Let Aunt Bertha Pinch Your Cheek

Awwww. Aren’t they adorable? Those are my three kids. Nine years ago. They are still adorable, but they’re not so little anymore. My oldest is about to turn 17. My youngest daughter will be 15 in a few weeks. My baby boy is 12. Those of you teens and tweens reading this are rolling your eyes. (imagine what my kids are doing ) But you need to know what pictures like this do to your parents and grandparents, your aunts and uncles, the nursery workers who changed your diapers…it makes us a little sad. Sure, we’re glad you’re growing up. My kids are amazing. I am beyond proud of the young women and young man they are becoming. But I miss that age. They all speak clearly, now, no cute little mispronunciations. They no longer enjoy sitting on the floor and singing “The...

Spiritual Anorexia

How long do you go without eating? A few hours? A day? Maybe, if you’re fasting – or on a crazy diet – you might go a few days or even a few weeks. What about a month? A couple months?  Crazy, right? It’s dangerous to go without food for an extended period of time. We’ve all heard the horror stories about anorexia. It doesn’t just affect the body, it affects the mind and the emotions, as well. We need food! God made our bodies to run on the fuel good food provides. We all (I hope!) know this and give our bodies the nutrients we need to thrive. How many of us, though, are starving spiritually? How often are you feasting on the Bread of Life, drinking from the Living Water? How long do you go without spending time in God’s...

THE Christmas Story

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory...

Hooray for Political Correctness!

When we lived in Spain (2006-2007), we were surprised to see that political correctness was not an issue during the holidays. Our kids’ public school had a huge nativity scene prominently displayed in the lobby. Thomas was cast as a wise man in his Pre-K3 Christmas presentation. In fact, in Spanish culture, Three Kings’ Day is even more important than Christmas Day. At first, it sounded great! The real Christmas story was shared, sung, and held in a place of honor. But, as I continued to look, I realized it wasn’t all that great. When it was time to ask for Christmas presents, Santa came to school — with the Three Kings. The kids could ask their “gift giver” of choice for that special Christmas gift. As I looked and listened...

My Favorite Christmas Movies

I love Christmas movies! Our family tradition is to save these films for the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s — no Christmas music or movies any other time of year. So when we finally get to pull these out — woo-hoo! We go crazy. “White Christmas” is definitely my favorite, but “Elf” is quickly rising up the ranks (it’s just so quotable!!). What about you? Is your favorite not on here? Tell me about it! I am always ready to try out a new Christmas movie this time of year!  ...