Advent Day 27: Snuggle Time

Snuggle Time Researchers tell us that newborn babies need time laying on their parent's chest: skin to skin. This helps the baby in their early development, balancing their body temperature, and even helping the mother's milk to come in.  Even as the child grows this times continues to be important. One of my favorite memories … Continue reading Advent Day 27: Snuggle Time

Advent Day 26: Thrill of Hope

This season, the Christmas hymn, O Holy Night has been stuck in my head. It's not usually one of my favorites, but it seems to be the theme of this year's Advent for me. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. Lord, as we … Continue reading Advent Day 26: Thrill of Hope

Advent Day 25: Spirit of Waiting

In the spirit of waiting. When I first graduated college I quickly got a job at an insurance company. It was good, steady work that adequately provided for me. But it was never my passion and I decided to return to school to pursue a degree in animation. To follow my dream of creating art. … Continue reading Advent Day 25: Spirit of Waiting

Advent Day 24: Gentle Waiting

What is Advent? One online dictionary defines Advent: a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: I've often thought of it as a time of waiting. I love that.  “A coming into place”. Our greatest plans and dreams don't just appear. Some dreams are those things we merely wait for while others are born of … Continue reading Advent Day 24: Gentle Waiting

Advent Day 23: Finding the Way

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that these young women, these young men, chose life.  They chose to care and love for the child you put in their womb.  Thank you.  Help them raise children who are loved, who value people and justice. I pray that they will find their way.  That they won't give up.  So … Continue reading Advent Day 23: Finding the Way

Advent Day 22: Grace, Hope, & Peace

To wait in anticipation, to eagerly await an arrival. Lord, the world waited in anticipation for your first arrival and waits again for you to come. Some days are filled with longing, some filled with despair at the waiting and still others are filled with hope. You gave us a blueprint of your character to … Continue reading Advent Day 22: Grace, Hope, & Peace

Advent Day 21: Surrender Ideals

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmade of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38 As I read in the news about politics I agree with and disagree with - both in my own country and abroad - I surrender my ideals of a perfect nation; a perfect … Continue reading Advent Day 21: Surrender Ideals

Advent Day 20: Gift of Water

When Bea was tiny, she hated baths. And, being nervous new parents, we hated giving her baths. I think the longest we went was a bit more than two weeks. We just couldn't bring ourselves to get her screaming and babies aren't really that dirty, right? Now, three years later, Bea adores baths. We're not nightly bathers, … Continue reading Advent Day 20: Gift of Water

Advent Day 19: Tie Hearts Together

Life as a military family is different. We have certain fears we must work through when our loved ones are deployed. There's uncertainty during the time of separation. Will he (she) come back alive? What will life look like when my better half is home again, ready to be re-woven into the fabric of our … Continue reading Advent Day 19: Tie Hearts Together

Advent Day 18: Genuine Joy

Is there genuine joy of giving in the way I handle Christmas shopping and gift-giving? What do I need to do to make my Christmas giving a source of joy for myself and others? Henri Nouwen, In Joyful Hope: Meditations for Advent Painting contributed by Shannon Maddox. Shannon is an artist and musician who lives … Continue reading Advent Day 18: Genuine Joy