Turning Christmas traditions into teachable moments

Turning Christmas traditions into teachable moments

I loved Christmas long before I loved Christ.  I love candlelight and cozy nights. I love card-making and tree-decorating. I love home-made…


Making a plan for holiday family gatherings

Making a plan for holiday family gatherings

We’re entering the season filled with awe, wonder, gratitude, and dread. It’s that time of year where we get to spend time with the family we love.…


Preparing our special-needs child for large family gatherings

Preparing our special-needs child for large family gatherings

There’s nothing more wonderful than gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Sharing meals, baking cookies, giving gifts, and…


How to awaken your heart anew this holiday season

How to awaken your heart anew this holiday season

Holiday lights, party invitations, and festive recipes call out in unison to our deepest desires for comfort and joy this time of year. Sweet…


Three practices that will increase your family’s joy this holiday season

Three practices that will increase your family’s joy this holiday season

The holidays are supposed to be “the season of joy,” but conversations with parents this time of year are often characterized more by stress than…


Giving thanks: Keeping a record of the good things…and the God things

Giving thanks: Keeping a record of the good things…and the God things

I keep a lot of records for my daughter. I have contact information for each doctor and therapy office where we have taken her over the years.  I…


Grateful in the small moments

Grateful in the small moments

Cranberry sauce may not be the star of the Thanksgiving table, but it is still an integral part of the dinner. This simple unassuming side can also…


Four ways to connect with your kids this Thanksgiving

Four ways to connect with your kids this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving evokes lots of wonderful memories for me. As a kid, my family would gather at my grandmother’s where the cousins would watch the…


Eight easy gratitude activities for families

Eight easy gratitude activities for families

Thanksgiving - the holiday of gratitude and thankfulness!  The call to gratitude existed long before the first Thanksgiving meal between pilgrims…