Tag Archives: Christmas

Nothing Personal, Really

Wreaths hang off the outdoor lamps as bookends to the garage doors. Pulled to the side by the wind, their backs face each other. Every time I back out, onto the driveway, it makes me laugh. And then I forget … Continue reading

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From My House to Yours

When words are few and  hearts full, we sit with laps overflowing joy over what the Lord has done, turning the pages of days one by one. Sometimes we don’t need words to tell the story, our eyes glance upon … Continue reading

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When You Lose Community At Christmas

For many years our family found intimate community inside the walls of a church of thousands on Christmas Eve. This year, in our small seaside town, we’re wondering where we will worship, if anyone will notice our absence. In the … Continue reading

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The Dog Days of Christmas

A few days ago we moved a table away from the wall to make room for the Christmas tree, and Winston’s yellow tennis ball, it rolled out from underneath into the center of the living room, along with nine years … Continue reading

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Counting Crumbs

I stood on the tarmac and watched my uncle pilot the red belly of the plane right into the blue, floating to a pencil point while we drove pavement back home. Pulled bins labeled mantle and living room from the attic and … Continue reading

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Open to Hear the Message

My family gets way ahead of me in the line for security. It took me longer to get my belt off, jewelry put in a safe place. As I stand like cow among the herd waiting to be checked, the … Continue reading

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Illuminating Life

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 May your path be illuminated with the light that is Jesus Christ this coming year and may … Continue reading

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When Timing is Perfect

It would be our first Christmas together, married only seven months. We left Phoenix just months before to set up home in a small apartment in Cleveland, Tennessee where H attends seminary. The first chapter of our story, now twenty-one … Continue reading

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Overflowing Gifts

The wooden gates with the giant red glittery bows open slow as our car rolls down the narrow dirt driveway. On each side, we pass rows of citrus trees. Orange and yellow balls hang profuse like a child who decorates … Continue reading

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Settling into Love Without Strings

  “Mom, I need to get a fifteen dollar gift for the party on Wednesday. Oh and I need a twenty dollar gift for the party on Saturday and I have to make some cookies for the party at school … Continue reading

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