We’re approaching the turning of the calendar year, and as I update the subject line for this email I discover that I only missed sending six times in 2022—despite feeling this year like I dropped the ball left and right. It’s a grace, you know, that you who read this round up email don’t send notes of frustration when it doesn’t come. It’s a grace to work with the Story Warren team who are constantly generous with praise. May we walk that journey of grace with one another in 2023.
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Find Love in the New Year
Quina Aragon reflects on God’s love as we enter the new year.
- In the dark void of eternity past, there was God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Spirit. The apostle John tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16) so it’s safe to say love preexisted creation.
2022 In the Books
Betsy at Redeemed Reader reviews her year in books.
- Readers, 2022 has been a very long year.
I realize that every year technically has the same number of days. But “felt time” (as musicians talk) has been longer for me this year. I look back at my January, 2022, self and hardly recognize her: she was planning a retreat with her lovely Redeemed Reader colleagues, making all sorts of reading plans, beginning to brainstorm school plans for the coming school year, and living in South Central Washington state.
New Beginnings: God’s Mercy and Grace
Sharon Rockwell starts again.
- The beginning of a new school year was always one of my favorite times. There was something exciting about seeing unopened textbooks and knowing that by the end of the year, I would have a thorough understanding of that new subject, or at least evidence that I gave it my best effort. It was a time of new beginnings, regardless of last year’s results.
Gladys Hunt on Little Golden Books
Do you remember the Little Golden Books?
- You may have to be of a certain age for Little Golden Books to tweak your memory, but there was a lot of appreciate in those foil-spined picture books.
Around the Warren
My Tree and My Kids: Journaling to Capture the Wonder and Growth of Both
Rebecca Levake shares a journal of growing things.
- My Tree Journal
There are five specific trees on our land–an oak, a rosebud, a crab apple, a silver maple, and a towering cottonwood–that have been singled out. Each of these trees has been chosen by one of the nature journalers in our family. Our plan is to carefully observe our selected tree month by month as it journeys through the seasons.
Wonderfully June | Sarah Murdock
Théa Rosenberg reviews Wonderfully June.
- One of the delights of having all daughters is that it’s starkly clear to me how different they all are. We don’t have to account for gender differences; the ways our daughters differ from one another have a little to do with birth order and everything else to do with who they are. And from the time they were babies, we could see it: their demeanor before they could eat solid food is still somehow a part of them today.
Something to Do with Your Kids
If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with the family, here are some activities to make it fun!
Something to Watch
The physics of why a cat lands on its feet.
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