Merry Christmas, Friends!

Well friends, it’s early on Christmas Eve morning and I suspect I won’t get back here until all of the festivities are over. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas. Last night we realized that our water storage tank is nearly empty, which means there is a […] ...more

He Was Born for the Lowly

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie… I hadn’t given much thought to the significance of Bethlehem, until a couple of weeks ago. This is a busy day and our attention spans are short, so I’ll get right to the point. In comparison to powerful and grand Jerusalem, Bethlehem was a […] ...more

Sunday Gratitude 12.21.14

giving thanks #1551 – 1560 celebrating Katie’s birthday today Amazon Prime (thank you, thank you) nearing the end of Christmas shopping menus planned and groceries purchased for the week a lovely piano recital for Annarose and Sunshine (despite Annarose being sick) New Year’s cards that will be right on time the peace of a sleeping […] ...more

Five Hints for Avoiding a Gift Fiasco

This post was originally published last year, but it bears repeating. Reading it this morning, I was reminded of some helpful preparation I can do with my kids in the next few days. Christmas is coming and gifts will be exchanged ....more

Our Imperfect Advent

Advent goes best when I keep my expectations low – that’s actually true of all holidays at our house. We’re one day behind on our Jesse Tree and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, and nearly a week behind on Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent. But it doesn’t matter one bit […] ...more

New Every Morning

Thank you, friends, for leaving comments of hope and encouragement. God answered your prayers in an interesting way – my child got sick and couldn’t go to school. I was able to give more nurture and let her rest ....more

Downs and Ups

Life is filled with ups and downs. The last two weeks we’ve had more downs than ups with one of our kids and I find that fear is creeping in and weighing on me. ...more

What the Books on My Shelves Say About Me

One of my goals during this homeschool sabbatical, is to declutter our home. Fifteen years in the same house, 11 kids, 30 years of marriage, have added up to too much stuff. Emptying our garage in preparation for remodeling was just the impetus we needed ....more

Seven Thoughts on Coping with Destructive Behavior

Yesterday’s Tuesday Topic brought a lot of silence. Those who answered responded with wise, compassionate, transparent comments, and I’m so grateful for each one of you. Be sure to read those comments.To be honest, I didn’t want to answer this one, because even reading the post again this morning brought up memories I would rather […] ...more

Tuesday Topic: What do You do about Destructive Behavior?

I missed writing yesterday and I have so many things I want to say, but I’ll hold off because it is Tuesday and I have a good/hard question for all of you. Tomorrow I’ll write about family, some old challenges resurfacing, and maybe a little about Advent (because it makes me so happy). Today’s […] ...more