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Christmas

Christmas Priorities

Our Christmas tree is up and there are lights on the outside of our house. That’s about the extent of the Christmas decorating that has happened here at our house. I’m thinking I might get some more decorations out this afternoon, but I might not get there. And that’s OK. Usually by Dec. 8, Christmas … Continue reading »

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Fingerprints

I wrestle with little white lights to cover the burnt-out section of a well-loved tree… And I find fingerprints. I squeeze underneath the bristly branches as the bell on the skirt sings a jingle jangle… And I find fingerprints. I hang each stocking marked with silver, glitter-splotched letters from berries of red… And I find … Continue reading »

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Everyday Christmas

I had a great time today speaking to the ladies at the MOPS group at Lawrence Free Methodist church about how to incorporate Jesus into our existing Christmas traditions. If you’re looking for a Christmas devotional, check out my e-book Everyday Christmas, which offers food for your soul and some great ideas about how to … Continue reading »

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Something Precious

I have a mommy confession. Wait. Scratch that. It’s more like I have a mommy obsession. Every fall, I find myself in valiant pursuit of that one precious all-the-children picture. And every year, there is one backdrop that has never let me down… The Weston Red Barn Farm. It’s rustic and charming and surrounded by … Continue reading »

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Christmas Night

The packages had all been opened. The Christmas dinner was history. Presents had been played with and put away. And one tired 10-year-old was headed to bed — in tears. As she laid her head on the pillow, I heard the words “Christmas is over. I don’t want it to be over.” At first, I … Continue reading »

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When Christmas Disappoints

We exchanged gifts with my parents last night, and my older daughter was a little disappointed. She’s at that tough age where she’s outgrown toys, but she isn’t yet excited by clothes and she’s not much into video games. She didn’t ask for much, so I kept most of the things she asked for to … Continue reading »

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From Party to Serving Others

Today is my favorite day of the Christmas season. It’s cookie party day. The girls have eight friends coming over this morning for our annual cookie party. We’re going to go serve others by sorting books for a local charity followed by a pizza lunch and some cookie decorating. As my girls have gotten older … Continue reading »

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Find the Manger and Ignore the Mess

My older daughter hurt her shoulder at soccer practice on Tuesday night. We’re no stranger to injury in this house. With two kids playing sports, injuries happen. We own a brace for almost all appendages. But we’ve never injured a shoulder before. I knew we were in trouble when I took her to the doctor … Continue reading »

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Don’t Miss the Wonder

My younger daughter played a hockey game on her rink’s outdoor sheet of ice on Sunday. The weather was gorgeous — 45 degrees with a brilliant sunset for a background. Most of us quit watching the game simply to watch the sunset. The kids were awestruck as well, turning around on the bench to take … Continue reading »

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The Perfect Christmas

The nativity scene that sits on my hearth is a mess. Someone has moved all the people around. The stable is leaning against the fireplace. Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus are out in the field with the shepherds, and the only person in the stable is a wise man. It looks less like the … Continue reading »

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