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We got home Sunday night from an 11 hour trip from Alabama, where I saw a ginormous road-side tree with about sixty pairs of shoes tied together and dangling like Christmas ornaments. What a strange bunch people are!
Yesterday we emptied and cleaned the big house and moved to storage what we couldn’t fit in the Love Shack. We worked hard. This morning I could feel my heart beating in my back, but it was a good feeling, and I couldn’t stop rewarding myself with chocolate over it. This is living.
Today I have cleaned and folded about 10 loads of clothes, and now I am packing up for Louisiana for the unexpected memorial service of a dear uncle.  We’ll get to Monroe by midnight, and we’ll rest in Granddaddy’s big house, and then we’ll lift his bird mugs of rich Community coffee to our mouths as we watch the sun rise over the bayou, and we’ll be tender with one another. This is living. 
Every time I read a letter from The Mother Letter Project, I am strengthened – like I’m being woven into something very durable. I know I’ll be responding to it for a while. It’s genius, and it’s true, and I can’t even imagine what all it will offer while this life whirls hard about us.
I hope to be back into full blog-swing when we return from LA. I love love love you.
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Heather of the EO
Reply December 30, 2008

Something about the way you write--the way you choose words, hits me square in the chest. (in a good way)

"Every time I read a letter from The Mother Letter Project, I am strengthened - like I am being woven in to something very durable."

THAT was the point of the whole thing in my humble opinion. I love that you recognize that and articulate it so well!

Jane Anne
Reply January 1, 2009

Sorry to hear about your uncle. I just said a prayer for your family and for safe travel for you. Look forward to hearing more from on the blog!

Michelle
Reply January 1, 2009

I love love love reading the letters I can only imagine how much they would mean to me if they had been compiled by my husband. Enjoy your letters and I look forward to following your blog!

Kara
Reply January 1, 2009

how's the new house? you need anything??

Blessed
Reply January 2, 2009

Sorry to hear about your husband's uncle. We're unexpectedly going through a really tough time right now too (actually do we ever expect tough times?) and I too find myself encouraged by the letters in the Mother Letter Project - it is a completely awesome compilation. You and Seth should see about having it published...

Aimee
Reply January 2, 2009

When you and Seth have a chance, I'd like to hear more about the "guidelines" of your homemade gifts. How much, if anything, were you allowed to spend on materials, that sort of thing. My family is planning on making gifts next year.

Thanks!

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi)
Reply January 4, 2009

I've just got to ask...did you write yourself a letter? Before you knew it was Seth doing this?

Happy New Year and best wishes for your travels.

Amber
Reply January 4, 2009

Heather -- Thank you a whole whole lot for the encouragement.

Jane Anne -- You must have been praying. Thank you. I'm not sure how we would have made it otherwise. We are tired, and all discipline has flown out the window.

Michelle -- Follow on, New friend. I look forward to reading your work as well.

Kara -- there is no one like you, and you constantly amaze me. I would love your prayers. Do y'all know that smothered feeling about motherhood and being in a car with your kiddos? I feel like I've been in a time warp.

Blessed -- you wouldn't believe how many emails we've gotten about publishing this amazing compilation, and I have to say that it's taking me forever to simply read the letters. I'm trying to really take them in, you know? It's funny how the letters I read seem to fit appropriately in the hour.

Aimee -- Do a google search on Advent Conspiracy. It will blow your mind how creative people get and how much money people are able to donate. I do, however, believe that my husband has taken the cake.

Heidi -- No. I didn't write a letter, but I have been thinking about what I would have written. Maybe I'll work on a letter in reflection to what I read in the Letters.

Jennifer
Reply January 4, 2009

Amber - I don't know you, but I grew up with Seth. I have many fond memories of him and I am thrilled to know he grew up into a wonderful man, husband and father. I have slowly too been reading through the letters as well and they are amazing. I just wanted to let you know that I gave your blog an award on my blog. I have enjoyed reading your posts and can't wait until I have some time to go back and read some older posts.

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