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January 14, 2020

Today I have my friend Forky here to help me explain more about being a Good Logger. Enjoy a snippet of our conversation. 

Forky: Work. What is work?

Addie: Well, Forky, work is when you're not resting.

Forky: What's "resting"?

Addie: Resting is when you're not working. 


January 8, 2020

November 30 of last year I sat down to plan out December. Trying to make the season reflective and festive, I wrote an activity-per-day to help my children celebrate and anticipate Christmas Day. Sometimes the day's activity was simple like "make Christmas cookies" and...

December 3, 2019

Standing in line, I awkwardly try to avoid eye contact with others as I ponder what’s going to when we get to the front. I’ve never been on this ride before; it’s new since the last time I was at Disneyland. Actually, I’ve never been this part of Disney before, so it’s...

November 19, 2019

I knew you back then. We met every day, even many times a day. Always there. You comforted me when I was sad, rejoiced with me when I was celebrating. Always willing to spend the time.

But, you made me sick. I’d been sick for a long time, never realizing the cause was y...

November 12, 2019

Am I enough? Am I doing enough? Of course I am not because otherwise there would be no need for Jesus. I am only enough through you Jesus. The fact that I cannot do anything and everything should point me to Jesus but instead it just makes me feel worse. I think, "If o...

October 25, 2019

Her earrings dangle, sparkling in the spotlight. Simple black T-shirt and black pants. No shoes, but black socks instead. Her hair a Rapunzel blonde provide a frame around her welcoming smiling face, outlined with red shiny glasses. 

"The winter of 2009 was an unfo...

October 22, 2019

Beyond the Shallow: How Suffering Led Me to the Deep End of Grace 

Paperback – November 15, 2019

by Michelle Bates  

Suffering. Even the word incites a cringe. Nobody wants to suffer. Nobody signs up for heartache and pain. A "good" life might be summarized as o...

October 15, 2019

This blog is named The Good Logger, borrowed from Wendell Berry's "A Forest Conversation" from Our Only World

“A bad logger goes to the woods thinking of what he can take out. A good logger goes to the woods thinking of what he should leave" (47).

A good logger leaves...

October 3, 2019

I get really close to her face, trying to hold the eyeliner pencil steady. Don’t move I say. Stay still I say. She closes her eyes and I lightly draw with the soft brown pencil. Next, the eyeshadow. First dark, then medium, then light. She opens her eyes and smiles and...

September 24, 2019

The Clothed in Dignity project is about 75% complete and I am weary! Each day I wear a dress and each day the to-do list is a mile long, filled with things that have nothing to do with the project or Peoria Home. Such is life. I am grateful for the opportunity to raise...

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