tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-83207948388199856452014-12-30T10:49:40.934-05:00the starving inspiredThe Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.comBlogger485125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-38751740468742510122014-12-30T07:47:00.001-05:002014-12-30T07:47:23.996-05:0012 for 2014: a photo re-cap of the year<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><i>Note: I know I have promised video reviews of a few movies, with </i>Interstellar<i>&nbsp;and </i>The Battle of the Five Armies<i>&nbsp;among them, and although technical difficulties have postponed the filming, they are still coming!!</i><br /><br />Today I'm linking up with Mama Dweej of <i><a href="http://www.houseunseen.com/" target="_blank">House Unseen. Life Unscripted</a></i>&nbsp;for her 12 in 2014 - where we choose our favorite photo from each month, all in all summing up our year.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qg5FsU0Tx7s" width="853"></iframe></div><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br />When I got the idea to make the video, I didn't really map out time to talk about each picture, so I thought I'd write a little something about them instead. Here goes!<br /><br /><b>January 2014:</b> March for life! This picture is one of my favorite pictures ever taken, and I don't even really know why. I've always loved the metro.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/01/march-for-life-2014.html" target="_blank">MARCH FOR LIFE RE-CAP, 2014</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>February 2014:</b>&nbsp;The sparkling beauty of a world shrouded in snow is one of the things that never ceases to amaze me. Science. Nothing memorable happened in February, so I thought I'd nab this picture of my favorite barn that I pass every day to and from work.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>March 2014:</b>&nbsp;I was hired for my first large-scale photography gig this past March! A long-time acquaintance holds a St. Patrick's Day dinner dance party auction fundraiser every year, and their photographer was unable to attend the event at the last minute, so one of his employees hunted me down and asked if I would be willing to help out. YES! It was great fun.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>April 2014</b>: After finalizing and publishing the video, I re-watched it and realized that there's no way this picture could've been from April, because we didn't even visit my brother until August... but because I'm lazy and I hate waiting for my computer's uber-slow programming, I'm going to cheat and leave it in there.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/09/meet-bo.html" target="_blank">MEET BEOWULF</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/12/bo-meets-hedgehog.html" target="_blank">BEOWULF MEETS THE HEDGEHOG</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://instagram.com/p/w4tSc9pI8f/?modal=true" target="_blank">KITTEH'S FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>May 2014:</b>&nbsp;My best friend is pretty awesome.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/06/the-glory-of-friendship.html" target="_blank">THE GLORY OF FRIENDSHIP</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>June 2014: </b>If you don't know by now about my new job at the radio station, you must live under a rock.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/12/the-promised-video-7qt-vol-43.html" target="_blank">THE SANTA PROJECT</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/06/catholic-radio-and-artsy-friends-7qt.html" target="_blank">CATHOLIC RADIO DAY</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/KrestaInTheAfternoon" target="_blank">OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>July 2014:</b>&nbsp;Chicago, friends, yay.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/08/catholic-writers-conference-live-2014.html" target="_blank">CATHOLIC WRITER'S CONFERENCE LIVE 2014 RE-CAP</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/08/wear-paint.html" target="_blank">FRIENDS ON THE CHICAGO RIVER</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/08/fr-frank-pavone-homily-at-catholic.html" target="_blank">FR. FRANK PAVONE'S HOMILY AT THE CWC LIVE 2014</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>August 2014:</b>&nbsp;August is wedding season! It seems we've entered that strange time of our lives when our childhood friends start getting married. Caitlin was the first, and <i>man, </i>it was a party. Some memories, though, it is okay to keep private, so that's all you're going to hear about it. ;)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>September 2014:</b>&nbsp;Aemelia and I spend the day on the beach of Lake Michigan this past September. It was a very short trip, and we were <i>extremely</i>&nbsp;sunburned by the end of it (because we're smart), but it was wonderful.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/09/flight.html" target="_blank">FLIGHT: A DAY IN HOLLAND</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/09/happy-list-1.html" target="_blank">HAPPY LIST</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>October 2014:</b>&nbsp;Another thing on the list of things that continually amaze me is autumn in this area. I think the picture speaks for itself.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>November 2014:</b>&nbsp;Every Christmas season I try to recreate those adorable Pinterest pictures of hedgehogs in teacups and next to decorations, and every Christmas season, Zo hates every minute of it and it's a complete fail.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I never learn.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>December 2014:</b>&nbsp;My grandma (my mom's mom) was an incredibly talented and creative woman, and her Christmas beads are my favorite hand-me-down from her. She would find old mismatched beads, and string them on fishing twine for yards, and they would string them on their Christmas trees. I love the tradition, and it's something my family does every year now. Luckily, my grandma passed down almost all of her beads to us.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KC1npqft2tI/VGvQjRj81kI/AAAAAAAAT5Q/u4aIlD2gjb4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KC1npqft2tI/VGvQjRj81kI/AAAAAAAAT5Q/u4aIlD2gjb4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="background-color: white; color: #993222; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EcXCk2uJWE0/VJ7cHdJy_5I/AAAAAAAAUO8/Wn2CxiEP884/s1600/12%2Bin%2B2014.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EcXCk2uJWE0/VJ7cHdJy_5I/AAAAAAAAUO8/Wn2CxiEP884/s1600/12%2Bin%2B2014.jpg" height="348" width="640" /></a></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-79441664225688130422014-12-27T09:37:00.001-05:002014-12-27T21:37:26.188-05:0010 Most Popular Inspired Posts of 2014<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wNwHR6od3Wg/VJ7E4g10YyI/AAAAAAAAUOs/4znvFPVHY3I/s1600/10487208_1498864933732771_1755226813815509842_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wNwHR6od3Wg/VJ7E4g10YyI/AAAAAAAAUOs/4znvFPVHY3I/s1600/10487208_1498864933732771_1755226813815509842_n.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><i>**Note: I know I have promised videos, but the filming of said videos has been postponed due to technical difficulties. I will&nbsp;have them published as soon as possible!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>The Starving Inspired</i>&nbsp;has grown so much because of you folks (despite my quite unintentional mid-autumn hiatus). Thank you for reading and commenting and putting up with the name changes and welcoming new and wacky ideas for this space, sharing posts, and for being here for a fantastic internet friendship. I feel like I've gotten to know a few of you especially well over the last year, and have loved every minute of it. Can't wait to meet some of you in person next year, Godwilling (*cough cough*&nbsp;<a href="http://withinthegrey.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Mariah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://missabbeynoelle.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">hopefully Abbey</a>)! I'm so grateful for all of you.&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;has gone from around 10 consistent readers to near 350. Yikes! To quote one of the blogs I read and can't remember the name of off the bat... It's a little crazy, but pretty amazing.<br /><br /><b>So, I owe all of you a big fat THANK YOU!</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eXfTerVnVPw/VH24zO3BCMI/AAAAAAAAUA0/gANFlTLAY-A/s1600/mother_mary_with_child_jesus_and_angels_singing_playing_guitar_music_drawing_art_pc_background_photo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eXfTerVnVPw/VH24zO3BCMI/AAAAAAAAUA0/gANFlTLAY-A/s1600/mother_mary_with_child_jesus_and_angels_singing_playing_guitar_music_drawing_art_pc_background_photo.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><a name='more'></a>I thought I'd highlight the top 10 most viewed posts from 2014. Shall we begin?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">1. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/advent-giveaway-2014.html" target="_blank">Advent Giveaway 2014</a>&nbsp;- not surprising... It's the best giveaway I've ever had.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">2. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/thankful.html" target="_blank">Thankful</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bDx6KT65C8Q?list=UUy1bCTJFg6icfvQfixx9H0Q" width="640"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/01/movie-review-walter-mittys-clementine.html" target="_blank">Walter Mitty Review &amp; Clementine Cake Recipe</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P6L-_51QW1c/UshmOwkD5YI/AAAAAAAARjM/xmgnkA5wlu0/s1600/IMG_2943.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P6L-_51QW1c/UshmOwkD5YI/AAAAAAAARjM/xmgnkA5wlu0/s1600/IMG_2943.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">4. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/06/topshop-favorite-outfit-post.html" target="_blank">Topshop Favorite (fashion post)</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xVlBpg2oPpw/U3-Y4ZG2lFI/AAAAAAAAROQ/DDFsHOfWkcM/s1600/IMG_7013bw.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xVlBpg2oPpw/U3-Y4ZG2lFI/AAAAAAAAROQ/DDFsHOfWkcM/s1600/IMG_7013bw.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">5. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/cable-knit.html" target="_blank">Cable Knit (fashion post)</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-81Kp7R9b-UQ/VG0Zv-MM-4I/AAAAAAAAT6c/lLsrMQp7yKw/s1600/IMG_0279.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-81Kp7R9b-UQ/VG0Zv-MM-4I/AAAAAAAAT6c/lLsrMQp7yKw/s1600/IMG_0279.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">6.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/03/authentic-spanakopita-birthday-dinner.html" target="_blank">Authentic Spanakopita (straight from Greece - recipe)</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zorMn9-G4b8/UyUVUJnxDpI/AAAAAAAAPe0/cKdB5uVO55s/s1600/IMG_4793.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zorMn9-G4b8/UyUVUJnxDpI/AAAAAAAAPe0/cKdB5uVO55s/s1600/IMG_4793.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">7. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/08/when-game-stands-tall-movie-review.html" target="_blank">When the Game Stands Tall Movie Review</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xcNm7qIJcK8/U_i6oHCIfiI/AAAAAAAATJQ/nZvfC4AWKU8/s1600/IMG_7670.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xcNm7qIJcK8/U_i6oHCIfiI/AAAAAAAATJQ/nZvfC4AWKU8/s1600/IMG_7670.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">8. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/cant-beat-live-music.html" target="_blank">Can't beat live music</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dga7dXXe1_w/VH29oW0IgpI/AAAAAAAAUBA/cEbgmGDv-bc/s1600/ab2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dga7dXXe1_w/VH29oW0IgpI/AAAAAAAAUBA/cEbgmGDv-bc/s1600/ab2.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">9. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/allow-me-to-introduce-myself.html" target="_blank">Allow me to introduce myself.</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D0mxKP9olYw?list=UUy1bCTJFg6icfvQfixx9H0Q" width="640"></iframe></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">10. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2013/12/pumpkin-roll.html" target="_blank">Pumpkin Roll - recipe</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-__ScD5WAoME/UpyA3cmwcqI/AAAAAAAANms/r3vgeNR86Ng/s1600/DSC_0225.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-__ScD5WAoME/UpyA3cmwcqI/AAAAAAAANms/r3vgeNR86Ng/s1600/DSC_0225.jpg" height="396" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So there you have it.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And because I love you guys, here's a bonus:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/omlJ5rU1zaU" width="853"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTG4kS-8k08/VHDldLPhodI/AAAAAAAAT-I/5d1wxiyNyOg/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #224d99; 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font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-84458512391377198612014-12-26T09:09:00.003-05:002014-12-27T21:37:38.925-05:00Christ's birth is more powerful than the history of sin.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><i style="text-align: left;">**Note: I know I have promised videos, but the filming of said videos has been postponed due to technical difficulties. I will&nbsp;have them published as soon as possible!</i><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/omlJ5rU1zaU" width="853"></iframe></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LnYaUfElpTg/VJ1rg2QSisI/AAAAAAAAUOE/JJlkV_xwMok/s1600/REU-POPE_0011.