happy cheerful baby is just the best.

  67. Jo January 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Something wonderful? The Lord made a way for us to pay off our ENTIRE MORTGAGE within 5 years, 2 months, 2 weeks and 3 days of entering into a contract with the bank to finance our home. Thank you, Jesus!

  68. Lisa January 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    This is my newest obsession…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBJd7OFo4s0

  69. Allison C. Lee January 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Something wonderful….A ministry I recently discovered…. A family who left everything and moved to Uganda to make shoes for the children. http://www.fiveminutesandacupofcoffee.blogspot.com/

  70. Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Got to hear the beautiful words “full-term” last week for our still-as-yet-unborn grandson 11 weeks after preterm contractions had started at 26 weeks. Thankful, thankful, thankful.

  71. Anne January 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Wonderful: seeing a girlfriend today who tried two long years for a baby, and is now ripe and ready to deliver!
    Funny: my almost 4 year old utterly confused because I made “Jamie Oliver soup”. He is just now figuring out that I named my dog (when I was single) Jamie Oliver, after the chef who I thought was cute. My son thinks I made dog soup, or dog cookie soup. Even after I showed him the cookbook, he wonders why there is a man on the cover instead of a yellow lab.
    Delightful: 4 year old asking me to help get his baby brother to sit on him so that he can show him how to play zoo.

    ps This is a fun thing about the internet. I loved reading all these little stories. You’re fun, Sarah Bessey.

  72. Catherine January 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    napping in the afternoon

  73. Laura January 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    A games night with my bible study :)

  74. Kaleigh Corbett January 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    I was reading this article on a blog today :: http://www.somuchshoutingsomuchlaughter.com/2013/01/privilege-emerging-church.html?m=1 and was like “man, this reminds me of Sarah bessey!” And all of a sudden – there appears a quote from you. It made me happy to know that there are other people in on this conversation :-) hope you are aware of this!!

  75. Annie Barnett January 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Oh, Sarah Bessey. Look at you making beautiful things and sending them out into the world! I love it. Here is a simple site I find delightful – the beautiful renderings of strong, good women who’ve shaped history in one way or another. It’s just started – a one year project – and I’m excited to follow along. http://thereconstructionists.org/

  76. Anna White January 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    This blog post I just read about brave winter trees.
    http://www.cardiganway.com/grace/be-brave-printable/

  77. Pal January 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    It’s snowing here in Virginia! Like the good grace of Jesus that covers our sin. Snow thunder with the ground shaking as it is covered up with snow. Come Lord Jesus! Thank you Sarah for sharing your many gifts.

  78. Heather Nickerson Neroy January 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    I recently moved from so cal to Denver. Prior to moving, I had seen snow maaaaybe 10 times in my life. Last weekend we were driving in a neighborhood & it was a sunny day with a slight breeze. The breeze was blowing snow from the trees & as it fell to the ground it literally looked like glitter. It was the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen.

  79. Ifeyinwa Arinze January 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Yes to giveaway! At the beginning of the year, I was blessed to attended Passion 2013 with some friends of mine. It was my first Passion conference, and God did more than i could ever ask or imagine! 60,000+ students and their leaders all worshipping Christ in unison. AH-MAZING!

  80. Sarah Smith January 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    Growing up my dad was the type who did my and my three sisters’ hair in the most basic ponytails when necessary. He also was they type who stapled our Girl Scout badges on to our sashes, because, well, of course. So I was really surprised to see this and know that he didn’t come up with it: http://imgur.com/r/funny/HPZyn

  81. Cynthia January 18, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    Beautiful!

    Something wonderful…a couple of weeks ago, my five year old spoke up to request a repeat of one of the songs we had just finished singing at church. He said he really liked it and he wanted us to sing it again. So they did. Just for him. It makes me happy every time I think about it.

  82. Beth Morey January 18, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    My husband sent this yesterday, and I laughed so hard. It’s especially good if you like cats and film noir.

  83. Laura Desch Johnson January 18, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    I am thankful for ginger ale, yogurt, Gatorade,cleaning spray, paper towels, and Curious George. Especially today.

  84. Leah January 18, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    This is the most entertaining thing I’ve seen today, so I’ll share that. :)

  85. Antonia January 18, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    A bit of wonderful: http://vimeo.com/55307071

  86. SamEtic January 18, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    I saw the link in your list of links (vol 1.9). I thought it said “Don’t forget to enter to win a handknit cow!” I’m a lover of all things bovine so I was excited to enter. When I got to this page and saw it said cowl, I thought the cowl was beautiful, but I was not nearly as excited. Then I realized my mistake could be my funny comment.

  87. Christie Esau January 18, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Yesterday, I delightfully lost track of time–in a “we’re closing in 15 minutes” sort of way–while having tea with a friend. We spent 2+ hours chatting about work and spouses and babies (or the lack thereof) and wanting enormous dogs and being only children. Kingdom on earth stuff. It was beautiful.

    Praying an abundantly beautiful day comes up for you. ASAP.

  88. Laura January 18, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    After hearing that our soon to be second child could have a host of special needs, our specialist told us yesterday that our little one looks fine. Praise God!

  89. Lisa January 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    My five year old son announced yesterday “It’s ossopite day today, Mummy!” If only he knew how cute that was! Ah, Opposite Day.

  90. MelissaT January 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Here was my laugh for the day.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/224335625160418019/

  91. Lisa Pippus January 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Many dear friends sent emails and texts to remind me they were praying for me as I walked into a volatile situation the last few days. The reminder that I was so very not alone is enough to make me teary.

  92. Laura Werezak January 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    I was trying to think of something truly wonderful, worthy of sharing to be in the running for that lovely cowl. So I thought you’d appreciate a little story and a link. I grew up a girl in a fundamentalist denomination that expressly forbade women from preaching or leading in Church. But I left ten years ago when I realized, like the title of your book that Jesus was really a feminist (in his own special way). Ten years of picking up the pieces later, this is a link to my first sermon: http://www.stjohnsrichmond.ca/online-sermons-and-talks/sermons.php?id=232 (it got cut off a little at the end, but the text is also posted somewhere on the site)

    By the grace of God, it won’t be my last.

  93. Casey January 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    yesterday i got to spend five hours with just my youngest, my seven month old son. we went bargain hunting (10 for $10 sale at the consignment shop!) and ate at panera bread and i nursed him in the car while he twisted around to check out the dashboard and all its corresponding buttons.

  94. Danielle Wheeler January 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:36 NLT

    I read this yesterday and thought of you.

  95. Greta Williams Sutherland January 19, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Maybe Sybil would have lived if she had your knitted cowl. You could be saving a life with this giveaway!! ‘Getting down with Downton’ :-)

    Seriously, beautiful job!!

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