Heather Sanders

Living, Loving and Learning – Wrapped In God's Grace

Saturday

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January 2015

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An ounce of prevention…

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

An ounce of prevention...

On December 27th some incredibly high winds and what some have identified as a “mini” tornado, blew through our neighborhood. Due to the drought we’ve endured over the past several years, many trees were easily uprooted by the winds, and a few tops snapped off by the tornado, causing a considerable amount of damage.

There are several pines surrounding our home, but one pine leaned precariously toward our lake house. In fact, the branches on the tree’s opposite side had all taken leave, which gave us every reason for concern that the tree might split our house in two following the next big storm.

When our friends next door decided to fell trees in their front yard, we jumped at the opportunity for a reduced price on felling the pine in question. I strongly dislike taking any tree down, but we simply did not want to take the chance of it descending across our home like two different pine trees did to two different homes only two doors down.

So, we accepted the $500 bid from Oliphant’s Tree Service and down it came.
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Friday

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January 2015

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Tuesday

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January 2015

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Saturday

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January 2015

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Sunday

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January 2015

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Closure

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

Closure

What does it mean to gain closure? I’ve heard the word used primarily for two different scenarios, but in both situations it involves a death. For the first, and perhaps less serious scenario, one needs to meet face to face with another person to end a relationship; usually, one or the other needs clarification or …

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Thursday

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January 2015

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End Detour

Posted in: Devotions, Faith

End Detour

As a Christian, my faith is…well, everything. While I am fully aware of the blessings of my life, family and friends, if I’m maintaining an eternal perspective, my relationship with Jesus is THE weight upon which all else gets measured. I will remember 2014 as the year that forced multiple unexpected detours that repeatedly required …

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Sunday

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December 2014

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Friday

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December 2014

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Lighting Up

Posted in: Everything Else, Faithsizing, Home Projects

Lighting Up

To say we have settled into our new home is an understatement. The kids’ favorite description of the lake house is cozy, and I am in complete agreement, especially now that we’ve decorated for Christmas.

Last year we finally discarded our fake Christmas tree. At just over ten years old, it had served our …

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Saturday

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November 2014

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180 Days

Posted in: Everything Else, Kids and Parenting

180 Days

Do you see this photo? There are five of us–ALL five.

Emelie is back with us.

The details are for Emelie to share if/when she wants, but I will say that God knows what He’s doing folks. He is the creator of family and knows better than anyone else what height, breadth, and depth it …

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Wednesday

29

October 2014

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Monday

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October 2014

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I know WHO goes before me…

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

I know WHO goes before me.

Four weeks. We have lived in the lake house for four weeks, and daily we choose to drink in the beauty around us.

Thursday evening on our way home, as we crossed the dam on the west side of the lake, Kenny interrupted the flow of conversation when he caught a glimpse of the moon. …

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Tuesday

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September 2014

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Monday

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September 2014

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Saturday

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August 2014

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Thursday

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August 2014

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Saturday

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August 2014

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The Lay of the land…umm…house.

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

The lay of the land...umm...house.

I am not OCD, but some may challenge that fact after revealing my graph paper lake house and furniture layout. Let me assure you, however, that my level of preparedness is from experience, not compulsion. This move is the 18th one I’ve made with Jeff in 19 1/2 years of marriage; if I didn’t have …

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Thursday

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August 2014

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A date with my mate.

Posted in: Everything Else, Love and Marriage

A date with my mate.

Today was a busy day. It did not go as planned; in fact, several things went awry.

Early this morning, Meredith and I managed to get away from the orthodontist without a colored band on her left front tooth. Yes, it was obvious. No, we aren’t sure how we missed it. No, she didn’t eat, …

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Sunday

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August 2014

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Thursday

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August 2014

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Wednesday

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August 2014

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A lot can happen in 4 days!

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

A lot can happen in 4 days.

Our cup runneth over, people! Our house was listed on Friday night around 6:00 pm and we accepted an offer yesterday (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm. That is FOUR DAYS; what a blessing!

If all goes as expected, we will close in four weeks, which means as soon as the buyer’s 10-day option period is …

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Saturday

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August 2014

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Tuesday

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July 2014

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Let the journey begin.

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

Let the journey begin.

We are not a family with much clutter. It isn’t that we’re always spic and span–that’s just for photos. We probably have less clutter than most families, not because we’re unnaturally neat; it’s primarily because clutter is a visual stressor for me.

Are there unmade beds? Lately, more often than not.

Are there dishes in …

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Thursday

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July 2014

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We are faithsizing.

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

We are faithsizing.

In my last post, I wrote that changes are coming, and at the time, we were not entirely sure what it would entail; now we do.

We are listing our home–the home we love and have enjoyed personalizing for the past five years–and when it sells, we will make our move.

Not out of …

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Monday

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July 2014

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EmBRACE

Posted in: Faith, Faithsizing

EmBRACE

I see beauty in routine, in structure, and because of that I tend to develop and maintain patterns throughout my day. It’s comfortable. It’s safe. It’s soothing to my soul.

Every morning I follow the same process of rising and moving into a new day. When I shower, I do specific things in a specific …

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Wednesday

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July 2014

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