The year of the perfect Christmas photo

“Oh, honey. Look how cute this is.” I held up a Christmas card that had just arrived in the mail, wanting my husband to see the two precious little…


The Festival of Lights: Lessons of light in the darkest seasons

As we head into December, we find ourselves in the season when the sun shines upon the northern hemisphere for the shortest amount of time in the…


We still have to do summer?

The only title I’ve held longer than mom is educator.  Beginning as a bilingual teacher, I stepped into my first classroom in the Spring of 1995…


How the power and surprise of hope can impact your family

Every year, our church embarks on a series of risks that we feel like the Lord is asking us to take. One of those risks this year was to have our…


Giving Lent Meaning for My Kids

God has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. But Lent wasn’t a significant part of worship in the churches we attended. So, I…


O Come Let Us Adore Him

I was recently chatting with a few friends about the usual Christmas things we talk about this time of year: shopping, wrapping, family dynamics,…


This Christmas Let God Love You

Holiday travel. It isn’t easy. Then why do we do it? Why cram the trunks and endure the airports? You know the answer. We love to be with the ones…


A Christmas to Remember

When you think back to your childhood, what are your favorite Christmas memories? Did your thoughts surprise you? The reason the question matters…


Two Christmas Pictures

  The first picture is almost perfect. If there was a fire in the fireplace, this could be a holiday card. My tree is sparkling. The…