All Dressed Up

Something about the pregnancy hormones makes me- how do you say it?- CRAZY. While growing a baby my brain clicks off all reason and I start thinking things like, “I can make all the things!” It gets me into trouble. Coming off the All Saints costume fiasco...

Christmas Past

Christmas. *sigh* There is much to be said but the main thing seems to be this: We survived. With one week left, Jac and I went on what was supposed to be a fun shopping date and ended up with me sulking and in tears.  We had been so busy with LIFE that the season had...

Rejoice!

Deciding who would be St. Lucy this year was a last minute affair. Our wall calendar ended on the 12th so it wasn’t on the kids’ radar. So hopped up on sugar from the gingerbread houses and a little loopy from fatigue, Ellie willingly volunteered Tess for...

Sinking In

I don’t remember what age I was when my Aunt Linda and Uncle Mike moved down to the valley and into a storybook cottage of a house. I was young enough that the swing hanging from the massive poplars in front was a real selling point for me. There was a back...

Ornamental

The Jesse Tree. It is central to how we decorate and celebrate and it is one of my favorite traditions. Through symbols made into ornaments, it tells the story of Salvation – of God’s faithful, reckless, pursuing love of His people. It is so named after...

For All the Saints

It occurred to me as we hustled the kids into their costumes to catch the good light for pics before the Greet and Treat that perhaps this was NOT the stuff that I desired memories to be made of. Fast forward 10 years: “Yeah, Halloween is just really stressful...