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LnYaUfElpTg/VJ1rg2QSisI/AAAAAAAAUOE/JJlkV_xwMok/s1600/REU-POPE_0011.jpg" height="452" width="640" /></a></div><div class="volada" style="margin-top: 10px; padding-top: 2px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">By&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/103846134624062421016/?rel=author" style="color: #006699; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Ann Schneible</a></span></div><div class="volada" style="margin-top: 10px; padding-top: 2px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="addthis_toolbox vertical_sharebar vertical_sharebar_affixed" style="box-sizing: content-box; clear: left; float: left; line-height: 25px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 5px; overflow: hidden; position: fixed; top: 110px !important;"><div class="custom_images"></div><div class="atclear" style="clear: both;"></div></div><div class="story_body" style="line-height: 25px; margin-left: 70px; overflow: hidden;"><div style="padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span class="noticia_byline">Vatican City, Dec 24, 2014 / 02:59 pm (<a href="http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/" style="color: #006699; text-decoration: none;" target="_self">CNA/EWTN News</a>)</span>.- The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope Francis said.<br /><br />“Through the course of history, the light that shatters the darkness reveals to us that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption,” he emphasized. “This is the message of Christmas night.”<br /><br />This theme of Christ's light defeating the darkness of sin on Christmas, rooted in God's patience, closeness, and tenderness towards his creatures, was at the center of Pope Francis' homily during evening Mass on Dec. 24 at the Vatican.<br /><br />Before the liturgy began in Saint Peter's Basilica, there was the chanting of “Kalenda” – a traditional chant recounting the events leading up to Christ’s birth. After this, the Holy Father unveiled and prayed before a small statue of the Child Jesus which laid in front of the main altar above St. Peter’s tomb. The statue, which itself rested upon a stand holding the Scriptures as a symbol of the Word Made Flesh, was then venerated with flowers by a group of children, one from Syria, representing all corners of the world.<br /><br />Reflecting on the readings for Christmas night following the chanting of the Gospel, Pope Francis in his homily recalled Isaiah's prophecy of Christ's birth as “the rising of a great light which breaks&nbsp; through the night.” As recounted in the Gospel, the “sign” given to the shepherds by the angels was that of “a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).<br /><br />This “sign,” the Pope said, “is the humility of God taken to the extreme; it is the love with which, that night, he assumed our frailty, our suffering, our anxieties, our desires and our limitations.”<br /><br />In the liturgy of Christmas night, Pope Francis said, the Savior's birth is presented as “the light which pierces and dispels the deepest darkness,” his presence canceling “the sorrow of defeat and the misery of slavery,” and ushering “in joy and happiness.”<br /><br />In turn, having entered God’s house, we too have “passed through the darkness which envelops the earth, guided by the flame of faith which illuminates our steps, and enlivened by the hope of finding the ‘great light’.”<br /><br />“By opening our hearts, we also can contemplate the miracle of that child-sun who, arising from on high, illuminates the horizon.”<br /><br />Pope Francis recalled the “violence, wars, hatred and oppression” which unfolded following Cain’s murder of his brother Abel, recounted in Genesis chapter four.<br /><br />Notwithstanding this history marked by violence and conflict, “God, who placed a sense of expectation within man made in his image and likeness, was waiting,” and “continued to wait patiently in the face of the corruption of man and peoples.”<br /><br />“Through the course of history, the light that shatters the darkness reveals to us that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption. This is the message of Christmas night.”<br /><br />The birth of Christ, he said, gives rise to the way in which we reflect on the tenderness of God “who looks upon us with eyes full of love, who accepts our poverty, God who is in love with our smallness.”<br /><br />“How do we welcome the tenderness of God?” he asked. Rather than merely seeking God, we should ask whether we allow ourselves to be found, and loved, by God.<br /><br />“Do we have the courage,” the Pope continued, “to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near to us, or do we prefer impersonal solutions, perhaps effective but devoid of the warmth of the Gospel? How much the world needs tenderness today!<br /><br />“The Christian response cannot be different from God’s response to our</span></div><div style="padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">smallness,” he said. Rather, “when we realize that God is in love with our smallness, that he made himself small in order to better encounter us, we cannot help but open our hearts to him.”<br /><br />In this light, Pope Francis called on the faithful to pray for “the grace of tenderness in the most difficult circumstances of life,” and “of closeness in the face of every need, of meekness in every conflict”.<br /><br />Turning once again to the reading from Isaiah – “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” – the Holy Father said this light was not seen by the arrogant and proud. Such persons “made laws according to their own personal measures,” and “were closed off to others.”<br /><br />However, Pope Francis added, the light was seen by those “unassuming,” and “open to receiving the gift of God.”<br /><br />He concluded his homily by calling on the faithful to pray to the Blessed Mother, asking her to “show us Jesus!”</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KC1npqft2tI/VGvQjRj81kI/AAAAAAAAT5Q/u4aIlD2gjb4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KC1npqft2tI/VGvQjRj81kI/AAAAAAAAT5Q/u4aIlD2gjb4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="background-color: white; color: #993222; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-67507068217480363332014-12-23T09:00:00.000-05:002014-12-23T12:21:37.013-05:00Christmas Eve 2014<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n_c-MOXEs1U/VIn8IDwKI1I/AAAAAAAAUJ0/a2g7IW11xwY/s1600/christmas-card-300x250.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n_c-MOXEs1U/VIn8IDwKI1I/AAAAAAAAUJ0/a2g7IW11xwY/s1600/christmas-card-300x250.jpg" height="400" width="282" /></a></div>Tomorrow is Christmas Eve (like you needed me to tell you that... who knows, maybe you live under a rock like me and you <i>did</i>&nbsp;need me to tell you.), and my family and I will once again be heading to my mother's home-city for the Hanlin clan's annual Christmas party. I think it's been mentioned here before, but just in case... it's a blast. There are over 100 of us now between my mom's 12 siblings, their kids, and their kids, so we have a standing reservation at a hall on Christmas Eve. We no longer git into my mom's childhood home, now owned and tended by my youngest aunt and her family.<br /><br />I'm looking forward to laughs, amazing food (like, youhavenoidea), terribly awful singing of carols, and gift exchanging.<br /><a name='more'></a><br />I'm excited for evening mass in our <i>beeeeeautiful</i>&nbsp;church. Maybe I'll post a video for you. And, breakfast quiches with eggs and sausages, <i>It's a Wonderful Life, When You Were Sleeping, </i>and <i>Miracle on 34th Street</i>&nbsp;playing back-to-back whilst I snuggle under a blanket and sip hot cocoa topped with vanilla ice cream. Yum. Everything about this time of year is scrumptious.<br /><br />Wishing all of you lovely friends and Inspireds (who are friends, too) a very merry Christmas.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="color: #660000; font-size: large;">From my family to yours, have yourselves a merry little Christmas.</span></i></b><br /><b><i><span style="color: #660000; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></b><b><i><span style="color: #660000; font-size: large;">See you on the 26th.</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eME7ZMk5uv4/VJT5uTDwa5I/AAAAAAAAUM0/n_E9Tw__rnA/s1600/Merry%2BChristmas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eME7ZMk5uv4/VJT5uTDwa5I/AAAAAAAAUM0/n_E9Tw__rnA/s1600/Merry%2BChristmas.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Graphic made by <a href="http://www.catholicallyear.com/" target="_blank">Kendra</a>.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCk/huwclnF_fyk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCk/huwclnF_fyk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="background-color: white; color: #993222; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-3379553313282594812014-12-20T08:59:00.000-05:002014-12-20T08:59:50.601-05:00Christmas Letter - 2014<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">Continuing with the tradition I began here last year, the following is my Christmas letter to you, my dear friends and readers. It’s been sent out to certain far-away family and friends who we aren’t able to talk to or see on a regular basis, so I have removed some of it for purposes of privacy. Also, a note: I know that my parents don’t especially like being written about on the world wide web, so I have extensively shortened the portions referring to them, but other than that, the letter is as is. Just thought I should mention why the part about myself is so much longer than the others. (I’m not self-inflated, I swear!)</span></i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">Dear friends and readers, <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style="color: #990000;">Merry Christmas and happy coming New Year.</span> I don’t even know where to begin with the tale of 2014. So many new and wonderful things have fallen into my family’s collective lap. It’s been an exciting ride, let me tell you.</span><br /><a name='more'></a><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Everyone is doing well on this side of the world. Navy Bro has finally finished his medical training in the Navy and is stationed down south, in the land of freakishly pokey pinecones. We had the opportunity to visit him at his last public graduation in August. It was a whirlwind trip, and we only stayed for two full days, but we all had a great time. It was so delightful to watch him in his own "zone." We are excited to have him at home for Christmas and maybe even his birthday, if he can stay that long. This is the second year in a row he has been able to make it home for the holidays, and we are very blessed.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>My parents are keeping busy, too. My mom, as you know, has been working as a non-medical personal assistant to the elderly, although few months ago, her darling charge moved into assisted living as per family decision. It has been a big change for us too. We try to visit her regularly, although I think my mom is still adjusting to not seeing her every weekday morning. Her people become such a huge part of family’s life. She has a new addition to her schedule, though, in a completely different field! This past summer, she was invited to work the afternoon shift at a little Catholic bookstore that is owned by a long time family friend, and really enjoys it.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TM0fvcGSQeo/VJTsqhtb6WI/AAAAAAAAUMM/4TRGd2qL8Rg/s1600/OLoGB8.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TM0fvcGSQeo/VJTsqhtb6WI/AAAAAAAAUMM/4TRGd2qL8Rg/s1600/OLoGB8.png" height="190" width="640" /></a></div><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">I think it’s a perfect fit for her. I worked there for part of the summer too, because they needed a little extra help straightening out the inventory before autumn. It was a great experience. The only downside is that now we know exactly what stock is there, and it’s a real test of willpower not to buy it all!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; My dad is keeping busy with his carpentry. We’ve been pretty blessed this year that he has had consistent work. I wasn’t able to work with him as much as last year because of a new job, but every year, he is hired to clean two public pools for some subdivision communities in Ann Arbor, and I have helped him with that for the past few years. It’s great fun (and exercise).<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Our year began with a few bumps (more like craters) when a long time friend died in January. She was in her early twenties, and suffered from complications of cystic fibrosis. It was no doubt a difficult parting, although we have recovered. I don’t know about her family, though. I would only ask that you continue to pray for them. I can’t even fathom what it is like to lose a sister or a daughter.</span><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Apart from the traditional venture to <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/01/march-for-life-2014.html" target="_blank">Washington D.C. for the annual (my9th) March for Life</a> and the trip to North Carolina, I <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/08/catholic-writers-conference-live-2014.html" target="_blank">took a spin inChicago this summer</a>, one of my favorite cities. Out of the blue, I was invited to attend the Catholic Writer’s Conference, all-expense-paid, by a reader of my blog, and&nbsp;I went as an assistant to one of the authors from Michigan, and we went to writing improvement workshops and book pitches. It was great fun, and I was able to meet a handful of very inspiring people, including Immaculee Ilibagiza, authoress and survivor of the Rwandan holocaust, and Gene Wolfe, the famed sic-fi novelist.