**This post contains an affiliate link.** As I’m finishing 2017 and entering 2018, I'm reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory Boyle. Father Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, a ministry to ex-gang members in East L.A. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it for 2018. As I reflect on 2017 and look ahead to 2018, I know … [Read more...] about Don’t Focus on the Narrow, Narrow your Focus
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7I’ll be honest here. I have been avoiding writing this blog the last few days. Why? I didn’t want to dampen the Christmas spirit writing about the plight of foster kids. Sounds cowardly? Maybe. But I can’t avoid it any longer. I need to … [Read more...] about No Room in the Inn: An Advent Reflection of a Foster Mom
Here we are.... a few days before Christmas. The pressure is on to get the gifts on time for Christmas and some folks are living and breathing the coined American idiom, "Shop 'til you drop." Contrary to the common belief that all women love shopping, I don’t. Maybe I am an exception, but I avoid the mall as much as possible. Christmas can be such a hectic time and, for someone like me who … [Read more...] about Big Family Gift Overwhelm Solution
I woke up one morning this Advent season with a song bursting from my heart. “Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing….” I’ve been ruminating on the words of this song. Although not a new song, I feel as though I have been caught up in its joy, its proclamation, and its hope this season. The lyrics capture … [Read more...] about Let Earth Receive Her King! An Advent Reflection
Any suggestion on gifts for the kids for Christmas? Every year, I get asked by members of my extended family, “What do your kids want for Christmas?” When I ask my kids, their answers are generally "I don't know," although they have had specific requests like an Elsa doll, Lego, or a ski trip! We don't watch television, so our kids don't know about all the cool toys that are out there for their … [Read more...] about Terrific Christmas Gifts for Ages 1-5 that Grow with Them
The other night, we had beans and rice for dinner. Nothing else. It was not by choice. This was what was served. Our kids and I spent a few days serving at a Youth With A Mission base in central California where we packaged dried food for the poor for distribution in various parts of the world. The hosts thought it would be good for us Americans to experience what many people in developing … [Read more...] about Can You Feast with Crumbs?