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Blessings this Week: 08.07.2015

Another week full of blessings-- counting them reminds me of hope, of joy, of peace... and of the good God who provides it all. 

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My Camp had our quilt auction this past week- how we love those gorgeous quilts! 

The donations of time and money and talent that keep the doors open, the lights on, and thousands of people meeting Christ through us

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Our visiting moms... and a full little home

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My husband chasing a tiny baby bunny rabbit through a parking lot so it wouldn't get trampled by campers. (He caught it, and it's safely back in its nest).

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A bulletin board overflowing with pictures of this week's camper families

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Our friend being baptized

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Hard-pouring, cleaning-everything-up rain

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Thread. In "French Roast."

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Around the blog this week:

In Season: Gentleness

This week, we spent some time looking at the fruit of Gentleness, and how God is producing Gentleness in our lives. 

We're beginning to come full circle in our series-- only one fruit of the Spirit to go. To see all the posts in the series so far, click here! And as always, I've got additional posts, pictures, and thoughts that I'm sharing throughout the week on the Facebook page, so be sure to follow along!

...and for something completely different...

Favorite Motorcycle Gear: The Extras

"It somehow happened that I went from a total whimpy scaredy cat to an actually pretty competent motorcycle passenger. I'm not entirely sure how.

Of course, I have put on over 5000 miles on the back of a motorcycle now, over the course of six or so years of little trips and much, much bigger trips. And I love it. Love, love, love it.

I've learned some stuff along the way, too. About me, about Trevor, about God, about riding through high-speed winds and rain... and about the gear that makes riding easier or more convenient or just plain better."

Stuff Coming Up...

So, I haven't really said much about it, but I wanted to give you all a heads up so you're not too surprised! (Unless you like to be surprised... then stop reading.) 

I'm working on something that the blogging gurus call "a rebrand," which basically means that the look of A Home Called Shalom is going to be changing... and, actually, the name and URL will be changing, too. We'll get to that. Eventually.

I'm still working on getting everything exactly as I want it, but I'm hoping to "rebrand" in September (which, also, is when we're moving... because I like starting projects in the middle of other, larger projects...).  Stay tuned on that! It's exciting! 


At the end of this busy week, it can seem like those unchecked boxes on that long to-do list are judging us. Are measuring us by the things we didn't accomplish, the expectations we didn't live up to, the people we didn't manage to be this week. 

Don't let the things you didn't do define your week. 

Instead, let's measure our days by how grateful we are, by how much grace we extend to ourselves and to others. Let's define ourselves by God's love, not by where we see our limitations.

Let's find our being in His grace- and be grateful for this crazy gift of life.

What blessings have you seen this week?


  1. Wow, it seems like you have had a very full (and awesome!) week! Love the idea of sharing how you've been blessed this week. Very cool!