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Advent Traditions My Family Loves

Advent Traditions My Family Loves

With Thanksgiving just two days away, there is a lot to do. My plans include cooking, baking, and cleaning. I have always liked the Thanksgiving holiday. To be with family and friends, to pause in gratitude for God’s abundant blessings. It’s a good day. Often, the Advent season begins the Sunday right after Thanksgiving. We have just a couple of days to transition from pumpkins and fall hues to our Advent wreath of purple and pink. This year, however, Advent…

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God’s Resolutions for Your New Year

God’s Resolutions for Your New Year

My emotions surrounding the New Year swing from excited to nervous. I anticipate with hope the new opportunities and adventures that surround the dawn of a new year. What is in store? What is around the corner? At the same time, I feel timid, because I have made plenty of resolutions in years past that fizzle after a month or two. Will I fail again this year? Recently, I heard some wise words that are helping me think differently about the New…

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Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Ordinary

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1 The Christmas decorations are finally put away, and I admit, my house looks a little bare, a little ordinary. In the cloudy darkness of January, I definitely miss the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree and garlands. I have never truly welcomed the season of Ordinary Time, the way I welcome Advent, Christmas, and Easter. Even Lent has this very clear purpose of repentance necessary…

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Start the New Year With Prayer

Start the New Year With Prayer

During the Advent season, the Lord invited us—the weary, worn out, and overwhelmed—to come to Him. He invited us into silence and stillness with short Scripture verses, Christmas hymns, and pondering prayers. In our time with Jesus, we found hope—even in the midst of waiting, because we discovered that we are not alone in our waiting. He is waiting with us. And hope brought joy! The weary world rejoiced indeed on Christmas Day. I pray that this Christmas season has…

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Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Ordinary

This was originally posted last January, shortly after the Christmas season and at the beginning of Ordinary Time. I am revisiting it today, because it seems like I needed a reminder … And hopefully it is a source of encouragement for someone else, too. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1 The Christmas decorations are finally put away, and I admit, my house looks a little bare, a little ordinary. In the…

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Daybook :: New Year Edition

Daybook :: New Year Edition

Outside my window … It is mid-January, and my children are home for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Didn’t they just go back to school after Christmas vacation?   Thanking God for … * A new year, a fresh start * White snow * Hot tea * Good books * Saintly heroes * Health * Faith * Family     Praying for … * My husband and all that is on his mind and in his heart * The joys and struggles…

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#WorthRevisitWednesday :: Grandpas

#WorthRevisitWednesday :: Grandpas

Today, I thought it would be fun to participate in #WorthRevisitWednesday, co-hosted by Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb. It was kind of fun to look back in the archives and find a post I had completely forgotten about! I first wrote today’s repost FIVE years ago this month. I had five of my six children at that time, and their ages were 7, 5, 4, 2 and 2 … No wonder I say in the post that…

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Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Ordinary

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1— The Christmas decorations are finally put away, and I admit, my house looks a little bare, a little ordinary. In the cloudy darkness of January, I definitely miss the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree and garlands. I have never truly welcomed the season of Ordinary Time, the way I welcome Advent, Christmas and Easter. Even Lent has this very clear purpose of repentance necessary…

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Forty!

Forty!

Not me … … but the temperature outside today! We ran errands and picked up my two oldest from school this afternoon without winter jackets. Just sweaters and hooded sweatshirts. It. felt. heavenly. It is amazing what a little sunshine and warmer temperatures can do to one’s spirit. It has given me an extra boost, a lift of my heart, a spring in my step. It’s a little thing, but even a little thing can be a BIG blessing. Thank…

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Grandpas

Grandpas

We haven’t been out much lately. It’s been a bit too cold to be bundling up kids and toddlers to run in and out of stores or other places. But last week was warmer—high 20s, low 30s, a real heat wave in this part of the USA. Especially for January. So, one day, we ran to SuperTarget, which gives out free cookies, and to the library. Normally, when I go to the library with my twins, I go just to…

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