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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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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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Dawn Landes: Getting to know the UK on Tour

Dawn Landes is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN who plays “Americana” rock/folk/country and recently released her fifth album, Meet Me at the River, and an EP, My Tiny Twilight, inspired by becoming a mother. While she lives in the Country Music capital of the world, she recently returned from a European tour spanning three countries. I am lucky to call Dawn my sister-in-law, and on her most recent trip to the UK, she even went on a buying mission for Briton Home! Check out these amazing silver teaspoons- chosen with care by Dawn in Exeter during an outing between shows. When she got home, Dawn was generous to let me interview her about her experience in Britain, as she has gotten to know...

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Minding The Gap

“Mind the gap” is a classic British phrase. It is a polite reminder to pay attention, to notice the varying space between the train and the platform, which changes from station to station. Inspired by our travel experiences, we can “mind the gap” in everyday life. Briton Home hopes to encourage more noticing and appreciation of everyday moments by offering reminders of those travel experiences and sharing treasures for your home that encourage you to pause and appreciate the moment.

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