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Longleaf pine seedlings after a site prep burn.

Hey friends! Darby is having severe blog withdrawals and has asked me (Justin) to let you folks know that we are, in fact, alive but that we still don’t have internet at our new house. So rather than work on bonified billable work, I am blogging for her while she gets our house ready all by her pregnant self!
We have spent that past week in our new house and are enjoying it immensely–and we’ve added our cur to the list of occupants. I don’t have any pics to share concerning our house or our family but I do happen to have a nice shot of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) seedlings that were planted on our farm after a prescribed burn last year.
By the way, I’ve been reading some of Martin Luther’s sermonds that he preached in 1532 during the Advent and on Christmas day. Wonderful stuff! And did you know that he is to thank for putting lights on Christmas trees? It’s true. You can find that and other great stories of Christmas traditions in Ace Collins’ book The Stories Behind the Traditions of Christmas.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christ-centered Christmas!


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  • erika
    December 18, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Carlos Santana, (aka “Justin”)
    Did you sign that blog -“Christmas”…?
    I hope no one thinks your house burnt down. That photo is a little disturbing. However you’ll be glad to know that the Pt Washington State Forest is burning right now… prescribed of course.
    I’ll add that Christmas traditions book to my Amazon wish list.
    peace JJ,

  • Ashley
    December 19, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Thanks, Justin for the update! I was wondering where Darby had been! I’ll make sure Walker checks out your post…He’s all about a prescribed burn…he even got certified last year. Can’t wait to see the house pictures! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Household6
    December 20, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Glad to know you all are doing well! I’m so glad that picture wasn’t a picture of where you house used to be ,YIKES!! My kiddos and I just read a book called “The Legend of the Christmas Tree” (which is VERY corny) but it does mention that Martin Luther was the first to put lights on a tree. We have loved learning about Christmas traditions this year! Merry Christmas Sticklers!!!


  • The Lane Family
    December 20, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    I too became a little worried when I saw the pic and then got a little laugh out of the comments before me of others who thought the same thing! I cant wait to see posts of the new home! I’ll bet Darby is working too hard on that home! Merry Christmas!

  • Dena
    December 21, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    I am sooo impressed that a hubby is a blogger – I don’t think any of my friends hubbies even know how to log on! way to go – can’t wait to see pictures of the new house and CHRISTmas!

  • The Lane Family
    December 22, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Dude! I thought I was going to get to help you with that!!!!
    –Clay Lane

  • erika
    January 2, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    when will you be back sister? I MISS YOU!!