One of the strangest feelings for a Michigander is to sit on the back deck in December with nothing but a cup of coffee and a light blanket. It doesn’t feel right; I need snow for it to be Christmas. Or at least some frost on the ground. But when the sun’s gleaming through the trees, the coffee pot is still on, and the dog’s keeping your lap warm, I don’t mind trading Michigan for Huntsville for a few more hours. Besides, Laurie’s house feels a lot like home, cozily tucked back in the woods at the top of a hill.

I couldn’t tell you much about Huntsville, AL before I began working with Shattered Media, Inc. I had heard of it, but before I met my coworkers, I didn’t know it was home to NASA’s Space Camp or the Army’s Redstone Arsenal. And before I visited for the company Christmas party, I couldn’t have told you it held stunning red earth, elegantly rolling mountains and lush green plains. I had no idea it was the perfect mix of city and country.

Or about its people, who would become like family.

I sat across from Laurie and ordered my usual, eggs and pancakes, as the waiter at Another Broken Egg Cafe kept my coffee topped off. It was perfect—the company, the breakfast, the mug.

Shattered Media, Inc. is all about stories—we tell the stories of God at work in the world and in our own lives. And that morning over breakfast, I heard more of Laurie’s story, and shared some of my own.

Now every time I use this mug, I can’t help but smile at the home-away-from-home Huntsville, Shattered, and my friend Laurie have in my soul.


Monday Mugs is where I tell the stories behind my coffee mugs. Each one holds a story (and coffee, of course) of somewhere I’ve been or something I’ve seen. The photos are my actual mugs, not lookalikes found online. So grab one of your own mugs (fill it with coffee first) and hear the stories of mine. And don’t forget the cream and sugar.

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