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God Save The Queen!

God Save the Queen! We have a tea towel in our kitchen that came from the gift shop at Windsor Castle with this slogan stamped clearly in the center. While it’s terribly touristy, I appreciate the Queen more and more these days.  Most Americans don't tune in to the Queen's annual Christmas broadcast, but perhaps we should.  We may be well past Christmas, but after the past week, we are in more desperate need than ever of voices of hope and encouragement.  Thanks to PBS and Netflix, we've borrowed many other TV Shows and movies from Britain- may I suggest we borrow this message from the Queen as well?  

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While we wait...

Whether it is waiting for COVID restrictions to lift, circumstances to change, pieces of a dream to come together, or just counting down the days until Christmas, I’m convinced that waiting periods can be fruitful. Time spent in uncomfortable places is revealing. How we spend our time waiting shapes our experience of whatever it is we are waiting for... So while we wait (in a cosmic or literal sense), I thought I’d share a few simple but intentional choices that are helping me stay grounded and live well now- even in the midst of the holiday season, when the world around us is swirling and clamoring even more loudly for our anxious attention.   Inspired by Britain, of course:)  

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Briton Home in 2020...

Briton Home, initially on a post-holiday respite in January, was relegated to storage boxes and a monthly website bill in March, as I turned my attention to home-schooling and surviving Quarantine. As the months have worn on, however, I’ve hesitated to close down shop altogether. In a surprising irony, COVID has brought our family closer to the UK. In February of 2020, we were making plans to visit London as tourists. In March of 2020, we accepted an invitation to join a virtual “hub,” or small group bible study with friends in London. For the last eight months, we’ve spent an hour every Thursday afternoon and every Sunday morning with dear friends from St. Barnabas Church in Kensington.  Being a...

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An Alternative to Target?

The day after we moved home from London, I burst into tears as I drove my mini-van into the Sam’s Club and Target parking lot.  Everything I grieved about leaving our quaint mews and walkable lifestyle in London seemed to be epitomized in that strip mall.  I kept my head down as I entered the brightly lit, beautifully marketed sensory overload that is Target, lest I see someone I knew and have to explain my tears.  As I headed to the back of the store for the moving-back-in essentials- toilet paper, paper towels. trash bags- I had to walk by the newly launched Magnolia Home display.  They do that to us on purpose! I love you, Joanna (I really do love to binge watch Fixer Upper with my 13...

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Back To School, British Style

Welcome to September. The children have started school and us parents can breathe again, at least until the afternoon, when activities and homework fill the hours with hurry once more. Amidst the many emails from this year’s teachers and coaches, I still receive notices from the school our children attended in London several years ago. I could un-subscribe, but I secretly cherish this little ongoing window into life there! Today I indulged and opened the St. Barnabas & St. Philip's emails, checked the website, and read the upcoming events from our church in London...

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