Advent


Dark days

The point of Christmas is that Christ entered. Here. He is the last person in the world to be upset with a mess, or rattled by the unforeseen. He is acquainted with grief.

December 23, 2018

On the first day of vacation


Life around home

1. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me Mom, there’s cat poop all over the porch. 2. On the first day of vacation, My child said to me I thought it was just leaves and There’s cat poop all over the porch.   3. On the first day of vacation, My […]

December 21, 2017

Our nativities


Celebrations

Confession: I was going to entitle this post “Our Favorite Nativities,” but realized just in time I’ve never met a nativity that wasn’t my favorite. One of my goals at Christmastime is to put Baby Jesus into my children’s hands in as many ways as I can. Over the years he has played hide-and-seek with […]

December 20, 2017

Advent activities 2017


Celebrations

Most years at Christmastime, I enjoy putting together an Advent calendar for my family. The calendar varies from year to year – sometimes I focus on quiet reflection and sometimes on lively activity; sometimes I hang the activities in a long paper chain, or make a poster with flaps that open. I try to create a […]

November 30, 2017

What to buy our husbands


Celebrations

Confession: After I wrote about kids’ gifts, Claudia commented “Now what to buy our husbands…..?” Truly. So I made a flowchart to tackle that conundrum. Sorry I’m not more help. Click to view full size. To all of you, a merry Christmas Adam, which is what Kelly calls the day before Christmas Eve… And a Merry […]

December 23, 2016

Call back later


People

Confession: When my phone rang at 5:44 Monday morning, I thought it was the alarm, and groggily I punched around on its face a few times until it finally stopped. That is how I sent a text template to Faith Builders Christian School (calling to inform parents of a two-hour delay), saying Sorry, I’m busy. […]

December 19, 2016

Kids gifts under $15


Celebrations

Okay, I’m glad you weren’t holding your breath waiting for this post, because first I got sick (that is, I fell unexpectedly into a vat of back pain) and second, my suggestions involve pretty basic stuff… the kind of classic, useful, and slightly educational gifts I love for my children to receive. If you like […]

November 14, 2016

Christmas giving


Celebrations

“To: GOD! From: Kelly! Dear God, I’m exitet For you’r Birth-Day, at Chrismas!! Love, Kelly” I know it’s terribly uncouth to mention the word “Christmas” too early, but I waited as long as I could. Could we just call it “The busy season of merriment and festivities that fast approacheth” for short? It’s coming. It’s […]

November 7, 2016

Ginger cookies filled with buttercream


Food, People

She made them better than anyone else could: small and perfect rounds, soft and sugared. And then she’d make them in miniature, the size of an American quarter, just for the little people. We called her Tiny Grandma, and her hallmark cookies? Ginger. I have her recipe, and when I bake her cookies I remember […]

December 22, 2014