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The week was extra special though, because I was able to meet up with a very dear friend who I hadn’t seen for about 7 years apart for one 30-second rendezvous on the March for Life, when we were both being pulled separate ways by our respective traveling companions. Francesca and I met at a girls’ summer camp around that long ago, and we have been pen pals. Of course, now that Facebook and cell phones have entered the scene, we use those too, but our main form of correspondence has always been and probably will be hand-written letters. She lives just outside of Chicago, so we made a point of meeting up before I took the train home. We didn’t have nearly as much time together as we would have liked, but <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/08/wear-paint.html" target="_blank">it was still a lovely afternoon</a>, and it was so terrific to finally spend some time together in person.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fkKKiCf_G_Q/U-kXWW9EtBI/AAAAAAAAS-s/iblxGMqf-qE/s1600/IMG_8187.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fkKKiCf_G_Q/U-kXWW9EtBI/AAAAAAAAS-s/iblxGMqf-qE/s1600/IMG_8187.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The largest "life development" of mine is the <i>wonderful</i> new job that fell into my lap early last summer. Our local Catholic radio station that you may know, Ave Maria Radio (AMR), occasionally sponsors advanced screenings of certain Christian movies like <i>God's Not Dead, Gimme Shelter,</i>&nbsp;and<i>&nbsp;When the Game Stands Tall</i><i>&nbsp;</i>a few days before their theater release to the general public, and my family attends when we are able to. One of the screenings we went to was for the movie&nbsp;<i>Heaven is for Real</i>, and on a whim,<a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/04/heaven-is-for-real-movie-review_2.html" target="_blank"> I wrote a review for my own blog</a>. Since it was an AMR event, I thought I might send along the review to them, and about a month later, I was invited to join a handful of interns at the station, working in a new division of media they were hoping to start, bringing visual media to the company that was strictly radio until last summer. And, they hired me at the end of July. I absolutely love it. I spend my days making stuff like this:</div></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-C1A1Waem6Y" width="640"></iframe></div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;That's just a small example of the projects we work on, - and we're still experimenting with how the whole department works, but I couldn't be happier. I'm sure you'll see other products as they come along. I work with a great group of people who love creativity and God just as much as I do, and we get to make some <i>really</i>&nbsp;cool things for His glory. Woot.<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I hope this letter finds you all doing well. I look forward to seeing and/or talking to you soon!<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<i><span style="color: #990000; font-size: large;"><b>Merry Christmas.</b></span></i><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCk/huwclnF_fyk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCk/huwclnF_fyk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="background-color: white; color: #993222; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-43503034337950408492014-12-15T09:00:00.000-05:002014-12-19T23:05:23.145-05:00Christmas is about a wedding. {guest}<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ruPn9_bdtyE/VIglpm4uU5I/AAAAAAAAUI0/nyDXkjECODs/s1600/post%2Bfor%2Biris.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ruPn9_bdtyE/VIglpm4uU5I/AAAAAAAAUI0/nyDXkjECODs/s1600/post%2Bfor%2Biris.jpg" height="320" width="186" /></a><i>Today, I'm happy to have Patty from </i>A Modern Grace<i>&nbsp;on the blog. She wrote a lovely post last week, and I had to pass it on to you folks. Patty is a new-ish wife finishing grad school, working in youth ministry, and learning to cook more than your average Lean Cuisine. She loves curling up with a good book, John Wayne movies, and a tasty mimosa. Her motto in live is: "Striving to live with grace, glass, and on occasion, some sass." Enjoy!</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><i><span style="color: #20124d; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Christmas is not about a birthday, it's about a wedding.<a name='more'></a></span></i></h4><br />Often when Jim and I go to church I bring a little notebook in my purse to take notes on the homily. It helps me to jot down the thoughts and ideas that inspire and challenge as I strive to live the coming week intentionally.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Yesterday I was cleaning out my mess of a purse and came across the little journal I have been taking to church on Sunday for the last year. It is cool to look back at the things that struck me and how God used them to get my attention.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iXw2HjIpEBQ/VJT1cjWVhWI/AAAAAAAAUMo/KEYk4cYedms/s1600/wedding.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iXw2HjIpEBQ/VJT1cjWVhWI/AAAAAAAAUMo/KEYk4cYedms/s1600/wedding.jpg" height="200" width="200" /></a>One particular page that caught my eye was what I jotted down from midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in 2013. What was so striking to me was the theme the priest used to speak about the glory of this holy night: <b>Christmas is not about a birthday, its about a wedding</b>. Okay technically yes it is the birth of our Savior. We hear about Joseph and Mary looking for an inn in Bethlehem and how she eventually gave birth and laid her baby boy in a feeding trough for animals. But there is something deeper here if we take time to look.<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: left;">At Christmas, God and humanity become one. The two becoming one and united?...that's a marriage.</div><div style="text-align: left;">Christmas is really about desire...God's passionate desire for each one of us. Jesus wants us. God desires each of us so deeply that He entered our fallen, sinful world to take on human flesh to come be with us. Jesus came to earth to rescue us, to die for us...and ultimately to save us from ourselves. The message of Christmas? You are insanely loved. You are passionately loved. You are ridiculously loved. You are recklessly loved.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">What does love want? Love wants union!! Love wants a total and complete union. God is love and He wants to be in union with us. The prophet Isaiah sums it up perfectly: <i>"For as a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you"</i> (Isaiah 62:5). Just as the man who waits at the end of the aisle on his wedding day for his bride, Jesus waits for each one of us.<br /><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;">What happens at Christmas is that God is proposing to each of us...He is ultimately popping the question. And the question? ...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Will you be Mine?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So you see, Christmas really is ultimately about a wedding; the union of God with humankind. How each of us responds to that question from Jesus has potential to change the rest of our lives, just as a marriage proposal is life changing.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Jesus is on bended knee waiting...what will your response be?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rGJLpiP6yCE/VIZxBfvCKfI/AAAAAAAAUIE/pS3AiB3Qs7A/s1600/pattysignature_zps85707cc6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rGJLpiP6yCE/VIZxBfvCKfI/AAAAAAAAUIE/pS3AiB3Qs7A/s1600/pattysignature_zps85707cc6.jpg" height="98" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Thank you, Patty!</i></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/iristhewriter" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TVRCYe7_N2U/VImiDOfVCqI/AAAAAAAAUJc/2p____opsUE/s1600/irishanlinsignoff.png" height="95" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Click the corner of the above image to visit my Facebook page.</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>TSI</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div><center></center><center></center></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-57455306727829946362014-12-12T05:30:00.000-05:002014-12-12T16:51:12.234-05:00The Promised Video. 7QT (vol. 43)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>1.</b> I thought it was high time Beowulf and Enzo met each other. Of course, I documented it.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/InyspHbiQ2E" width="640"></iframe><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>2.</b> Here is the video I had intended to post last Friday. If any of my readers happen to be listeners of Ave Maria Radio, you may have heard His Jolliness St. Nicholas on the air last Thursday morning during our urgent fund drive. Isn't that costume something? He's come around this time for the past few years, and it's always great fun to have him in studio.</span><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">(The bells are on his sleeves, if you're wondering where the sound is coming from.)</span><br /><div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9qp0J2_U4aE" width="640"></iframe><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;">Love this guy. Also, I have a really cool job.<br /><br />*NOTE. This video will be removed in a few days because of something we are planning at the radio station, but when it does, I'll replace it by something just as good. <i>Promise</i>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4zegomBM_vc/VIL_vwcuchI/AAAAAAAAUGc/dod0tb8VhFo/s1600/IMG_5522.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4zegomBM_vc/VIL_vwcuchI/AAAAAAAAUGc/dod0tb8VhFo/s1600/IMG_5522.JPG" height="358" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>3.</b> Isn't it funny how we become so set in our ways? My schedule has been switched up because Simon is learning to "hold it" for longer periods of time, so my visits to let him out have been bumped back by half hours for the past few weeks. Let it be known that I I am not a morning person, but… I have not been late for work once. I am very proud of that. I work at the station in the morning, and then I mosey back towards my neighborhood to let the puppy out. Speaking of the puppy, remember when used to look like this?&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mJYzIC4-ULA/VG_mRBPVNHI/AAAAAAAAT9w/iYeleW_zalw/s1600/10408105_716540188410999_224823902684051369_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mJYzIC4-ULA/VG_mRBPVNHI/AAAAAAAAT9w/iYeleW_zalw/s1600/10408105_716540188410999_224823902684051369_n.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Well, now he looks like this.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UX_tjGw60Bo/VIMzcnhfoHI/AAAAAAAAUG4/G6ksBAsjKLg/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-06%2Bat%2B9.02.58%2BAM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UX_tjGw60Bo/VIMzcnhfoHI/AAAAAAAAUG4/G6ksBAsjKLg/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-06%2Bat%2B9.02.58%2BAM.png" height="640" width="636" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">He's huge… And check out his tail. It's&nbsp;bigger than his face.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OcBJYecyYUE/VIMzjZDCRuI/AAAAAAAAUHA/eUDzhgFMoo0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-06%2Bat%2B9.03.05%2BAM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OcBJYecyYUE/VIMzjZDCRuI/AAAAAAAAUHA/eUDzhgFMoo0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-06%2Bat%2B9.03.05%2BAM.png" height="638" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">4</span><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">.&nbsp;</span></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0ncXiYM-Yl0/VIEkc5gbmMI/AAAAAAAAUDY/7Q6FocJKTXA/s1600/mygram.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0ncXiYM-Yl0/VIEkc5gbmMI/AAAAAAAAUDY/7Q6FocJKTXA/s1600/mygram.png" height="171" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">1. That face, though...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">2. Sometimes you just have to have your tea in a Christmas mug, even though it's still Advent.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">3. #handmade</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">4. I like seeing my dad work. He's so skilled and confident at what he does.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">5. Charlie hates bath time. Can you tell? "Save me!"</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">6. So begins my creeperish stalking of pretty Christmas lights.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">7. My porch is a rift in time and space. (Whovians will understand that.)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">8. Remodelin' going on y'all!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">9. Behold: the candle I thought said "French vomit."</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qCIWnVxttjs/VImb4a31ihI/AAAAAAAAUJM/xGOyOb3-XoY/s1600/Insta%2B2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qCIWnVxttjs/VImb4a31ihI/AAAAAAAAUJM/xGOyOb3-XoY/s1600/Insta%2B2.png" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>5.</b> Don't forget,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">I would like to start doing a monthly Q&amp;A video, because they're always a pretty fun way to get to know each other through Internetland. I've already received a few (really good) questions,</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">&nbsp;</span><i style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">but I need your input</i><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">&nbsp;if this is going to be an actual thing. I'd like it to be an actual thing. SO.