Beat Holiday Stress: Why November is the Perfect Time to Plan for Christmas

What is your least favourite month of the year? Mine used to be November. Why? Because November feels dreary. November feels like an in between-Thanksgiving-and-Christmas, useless kind of a month during which the dormant, brown grass becomes a reflection of what I feel inside - not alive, not dead, just somewhat depressed while I wait... Continue Reading →

Jesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme (Book Review)

Jesus - Safe, Tender, Extreme by Adrian Plass My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme is a long walk with a good friend. It is filled with insights, humor, and stories about real life: not the life we feel we should be living, but the life we’re actually staggering through.Adrian Plass... Continue Reading →

A Childhood School Story: How I Forgave Miss Winter

(Names and details herein have been changed to protect identities.) I knew my cheeks were glowing as red as my teacher’s cherry-painted fingernails. Salty tears rolled over my lips and down my chin. While I cried, Miss Winter towered over me, lecturing and wagging a polished forefinger at my burning face. I wasn’t a troublemaker.... Continue Reading →

How to Find Balance: My Story of Sugar Vs. Community

Can Someone Tell Me How to Find Balance? I used to be a no-sugar Mom. Have you ever fed your kids sugar and then watched (with horror) as your sweet angels morphed into sugar-crazed Tasmanian devils? I have. "So, what?" you may say. "Kids run around in hyper-drive for an hour and then they crash. We've all been... Continue Reading →

Do You Believe in Miracles? I Do. Here’s Why.

At first, I wasn’t pregnant; then, I was. Simple. At least, that’s how it seemed when I first found out I was pregnant with my oldest child. Beliefs Change As my pregnancy progressed, however, I began reading books on how my baby was growing. I learned more about the workings of each delicate part that... Continue Reading →

Living in the Golden Years? Hats Off to You!

Dad's Music Hat My Dad has a black, velvet, cowboy hat. He reserves it for special occasions; specifically, he only wears it when playing the fiddle before an audience. When I was a child, I tagged along to many of Dad’s performances at weddings, anniversaries, and fundraisers. While Dad entertained onstage alongside his music buddies,... Continue Reading →

Mid-Month Moment: Why I Wrote A Simple Thank-You Poem to God

Is it summer, yet? Calendar-wise, it's not summer until June 21st: weather-wise, though, summer has arrived! Today, despite the fact that it's sunny and 33 degrees Celsius, I'm still thinking about spring. I love spring. What do I love about spring? First, let me tell you what I don't love: how dirt and melted snow have... Continue Reading →

A Tank of Grace for the Morning Sloth

What’s your morning personality? Systematic Riser or Morning Sloth? If you lean toward the latter, I can identify. I confess I don’t have a morning routine. Not in the slightest. I am a wayward morning sloth. My husband, on the other hand, observes a daily morning ritual that baffles me: Every day upon waking, Justin... Continue Reading →

Beloved: A Sheep-ly Story of Sanctification

I once found a sheep stumbling around my living room. She scrambled onto the linen loveseat and, like a dog performing a rounding ritual before its nap, turned circles with her muddy hooves. After pounding a soiled ring into one of the cushions, she dropped down to the floor. She wandered aimlessly around the room... Continue Reading →

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