Last Things

by | Dec 2, 2013 | Uncategorized


Today is my last marble in the jar for Living the Story, my column at  I’ve thought about it over the last few weeks as often as I eat lunch.

My time writing stories there started as divine providence, an unexpected gift on my birthday. A year later, I look back with surprise for what God knows is obvious. It was never about what I assumed it would be when I accepted the position as Content Editor.

I would be honored if you would join me in the comments for my story about last things here. I’m having a lot of those lately.


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  1. Lynn Morrissey

    I LOVE the photo, potatoes and all, but mostly the gorgeous faces! Happy Thanksigiving, Shelly!

  2. Celeste

    I am a cross between strawberry/ rhubarb pie( summer) and blueberry.
    Funny thing is that I didn’t notice the potatoes I was too busy looking at the people……still working on ÿour question.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  3. Emma

    The potato photo really made me laugh – love it! I’ve got a bird fact on my list of things I learnt too – amazing how God made them. Hope you’ve had a fab thanksgiving.

  4. DeanneMoore

    Pretty taters! 🙂 I like all pies except mincemeat. I don’t know if other people call cobblers pies but I do. I like peach and blueberry crumble which is a version of cobbler. The crust is on top instead of the bottom and crunchy from butter and sugar. Ice cream necessary with this one. If I want to be loved, I take this dessert to get-togethers :). BTW, the best pumpkin pie recipe is the Eagle Brand Condensed Milk Pumpkin pie recipe. And just to whine a little, the nearest Trader Joe’s to my house is at least 6 hours away. There isn’t even one in my state. Such a bummer. I am so glad you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and you let your uncle have the camera so you could be in the pics even though you were slightly out of focus. Love Harrison’s steampunk!

  5. Kailey

    I’m pretty sure that the things you post every month ALWAYS make my brain bigger. Seriously! How do you find all of these neat facts?? As for the potato picture, hilarious! Aren’t the potatoes really what it’s all about, though? Bummer about the organic pie! My family was sweet enough to make everything gluten free for me (even the pie crust) so I didn’t push for organic pumpkin filling too, and I’m thinking I made the right choice…Libby’s all the way! 🙂

    As always, love your post and your writing! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family! 🙂

  6. Nancy Ruegg

    Your list made me “Wow” with wonder and laugh with pleasure. ‘Have to say it again–‘love these lists. Please keep them coming! This month I learned that the new tree lights we bought this year are strung closer together than the old ones. After placing three strands (150 lights each) on the tree I realized the remaining three strands would not begin to finish the job, and had to start over. If you buy new lights this year, beware!

  7. Ashley Wells

    The mashed potato picture? Hilarious! So true!!!

  8. Lisa

    Umm, fruit pies
    and Advent really starts in Genesis. 🙂

  9. Emily

    Great artwork from your son! Glad you had a chance to share laughter with your family. I am partial to blueberry and chocolate pies.

  10. Mindy Whipple

    Such fun facts – and I agree that you can’t beat a Libby’s pumpkin pie (although my favorite is strawberry rhubarb or maybe apple…) I love your #9, reminds me of my own family, and the memories you are making.

  11. Lynn Morrissey

    Hmmm, Shelly, it looks as if the mashed-potato comments remain under the new entry and photo, but I’ll go ahead and comment about Last Things. To everything there is a season and a purpose under heaven. It’s wise to know when to begin and when to end, as long as it’s the Lord who does the leading, and we who do the following. Endings can be bittersweet, but they are always the prelude to something new–a new beginning. And I am glad that you are counting and marbles and days with precious Murielle. This new beginning time in her life means a new beginning for the two of you as mother and daughter, and one that I know will be rich and rewarding as you relate adult to adult. God will lead you both, and you will have much to share and over which to rejoice together.

    • Shelly Miller

      I’ve had some issues again with my website Lynn. For some strange reason the comments to my Friday post have attached themselves here and the post, along with another has completely vanished. It’s been a hard day. Thank you for stopping here to comment, your words are always a bright spot in my day.

      • Lynn Morrissey

        As you always are in mine. Bless you.
        And may the Lord banish the blog gremlins! Who knows?! Tomorrow is another day, and I’m so grateful that His mercies are new every morning!

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