Advent Culminates With the Beginning

This Advent season, I've been thinking a lot about beginnings. I like to know where the journey is going, to at least have an endpoint. But that's not life or faith. I'm remembering that God has gifted us very few answers and endings and instead keeps pointing us back to the beginning. I'm over at … Continue reading Advent Culminates With the Beginning

What I’m Reading This Advent

Advent started on Sunday and as I looked at my stack of current reads, I realized that they are all stories that are preparing me for this season of hopeful anticipation. I'm reading an actual Advent-focused devotional but my fiction and bedtime reads are pointing me toward reconciliation, as well. I'm in the midst of … Continue reading What I’m Reading This Advent

Detoxing, Refocusing, and Entering Into Advent

I'm sitting in my living room right now, laptop perched halfway on one knee, halfway on the arm of our old and worn-out chair. The fire is on, snow is covering the branches of the trees outside though the sun has melted it from the sidewalks and streets. My girls are across the street watching … Continue reading Detoxing, Refocusing, and Entering Into Advent

When Life Gets in the Way

If I've heard it once, I've heard it a dozen times: Hold expectations loosely during this holiday season. It's hard to do, though. Often, I don't even realize I have expectations until they're unmet. I'm over at SheLoves Magazine today, reflecting on how life is always in the way of holy moments. Here's an excerpt, … Continue reading When Life Gets in the Way

Making Space for Joy in the Details

We lit the Joy candle a day late this year. Parties, celebrating, community. This is what gives me joy. In the midst of all the sweet moments, we had our share of meltdowns and overtiredness because that's part of this season, too. I often need to remember that it's ok to reset in the mist … Continue reading Making Space for Joy in the Details

As Light Grows

It can be easy to look back to my childhood and think how different the world was. Of course, I'm remembering this world through eyes of a child. My world was my universe and stretched to the places I could walk and explore. When I was Bea's age, my world also included our neighborhood in … Continue reading As Light Grows

Learning to Take Sides

Elle, do you know how much I love you? Do you know how wonderful you are? Do you know that you are special? Ever since Elle was tiny, Bea has been asking her these questions. And ever since Elle was able to respond, she's answered, Yes! She does know how loved and amazing she is. (And, lest … Continue reading Learning to Take Sides

Finding God in Thin Places

I made the mistake of reading the news early on Saturday morning. We were all sitting around the fire, reading books and snuggling. The girls started playing and I checked my phone. Over and over again this year, I've read the news with a heaviness and disappointment. Many of the laws passed (or trying to … Continue reading Finding God in Thin Places

Entering Advent Weary

Our routine has been thrown off this week. I'm looking for something to blame - maybe it was a week of houseguests? Maybe it's just a growth spurt? I vaguely remember having this same issue with Bea at this age... Whatever it is, I'm definitely not savoring these little years right now. When parents talk about … Continue reading Entering Advent Weary

How We Practice Advent

I've been practicing Advent in some form or another since I was first introduced to the church calendar in college. But it wasn't until having kids that I really evaluated the traditions we wanted to instill as a family. A friend recently asked how to start practicing Advent so I thought I'd walk you through … Continue reading How We Practice Advent