</span><br /><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">Ask me stuff. Feel free to comment here, on a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin/" style="color: #224d99; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">video</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/iristhewriter" style="color: #224d99; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">tweet</a>&nbsp;me, post it to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/iristhewriter" style="color: #224d99; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;page, ask on&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/starvinginspired" style="color: #224d99; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">Instagram</a>...</div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">Ask about absolutely anything: petsitting, the scooter, radio work, blogging, photography, cooking... It doesn't even have to be anything to do with me. You can ask for advice, too. No promises, but I'll do my best. ;) I love random, so throw it at me. Just be sure to&nbsp;<b>keep it appropriate</b>. I'm sure y'all my regular readers don't even need to be reminded of this, buuuuuut, there are always trolls out there somewhere.</div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">And, here's a benefit for you:&nbsp;<b>if you have a blog or book or YouTube channel or public Instagram or Twitter, I'll give you a quick shoutout when I answer your question.</b>&nbsp;See? Win win situation here, folks.</div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;">Please and thank you!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E8j0whSGU44/VIZoXhTSSWI/AAAAAAAAUHY/319hrGmGSX8/s1600/175904368-592x299.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E8j0whSGU44/VIZoXhTSSWI/AAAAAAAAUHY/319hrGmGSX8/s1600/175904368-592x299.jpg" height="322" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>6.</b> Some highlights of recent times:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.catholicallyear.com/2014/12/not-believing-in-santa-claus-is-like.html" target="_blank">Not believing is Santa is like not believing in Jesus... or George Washington.</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/2014/12/07/why-we-dont-do-santa/" target="_blank">Haley and her peoples don't "do" Santa Claus, and here's why.</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.catholicallyear.com/2014/12/not-believing-in-santa-claus-is-like.html" target="_blank">Grace is telling her conversion story. I'm a sucker for a good conversion story.</a>&nbsp;Here's part uno.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/06/homemade-naturally-sweetened-strawberry_18.html" target="_blank">The best sorbet in the <i>world</i>&nbsp;is found here.</a>&nbsp;Enjoy.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>7.</b>&nbsp;And finally, this. Because, <b>exactly.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LJsQVZFBJJY/VIZsrI7tA6I/AAAAAAAAUHk/7Hf8kzdqZLA/s1600/nerd.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LJsQVZFBJJY/VIZsrI7tA6I/AAAAAAAAUHk/7Hf8kzdqZLA/s1600/nerd.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Happy Friday, all!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TVRCYe7_N2U/VImiDOfVCqI/AAAAAAAAUJc/2p____opsUE/s1600/irishanlinsignoff.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TVRCYe7_N2U/VImiDOfVCqI/AAAAAAAAUJc/2p____opsUE/s1600/irishanlinsignoff.png" height="95" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: Bentham; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: Bentham; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-52649722133384307882014-12-09T13:38:00.004-05:002014-12-09T13:38:56.303-05:00Bo meets the hedgehog.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Beowulf has been living here for about three months now, so I thought it was high time to introduce her to the hedgepig, Enzo. Of course, I documented the whole thing. Enjoy.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/InyspHbiQ2E" width="640"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0f4i7NCH5UA/VIdBl9vxJ8I/AAAAAAAAUIQ/3ie_QVXLijY/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0f4i7NCH5UA/VIdBl9vxJ8I/AAAAAAAAUIQ/3ie_QVXLijY/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-56164064849089590092014-12-04T22:52:00.004-05:002014-12-05T07:56:57.427-05:00All about them vids. 7QT (vol. 42)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>1. </b>Good morning, Inspireds! Or afternoon. Or whenever you may be&nbsp;stopping by my corner of web-world. Welcome. If you haven't already, watch&nbsp;the video below, and then visit <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/advent-giveaway-2014.html" target="_blank">the post from November 30</a> and enter to win the best giveaway I've ever hosted on this blog. Best of luck!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">If you've seen it&nbsp;and entered, feel free to skip on by. I promise I won't be offended.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9iFnMdkdLIA?list=UUy1bCTJFg6icfvQfixx9H0Q" width="640"></iframe></div><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>2. </b>For the second time in two years&nbsp;after vowing not to purchase objects on Black Friday... I purchased an object on Black Friday. And it's super cool. So watch this <i>Dear Old World</i>&nbsp;and you'll get to meet him. (Yes, him.)</span></div></div></div><script async="" defer="" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/F_lTYVte2SY" width="640"></iframe><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><b>3.</b>&nbsp;As mentioned in the afore video, I would like to start doing a monthly Q&amp;A video, because they're usually a pretty fun way to get to know each other through Internetland. Is that a dumb idea? I've already received a few questions, <i>but I need your input</i>&nbsp;if this is going to be an actual thing. I'd like it to be an actual thing. SO.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ask me stuff. Feel free to comment here, on a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin/" target="_blank">video</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/iristhewriter" target="_blank">tweet</a> me, post it to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/iristhewriter" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page, ask on <a href="http://instagram.com/starvinginspired" target="_blank">Instagram</a>...</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Ask about absolutely anything: petsitting, the scooter, radio work, blogging, photography, cooking... It doesn't even have to be anything to do with me. I love random, so throw it at me. Just be sure to&nbsp;<b>keep it appropriate</b>. I'm sure y'all my regular readers don't even need to be reminded of this, buuuuuut, there are always trolls out there somewhere.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And, here's a benefit for you: <b>if you have a blog or book or YouTube channel or public Instagram or Twitter, I'll give you a quick shoutout when I answer your question.</b>&nbsp;See? Win win situation here, folks.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Please and thank you!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OpO1HsBCQIY/VIEr4p02fvI/AAAAAAAAUD0/fJltYNlWW1Q/s1600/QA-612x3722.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OpO1HsBCQIY/VIEr4p02fvI/AAAAAAAAUD0/fJltYNlWW1Q/s1600/QA-612x3722.jpg" height="387" width="640" /></a></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><b>4. </b>This take was originally reserved for the latest video I created for the radio station, but it hasn't been approved for release yet, so we'll have to wait on that. But it's pretty darned nifty, let me tell ya. It includes this guy:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dTOQHxfNuDA/VIEihfhIQMI/AAAAAAAAUDI/se_Ps5f5CGA/s1600/IMG_5536.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dTOQHxfNuDA/VIEihfhIQMI/AAAAAAAAUDI/se_Ps5f5CGA/s1600/IMG_5536.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A family friend who has the most&nbsp;<b style="font-style: italic;">rockin' </b>St. Nicholas/Santa Clause costume ever. Amiright? Or Amiright? The fact he's a priest makes it even cooler.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'd also like to point out that this picture makes my waist look way&nbsp;<i>huger than it is</i>&nbsp;because I'm halfway hidden behind St. Nick. Urgh.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>5. </b>I mean seriously. That costume. It's gorgeous.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lX8IfRIvZGw/VIEn42h-IgI/AAAAAAAAUDo/pexfwslJeWg/s1600/IMG_5522.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lX8IfRIvZGw/VIEn42h-IgI/AAAAAAAAUDo/pexfwslJeWg/s1600/IMG_5522.JPG" height="358" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>6.&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0ncXiYM-Yl0/VIEkc5gbmMI/AAAAAAAAUDU/RAQVcIIV5pg/s1600/mygram.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0ncXiYM-Yl0/VIEkc5gbmMI/AAAAAAAAUDU/RAQVcIIV5pg/s1600/mygram.png" height="172" width="640" /></a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">a. <a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/11/cant-beat-live-music.html" target="_blank">Live music is always a wonderful thing, especially Christian live music.</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">b. Eden and I celebrated a very slobbery first birthday two weeks ago! How time flies.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">c. Hedgepig is up and at 'em. I stopped into the feed store to buy bedding for his cage, and the cashier asked if I had a horse (because that's what it's normally used for). I said no, and showed him this picture. Observation: It's borderline hilarious to see a rough, tough, tattooed, weathered man melt over a little pokey rodent.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">d. BOOTS.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">e. HELMETS. See video in Take 2.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">f. Everybody wants to be a cat...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">g. Eden's little brother Simon. He's getting big, too!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">h. God forbid we disturb the Queen of Kittens.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">i. Took advantage of some free studio time over Thanksgiving weekend!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5XfrM-hRHCQ/VIEltYx8bxI/AAAAAAAAUDg/wLFcA8kMIGw/s1600/insta1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5XfrM-hRHCQ/VIEltYx8bxI/AAAAAAAAUDg/wLFcA8kMIGw/s1600/insta1.png" height="640" width="640" /></a></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>7.</b>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/12/when-i-was-little-girl-i-remember-my.html" target="_blank">I wrote a little something about my favorite childhood parable, "the sheep and the goats."</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #0000ee;"><u><br /></u></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/12/when-i-was-little-girl-i-remember-my.html" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wRmA6yPG0aI/VH4z0zaOsPI/AAAAAAAAUCQ/NYhMcXMCqpY/s1600/kings%2Bpalace.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It includes a GIF from Dr. Who, so you know it's probably maybe good.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCg/C69NsTq-Etk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #224d99; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCg/C69NsTq-Etk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; margin-top: 0px !important; padding: 8px; position: relative;" width="200" /></a></div><div class="pinit-wrapper" style="cursor: pointer; left: 408px; opacity: 1; position: absolute; top: 888.5px; visibility: visible; z-index: 9999;"></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-32203143791794774912014-12-03T16:33:00.002-05:002014-12-03T16:34:27.208-05:00Oliver.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">For the second time in two years after vowing not to shop on Black Friday, I shopped on Black Friday. And I'd like you to meet who I found.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hint:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vaQAlSHBovI/VH-ApEBy0jI/AAAAAAAAUCs/dA31NPbJnhk/s1600/IMG_0526.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vaQAlSHBovI/VH-ApEBy0jI/AAAAAAAAUCs/dA31NPbJnhk/s1600/IMG_0526.JPG" height="358" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/F_lTYVte2SY" width="640"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCg/C69NsTq-Etk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-avbsHQxcuhk/VH9_xD7VR9I/AAAAAAAAUCg/C69NsTq-Etk/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-64380494856768491412014-12-02T15:57:00.002-05:002014-12-02T16:49:21.964-05:00Our King's Place<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; text-align: left;">When I was a little girl, I remember my favorite Bible story being Jesus' parable of the sheep and the goats. I don't know why, but that story always stuck with me. Maybe it was because so many animals were involved.