Sunday, November 15

Thistle Farms

This morning an Episcopal priest named Becca Stevens came to our church and spoke about about two amazing ministries, Thistle Farms and Magdalene.

She quoted her book, Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart:


The thistle blooms in streets and alleys where women walk and sleep.

We spend a lot of time considering the thistle --
it's rough exterior,
its soft and regal center,
and its capacity to break through concrete to blossom.

In a world that names weeds,
we taste the riches of thistles and savor their beauty.

We are thistle farmers.
The world is our farm, and we harvest where other people
do not want to travel.



I was going to attempt to describe Thistle Farms and Magdalene on my own, but I'm sure they say it much better:

Thistle Farms is a non-profit business run by women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution, and abuse. Thistle Farms products are hand-made by the very women they benefit. All proceeds go back into Thistle Farms and the residential program, Magdalene, where the women live in community for 2 years. Into every product goes the belief that love is the strongest force for change in the world.

Saturday, November 7

One Year Old

Can you believe it? My baby girl is a year old!

Look at those cute little (sharp) teeth!

We celebrated Baby Bee's special day with a pumpkin carving party.

This spider was carved by a third grader. Impressive!

We learned that jack-o-lanterns don't do well in wet 80 degree weather. They didn't make it to Halloween. Yuck!


This is the chocolate pumpkin smash cake I made for Baby Bee.

I made one just like it for my dad. His birthday was the next day.


Chocolate and coffee cake with milk chocolate ganache and buttercream frosting.
The pumpkins are covered with chocolate poured fondant.

The sweetest little pumpkin, ever.