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Framily

Yes, I did just make up a word: Framily. It will be trending by Friday. In late July I found joy in spending time in Washington DC with friends who are more like family. I am one of the rare pastors' kids who got to spend a long time in one place. I grew up in a small lakeside town in Michigan, and I still maintain several relationships that I developed there. One of those relationships is with the Harrington clan....

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The Unknown

Bravery is not exactly the word I think of to describe this picture. Floral epidemic? Yes. Velcro City? Definitely. But not bravery. I look petrified. I enter more experiences with these flushed cheeks than I care to admit. I battled for months about creating a blog because I wasn't quite sure how I felt about blogs. I couldn't even articulate why exactly I should have a blog. Then I realized I didn't need to justify it to anyone else. Yes, there...

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A Wedding Prayer

We were married three years ago today. We were very aware and intentional of the people we asked to participate in the day. From the couple who prepared our communion to our bridal party, we were blessed to be surrounded by loved ones. Patrick's sister read scripture. Our closest friends and their spouses served communion. My brother began the ceremony with a greeting. And my dad married us. One part of our ceremony that I will forever treasure is my grandpa's...

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Breaking Bread

Tonight, I'm sitting in our sunroom with all the windows open, and I'm thinking about our summer. It was packed with meetings, surgeries, trips, and camps. But it was also packed with people. I loved every minute of youth group this summer. While our house will never be quite perfect enough for guests (I'm my mother's child), students came over almost every week this summer and played yard games and made s'mores. They don't count as guests because they'd probably...

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Sunday Fun Day

  I hope we never lose our spontaneity. Today we got away from our normal routine and spent the afternoon in Duluth. I have been there many times but we ventured out of our comfort zone this time and found a new ice cream stop, a park with beautiful flowers that led to the water, and a new place to dine. Thank you God for adventures and moments of new perspective....

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Ordained

Our lives have been absolute chaos lately. We've moved (a mile away) and have had several youth events since my last post. Camp. Camp. District Conference. Holland. A missions trip. And countless hours around bonfires with friends and students. And to top it all off, my husband got ordained in the Wesleyan Church almost a month ago. And while I can sit back and soak in what this day means, what it felt like to sit with friends and family and...

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Surgery and the Lie That is Primetime Television

Let me start off by saying hospital drama shows are one ginormous lie. There is no good looking, charming anesthesiologist. He's actually a jerk. And he doesn't look anything like McDreamy. You don't have a heart to heart with your resident doctor and swap relationship advice. Real hospitals are ugly. And gross. I recently went under the knife for a minor nose surgery. Problems with migraines and breathing, and a 0.001% chance of smelling again were reason enough for me to...

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Calm and Chaotic

It has been over a month since anything has been posted on Harris and Willow. Part of this is severe procrastination. But mostly I have been overwhelmed. In just a few short weeks, our friends moved, we've begun to move, and I'm prepping for (very minor) surgery tomorrow. As an obvious introvert, I have come to thrive in quiet moments when I can pour some iced coffee and dive into my writing. But this month Patrick and I have both been on the...

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Under the Tree

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This proverb is all too true for a business called Under the Tree in Northern Uganda (with business operations in Northern Wisconsin). What began as a simple way for the Gulu women to create beauty turned into a means of supporting their families. It's the brainchild of two friends, Kelsey Kidder and Caylin Muehlberg. They began their entrepreneurial journey in...

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