&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">If you're unfamiliar with the story, here you go:</span><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><span class="passage-display-bcv" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; display: inline; margin: 0px; padding-right: 10px;">Matthew 25:31-45</span><span class="passage-display-version" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; display: inline;">New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition</span><br /><div style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><span style="color: #741b47;"><span class="text Matt-25-31" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">31&nbsp;</span>“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-32" id="en-NRSVCE-28310" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">32&nbsp;</span>All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-33" id="en-NRSVCE-28311" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">33&nbsp;</span>and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-34" id="en-NRSVCE-28312" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">34&nbsp;</span>Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-35" id="en-NRSVCE-28313" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">35&nbsp;</span>for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-36" id="en-NRSVCE-28314" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">36&nbsp;</span>I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-37" id="en-NRSVCE-28315" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">37&nbsp;</span>Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-38" id="en-NRSVCE-28316" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">38&nbsp;</span>And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-39" id="en-NRSVCE-28317" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">39&nbsp;</span>And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-40" id="en-NRSVCE-28318" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">40&nbsp;</span>And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSVCE-28318a" data-link="[&lt;a href=&quot;#fen-NRSVCE-28318a&quot; title=&quot;See footnote a&quot;&gt;a&lt;/a&gt;]" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">[<a href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A31-45&amp;version=NRSVCE#fen-NRSVCE-28318a" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: top;" title="See footnote a">a</a>]</span>&nbsp;you did it to me.’&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-41" id="en-NRSVCE-28319" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">41&nbsp;</span>Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-42" id="en-NRSVCE-28320" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">42&nbsp;</span>for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-43" id="en-NRSVCE-28321" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">43&nbsp;</span>I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-44" id="en-NRSVCE-28322" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">44&nbsp;</span>Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’&nbsp;</span><span class="text Matt-25-45" id="en-NRSVCE-28323" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"><span class="versenum" style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;">45&nbsp;</span>Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’</span></span></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">We read this story during Mass a few Sundays ago, for the Catholic feast of Christ the King, and that was the first time I really noticed the surprise element it carries. The whole idea of judgement day is a definite surprise, and if you're anything like me, it might make you a wee bit squirmy. We don't know what God has in store for us on judgement day, and this story seems like a preview of "coming attractions." "When did we do all of this for <i>you</i>?" asked the animals on the right, and then the left, having no idea what Jesus is talking about here... This parable is about those who love and those who didn't love.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>Love knows no sacrifice</b>. When we're in love (not necessarily romantic), there is no counting the cost - we just do what we need to do out of love for the other person. When we love the Lord, we never count the cost of what we're doing for Him, and this is why, in this particular scripture, Jesus tells the sheep that they were caring for <i>Him</i> all the while without realizing it. Every time we love the Lord, that love spills out in what we do for our neighbor.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The goats on the left hear something quite different: "depart from me, you accursed, and return to eternal fire" - those are words that are heard in every parable of Jesus. It's a constant theme. It's harsh. (And this is why I never read parables as bedtime stories, because it seems like they always have these kinds of endings.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i>Go off to eternal fire. Okay, sleep tight!</i>)</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GMIaY1GwFKI/VH4mGyxFwvI/AAAAAAAAUB4/oT5LLNT3p-8/s1600/tumblr_m9otq6J8Mw1r3e5kmo1_500.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GMIaY1GwFKI/VH4mGyxFwvI/AAAAAAAAUB4/oT5LLNT3p-8/s1600/tumblr_m9otq6J8Mw1r3e5kmo1_500.gif" height="280" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Anyway. Coming out of the Who-cloud. When Jesus says those words, we do have to remember what he said on another occasion: "the Father did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." (John 3:17) Jesus does not condemn the world. Those who are condemned are condemned because of their own actions, their lack of love, and/or their inactivity in following God's will.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">But those who love the Lord have no fear of these words because the Lord comes to save us and he <i>loves</i>&nbsp;to save.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nd1Tcumpm9o/VH4ZMplkC7I/AAAAAAAAUBQ/RIevVDbpfK4/s1600/sacred-side-of-christ-in-santalfonso.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nd1Tcumpm9o/VH4ZMplkC7I/AAAAAAAAUBQ/RIevVDbpfK4/s1600/sacred-side-of-christ-in-santalfonso.jpg" height="640" width="398" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Jesus isn't sitting on the throne in a far removed kingdom or in some palace. <b>Our King's palace is in the tabernacle. His throne is the monstrance.</b> His throne is our hearts when we receive Him in holy communion. <i>How small our King makes himself to be with us.</i> He comes to us humbly under the disguise of bread and he nourishes us.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">This is our King.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">And we beg him: "hide me in your wounds." Our king wants to be our refuge. He wants to protect us.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 as an antidote for totalitarianism. He wrote an encyclical letter condemning national socialism, communism, and all forms of government that take away our rights as Christians. Pius XI wanted to remind the faithful at a time when Europe was losing its freedom - Germany, Italy, Russia - Pius XI said that our rights, our freedom, and our dignity as a human being does not come from any kind of government. Our dignity comes from our only King who is Christ Jesus, and He is a humble king. He will come to rule and judge the nations someday, but now He comes to us in the Eucharist.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">His love is supreme, and there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTG4kS-8k08/VHDldLPhodI/AAAAAAAAT-I/5d1wxiyNyOg/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #224d99; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTG4kS-8k08/VHDldLPhodI/AAAAAAAAT-I/5d1wxiyNyOg/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; margin-top: 0px !important; padding: 8px; position: relative;" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wRmA6yPG0aI/VH4z0zaOsPI/AAAAAAAAUCM/ie8PfhSzCUo/s1600/kings%2Bpalace.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wRmA6yPG0aI/VH4z0zaOsPI/AAAAAAAAUCM/ie8PfhSzCUo/s1600/kings%2Bpalace.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-14288364040527128342014-11-30T09:00:00.000-05:002014-11-30T09:00:00.459-05:00Advent Giveaway 2014<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9iFnMdkdLIA" width="640"></iframe></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br />Hello, sweeties. I am holding a giveaway! I'm very excited about this. Watch the video above if you like, but I have explained it again below just in case you don't (but please do. Captions available).<br /><br /><a name='more'></a>From 30 Nov through 14 Dec 2014, I'll be giving away these three beautiful pouches, one to three different winners:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-To1dsmdBcu0/VG9xKhZZvWI/AAAAAAAAT9Q/XeBU4tJ6mJA/s1600/IMG_0323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-To1dsmdBcu0/VG9xKhZZvWI/AAAAAAAAT9Q/XeBU4tJ6mJA/s1600/IMG_0323.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KC1lnEts36A/VG9xPXAnwQI/AAAAAAAAT9Y/owf5mOcH-Ig/s1600/IMG_0324.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KC1lnEts36A/VG9xPXAnwQI/AAAAAAAAT9Y/owf5mOcH-Ig/s1600/IMG_0324.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The giveaway will run from 30 Nov through 14 Dec. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="c85662d84" data-template="" data-theme="classic" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c85662d84/" id="rcwidget_5qoqv0ul" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br />Best of luck!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTG4kS-8k08/VHDldLPhodI/AAAAAAAAT-I/5d1wxiyNyOg/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTG4kS-8k08/VHDldLPhodI/AAAAAAAAT-I/5d1wxiyNyOg/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-72869112389515937882014-11-26T10:23:00.004-05:002014-11-27T19:20:57.806-05:00thankful<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">What are you thankful for this year?</span></i></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bDx6KT65C8Q" width="640"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Transcript:</b></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: left;">Autumn is such a beautiful season… you already know it’s my favorite. Just weeks ago, the trees exploded into their stunning array of golds and oranges and reds, the chilled breeze made the air glitter with falling leaves. Now, everything is faded and brown, but we have pumpkin pie, intoxicating rainy mornings, oversized cable knit sweaters, donuts…</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">I’m glad you joined me on this coffee date. Technically it’s a green tea date, but you get the point. I’m happy you’re here.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">Thanksgiving: the day we dedicate to everything we appreciate in our lives. It also happens to be the most delicious of holidays. I, for one, am especially looking forward to my family’s famous parsley carrots. We only make them on Thanksgiving. Probably because there’s so much butter – if we had it more often we’d probably get sick from whatever it’s called when you eat too much butter. The recipe has been handed down through generations, and it tastes <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">amazing</i>. But I digress.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">I have so much to be thankful for – we all do. In a world with so much <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>pain and hardships, it’s not difficult to get caught up in all the things we don’t have, or the things that aren’t going as we’d planned or hoped.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">But… we have so much to be thankful for, beginning with the fact that an indescribable God who set the stars in the sky and the planets in motion made us, and there is no one else just like you in the universe, or just like me. Regardless of whether you believe in a God or a higher power, you are <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">alive</i>. You are a living, breathing, unique human being, and you can experience everything in this beautiful, broken world.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">Today, I’m especially aware of the fact that life is ridiculously good. I have two great jobs I love, a wonderful God, a great family, and a best friend who rocks in every way. Little things catch my attention and make my day happier, too, like a dewdrop on a leaf, frost on the grass, or a really nice pen. Seriously, good pens are hard to come by, especially working in an office with a pen-stealing gremlin infestation. I’m not looking at anyone in particular.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">I have a comfortable house in the beautiful country, good food, warm clothes… I’m not saying this to brag, but it’s true. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;">Finally, I’m thankful for you. I have you to come on green tea dates with me. 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Have a marvelous Thanksgiving, everyone, and thanks for coming by today. I’ll see you soon.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Pk7tRF54OY/VHe_4AyIUhI/AAAAAAAAT_8/-kmfigSNqTU/s1600/thankgiving750.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Pk7tRF54OY/VHe_4AyIUhI/AAAAAAAAT_8/-kmfigSNqTU/s1600/thankgiving750.jpg" height="338" width="640" /></a></span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xdFH5x03iNE/VHXwJ1BsAkI/AAAAAAAAT_Y/JUUKqDE1oq4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xdFH5x03iNE/VHXwJ1BsAkI/AAAAAAAAT_Y/JUUKqDE1oq4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><o:p></o:p><br /><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-46211157070587851872014-11-23T08:37:00.001-05:002014-11-23T08:37:35.406-05:00cable knit<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hello, sweeties and the occasional gent who wanders into these parts. Today's post is brought to you by this year's first substantial snow at mi casa.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t9kgfiHnUs8/VG4O-z-2NhI/AAAAAAAAT64/Cr00nS7VLgo/s1600/IMG_0305.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t9kgfiHnUs8/VG4O-z-2NhI/AAAAAAAAT64/Cr00nS7VLgo/s1600/IMG_0305.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div>Let's all just take a moment to acknowledge the best coat and scarf I've ever owned.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6-NxBcKOb9E/VG0C_u8lhkI/AAAAAAAAT54/K76mGFlBCiQ/s1600/IMG_0288.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6-NxBcKOb9E/VG0C_u8lhkI/AAAAAAAAT54/K76mGFlBCiQ/s1600/IMG_0288.