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 →

1 Easy Tool That Got Our Family Moving Again After the Holidays

After four straight days of Christmas, I am in major slug-mode... It’s 8:33 a.m. The crackling fire log on my flat-screen TV warms me from across the room. Through the living room window, I have a perfect view of our front-yard evergreen laden with inches of heavy snow. Tiny flakes still fill the air, reflecting... Continue Reading →

What To Do With an Epic-Fail Advent

One sleep ‘till Christmas! …and 15 days behind on our family advent readings. I should have known, but I really thought this year would be different… We started off so well. (You can read about our family’s advent plan and DIY Jesse Tree here.) Our Jesse Tree was finished and waiting for it’s first ornament.... Continue Reading →

Why I Believe God Works in Our Weaknesses (and You Can Too!)

On a dark December night four years ago, I received an unexpected gift -- a gift which left me standing alone in the mudroom cradling a gargantuan black garbage bag in my weepy arms. This gift was set into motion, unbeknownst to me, one week before... It had been late November and Christmas was fast... Continue Reading →

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