Category advent

When Christmas Doesn’t Sparkle

Christmas doesn’t always sparkle. Sometimes it comes in darkness that is so heavy with sorrow it feels like a lie with all its twinkling lights and sugared reality. Even as I write this I think of those who feel the ache of loss magnified in this season, or those entrenched in depression, others battling addiction, […]

Just Remember: A Christmas Poem

Sunday marked the beginning of Advent: the season set aside to mark the coming of Christ leading us into Christmas day, where we remember the moment that God entered humanity. If we aren’t careful and intentional though,¬†we’ll completely¬†miss the season. We tend to spend our time focusing on all the wrong things at Christmas time. […]

Easter is Kind of a Big Deal

Holiday celebrations are one of my favorite parts of being a parent. With our sons getting older we get to set the tone for each holiday, choosing our traditions, and teaching our boys how to celebrate with feasting, giving, and all-out joy. In December we spent a month in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. […]

Where is our [Christmas] Treasure?

Since our first son was born we’ve started thinking about what kind of traditions we want to have for our family, especially around the Christmas season. We’ve kept some from each of our families, and added some of our own, and overall we’ve wanted to set a certain tone for Christmas that will teach our […]

The Dough is Rising (even if you can’t see it)

I love to bake bread. Cooking isn’t exactly my favorite hobby, but I’ll happily stand for hours in my kitchen letting sticky dough cover my hands, it’s one of the few places I find peace. Even more so if I can share the process with little hands squishing (and usually eating) dough with me. There’s […]