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><a name='more'></a>I have Zulily to <strike>blame</strike> thank for the latest addition to my scarf collection... My mother directed me there to look at a winter coat, but I was happily waylaid by the <a href="https://www.zulily.com/brand/leto-collection.html?ns=ns_806646354|1416375446110" target="_blank">Leto Collection</a> instead. Being one to have a weakness for a) infinity scarves, b) cable knit, and c) the color maroon, I was a goner when it came across my screen, and let me tell you... I have not been disappointed. It is so warm and soft, and the fit is just right. It's a thicker scarf, too, so if the back of a sweater is rather low (as a few of mine are), it's easy to pull the scarf down as a sort of cowl to cover the gap. Hoorah for a good find and low prices. (Tip for the ladies... check out Zulily's last day sales. They have some great deals and very classy clothes.)<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I found the coat accidentally at Athleta when I was looking for some yoga pants a year ago. It's made of polyester and polyurethane, so while it's very thin material, it is <i>super</i>&nbsp;warm. It's lightweight, sleek, has a great hood, and best of all, is machine-washable. And, it has a wee pocket on the chest for things like passports or metro tickets - it's come in handy in the past on various adventures. And while Athleta does have some high prices, their products are well made and they last for a long time. (I've bought skirts from them that are still good as new after five years.)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-81Kp7R9b-UQ/VG0Zv-MM-4I/AAAAAAAAT6Y/NUkvQwkvbvg/s1600/IMG_0279.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-81Kp7R9b-UQ/VG0Zv-MM-4I/AAAAAAAAT6Y/NUkvQwkvbvg/s1600/IMG_0279.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KQrwI3W9jdI/VG0ZnJUzy4I/AAAAAAAAT6I/z6XbEAYC1fs/s1600/IMG_0291.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KQrwI3W9jdI/VG0ZnJUzy4I/AAAAAAAAT6I/z6XbEAYC1fs/s1600/IMG_0291.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0V1FS15o3As/VG0ZoYKg_9I/AAAAAAAAT6Q/MNtafTWdFYA/s1600/IMG_0290.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0V1FS15o3As/VG0ZoYKg_9I/AAAAAAAAT6Q/MNtafTWdFYA/s1600/IMG_0290.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zHlzG4gIyzc/VG0aZKbfoHI/AAAAAAAAT6g/HGQRsFVZJGs/s1600/IMG_0296.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zHlzG4gIyzc/VG0aZKbfoHI/AAAAAAAAT6g/HGQRsFVZJGs/s1600/IMG_0296.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Scarf sold out (almost identical <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/208396458/cozy-by-lulu-fishermans-cable-knit?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&amp;utm_campaign=accessories-scarf-knit-low&amp;ione_adtype=pla&amp;ione_creative=54864456515&amp;ione_product_id=208396458&amp;ione_product_partition_id=89244543635&amp;ione_store_code=&amp;ione_device=c&amp;ione_product_channel=online&amp;ione_merchant_id=101538106&amp;ione_product_country=US&amp;ione_product_language=en&amp;gclid=CL2RzdnYh8ICFePyMgodvVUAaA" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and similar <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Infinity-Circle-Scarf-Knitted/dp/B00AEC8HIQ" target="_blank">here</a>)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Coat sold out (similar <a href="http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1009206&amp;vid=1&amp;pid=138637012" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1009206&amp;vid=1&amp;pid=138674012" target="_blank">here</a>)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Sweater thrifted (same in dark pink <a href="http://www.avenue.com/en_US/multi-crewneck-pullover-382490056.html?dwvar_382490056_color=564#start=23&amp;sz=12&amp;hcgid=tops-cardigans&amp;cgid=tops-cardigans" target="_blank">here</a> and similar <a href="http://www.avenue.com/en_US/3%2F4-sleeve-ombre-sweater-382490057.html?rec=true" target="_blank">here</a>)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Boots thrifted</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Pants thrifted</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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Once we reach 120 "likes," I'll be hosting another special giveaway!</i></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Man... I haven't written a fashion post in so long, I think I'm out of practice.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Anywho, I wore something very special to Mass last Sunday, gifted to me by the folks at The Nativity Stones Collection: an ornate, golden cross containing a small stone from the birthplace of our Lord.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Chiseled from the holy Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 1963, these are the stones that witnessed the birth of the King of Kings over 2,000 years ago.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HusruqDBuWs/Uzn0__dTWOI/AAAAAAAAPrg/q3WJ33iCx8w/s1600/Gerard_van_Honthorst_001.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HusruqDBuWs/Uzn0__dTWOI/AAAAAAAAPrg/q3WJ33iCx8w/s1600/Gerard_van_Honthorst_001.jpg" height="508" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;">This stone speaks through its beauty… the small white piece surrounded by a golden-plated cross with the fourteen-pointed Nativity star at its intersection.</span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: inherit;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HfTekhsFXz4/VG4RTxRfw5I/AAAAAAAAT7E/nbJ4PJKVeJ8/s1600/IMG_0337.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HfTekhsFXz4/VG4RTxRfw5I/AAAAAAAAT7E/nbJ4PJKVeJ8/s1600/IMG_0337.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">With the cross came a certificate testifying to the stone’s authenticity, saying that since 1963, they were the only stones authorized for removal from the Cave, and with that, the story of the Nativity Stones, which, of course, began over 2,000 years ago.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But during a 1963 visit to the Cave of the Nativity, a young philanthropist and archeologist paid a visit to the sacred place, and noticed part of the inside wall being removed to make another passage for the exodus of people who paid homage to it, and was overwhelmed by the emotional power of that humble room and the magnitude of the event that occurred there.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In the Jubilee Year of 2000, Nativity Stones jewelry was selected by the Vatican to display the official Jubilee 2000 emblem.<o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span>1¾ inches long, hangs from a thick 22 inch chain, plated with 18 karat gold. The cross is strung on a sturdy chain, and I was surprised to find that the chain doesn't tangle with my curly hair, which is a constant problem, and one of the reasons I rarely wear necklaces. Look how beautiful.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZhJooyPprw/VG4T4rKsLAI/AAAAAAAAT7c/TaQ4vCWWE34/s1600/IMG_0339.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZhJooyPprw/VG4T4rKsLAI/AAAAAAAAT7c/TaQ4vCWWE34/s1600/IMG_0339.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BiKB4pVaXG4/VG4TQ0MGqpI/AAAAAAAAT7M/mWMXEFXDQAA/s1600/IMG_0342.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BiKB4pVaXG4/VG4TQ0MGqpI/AAAAAAAAT7M/mWMXEFXDQAA/s1600/IMG_0342.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SOEetNS7lF0/VG4U11WDN4I/AAAAAAAAT7k/-YUMFa3ADiY/s1600/IMG_0343.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SOEetNS7lF0/VG4U11WDN4I/AAAAAAAAT7k/-YUMFa3ADiY/s1600/IMG_0343.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">So here’s a <i>huge</i> shout out and a thank you to the folks of The Nativity Stones collection!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And here’s a way <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">you</i> can have an 20% off discount on your Nativity Stones purchase, should you choose to pursue one, and methinks you should.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All you have to do is enter the word: <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">BELIEVE</b> on the check-out page.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="tab-stops: 384.0pt;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span 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</style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I'd also like to mention that the Nativity Stones family will donate a portion of the proceeds of every purchase to <a href="http://www.esthersaid.org/" target="_blank">Esther's Aid for Needy and Abandoned Children</a>, a wonderful organization I've heard of over the&nbsp;</span>years, that inspires hope in the impoverished, hungry, and suffering. This is their mission statement, copied directly from their website:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px;">We Repair Broken Lives and Transform Them into Builders of Lives.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="border: 0px; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px;">We care</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;for the poor, the outcast, the orphan and the widow by compassionate intervention against and protection from exploitation, abuse, and sex trafficking.</span><strong style="border: 0px; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</strong></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="border: 0px; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px;">We train&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px;">them to succeed by providing education, skills development, and a positive vision for a productive and sustainable future.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="border: 0px; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px;">We empower&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: white; color: #444444; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.399999618530273px;">them by instilling in them hope, confidence, dignity, and self-respect.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Whf67M4b05Q/VG4WbCQvSEI/AAAAAAAAT7s/hHjhQj7GaUE/s1600/img_5729.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Whf67M4b05Q/VG4WbCQvSEI/AAAAAAAAT7s/hHjhQj7GaUE/s1600/img_5729.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div>Isn't that wonderful? 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And it's just lovely. So, read on.<br /><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>but do not show love to my family,&nbsp;</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>I'm just another decorator.</i></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i><o:p></o:p></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies,</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime:</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>I’m just another cook.<o:p></o:p></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity;</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.<o:p></o:p></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes,</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ,</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;">I have missed the point.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Georgia Bold Italic&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></span></i></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-align: center; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love is kind, though harried and tired.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love does not envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.<o:p></o:p></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love does not give only to those who are able to give in return;</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.<o:p></o:p></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;"><br /></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Love never fails.<o:p></o:p></i></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> 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class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust,</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><i>but giving the gift of love will endure.</i></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;">~ Author unknown</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;;"><a 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Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-55100116182629610052014-11-13T11:02:00.004-05:002014-11-13T11:11:42.141-05:00have any spare christmas cards?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hello, sweeties.<br /><br />If you're a regular around these parts, you know the level of patriotism that runs in my family. So, when a school friend approached me with the idea for her student group's Christmas Card campaign, I was super excited to write a little something about it here. We've been blessed to have Navy Bro home for the past few Christmases, but we also know how rough it is not to have family close for the holidays.<br /><br />Jess's group, Madonna University's Student Veterans Association, is asking for donations of unused Christmas cards, so we can sign them, and send them to our troops overseas who can't to make it home for Christmas. Starting November 17 (this coming Monday), the association will have a table in our school lounge where folks can come sign the cards, and they'll send them on from there.<br /><a name='more'></a><br /><b>But we need your help.</b>&nbsp;Don't run away, it's simple. All you have to do is send us unused Christmas cards in good condition. If you'd like, you and your families can sign a few of them, too. This is just my little addition, but if you could spare any beautiful, Christian cards with religious art, that would be <i>wonderful</i>. Things can get so ugly over there, I think a beautiful card would brighten things up a bit.<br /><br />Locals, you can drop them off to me (or intercept me at church). I'm lookin' at you, <a href="http://callherhappy.com/" target="_blank">Jenna</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.houseunseen.com/" target="_blank">Dweej</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://amdgbluebird.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Aemelia</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.thepersonalistproject.org/members/profile/256" target="_blank">Mrs. T</a>.