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Christmas

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 […]

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 […]

Still, Still, Still: The Missing Key to Adoration.

Still, Still, Still: The Missing Key to Adoration.

There’s no shame in listening to Christmas carols before Thanksgiving in my book. They somehow bring all of the sentiments we hold dear–home, family, faith, hope, love– and tie them all together in one musical, merry package. {And who can lift your spirits like Bing […]

Mary’s secret for peace {for all of us.}

Mary’s secret for peace {for all of us.}

Do you find peace elusive? Do circumstances dictate your mood? Does the behavior (or misbehavior) of others rattle you and threaten to steal your joy? On what does your happiness depend? One of the greatest lessons we can learn is that peace is not dependent […]

Frugal DIY Chalkboard Hack

Frugal DIY Chalkboard Hack

Wanted to share this quick idea with you. I came up with it while trying to think of a frugal way to decorate for a church event this weekend. Behold, the foamboard “chalkboard.” My Walmart sells black foam board near the poster board. It was […]

Virtual Christmas Open House

Virtual Christmas Open House

I love decorating, and never more than at Christmas time. It’s a love my mother taught me. And like I told you in Merry Christmas, Meager Budget , my decorations are not elaborate or expensive, but they don’t have to be. Simple things make the home […]

Thy God Shall Be Thy Glory

Thy God Shall Be Thy Glory

Today is the first day of Advent, and a special time to focus on what Christmas really means. I’m posting devotional prep that I did for my kids. We’ll be lighting a candle during dinner, to represent the one true light and HOPE coming into […]