Christmas

Books for Christmas, Middle School Parents, and Busy Mamas

I love to read.  It makes my list of things to do when I have down time.  It also makes my list of things to make time for.  Here are a few books I finished, started, or I am still reading this week. The Max Lucado Christmas Collection The Max Lucado Christmas Collection by Max Lucado (of course!) contains three Christmas stories to warm your heart in the rush of the Christmas season.  The [Read more...]

In a Christmas State of Mind

  Wake up.  Wipe the fog from my eyes.  Shuffle quietly to the kitchen.  Press start on the Keurig.  Splash in some Peppermint Mocha.  Wrap the afghan around my shoulders to ward of the chill in the air.  Open my Bible. Lord, it’s busy and I don’t feel you all day long.  Please, come here now.  Sit with me a while.  Remind me of Your story.  The one we celebrate with [Read more...]

She Still Believes in Santa

My sweet Sarah Kate still believes in Santa. She is only 8, so this statement may not surprise you.  Many, dare I say, most children believe in Santa.  But, Santa does not grace our chimney.  He does not bring beautifully wrapped packages to place under our Christmas tree.  He does not declare the familiar Ho-ho-holiday greeting from our rooftop. Yet, she believes. Gennady Spirin (Russian, [Read more...]

A Keep it Simple Christmas

Earlier this week I posted my thoughts on slowing down this Christmas.  I know that I am not the only one out there who wants to turn the volume down a little and savor the quiet this year. I thought I would share a few of my favorite reads from the past week that encouraged a simple Christmas. How We Christmas is a whimsical and real look at ways we can keep the focus on loving God and loving [Read more...]

Slow Down

The Christmas season is here!  My natural tendency is to begin the rush.  Pull out the ornaments.  Hang the stockings.  Turn on the oven.  Start the Cyber Monday searches.  These things are not Christmas.  We know that in our head; has that truth made it to our heart? I have been bombarded with one thought in the days leading up to this Advent season:  slow down. I heard it in my ear [Read more...]