taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead
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taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead

A new year. A time to take stock. Consider the content and meaning of your past year. What did you learn? What did you do? How did you live it? Each year, at just this time, I sit with pen and journal, cup of tea and as much time as I can eke out, and … Continue reading

happy new year & charmed top ten posts of 2019
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happy new year & charmed top ten posts of 2019

Happy almost 2020 to you and yours! 10. To my utter surprise, it’s really this page that garners the most attention twice as often as the most popular post, but since this page is as familiar as the back of my hand, I’m less likely to share it. I just updated it, so it is … Continue reading

Daily practice in receiving: Christmas gifts from Above
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Daily practice in receiving: Christmas gifts from Above

As we light the Advent candles, I struggle to remember the order…is the correct pattern: love, joy, peace, hope…or was it love, peace, joy, hope? No matter what the order, the discussion of them each Sunday and finally, Christmas morning, is part of our family tradition. The kids know there will be Christmas gift opening … Continue reading

Christmas songs and memories
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Christmas songs and memories

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, like ones I used to know… One Christmas, we got snow in spades, or shall I say, in shovels. So. Much. Snow. Four feet almost to its height. Running down our 200 foot driveway was a lone space shoveled for a walkway. We parked at the top, and walked down … Continue reading

remembering Grandma’s Christmas
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remembering Grandma’s Christmas

Grandma had called for us to come the nine hour drive north. The double row of grandfather spruce lining the driveway greeted our burgundy Chrysler. My Grandmother’s garden was a canvas of Prairie shades only three months before. Ash leaves had disappeared, but the stately evergreens swished in the bristly breeze. Grand, grey sunflowers still … Continue reading

banishing the picture perfect Christmas
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banishing the picture perfect Christmas

These are the stories of the not-so-picture perfect Christmas. Real family stories happen in the thick of Christmas too. Five minutes before we left for Christmas Eve service, all spiffed up in our best, we pulled the sofa table away from our new custom sofa to grab a family pic before heading out the door. … Continue reading