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Please excuse my blogging absence. My family was involved in a horrible car accident on Sunday, January 25th, and while we are all sore and bruised but okay, there was a fatality, and it has rocked our world. The aftermath has been both overwhelming and devastating and will take time to heal and recover from.

I will be back.

Family prayer - the tradition continues


Last Sunday afternoon marked the 15th year of a beloved annual tradition... Halverson Family Prayer Day. 

I've written about it before (I've actually mentioned it every year since I started blogging), and I've decided I like that... having it included here on my blog... to remember

We started family prayer with Russ's parents, aunt, and siblings back when the kids were babies, some not born yet, and us adults would try to get as far away from the noise and crying and chaos as we could and then make it real quick before someone got injured. And now we have seniors in high school and everyone is involved, and man, is that something special.

It always starts with gathering for a meal. 
(We really like to eat.)

We talk and visit and shake our heads at what happens every single time the cousins get together (mass ipod/ipad gameage).

And then we casually begin, reading the things that we prayed for at the start of the previous year (that we wrote down and stored in a jar to remember), and sharing how those things turned out... all the kids included. We have found that nothing is more encouraging than looking back and seeing how faithful God is in the big and in the little. Sometimes our prayers are answered quickly and incredibly. Sometimes they end up taking all year, or several years, or are still continuing. And sometimes it seems like they weren't answered at all but the looking back makes us realize God did or is doing something even better.

Next we share any other praise reports of cool things God did over the course of the year.

And then we share what (and often, who) we are lifting up in prayer for the new year, and write them down and put them in a jar.

Everyone shares. Everyone opens up their hearts. Everyone feels supported and unashamed and hopeful.

And then Gary, my father-in-law, prays.

And then we jump and shout and hug and dance when the Seahawks come back from behind and win to make it into the Superbowl because we totally waited till halftime to start prayer and then turned the game back on to watch the end the second we were done. 

It's a very solemn occasion. 

What I Wore


No. 1
Target sweatshirt, Burlington scarf, Big Star jeans, converse sneakers

No. 2 
Costco sweatshirt, Maurice's shirt, American Eagle jeans, Matisse boots

No. 3 
Banana Republic dress, Costco leggings & jacket, Matisse boots
(please excuse my extremely wet hair. I was in a hurry.)

No. 4 
TJ Maxx top, American Eagle jeans, Matisse boots, Christmas gift scarf

So my mirror fell off my closet door and broke, again (this is the 3rd mirror in as many years). I use the 3m velcro strips (and plenty of them too) because the door is hollow, how else are you supposed to attach something to it? I need answers! (And a new mirror.) 

pleated poppy

Monday Confessional: I feel old


Yesterday, while over at my in-law's house, Cooper discovered a box of outdated stuff cleaned out from a friend's garage.

He picked this out of the box, tuned it to a radio station, and came over to Russ and I over-the-moon excited... "Mom, Dad, I got it to work!"

I said, "What? a cassette tape?"
Cooper: "No, the radio!"
Me: "Oh was it broken?"
Cooper: "No. But it's actually playing!"
Me: "I don't understand why this is exciting..."
Cooper: "This is VINTAGE! It's in Guardians of the Galaxy!"

And that's when we realized Cooper had never seen a walkman before, except in a movie. 

Listen. If stuff from the 90's is already being considered "vintage" then I'm in a whole heap of trouble. 

(Off to show Cooper what a discman is now...) 

The Friday Photo Dump


I should say, the massive Friday photo dump, because that's what this is. MASSIVE. 
I don't know how these things get away from me... perhaps the fact that I'm now into season 4 of Gilmore Girls? 
(Please don't be too concerned for me though, because I'm all caught up on laundry and have cooked homemade meals several times ;)

We've also had some family movie nights (Blake snuggled on Kendall's lap for this one. CUTEST THING.)

Cooper finished 5/6th grade basketball (and then started playing up with the 7/8th grade team... le sigh.)

Blake finished his basketball season, and I said hallelujah to our first Saturday morning home since soccer started in September.

Then I discovered coconut truffles and DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN

Russ and I had a fun night out in Portland with my family,

(I love downtown Portland, especially on a beautiful night)

I went to Ikea for the first time and bought a closet scarf holder that has changed my life.

We celebrated the Ducks victory over Florida State, and then cringed our way through the national championship game this past Monday.

We also celebrated my friend Kristie's 40th with a night out line-dancing!

I took a couple of naps with this sweet boy...

See, homemade meal?! (Just call me the stir fry queen)

and discovered my new favorite yogurt brand (or at least a solid tie with Noosa.)

Poor Kendall had an allergic reaction to antibiotics and was out of school for a couple days (it's all cleared now, thank heavens)

and I attended the sweetest shower for my friend Nicole who is having a little girl.

If the coconut truffles weren't bad (er, good) enough, I then discovered these and can't make up my mind on which one is more amazing!

And Wednesday night, oh Wednesday night... was FANTASTIC.

Jana and I had ourselves the time of our liiiives at Dirty Dancing on Broadway at the Keller
(again in Downtown Portland where I may have wished I could live for a month.) 

But no, instead I'm at home in bed with a cold and an especially naggy cough and see season 5 on the horizon this weekend. 

Hope yours is a little more exciting! Happy Friday!