Last Thursday night, Shea and I went on a date. We had dinner and then we hit Barnes and Noble to spend a gift card. On our way out, a man approached us cautiously and asked for money. He said “We need gas to drive to Eugene.” I looked in the car behind him and saw a woman. I knew I had some cash … Read More A Holy Family
You guys, I have shown you my very cool Advent calendar: A magnetic nativity scene where each day the kids open the door and place another character into the picture. Do you know that in the middle of my prayerful and restful Advent, my oldest and youngest child were doing their best to block the baby Jesus spot so that the middle … Read More Merry Christmas
You know we like Advent over here. But every year we buckle down to observe the holy heck of out Advent and we notice that the crap still creeps in. Like Tuesday I’m sitting on my yoga mat before class, meditating (aka: trying to talk myself out of bailing and going for coffee) and I can’t help but hear the conversations around me that … Read More Get ‘er Done
“Let’s get a tree!” I said. Shea looked at me warily. “Same place as last year?” “No! For five bucks we can cut it down ourselves out in the woods. Just think of it, honey! A FREE RANGE Christmas tree!” Saturday we were out the door by 9:15 am. Saw? Check. Permit? Check. Rope? Check. Coat for Annie? Not so much. Although we didn’t … Read More Free Range Christmas Trees
Can we start with this: On Christmas Eve, it snowed on our hill. Look at my babies. They have no idea what to do. On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a dessert hack. Our new home town is also home to Harry and David, gourmet grocers, famous for their Moose Munch and gift baskets. Their flagship store also … Read More Christmas Cobbler
I’ve been trying to write this post about the Drummer Boy and folks who don’t go to church because they think they aren’t good enough. It wasn’t working. I was trying too hard to say the right words. So here are the true words instead. My favorite Christmas song is “The Little Drummer Boy”. I like it because it’s a song for the outcasts. … Read More Come As You Are
Amy is how we all got to know Meg. We prayed for her health and then we prayed her through the door of this life into the next. Meg left behind a husband and two young girls, one only an infant. This is their first Christmas without their mama. No doubt, Meg’s husband Sam will struggle as he learns to walk without his partner, … Read More A Season of Hope ~ Guest Post by Amy
I watched a woman be rude to a Macy’s employee yesterday. Not in a way that I could have stopped. But she communicated clearly that she thought the Macy’s employee was personally responsible for the fact that the clothes she had purchased didn’t fit and wasn’t smart enough to make it right. When she left, the Macy’s lady was so upset that her hands … Read More The Least of These
I hate the summers Inland California. Hate is a strong word, I know, but I mean it with every fiber of my being. Sometime in early June, the thermometer hits 97 and it doesn’t dip below that number for the next four months. In other places, summer lasts 75-90 days. Here: 120. Our summer is like winter in Wisconsin or Maine. The kids cannot … Read More Roasting
Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance. Be with us as we sing the ironies … Read More Joy to the World!
Super excited to introduce Vanessa of Suburban Mama Goddess today. We are reblogging her post “Favorite Things, Eh?” for our Canadian friends. As Vanessa says, we haven’t all met in person, but no matter. We are kindred spirits still. Enjoy! Favourite Things, Eh Recently, a friend (I can call her that with complete confidence thorough we have never met in-person because she is the … Read More Suburban Mama Goddess: Favorite Things, Eh?
This post originally ran on Christmas Eve last year on another blog. We bring it back because we love this song and the message it has for parents. “The Little Drummer Boy” is my favorite Christmas song. It makes me cry every year, this song about two little poor boys and their gifts. One, with his drum; One, with His endless capacity for love … Read More Drummer Boy ~ Jen