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My Best Mornings

April 17, 2018 by

“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and… fishing.”
—Norman Maclean


Several days out of the week now I wake up to an empty house. I walk across the ironbark floor, stir up the fire and realize, once again, that every single one of my men are gone.

I light the candle and brew the coffee in the predawn darkness and rejoice.

Fishing at dawn

Author's husband with a fish

I know my guys are all at church. They’re just getting in a little early morning worship.

They’ll be back in time for work and for school. They’ll be back with muddy jeans and a shine in their eyes and peace in their hearts. Often, in this kind of silence, the best stuff can speak and be heard.

It’s just another glorious morning in “God’s own country” and the cod are on the bite.

To keep up with Norann and her thoughts on motherhood, discipleship, and great recipes, follow her on Twitter at @NorannV. Comments

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Norann Voll

Norann Voll lived in New York’s Hudson Valley until moving to the Danthonia Bruderhof in New South Wales, Australia in 2002...

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  • You're so welcome, Janet. I am always drawn back to water because it is such a healing thing. All the best, Norann

    Norann Voll
  • Thank you for your post. It somehow quietly washed over me with peace and love for each other.