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Long Expected Jesus

Long Expected Jesus

Expectancy. To expect. To look forward to. To anticipate. Some say that expectations are little more than premeditated resentments. I guess we learn from living in a broken world that it’s safer not to expect too much, not to set our hearts on anything, not to […]

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

I can hardly believe that my son, Matthew, will be home in a few days for Christmas vacation. The anticipation of the season has been sweet. We’ve purposefully marked our calendar to include times of rest and solitude which has made this Christmas the most […]

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

Be still: resist the Christmas urgency.

The Christmas season tends to scream URGENCY, from the way marketers flash goods in our face like theres a scarcity of products and we must grab them all up before someone else gets them, to the jam-packed calendars we cram full of good things we […]

The Holidays Are Not All About Me and Other Grounding Truths for the Season

The Holidays Are Not All About Me and Other Grounding Truths for the Season

It’s mid-November and I nearly hyperventilated last week in Target. I was shopping with my Mom and she asked if I could pick out a few toys for our little guy. I walked up and down the aisles, my eyes glazed over at the toy walls […]

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars. I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch. I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but […]

Blessing others by actually saying it out loud.

Blessing others by actually saying it out loud.

Last week I was blessed by an audible voice. It wasn’t God’s voice, but it was the truth of God through the lips of a friend. She’s a rare gift, a woman who speaks the truth of Scripture wisely and appropriately and who lives a […]

The Beauty of Ordinary Homemaking

The Beauty of Ordinary Homemaking

I’ve been focusing my reading on home making recently, a subject which intrigues and inspires me and puts me at odds with the feminists in my life. Maybe I’m strange, but I love taking care of our home and the people who enter here. There’s […]

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

It’s Monday and time for another challenge. This week’s challenge is to make a special dinner or tea time for your family. Special doesn’t mean you have to cook all day. Special means thought and love went into the planning the details. I absolutely love […]

The God-Centered Marriage: great resource for struggling Christian marriages.

The God-Centered Marriage: great resource for struggling Christian marriages.

Strong marriages have become a taboo subject in even Christian circles. We are expected to tout the line that marriage is messy and hard and we are so flawed that we’re destined to hurt each other. As a mom with kids who are entering the […]

Cozy Home Challenge Part 3 {Invite Someone Over}

Cozy Home Challenge Part 3 {Invite Someone Over}

Happy Monday! We’re in the middle of the cranberry harvest–an absolutely gorgeous time of year! Believe it or not we had to pause the picking because we are waiting for the cranberries to turn cranberry! Today’s Cozy Home Challenge is to invite someone over. There’s […]