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haus frau

i've no idea exactly how i found your site, but i'm ever so thankful i did. absolutely lovely. i'll be visiting again. :o)

Kari Johnson

Shoot, I wish I would have read your post earlier. It would have been fun to get coffee with you guys!
Hope things are going well, I love your blog!


I'm sorry I had to miss out on the fun this morning with you and Holly. I was so sad. :(


Chai is coffee/tea in...Hindi?

Anyway, this is a really nice entry :) It makes me happy just reading it. I'm really happy for you!


Oh! How stinkin funny that I read this today!

During lunch today, I told the kids that I had to go drop off some bread donations (from a local bakery) at a homeless shelter. My 6 year old says, "Mom, you are going to be gone a long time, because all the homeless people live in Africa." What?! I have no idea where he got this idea because I know I have taught him better than that! Anyways, I decide that now the kids are going downtown with me. So they got to see some of the people we give to and we had some good conversations about how blessed we are and how much God wants us to help others. Wonderful day!

And speaking of knitting, I am trying to learn myself, wanna come help me too?! lol


Isn't it cool to "meet" new people online who have interests similar to ours? And is it really, really strange that I can be SO excited about meeting you, Holly and Meredith in person, when that meeting is still 2 months away?! My kids think I'm nuts ~ but my whole blogging thing is their fault......

I've been to the Denver Rescue Mission (definitely a scary place, I'm sad to say) ~ and I agree with you that homelessness in America is an overwhelming problem. I think it's great that so many people take an interest in serving and helping others during the season when we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Teaching a middle school class how to knit must be fun! I LOVE that they made hats and scarves for the Rescue Mission ~ what a marvelous idea.

We'll certainly have lots to talk about when we get together for coffee/tea ~ just be sure your calendar is open for at least all morning that day. I have a feeling the 4 of us are going to find the time flying by! :) I hope you had a nice time with Holly today ~ so sorry to see that Meridith wasn't able to make it.


Holly Bloemhof

Very cool that you can help serve the mission with the middle schoolers!That's exactly the kind of thing that helps.


Under the Overpass is an excellent book. A very insightful look at the reality of homelessness.

Hope you enjoyed your coffee!


Loved reading this Joanne. This was just a beautiful thing for you to do with your middle school kids. God has given you a heart to help others and I love reading what you do.

Keep loving, keep serving.


Hi there,

I live in Colorado too. As of yet, I haven't found many Colorado bloggers, so this is fun!

Have a Merry Christmas. Our forecast is for a white Christmas! Yippeee!

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