A “Both/And” Christmas

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We open our arms to receive the fullness… Christmas is both a humble holiday (God becoming a man, the manger, the stable) and a catastrophically extravagant holiday (the multitude of heavenly hosts, the virgin birth, GOD becoming a man!, the powerful King Herod wreaking havoc, the dreams, the rescue, the miraculous star, the astronomers who came with brilliant gifts). Christmas … Read More

The Fourth Sunday of Advent


The lights around our house, the lights around our Advent wreath, and the lights in our hearts grow brighter and brighter! On this, the fourth Sunday of Advent, we will light the candles at our dinner table and enjoy a special meal together, especially savoring warm fresh bread. This day, we celebrate Jesus Coming to Feed the Hungry. We’ll read … Read More

Child-Made Christmas Gifts

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Every year, the girls and I make some homemade Christmas gifts for close relatives. Grandmoms, grandpops, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I love this tradition because it helps the girls to display their love and affection for family! It is also a wonderful opportunity for them to acquire new skills and ideas. We talk about who-would-like-which-gift the most; we package the gifts … Read More

Christmas Lesson Plans


I knew the first place to look for Christmas lesson plans:  1+1+1=1. Carisa makes brilliant unit studies and lesson plans for little people. So, I wasn’t surprised that, this year, we get to enjoy her  10 Days of Christmas Fun and her Nativity Preschool Pack. Lia loved Carisa’s Thanksgiving Pack so much; and she’s just lovin’ the Christmas fun! (I laminate … Read More

An Advent Prayer


I keep a copy of Walter Brueggemann’s Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth on my nightstand. He has written exquisite prayers that awaken the bumbling prayers in my own soul that are still looking around for the right words. I’m grateful to prayer-writers who have the gift of thinking well about God, and help the rest of us to speak … Read More

A New Vivi Show!

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Vivienne’s whipping up a family-favorite treat at Raising Homemakers today! Grab your little ones, and click on over to enjoy. Here’s the written recipe to what we call Pebble Snacks. As a bonus, here’s another family favorite that’s simple and quick to make. Saltine Cracker Toffee is a sure crowd-pleaser!

The Third Sunday of Advent


They’ll twinkle as little eyelids flutter into dreamland. They’ll remind our sweet little girls that they are beloved. Tomorrow night, we will hang lights in the girls’ room tomorrow. Wrapping them up and around the rafters; trailing the chord down the wall to the outlet.  As Christmas carols play, and we bring warmth and holiday into a girlie-girl bedroom, I … Read More