In my defense, “normal” wasn’t a bad thing. But if I stayed in that place of wishing and striving to get things back to how they used to be, I’d miss out on today.Read more
I love the quiet moments of the Christmas season.
But at 4AM yesterday as I soothed a coughing toddler, and scrolled Pinterest for freezer meal plans as we prepare for Connor’s birth in a few moths, I thought about how little silence was likely found in that first Christmas experience.
I’m a big advocate for creating your own family traditions—even as a pre-kids family of two!
Jared and I married in September 2008, which meant the holiday season beckoned right around the corner from our autumn wedding day. At that point, we still lived in California, a 30-minute drive from my parent’s house and much of my extended family. His grandma also lived in close proximity, and his parents were a day’s drive away in Oregon.
We love our families and have many fond memories of holiday celebrations together, that December we had a choice to make about our inaugural Christmas holiday. We decided to celebrate as a family. Just the two of us.Read more
Giving thanks to God for His acts of love in this woman’s life made Luke 7 into a testimony, not just a story. Even thinking about it now, I’m brought to tears and I want to dance at the same time. Her son was dead and Jesus brought him back to life!
I recently read a book that sparked this same sense of biblical reality. In Talking To Jesus, Jeannie Blackmer flips the script on Bible stories.Read more
It’s easy to feel alone. We can live surrounded by kids, friends, and family and still feel overlooked. Outnumbered by piles of laundry and overcome by the needs of the day.
Even in the middle of a conversation, I’ve found myself wondering, “Do they really understand?”Read more