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Would I Have Really Known? {Thoughts on ‘Mary, Did You Know?’}

I close my eyes and in an instant I’m back in time. Back to that glider-rocker in the perfect shade of cream to tie the nursery together. Back to when I would sit and rock, absently rubbing my burgeoning belly and treasuring all the precious thoughts I had towards that sweet baby growing and wriggling within. It was such a sweet time for me, that pregnancy. Not only was it my first, but she was due December...

The Ache and Joy of the Wait {Rain for Roots Review + GIVEAWAY!}

***Thanks to all who entered. THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and I have contacted the winners via email. ***   Candles flicker in the low morning light, filling the air with their familiar spice and warmth. Coffee filled to the brim of my favorite-for-now mug scrounged from cupboards not mine is cradled in my hands as I will contentment to bubble up from the depths of the uncertainty filling my soul. A hodgepodge...

When JOY Seems Lost

Lights twinkle white and rainbow in windows, on trees, stores and street lights, and one words seems to be on everyone’s lips. We sing songs about it, pose our kids with cardboard letters of it, and plaster smiles on our faces as we spread Christmas cheer near and far. JOY Yet, maybe it all feels lost on you this year? Maybe you’re singing Joy to the World out loud, but inside you feel like a big, fat...

How to Make Christmas Truly Meaningful and FUN!

What comes to mind when you think of the Christmas season? Joy? Reflection? Family? Stress? Shopping? Pressure? Chaos? Is it over yet? For those of us in the western world, Christmas seems to bring quite the hodgepodge of emotions, and conjure a myriad of thoughts and expectations. Particularly in the Pintrest-Crazy Internet Land, it can be easy to succumb to the notion that our homes must spotless, decorated to...

Are You Ready?

Ready or not, Christmas is a comin’! The Big Day will be here in just 11 short weeks! That’s right, eleven!! No matter how I plan, some things about Christmas just seem to sneak up on me. Take, for example, my decision last year to use a brand new Advent eBook with my kids, Truth in the Tinsel. It was a bit of a last minute decision, and I was left scrambling to find the appropriate craft supplies for...

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