Family · Holidays

Adjusting Expectations

If your Christmas Eve has started out like mine, maybe you need to read this again. (Originally posted on April 13, 2014.) When my children were younger and I was younger, I felt disappointed often. You see, I had these crazy, ideal expectations. And, of course, they were rarely met. And by rarely I mean never. I would…… Continue reading Adjusting Expectations

Family · Holidays

The Memory Tree

*First posted in December of 2011, edited slightly for today.   I love decorating our Christmas tree. Nearly every ornament holds a memory and tells a story. There are the ornaments from my childhood – the ceramic angel with my name painted on it, the faded green felt drummer boy. There are the ornaments my…… Continue reading The Memory Tree

Faith · Family · Grace

2012 – A Year of Sunsets and Sunrises

  Sunsets and sunrises. Endings and beginnings. That’s what 2012 was for us. Last January we were packing up our apartment, saying goodbyes to our Florida friends, closing out our four years as missionaries. Those early days of 2012 were filled with come over for one last dinner and go out for one last girls’ night out…… Continue reading 2012 – A Year of Sunsets and Sunrises

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Emotional Overload

The emotions in this home are sort of out-of-control. To begin with, I have a 13-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old daughter. So, ummmm, there’s that. Which is pretty much enough. But, like a Ginsu knife infomercial, THAT’S NOT ALL – THERE’S MORE! It’s almost Christmas. And I have 4 little boys. The twinkling lights, the…… Continue reading Emotional Overload