Colleen Blooms

Author of Elly in Bloom, former wedding florist, happily married Lutheran, chocolate lover, pop culture fan, bookworm, Ranunculus Adventures blogger, nerd, and horrible crafter.

You can visit my author website here: www.colleenoakes.net

or find my book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Elly-In-Bloom-Colleen-Oakes/dp/1477514120

 

Our Deep Twisted Relationship With TV: Why I Can't Quit 'Downton Abbey'

More than a week after the Downton finale, I’m still thinking about what went wrong. I happened upon both major plot twists via spoilers, and yet, they were awful just the same. Awful because they were tragic and because they had me wondering if the writing is losing me. All the same, it seems it will be an eternity until the next season begins. Like Losties to the Island, Downton, I can’t quit you....more
I love the tie in with LOST here.  It does have many of the same aspects of LOST, mostly that it ...more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
I'm no a fan of the whole "Be good because someone is watching" thing.  No.  Be good because ...more

Waiting at Christmas: Keeping the Bittnerness at Bay

The holidays are the hardest to be without a child. Last Christmas I thought, "We will for sure have a child by then!" And we didn't. Christmas morning felt a little empty. Being around relatives with young children was painful for both of us. I thought, "Thank goodness I will never have to do this again." Well, it turns out that God has other plans for us. I don't know what they are, but part of it is that we will probably, most likely, have another Christmas with no child....more
Thanks! We are actually in the adoption process right now.  We are all approved and homestudied ...more

Why Homosexuality Scares Some Religious Conservatives

Rachel Held Evans, Christian blogger and author of the upcoming book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood:How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master,” has set in motion a weeklong discussion of a common debate in evangelical c...more
 @Casey Pick I would say likewise that gay couples can choose NOT to adopt from a Catholic ...more

Why Homosexuality Scares Some Religious Conservatives

Rachel Held Evans, Christian blogger and author of the upcoming book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood:How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master,” has set in motion a weeklong discussion of a common debate in evangelical c...more
I wanted to also add that part of the "fear" regarding same-sex marriage comes from churches ...more

Why Homosexuality Scares Some Religious Conservatives

Rachel Held Evans, Christian blogger and author of the upcoming book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood:How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master,” has set in motion a weeklong discussion of a common debate in evangelical c...more
In your question above, where you site the verse about "Husbands love your wives..." the ...more

"It's Not Fair to the Normal Kids." Are You Kidding Me, Lady?

I told her that my son has autism and she responded, "oh, my nephew is autism." Yes, she said it like that -- should have been my first clue. She continued: "They try to stick him in with the normal kids, but I just don't think it makes any sense. It's not doing ANYONE any good having him with NORMAL kids...." ...more
How sad.  People say the dumbest stuff to me about adoption, like "Are you sad that you can't ...more

I Am An 'Unchurched' Christian

If you google the words "unchurched Christian", what you'll find is first, a Barna survey exploring the percentages of individuals who claim to be Christians but don't attend church, and second, quite literally thousands of blogs, articles, "Pastor's Corners", and comments from churched Christians on why *they* think these people no longer attend, why *they* think these people are in the wrong, and the most appalling dis...more
I've had a very interesting relationship with church (like I didn't go for awhile), but I ...more

Looking For New Blogs To Read

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is the same one I make every year: To read more. More books, more news, more interesting blogs. ...more
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A Totally Unprovoked Rant About Hobby Lobby

As a wedding florist, it seems I am constantly running to Hobby Lobby. Even though I try to do so much in advance, there is always something missing at the 13th hour....more
@The UDG And why are the bathrooms always in the farthest possible location away from the front ...more