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Pop Quiz

First of all, take a moment to revel in the 1971 glory of this photo.  The pants. The boots. The chevron and plaid and stripes.  Oh, my:

Automatiek / Automat for snacks

I immediately fell in love with those photo.  For its own 1971 Netherlands fabulousness, but also because it immediately reminded me of one of my favorite 1967 books.

So, my pop quiz for you today is: which book is it?



Filed under Book Report, Pop Quiz

What I Learned from My Sister’s Wedding

The Big Day has come and gone.  The happy couple is currently on a beach in Hawaii, and the rest of us are back in the real world, where we have to provide our own food and entertainment and wear our regular clothes again.

It was a spectacular weekend.  Here are some things I learned:

1. When “airbrushing and lashes” are included in the price of your professional make-up artist, it does not mean photoshopping and basic mascara.  It means getting your face sprayed with mysterious products and your lashes enhanced with false ones, glued on one by one.  (Pro Tip: I wear glasses because I cannot touch my eyes.  Guess which of these services I did not accept?)

2. You may be riding a bus around Chicago for the fabulous pre-wedding photo shoot, but you will still have to do a bunch of walking in those pretty but punishing shoes.  Wear your flip flops or lean heavily on the arm of the best man.  Do not lean heavily on the bride, who will not be amused when you stumble and nearly knock her to the ground.

3. You will cry.  You will tear up when you see your sister all gowned and veiled for the first time.  You will cry when you hug her before walking down the aisle.  You will cry when you walk down the aisle.  You will cry when she walks down the aisle.  Then, if you’re lucky, you will laugh when your mother’s heel gets impressively tangled in your sister’s cathedral length veil.  This is the stuff memories are made of.

4. In a weekend filled with sweet moments, one of the sweetest is standing in the lobby of the Newberry Library on a crisp September evening, gazing at the smiling, tear-stained faces of aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, and feeling the love and joy that glow as warmly as the candlelight.  (Pro Tip: This is a sentimental family.  What do you expect?)

5. How you know the wedding was a smashing success: the next morning, your three-year-old declares, “I don’t want to go home.  I want to go back to Aunt Claire’s wedding.  I want to be a flower girl two times.”  The praise of a preschooler is truly priceless.

Thanks for getting married, Claire and Doug.  We had a great time!

What are some of your favorite wedding memories?


Filed under Learning Opportunities, Thankful Hearts

You in Your Autumn Sweater

Women's Curling Alberta Champs

I hope you love this photo as much as I do.  Which is, obviously, very much.  

The sweaters.  The glasses.  The fact that these ladies are curling champs.  And did I mention the sweaters?

As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to share it with you.  (It caught my eye when I clicked back to my friend Flickr, where I had apparently searched for photos of “woman sweater”.  Yeah, I don’t know what my goal was with that one, either.)  All I needed was a plausible excuse for building a blog post around these ladies and their sweaters.

Well, friends, here it is: Yo La Tengo singing “Autumn Sweater.”  It’s sweater-themed and seasonal.  Check and mate.

Sorry the video has an ad in front of it. But you’re welcome for the free trip back to 1997. Now go get your autumn sweater and slip away for awhile!

What’s your favorite sweater?  Or, your ugliest / funniest / itchiest?


Filed under Marvelous Miscellany, Music!

And Now I Have a Hat for Silly Hat Day, Too!

Hey there, Internet friends.  It’s been a crazy few days around here.

Friday and Saturday: the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered for its 25th annual synod assembly.  I thought that would be more intelligible if I spelled out the acronyms, but it appears this was not the case.  Basically, a bunch of Lutherans got together for a big meeting.  I’ll tell you all about it soon.

Sunday: Worship.  Nap. Two episodes of Mad Men.  But not the season finale, so let’s not discuss it!

Monday: Pastoral visits with Zoe. Worship planning. Litchfield Library. First night of Vacation Bible School out at First, where Zoe had a blast and I debuted my “young, hip, and very rich” look for the skit.  Here’s how it turned out:

Pardon my awkward pose.  And expression.  And the fact that I can’t give you a full profile shot tonight because there is no good spot to stand in our house.  Luckily, I’ll be wearing this outfit every night for the rest of the week, so I should have a few more chances to get a good photo.


Here’s how the outfit came together: A cute dress, scarf, and cardigan from my closet. A pair of shoes that are Toms-esque, but actually Target brand. A men’s hat, also from Target, selected by my fab friend B, who took me on the finest shopping date I have been on in ages.  (Shopping without a screaming kid and with a fun friend?  Truly luxurious, dear people.)

So, that’s the new news in Litchfield.  What’s keeping you busy these days?


Filed under Marvelous Miscellany, Ministry Matters

Garage Sale Gloating

Ask and you shall receive.  So says Jesus, and so say I!

In fact, all it takes is one request in the comment section, and I am only too happy to pile a bunch of stuff on the couch, the better to facilitate any “ooh”-ing and “ahh”-ing you may wish to do.

So, by popular demand (Pro Tip: Exaggeration), here is the haul from Maggie and Zoe’s Operation: Citywide garage sale shopping extravaganza:

And an exciting close up (or, a photographic explanation for why I don’t try to sell things online):

Quite a haul, right?  Here’s the run-down:

–6 sets of 3T summer pajamas (5 of which have both shorts and pants)

–3 adorable tank tops, 2 short-sleeved shirts, 1 long-sleeved shirt

–1 long-sleeved outfit, 1 pair of pants (harder to find the older they get!)

–4T clothes: 2 pairs of shorts, 3 t-shirts, 1 tank top, 1 corduroy dress

–Old school Fisher Price Little People Garage

–Playskool ball popper

–4 pairs of dress up shoes

–3 musical instruments

–1 Backyardigans Beanie Baby

–Assorted little toys (a Little People figure with fence, a mini My Little Pony, a pink basket, a Mickey water cup)

–Not pictured: 8 or 10 books and 1 fabulous green tutu

Total Cost: $31

The rest of the weekend was pretty rainy, so we have had ample time to enjoy the Little People garage and the ball popper (I don’t know its official name).  They are both big hits!  (Bonus: Coming home from church to hear Mike say, “Only put the balls in the ball popper.  Remember what happened when you put the Care Bear in there?”)

The books are a hit, too, including Witches Four, which I remember fondly from my own childhood.  I even managed to hide two Dora board books, which I am saving for her birthday and which I will almost certainly regret buying.  (I haven’t read them yet, because why on earth would I, but I’m guessing they are not destined to be classics.)

Okay, your turn:  Ooh, ahh, and do some garage sale gloating of your own!


Filed under Marvelous Miscellany