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

The moral of Thanksgiving


Celebrations, Promoted

Once upon a time, the Pilgrims and Native Americans got together for a big fiesta. They ate venison and corn, pumpkins and nuts and delicacies until they were full, giving thanks for a great year together. And that’s how it all started. But this week my daughter was reading a children’s book about what happened […]

November 22, 2017

Our Passover 2017


Celebrations

Confession: Even though the month of April is history, I still want to share pictures of our Passover supper with you. For the past two years, we’ve chosen to celebrate a Passover feast with our children on the Thursday night before Easter, as part of remembering Jesus’ last days before death. My giant disclaimer fits […]

May 24, 2017

Thoughts after the holiday


Celebrations

Congratulations, everybody. We made it through another Mother’s Day. All you dads thought of something heart-warming and appropriate to give your wives, or survived the humiliation if you did not. All you church leaders and Sunday school teachers avoided the fraught topics, or not, but at least it’s behind you. You women who wonder if […]

May 15, 2017

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

Handmade notes of Thanksgiving


Creations, Something from nothing

Confession: Sometimes I am tired of confessing my idiocies. If you’re tired of hearing of them, don’t worry—you’re not nearly as tired as I am of committing them. I told Alison this week that “any organizational/ navigational skills I have are a desperate attempt to get a handle on my naturally forgetful and scatterbrained self. […]

November 25, 2014