Thankful Thursday – Wassailing

Last night, for the first time, we attended our high school's holiday concert called The Wassail. When I asked Q14 if he'd like to attend, he asked about the unfamiliar word. I sang the first line or two of the carol, enough to jog his memory, and explained that wassail is also a drink similar … Continue reading Thankful Thursday – Wassailing

Advent 2018 Wk3 – Faith

The year C20 had his first birthday, Guy and I both turned 30 a few weeks before and after. Our birthdays span November to January so Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's got wrapped up in the fun. We created a list of small celebrations we could enjoy each day during those eight weeks, simple activities … Continue reading Advent 2018 Wk3 – Faith

Advent 2018 Wk 2 – Joy

Lately I have been impressed with stories of joy: people enduring difficult circumstances with genuine smiles lighting their faces and claims of, "Laugh or cry, I choose to laugh," or "I was born a happy child," or "I choose to do something I enjoy every day." People who, in witness to others' difficult circumstances, decide … Continue reading Advent 2018 Wk 2 – Joy

Advent 2018 Wk1 – Hope

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who admitted she is looking forward to the holidays and, truly, next year. She's had a rough few months and needs some joy and a fresh start. Same. And, from conversations with others, I know we aren't alone. It seems so many people are up against so … Continue reading Advent 2018 Wk1 – Hope

Merry Christmas – The Messiah Has Come

“O Lord, you are the musician, and we are all your instruments. You breathe, and we come to life. You breathe, and we are horns for your glory. You blow through the world the winds of the spirit, and we like chimes cannot keep silent. You pluck the strings of our hearts, and we become … Continue reading Merry Christmas – The Messiah Has Come

Advent 3 – Longing for the Prince of Peace

When I chose "recreate" as my 2017 word of the year, I anticipated keeping on keeping on with my creative life pursuits while engaging more playfully. I did not expect the mess, the dusty piles that result from taking things apart in order to make something new. I didn't expect the directions the word would … Continue reading Advent 3 – Longing for the Prince of Peace

Advent Week 2 – Anticipating the King

My family will attest: I enjoy having people over. I enjoy cooking and serving and spending time with friends in the comfort of my own home. My family will also attest: In the last hour before company arrives, more often than not I transform into a dragon. I could blame the family but, truth, it's … Continue reading Advent Week 2 – Anticipating the King

Advent 1 – Preparing for the Child

Having babies didn't come easily for us. Before each of our two successful pregnancies, we endured months of waiting and praying, regular heartache, and celebrations of the births of many babies to family and friends. Our boys arrived almost six and eleven years into our marriage, definitely not on our timeline. In both cases, we … Continue reading Advent 1 – Preparing for the Child

“Come & See…”

Advent is a season of anticipation, and each year I find myself looking for two things: perfect and imperfect. As I wrote about here, I look for that moment when the Spirit of Christmas arrives. When I can't shut out sublime tears, when goosebumps shake me with shivers of joy and revelry and hope: Christmas is … Continue reading “Come & See…”

Meatless Monday – Ginger Stout Cake

I remember the first time I tasted real gingerbread: I was 20 years old, on a college study abroad program. Walking in the English Lake District, we stopped to warm ourselves in a bakery. Of course I'd had gingerbread before--gingerbread cookies, ginger snaps, even the bread--but I'd had nothing like this, so gingery-fierce it seemed … Continue reading Meatless Monday – Ginger Stout Cake