What could ruin the coming of Christ

There is so much to anticipate about Christmas. The time with family and friends. The presents under the tree. The vacation days. The special feasts that invite us to remember the incarnation with songs sung by candlelight.  But with every anticipated event comes a certain amount of anxiety; for all of us. To get the […]

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Advent: the waiting

Anticipation is half the joy. At least, when you know the thing that is coming is really really good.  It was a week before Christmas last year that I learned I was expecting our third child. This child was something we had been hoping for and anticipating; even as the thought of going through all it […]

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Last Night We Rested

It’s Sunday morning, and the sun is streaming like gold to color the bookshelf, the wall, the baby swing, in the most heavenly of light.  This weekend was crazy for us, as I’m sure it was for many of you if you live in the United States. Giving Thanks with friends and family always takes […]

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Hail Storms, Peaches, Sabbath Rain and a Baby.

Back in May of this year, we planted a peach tree. It felt a little like cheating, because we planted a tree that was already loaded with the tiny beginnings of peaches. But when you have a choice between peach trees covered in peaches, and peach trees that don’t have any… you’re probably going to […]

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Growing in the Dark-Guest Post by Greer Ohara

Greer and I met back in high school during long rehearsals for a show with CYT. 😉 It’s safe to say that we’ve both grown and changed a lot since those days when we were glueing on false green eyelashes for our roles as beauticians in the Wizard of Oz, but we have kept in […]

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Habits of Rest: Keeping Sabbath

Psalm 131 (A song of Ascents, of David) “O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; My eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things Too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with its mother; Like a weaned […]

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Habits of Work: Are they working for you?

Habits that Work for You Your day is full of working habits. From that first time you push snooze, to the time you get up, brush your teeth, and put on your clothes. To where you find your keys, wallet and phone just before heading out the door. As I spoke about in my last […]

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Let the Daily be Deliberate

Sometimes as a stay-at-home Mama, it feels like I’m drowning in the daily. Like the little tasks I do again, and again and again may smother me inside their static ordinariness. The littleness of the days can threaten to swallow you in insignificance. If you’re staring into the washer this morning, wondering whether the clothes […]

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Break this Habit First

Before I start my series on habits, I wanted to take a post to address the habit that you must break first if you want to form any truly life-giving and fruitful habits in the future. This is a little bit of my story; maybe it’s part of yours too.   I have always been […]

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