What you really need at Christmas

This Christmas, I’m posting my best gift, early: Yes, it’s merely a picture of my husband shoveling the snow this morning. Two days ago he came home from working on the other side of the country. We haven’t seen him since he drove away last summer. (No, I didn't chase him away. He willingly came … Continue reading What you really need at Christmas

5 packing and wrapping tips to add cheer/irritation to your holidays

If you're like me, you're up to your shoulders in packages needing to be wrapped and sent. Here are five sure-fire tactics we use every year to add festive cheer (or flagrant irritation) to our Christmas. (Some of these are actually useful.) Cheetos make a great package filler, the puffed bags a much better (and … Continue reading 5 packing and wrapping tips to add cheer/irritation to your holidays

Have you ever considered skipping Santa and getting straight to the Savior?

A recent online debate has prompted me to repost this blog I wrote three years ago. As a child I dearly loved Santa, and was deeply pained to learn he was only a story. As a parent, I wondered if there wasn't another way to avoid that sticky problem. Well, there is, quite a simple … Continue reading Have you ever considered skipping Santa and getting straight to the Savior?

Your Christmas probably won’t be “traditional” this year . . .

I predict that this Christmas will be different for you in some way. Either it’ll mark a “last time” of some sort, or a “first time” of another. Perhaps this year someone significant is missing—either gone for a time or have passed away—or maybe someone new has joined your circle of family and friends. New … Continue reading Your Christmas probably won’t be “traditional” this year . . .

Flood the earth–or my basement and bedrooms–with service: #LIGHTtheWORLD

The most horrible sounds to wake up to are someone vomiting, something shattering, some cat hacking, or some water running. Early yesterday morning, I was awakened by the last item. I was planning to publish a piece here about my sons putting up Christmas lights, but I didn’t get to finishing it because at 4 … Continue reading Flood the earth–or my basement and bedrooms–with service: #LIGHTtheWORLD