About a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Gayle. She came to our farm to interview me for a short alumni highlight feature in the Calvin College "Spark" magazine (look for it this winter, all you Calvin grads!). We instantly connected over our deep love and appreciation for beauty and had the most delightful and moving conversation about hope, dreams and faith. Gayle stopped by yesterday again to visit, introduce a friend and bring me this lovely gift - a copy of her book about Advent. I started to read the introduction today, but had to stop because it was too beautiful and I couldn't handle it. I can't wait to slowly read and ruminate on her words during Advent. Today, I am thankful for fellow Lovers of Beauty, those who actively seek beauty in all it's many forms.