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?
Will you consider rediscovering thanks giving with me? More than any other years, I am glad that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Why? Honestly, it has been a tough year for me. It has been a year where I have felt deep pain on multiple occasions. From the sudden, tragic losses of lives, to my own failures in love and generosity, to feeling heavy from all the upheaval in our world, I feel … [Read more...] about Rediscover Thanks Giving
Just three days shy of turning five, she was dropped off to live with us. We were her second placement. From the moment she stepped into our home, all she talked about was her upcoming birthday. She couldn't wait. It was something for her to look forward to. Birthdays are fixed. It doesn’t change. Two days later, one day before her fifth birthday, I received a phone call from the court informing … [Read more...] about Lesson 4: You are an Advocate, not just a Foster Parent