Category Archives: holidays

What We Can Learn from Tragedy

I have been quiet in this space.

A week ago Friday, the landscape of our country changed.  Good versus evil collided in a way that none could have imagined and it has left us shaken, sad and questioning.

It did not feel right to write anything that wasn’t related to what is on everyone’s mind and heart.  At the same time, life has to go on.  Work, wrestling matches, Christmas preparations. It is a difficult juxtaposition.

I wrote a bit about what I am learning from the tragedy over at The MOB Society.  {click on the link to be taken to the article}

And, while we go through our Christmas and holiday traditions and love on our families, please lift the families of those lost a little over a week ago up to the King of Kings.  The victims names are listed below:

Charlotte Bacon 2/22/06, 6
Daniel Barden 9/25/05, 7
Rachel Davino 7/17/83, 29
Olivia Engel 7/18/06, 6
Josephine Gay 12/11/05, 7
Ana M Marquez-Greene 4/4/06, 6
Dylan Hockley 3/08/06, 6
Dawn Hocksprung 6/28/65, 47
Madeline F. Hsu 7/10/06, 6

Catherine V. Hubbard 6/08/06, 6

Chase Kowalski 10/31/05, 7

Jesse Lewis 6/30/06, 6
James Mattioli 3/22/06, 6
Grace McDonnell 11/04/05, 7
Anne Marie Murphy 7/25/60, 52
Emilie Parker 5/12/06, 6
Jack Pinto 5/6/06, 6
Noah Pozner 11/20/06, 6
Caroline Previdi 9/7/06, 6
Jessica Rekos 5/10/06, 6
Avielle Richman 10/17/06, 6
Lauren Russeau 6/82, 30
Mary Sherlach 2/11/56, 56
Victoria Soto 11/4/85, 27
Benjamin Wheeler 9/12/06, 6
Allison N Wyatt 7/03/06, 6

Why I’m Not Sending Out Christmas Cards this Year

By now, the cards have usually been ordered, signed, addressed, stamped and mailed. The Christmas cards, that is.  For fifteen straight Christmases I haven’t missed a year. This year, I just can’t bring myself to do it. There’s a lot of reasons but mostly, I want to see, touch and love my people–my family andContinue Reading

10 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us I wanted to take some time to talk about the effects that this busy time of year can have on our health. Living with chronic illness {mine is systemic lupus} doesn’t have to steal your joy and zap your energy. But, it is tempting to push yourself with the amount of activity on the calendarContinue Reading

Grateful not proud

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind.  We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands.  The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race.  Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, toContinue Reading

All Over the Place

  This has been a crazy with a capital C kind of week. We had our YoungLives Christmas party last night with 41 teen moms and their babies in attendance.  It was amazing to see God show up! I have been very preoccupied getting ready for that, preparing for the holidays and getting ready toContinue Reading

Controlling Holiday Clutter

Start a holiday binder (a 3-ring binder from an office supply store will suffice).  Create dividers for different categories, such as recipes, gift lists, store sale flyers, Christmas card list, etc.  Then get a flat plastic pencil pouch to put in the binder to hold all the holiday receipts, including gift receipts.  The cool thingContinue Reading

Using Pinterest to get organized for Christmas

alternately titled My New Addiction to Pinterest. The Type A organizer in me has a holiday binder where I would clip ideas and recipes and tradition ideas that I have come across over the years.  It has been my planner for memorable holidays over the years. Now, I have a Holiday Inspirations board on Pinterest.Continue Reading

Preparing for Thanksgiving

I love autumn. It is my favorite time of year and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Sometimes, we are in danger of losing the celebratory nature of this holiday in the there-are-only-SIX-weeks-until-Christmas madness that accompanies this time of year. I fight that temptation hard in our home.  A posture of gratitude is crucialContinue Reading

In plenty…

Christmas shopping has been difficult for me this year. My kids don’t need anything, certainly not anything on their Christmas list. We have clothes, food, a warm and comfy home. We have extra’s like video game stations, cell phones, iPods and more. Usually by this time of year I am done my Christmas shopping {weeksContinue Reading

Tis the Season

It is here.  The holiday season. That time of year that can invoke feelings of inadequacy, exhaustion {mental and physical}, comparison and envy. Or is it just me that has done battle with the keeping-up-with-the-neighbors, decorate-till-you-drop, spend-money-you-don’t-have itis of the Christmas season? My childhood did not include many happy holidays. So a young girl madeContinue Reading