Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May your days be filled with the love and joy of Christ, and may you feel the peace of knowing Immanuel – God with us!   Merry Christmas!

When the World is a Mess at Christmas

Ten days before Christmas and it gets to feeling like the whole wide world is crumbling all around you. Squabbles over red cups drown out the songs of a Savior. And the tones of the bell ringers ring muffled by anger rising in the streets. And although it seems quite trivial, I never did print […]

From Our Family to Yours

It may be loud. It will definitely be messy. There may be struggles, and even a bit of down-right ugly. But in the midst of it all is the sweet, glorious reminder that this baby, whom we celebrate today, was born to die – bringing hope, peace, and joy to our messy, crazy, blessed lives. […]

Do Your Kids Believe in Santa?

It’s the question we get asked over and over again this time of year. Here’s my answer typed out from a couple years ago. I hope you’ll find lots of grace in these words, as we focus on the greatest Gift of Christmas. Eyes aglow and face full of excitement, my little boy jumped up […]

When Christmas Feels a Bit Like a Mess

Because sometimes maybe we all feel like a Christmas mess… Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that quick glance at Facebook. At that post by the mom who has all her Christmas shopping and wrapping and bow-tying done. And there were gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, and she managed to sneak out to Starbucks and […]

Merry Christmas! from our family to yours

Merry Christmas! Today as you tie that last bow or snap pictures by the tree. As you breathe in the time slipping or eat Christmas treats. As you hold a sick child or drive for miles. As you scrub crusty dishes or see the sparkle in their smiles. As you love on the big, small, […]

Why We Tell the Truth About Santa (it may not be what you think)

Eyes aglow and face full of excitement, my little boy jumped up and down exclaiming, “There’s Santa!! There’s Santa!! That’s the REAL Santa Claus, Mommy! Isn’t it!?” Wrapped in the whimsical beauty of the cold night, we sat clapping and waving and hovering together under coats and blankets at the Christmas parade. From the moment […]

When Needing the Truth This Christmas

Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that quick glance at Facebook. At that post by the mom who has all her Christmas shopping done, and there were gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, and she managed to sneak out to Starbucks and was now pleasantly enjoying her Peppermint Mocha while she waited for the timer to […]

One Way to Survive Advent

‘Twas the night before advent and all through the house this momma went scrambling right up until midnight. Searching through sparkles and ribbon and her own heart and things – trying to find a way to make this Christmas about Jesus. The tree had been chopped and only half the lights strung, as newspaper and […]

Unwrapping Truth in the Tinsel

The wrapping paper has been torn- the gifts played with for many hours already. There’s something special about staying in your jammies all day long, and eating a “gourmet” Christmas meal with your slippers still on. And now cherishing the days in between celebrations. Each of the last few days I’ve heard, “I wish we […]