• advent journal: caught by surprise

    by  • December 9, 2016 • advent journal, community, friends, love • 12 Comments

    My plan for this evening was to write my blog post. Ginger was finishing her sermon for Sunday. The two of us were at a coffee shop in Branford, the town next to us. About seven, she said she was hungry and suggested we pick up a gift certificate we had at home for a restaurant across the town green from our house. When we pulled in the driveway, we both noticed the lights on in the barn. “You get the lights and I’ll grab the gift certificate and meet you back here at the car,” she said. I opened the barn door and found this:


    Needless to say, I didn’t write tonight because love caught me by surprise. Our friends here in town threw a birthday party for me in our barn. (My birthday—my sixtieth birthday—is Monday.) Even in Guilford, Connecticut, it seems love surprises you by showing up in the barn. Gloria in excelsis de0.



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    12 Responses to advent journal: caught by surprise

    1. December 9, 2016 at 10:47 pm


    2. Suzanne Cate
      December 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      How wonderful!!!!

    3. Mitchell Covert Payton
      December 10, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Wish I were there …

      • December 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        Thanks, Mitch. Wish we were close enough to hang out.

    4. Carrie
      December 10, 2016 at 2:34 am

      Happy Birthday Milton

    5. Wynne Cook
      December 10, 2016 at 5:08 am

      Happiest Birthday Milton! They surprised you just as you have done for countless others around your loving table.

    6. Leah
      December 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Milton! Happy 60th!

    7. Julianne
      December 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

      happy birthday, joyous Advent, very merry Christmas!

    8. Maggie
      December 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

      De-O, O, “Oh!”

    9. Susan Row
      December 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Complete chill bumps reading this one . . . and a great big smile.

    10. December 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Best bth surprise ever. How much you are loved and appreciated!

    11. Shari Farlee
      December 12, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Happy Birthday!! I forwarded your post to many friends. We all need any good news these days and the scene in your barn was one we could all lust for. Thanks for all the good words, many more to come.

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