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...

Saving Seder

Let’s remember 2015 as the Seder That Nearly Wasn’t. About a week before Holy Thursday I had a moment where the bickering and whining and complaining and all around nastiness pushed me over the edge.  There was yelling.  Awkward sideways glances shot from...

Back to the Future

We have been discussing Mardi Gras themes for this year since before Mardi Gras last year.  Let’s just say that ‘Masquerade’ didn’t impress everyone. You can’t win ’em all. Anyway, Philip just up and decided that Super Heroes would...

Yay, Lent

We mardi gras-ed it up right last night.  Things were loud and sticky and just about perfect. Yes, I thought, this Lent will be great! Cue rueful laughter here . . . Again we keep this solemn fast A gift of faith from ages past, This Lent which binds us lovingly To...

Christmas Jams

I am a rule follower through and through so it makes sense that (for the most part . . . ) my children are legalistic about traditions.  This is how things like Mardi Gras, Extravaganzas, The Aminal Tree, and the like have been born.  I happen to do something once...