Free Family Advent Devotional

A few years ago I wrote a family advent devotional for a church I was involved with. The Calvin Insitute graciously funded this resource as a part of a year-long…

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Celebrating St Nicholas Day

When we first started attending the Episcopal church nine years ago, one of the new traditions we were introduced to was the observance of St Nicholas’ Day. Nicholas, whose Saint…

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Thoughts on Marie Kondo and Books

When I woke up this morning it seemed all my friends’ Facebook feeds were sporting the meme telling Marie Kondo what she could do with her advice on books. Even…

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The Secret to a Happy New Year

As my husband and I were watching the last bit of New Years Rockin’ Eve with our teenagers last night, the topic of new year’s resolutions came up. Our son…

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The Hospital Christmas: God With Us

A week ago my father fell in the parking lot of my children’s high school after their Christmas concert. He broke his hip. In seconds we went from holly jolly…

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The Both/And of Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Luke 21: 25-36 The first Sunday of Advent is easily one of my favorite Sundays of the year. There are a lot of reasons I love it so…

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