<br /><br />So, please <i>please please</i> help us out or at least pass this on, send us cards so our overseas servicemen and women can have a little extra Christmas cheer from us. Let's put a Christmas card in the hand of every deployed man or woman this Christmas season.&nbsp;<b>These people put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy, so I think it's only right to do something for them.</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Send your cards here:</div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #990000;">Madonna University c/o Transition Office</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #990000;">36600 Schoolcraft Rd.</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #990000;">Livonia, MI 48150</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #990000;"><br /></span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">Go ahead and download the picture below and spread it around.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-I2WQ2SyZGjg/VGTQNK0FivI/AAAAAAAAT2Q/Q0uHUdaWWjQ/s1600/CCCampaign.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-I2WQ2SyZGjg/VGTQNK0FivI/AAAAAAAAT2Q/Q0uHUdaWWjQ/s640/CCCampaign.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_PKo_oGnxyo/VGTUVKeD23I/AAAAAAAAT2c/1VmMgEPfeo4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="87" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_PKo_oGnxyo/VGTUVKeD23I/AAAAAAAAT2c/1VmMgEPfeo4/s200/irishanlinnew.png" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="background-color: white; color: #993222; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-42433351054369873472014-11-11T19:01:00.000-05:002014-11-12T12:51:49.988-05:00autumn rain {dear old world...}<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><i><span style="font-size: large;">Ever pondered to the sound of rain? I think it's one of the most magical and soothing of sounds...</span></i><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n47DTWvdUoI" width="640"></iframe><i></i><a name='more'></a><i><br /></i><i>Can't see the video? <a href="http://youtu.be/n47DTWvdUoI" target="_blank">Watch it here.</a>&nbsp;</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NsRYPibklP4/VGIGCocZUSI/AAAAAAAAT1w/SEX9S6kzrnI/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="87" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NsRYPibklP4/VGIGCocZUSI/AAAAAAAAT1w/SEX9S6kzrnI/s200/irishanlinnew.png" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-31377572685221052552014-11-09T09:05:00.003-05:002014-11-09T09:05:30.579-05:00Can't beat live music.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">You just can't. It's so much fun to unplug from YouTube or the iPod or the smartphone cameras and be immersed in some <i>really</i>&nbsp;good voices and tunes produced by real people instead of machines.<br /><br />And on Friday, I had the accidental pleasure of attending a concert by a few very lovely Christian/Catholic singer/songwriters. (I say "accidental" because I hadn't originally intended to be there - my presence was the result of a miscommunication between myself and a photography client. But lucky me, I had all my camera gear.)<br /><br />Alanna-Marie Boudreau...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Zkk5kKTc_CM/VF9tWc24OLI/AAAAAAAATuk/V68nSEk77Mo/s1600/ab_anthony.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Zkk5kKTc_CM/VF9tWc24OLI/AAAAAAAATuk/V68nSEk77Mo/s1600/ab_anthony.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AZ9p3510ugw/VF9tLI6j4hI/AAAAAAAATuc/B1K2aX6do1o/s1600/ab2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AZ9p3510ugw/VF9tLI6j4hI/AAAAAAAATuc/B1K2aX6do1o/s1600/ab2.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YI6qkW0GWh8" width="640"></iframe><br /></div><br />Chris DuPont...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5hmZ03FiwrA/VF9uCLPZ82I/AAAAAAAATvE/N2CRCTj53eQ/s1600/cdp2_anthony.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5hmZ03FiwrA/VF9uCLPZ82I/AAAAAAAATvE/N2CRCTj53eQ/s1600/cdp2_anthony.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l4X8-uVyOmI/VF9uEI79_XI/AAAAAAAATvM/zm052RAfimI/s1600/cdp_anthony.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l4X8-uVyOmI/VF9uEI79_XI/AAAAAAAATvM/zm052RAfimI/s1600/cdp_anthony.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NIYbz0duVpo?list=UUKf5yCS7sOR_vfBuI6kQkWQ" width="640"></iframe></div><br /> and Adam Plomaritas (who's wife was one of my summer camp leaders when I was in high school - it's a small world when you're Catholic)...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A37tgpRyfe8/VF9vn5vslQI/AAAAAAAATwQ/Glwj98-qh3E/s1600/ap1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A37tgpRyfe8/VF9vn5vslQI/AAAAAAAATwQ/Glwj98-qh3E/s1600/ap1.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--SFK6Ld7dCg/VF9vl0u3FmI/AAAAAAAATwI/Rrgg_4pLx60/s1600/ap2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--SFK6Ld7dCg/VF9vl0u3FmI/AAAAAAAATwI/Rrgg_4pLx60/s1600/ap2.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o5nAc8z52FY" width="640"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7-zxx4YOVs0/U7FB6Hz8T1I/AAAAAAAASAI/027aqmel5h4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7-zxx4YOVs0/U7FB6Hz8T1I/AAAAAAAASAI/027aqmel5h4/s1600/irishanlinnew.png" height="87" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-37387546561155442012014-11-05T18:49:00.001-05:002014-11-06T11:44:09.003-05:00Allow me to introduce myself<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Hi there. I'm Iris, and this is what I do on my free time.</span><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D0mxKP9olYw" width="853"></iframe> Can't see the video? Watch it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0mxKP9olYw" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><a name='more'></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="background-color: white; color: #993222; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a><br /><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-62721279232066422982014-10-31T14:37:00.003-04:002014-10-31T14:39:02.525-04:00coming soon...<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hello, sweeties.<br /><br />Just popping in to say a quick how-d'ya-do and drop a note that the winter winds are bringing something rather exciting with it.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KOKjkVyfdXU/VFPVxJQEBII/AAAAAAAATog/5P8G4psiD_I/s1600/DOW_Coming%2BSoon.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KOKjkVyfdXU/VFPVxJQEBII/AAAAAAAATog/5P8G4psiD_I/s1600/DOW_Coming%2BSoon.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm returning to the YouTubes. And we'll see how it goes. *winks*&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" height="85" width="200" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a>&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/irishanlin" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">YOUTUBE</a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-81740637426406652452014-10-02T23:48:00.000-04:002014-10-03T11:16:07.427-04:00I'm baaaaaack. Con el Liebstero.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><i>Helloooooo</i>, blogworld.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N0HmXZHih6E/VCy1BW-hgbI/AAAAAAAATi0/s83LYebXFYs/s1600/Donna-Noble-doctor-who-32011013-500-200.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N0HmXZHih6E/VCy1BW-hgbI/AAAAAAAATi0/s83LYebXFYs/s1600/Donna-Noble-doctor-who-32011013-500-200.gif" height="256" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">IT'S ME!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">It would seem that I'm turning into one of those bloggers who only writes about how they never blog. I'll be a-working on that.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Anyway. I have crawled from the cave in which I live, and from the midst of astronomy papers and scripts and cameras back to Internetland because the lovely Laura Pearl (<a href="http://mumsie2five.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">String of Pearls</a>) has awarded me a Liebster. I'm not sure why. I think she's&nbsp;hallucinating that I'm a decent blogger with&nbsp;some type of consistent blogging&nbsp;schedule. *wink*</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">So, here we go!</span></div><a name='more'></a>Questions from lovely Laura first:<br /><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Do you have a favorite saint, and what drew you to him/her?</span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I do indeed, and her name is Maria Goretti. She's been a favorite of mine ever since I first heard her story, since she</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 21px;">&nbsp;is such a stellar example for us young women (and men, too) growing up in the chaos of today's society.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 21px;">I think one of the greatest obstacles I will ever face as a member of the Catholic Church is learning to forgive those who have hurt me in the past, and e</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">ven at the end of her earthly pilgrimage (which wasn't a smooth&nbsp;ride, let me tell you), Maria gave her murderer Alessandro forgiveness.&nbsp; The intensity of her love for the Lord and His passion overflowed and bore much fruit in her murderer's conversion. She reminds me that i</span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 21px;">f our main goal as Christians is the salvation of souls... why should we hold grudges?&nbsp; Are they for anyone but our own selves?&nbsp; What good does it do in our hearts?&nbsp; Love given and received in Christ bears much fruit, but holding a grudge only produces bitterness and houses built on sand.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 21px;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">Do you have a best-loved book that you've read multiple times? (And will&nbsp;probably read again?) Or do you always just read a book once and pass it on to others?</span></span></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">Most of the time, I do pass along my books when I'm done with them, but there are quite a few books I re-read consistently, and probably will never get rid of. Two of them are series: <i>Lord of the Rings</i>&nbsp;(including <i>The Hobbit</i>), and <i>The Chronicles of Narnia</i>. Others are <i>Anne of Green Gables</i>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<i>Till We Have Faces.</i></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;"><i><br /></i></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="color: #741b47; line-height: 21px;"><i><span style="font-size: large;">"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing - to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from - my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back."</span></i>&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">~ C.S. Lewis, <i>Till We Have Faces</i></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;"><b>What is your family's Christmas Eve tradition?</b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">Every Christmas Eve, my small part of the O'Hanlin Teaghlaigh (pronounced "teeley") joins the larger part of the O'Hanlin Teaghlaigh (namely, my mother's 13 brothers and sisters and their families) for food and gift-exchanging and caroling. There's over 80 of us now. This tradition was started when my grandfather (my mom's dad) was still alive (he died before I was born) to keep the family together when both he and my grandma were gone. That was over ___&nbsp;years ago. They're gone now, but we still keep the&nbsp;tradition. We have to rent a banquet hall because there is no way all of us would fit into one house anymore.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;"><b>When you dress up in heels, do you wear hose/tights, or do you go bare-legged?</b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="line-height: 21px;">Hose. Always hose.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>How did you and your husband meet? (If you're not married, what's the most important quality you're looking for in a spouse?)</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Catholic, musical, creative, someone who loves to travel. That's four things, but they're (almost) equally important to me.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>What's your go-to prayer in times of distress?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Mother Teresa's <i>Memorare Novena</i>, which is basically repeating the <i>Memorare</i> 9 times. She used to call it her "emergency novena.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;"><i>Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy&nbsp;mercy hear and answer me.</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>Where is the one place in the world you would visit if you could?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Ireland, my motherland. And Scotland. My other motherland. And Italy and Austria. And all the places. This is an unfair question.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>How many siblings do you have?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Just one, Navy Bro.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-igXh8TCltU8/VC4YGMZmuHI/AAAAAAAATjY/4r-HMN5Lbt0/s1600/IMG_8425.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-igXh8TCltU8/VC4YGMZmuHI/AAAAAAAATjY/4r-HMN5Lbt0/s1600/IMG_8425.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><b style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Are you a worrier?</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">About some things, yes. About most things, no.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>What, if any, sport do you enjoy watching most?</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I'm not really a <i>huge</i>&nbsp;sports fan, but I do enjoy an occasional game of hockey or football. I grew up on soccer, so sometimes I like watching that too, but since I don't have cable, I rarely catch a game.