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A Blessing to Usher in Your New Year

It’s hard to believe that 2011 is coming to a close in mere hours. I will most likely write some reflections on the year, but I’m still processing a lot of things. In the meantime, this Irish blessing (that you’ve likely heard many times before) has been meandering around in my mind all day, so I thought I would share it with you. I have also provided it in Irish Gaelic: the heart language of the...

Singin’ the Blues

As you may have jaloused (I love that word) from my posts lately that I’m struggling a bit right now. Circumstances have been trying -not in the lost-a-child or tsunami-disaster type trying mind you! But trying nonetheless – and it has started to take its toll. I’m trying to use these feelings swirling inside to propell me towards Christ and the shelter of His arms but at times I find myself...

Manger Mondays: Advent Link Up Week 4 (on Tuesday)

I really can’t believe Christmas had already come and gone! We have really missed doing our Truth in the Tinsel activities the past couple of days! I won’t lie, it got a bit crazy there at the end. We combined a few days, and skipped one or two altogether, but it was truly a wonderful time with my girls, and I look forward to when the Man Cub can fully participate with us (other than gnawing on pipe...

Nothing to Say {Guest Posting at The Better Mom}

I hope you had a truly magical Christmas celebrating with family and friends! Although I love this time of year, I have become keenly aware that hard times and difficult issues don’t take a holiday. My daughters, in particular my six year old, are asking some really tough questions. If God sees the kids who have no food or clothes or home, why doesn’t He help them? Why doesn’t Julie have a daddy?...

Teach Them A Lesson

This week has been tough. My emotions are running just below the surface and range from unspeakable gratitude to nigh unspeakable sorrow. Christmas here is always a bittersweet time for our family, since we are home and yet away from home. We are soaking up the time together, reveling in the joy that comes from reflecting upon the miracle and sacrifice of Jesus’ birth. And yet we are torn, missing our earthly...

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