Brain crumbs

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I haven’t had it in me to write something meaty. So here are some scraps of stories and thoughts from the last few weeks.


Just once, I would like to hear a country song in which the woman is driving and the man is riding shotgun. Come on.


I know that I’ve recently changed my entire life, city, job, house, everything, and this change is mostly exciting and good — but no matter where I live or what I’m doing, I think I will always fantasize about scrapping everything, driving away, and living out of a Scamp.


I hired a company to install a custom fence all the way around my house. I was VERY particular about the type of fence I wanted, and it turns out that while this style is found in abundance in Seattle, Portland, and Denver, apparently it doesn’t exist in Minneapolis; I contacted multiple companies to get quotes, and only found one who was open to even trying to build it. It feels good to be a local trailblazer, and based on the fabulous almost-end result (it should be finished by the end of day today, tomorrow at the latest), I have a feeling that Minneapolitans are about to be circling my block, inspired to copy this crazy-wonderful cattle panel (also known as hog wire) fence. I’ll be sure to share pictures when it’s finished.


Latest letter from my Compassion International kid (7-years old):

Dear Miss Annie Parsons,
Hello, Miss Annie! I received your letter. I enjoyed reading your letter.
I don’t like music. I want to be a soldier. Please pray for me that my dream will come true. This is my letter for now.
From, Nathanael


This weekend, I made a quick trip to Madison, Wisconsin. From my limited time there, I’ve decided that I love it and would definitely go back for further exploration (so much beautiful water!).

I kind of forgot to take pictures, although when I got home, I did find two back-to-back shots that made me shake my head.

Here’s the first:

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Never mind that I cut out the image of the UFO hovering over the words. As one for whom faith is hard-fought (“faith like a child” is not my strong suit), this felt like a heart-cry.

The very next picture was this:

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I FOUND THE STONE TABLE, cracked in half, with Aslan nowhere to be found. If that isn’t irony/happenstance/a gentle prodding, I don’t know what is.


Sending hugs and brownies your way this Monday. You can do it!



  1. Andrea on October 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM


  2. Maria B on October 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Believing is hard but I think He really, really can take the desire to believe and run with it.

    Also I would also really like to believe in UFO’s. Right?

    Nathanael is my man crush Monday. I always send my little buddy hot wheels. A different hot wheel every time. I like to think it’s her “thing” now, you know? Like she’s known around her village as the hot wheels girl.

  3. Leigh Kramer on October 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Way to find the stone table! Also, Madison is fantastic. Glad you got to experience it!

    And it’s Minneapolitans? You learn something new every day.

  4. ash on October 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I really, really, really love you. I laughed out loud at the child’s dislike of music but soldier prayer request.


  5. rachel on October 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    wow!! those are amazing.

  6. Allison on October 14, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    quality chronicles reference.

  7. Anna Marie Farmer on October 15, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Oh Annie, love your thoughts here! Please won’t you write us that country song?! ;)

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