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">These are the bloggesses I shall nominate for el Liebstero:</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Clare ~ <a href="http://acatholiccountrygirl.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Come Further Up</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Amanda Beth ~ <a href="http://amandabethrose.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Books, Roses, and Wine, Oh My!</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Peregrin ~ <a href="http://wanderingflyte.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Traveling Home</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Samantha ~ <a href="http://www.heavenly-aspirations.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Heavenly Aspirations</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Kathryn ~ <a href="http://thedebategirl.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">All Things Bright and Beautiful</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Grace ~ <a href="http://wwwmyspareoom.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">My Spare Oom</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I know I've nominated at least some of you before, but eh... my blog, my rules.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1GxJfTeOhqc/VC67ThlvALI/AAAAAAAATj4/exPn97uE68o/s1600/giphy.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1GxJfTeOhqc/VC67ThlvALI/AAAAAAAATj4/exPn97uE68o/s1600/giphy.gif" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(2 gifs in the same post? What is this madness...)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And here are my questions for you:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>1. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>2. What was the best book you read in 2014?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>3. What is your first memory of being really happy/excited about something?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>4. If you could walk into a book and make a permanent home there, what would it be? It doesn't necessarily have to exist in the real world.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>5. What is a food you have read about but never eaten that you have since wanted to try? This one doesn't have to necessarily exist in the real world either.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>6. What do you love most about your life?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>7. The Doctor has invited you to travel with him in the TARDIS. The whole of time and space is available to you. Where would you go, and why?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>8. Of all the wild species of birds and animals you have yet to see, which one &nbsp;would you like to encounter? As in, not in a zoo.</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>9. What are your plans for Thanksgiving?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>10. Make up a question and answer it.&nbsp;</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">Congrats, ladies, and have fun!</span></i></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #191665; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" height="85" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; margin-top: 0px !important; padding: 8px; position: relative;" width="200" /></a></div><div class="pinit-wrapper" style="background-color: white; cursor: pointer; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 16px; left: 373px; line-height: 24px; opacity: 0; position: absolute; top: 5289.5px; visibility: hidden; z-index: 9999;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/09/flight.html&amp;media=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png&amp;description=flight" style="color: #191665; display: block; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img class="pinimg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y3xzTGiGzH0/UK4XOaUpdaI/AAAAAAAADw8/Z1MH4Jr4Efo/s1600/pinterestx1_72.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px !important; padding: 0px; position: relative;" title="Pin on Pinterest" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8320794838819985645.post-86089978659271411502014-09-22T15:15:00.000-04:002014-09-22T15:15:02.369-04:00happy list (1)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_GqczQm8SRA/VB5DO71ZPXI/AAAAAAAATa4/9DmVxsDRYtg/s1600/happylist1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_GqczQm8SRA/VB5DO71ZPXI/AAAAAAAATa4/9DmVxsDRYtg/s1600/happylist1.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div>"'Dear old world,' she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I'm glad to be alive in you.'" ~ L.M. Montgomery, <i>Anne of Green Gables</i><br /><br />Over the past few days, &nbsp;I've been compiling a list of things that make me happy from some of the photos on my Instagram (<a href="http://instagram.com/starvinginspired" target="_blank">@starvinginspired</a>). On the rough and stressful days, it's been a wonderful little exercise. And since I don't have much to say around these parts, I thought I'd dump a boatload off photos on you. Eh?<br /><br />Tell me what's on <b>your</b> "happy list" in the com-box!<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mpJxeJxLB9E/VB5Gt6gj4UI/AAAAAAAATb8/zjl1BMYUGk8/s1600/FullSizeRender-5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mpJxeJxLB9E/VB5Gt6gj4UI/AAAAAAAATb8/zjl1BMYUGk8/s1600/FullSizeRender-5.jpg" height="634" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">unbearably adorable puppies</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iaZCc7J3Zcw/VB5DUcVZkiI/AAAAAAAATbA/7jX6jV74T1w/s1600/FullSizeRender-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iaZCc7J3Zcw/VB5DUcVZkiI/AAAAAAAATbA/7jX6jV74T1w/s1600/FullSizeRender-2.jpg" height="632" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">sunsets on large bodies of water, namely lake michigan</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0lp1CNhR6YY/VB5DUU7Ko6I/AAAAAAAATbM/gty71FL_ifs/s1600/FullSizeRender.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0lp1CNhR6YY/VB5DUU7Ko6I/AAAAAAAATbM/gty71FL_ifs/s1600/FullSizeRender.jpg" height="632" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">water crashing on rocks</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ISdCfTJM0U0/VB5DUgx6-7I/AAAAAAAATbE/4vjgKUOev_o/s1600/IMG_0020.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ISdCfTJM0U0/VB5DUgx6-7I/AAAAAAAATbE/4vjgKUOev_o/s1600/IMG_0020.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">the doctor and amy pond. "Is it bad that I <i>really</i>&nbsp;missed this?" "Yes!"<span style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">(I knowww... I'm one of those people.)</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MPVDwZjijOc/VB5DVORwNTI/AAAAAAAATbU/nqAcKsBa0-k/s1600/IMG_0023.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MPVDwZjijOc/VB5DVORwNTI/AAAAAAAATbU/nqAcKsBa0-k/s1600/IMG_0023.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">my new studio toys</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hl350sX2CWI/VB5DVqYFPUI/AAAAAAAATbc/brJeMUeU2pM/s1600/IMG_0044.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hl350sX2CWI/VB5DVqYFPUI/AAAAAAAATbc/brJeMUeU2pM/s1600/IMG_0044.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">scented candles</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CysTbI7ACU4/VB5GtqOzDMI/AAAAAAAATb4/aRLtihBJdYU/s1600/FullSizeRender-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CysTbI7ACU4/VB5GtqOzDMI/AAAAAAAATb4/aRLtihBJdYU/s1600/FullSizeRender-3.jpg" height="634" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">hibiscus</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OsB2QQw55sg/VB5Gt8hWL9I/AAAAAAAATcA/50NfRgpIy8U/s1600/FullSizeRender-4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OsB2QQw55sg/VB5Gt8hWL9I/AAAAAAAATcA/50NfRgpIy8U/s1600/FullSizeRender-4.jpg" height="630" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">TOMS and bicycles from the 1950s</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NtTjTFbpOtg/VB5DVzf_BpI/AAAAAAAATbg/o9TeS7Cqnf0/s1600/IMG_0059.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NtTjTFbpOtg/VB5DVzf_BpI/AAAAAAAATbg/o9TeS7Cqnf0/s1600/IMG_0059.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">raindrops that make my cell phone pictures look like Van Gogh</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YEX6h54fbpM/VCAl-2ejxcI/AAAAAAAATcY/BKFhJ36Lzko/s1600/IMG_0124.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YEX6h54fbpM/VCAl-2ejxcI/AAAAAAAATcY/BKFhJ36Lzko/s1600/IMG_0124.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">carousel rides</span></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oEsT3XJ_iG8/VCAmArGEwXI/AAAAAAAATcg/iUtcGQWY53s/s1600/IMG_0091.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oEsT3XJ_iG8/VCAmArGEwXI/AAAAAAAATcg/iUtcGQWY53s/s1600/IMG_0091.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #741b47; font-size: large;">butterflies</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #191665; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" height="85" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; 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_____ _____" for the title. #ocdproblems.<br /><br />Oh my. I have been out of the blog world, folks, and I do apologize for it. My life has been multiple levels of insanity these past few weeks. Lovely, to be sure, but cuh-razy all the same.<br /><br />I have been blessed with a job at the radio station where I was interning this summer. I would use an exclamation point there, if it were not for a certain college professor of mine who may or may not read this blog and hates them and will undoubtedly harangue me for using them for something other than a legitimate exclamation. NH, know that because of your tutelage, I have restrained myself and look completely unenthusiastic about possibly one of the best things to ever happen to me. Anyway. Yes, my faithful friends and readers, I am no longer an intern, but an official, on-the-payroll Assistant Producer. I don't think I could tell you adequately what exactly it is I do, but when I have a finished project, I promise you shall be (one of) the first to see it.<br /><a name='more'></a><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c_ENKyU7whk/VB1o2ie9pbI/AAAAAAAATao/CdZ4GtF2Hi0/s1600/IMG_0023.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c_ENKyU7whk/VB1o2ie9pbI/AAAAAAAATao/CdZ4GtF2Hi0/s1600/IMG_0023.JPG" height="640" width="640" /></a></div>Those are some of my tools of the trade. And they are wonderful.<br /><br />Other than my new employment, about to start the fifth week of junior year of college, and entering the Season Of Living Away From Home Almost Every Week Because Of My Petsitting Schedule, there are really no new developments in my life that I can share here. All good things, folks, all good things. I do like the SOLAFHAEXBOMPS, though, and muchly. I like the total independence and the alone time (except that I'm not ever really alone because there are always one or two critters by my side). No complaints there.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7q8qUjF2uoQ/VBnKDTtF-bI/AAAAAAAATZs/-EYnfb0pXtY/s1600/paco.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7q8qUjF2uoQ/VBnKDTtF-bI/AAAAAAAATZs/-EYnfb0pXtY/s1600/paco.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I have the feeling he's not enjoying this picture as much as I am. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Also, Autumn. If you've been reading this wee blog of mine, you'll know that autumn is my favorite season EVER. I've already broken out the scented candles.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b>So tell me. What have you fine folks been up to? What&nbsp;mischief have you not been getting into? (Blogschief? I like.) Have I missed&nbsp;anything spectacular here in the blogosphere?</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; font-family: Cardo; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #191665; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png" height="85" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; margin-top: 0px !important; padding: 8px; position: relative;" width="200" /></a></div><div class="pinit-wrapper" style="cursor: pointer; left: 373px; opacity: 0; position: absolute; top: 5289.5px; visibility: visible; z-index: 9999;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http://www.iris-hanlin.com/2014/09/flight.html&amp;media=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P64dkqzovH0/VAe75G5lD7I/AAAAAAAATRg/utblmFd7zg8/s1600/ihbusinesscard.png&amp;description=flight" style="color: #191665; display: block; outline: none; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img class="pinimg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-y3xzTGiGzH0/UK4XOaUpdaI/AAAAAAAADw8/Z1MH4Jr4Efo/s1600/pinterestx1_72.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px !important; padding: 0px; position: relative;" title="Pin on Pinterest" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedorkblog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;//&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://instagram.com/iristhephotog" style="color: #993222; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">INSTAGRAM</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Follow or leave a comment somewhere, because I'd love to get to know you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to&nbsp;<i>CGD</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">receive posts to your inbox!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="background-color: white; clear: both; color: #333333; font-family: 'IM Fell English'; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #232323; font-family: Bentham;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><b>Copyright Iris Hanlin</b></span></span></div></div>The Starving Inspiredhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13937228257232335139noreply@blogger.com4