One Word Christmas: Light

I usually pick one word for the New Year, but lately I have been feeling I need a word for the Christmas season too. Basically, it is because of that over-whelming feeling I get every season. You know that feeling. The one that we feel we have to do it all this year. We have... Continue Reading →

Forgotten Christmas [video]

Celebrate Christmas, but never forget why we celebrate Christmas. This video is brought to you by Gospel for Asia. Learn more about Forgotten Christmas here.

Planning Christmas gifts that are meaningful

Millions of families in Asia are entrenched in poverty, barely scraping by. And here we are, in America, blessed as living in the greatest nation in modern history, with the most advantages and freedom of any country...what will we do with our blessings? "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and... Continue Reading →

Legend of the Silver Pine Cones

ADVENT // Day One There is an old German legend that goes something like this: Once upon a time there was a poor family without enough food to eat or wood for a fire. The mother decided to go into the forest to search for pine cones; which she could burn for warmth. Perhaps, she... Continue Reading →

Jesus, meet us in the mess

Life is messy. And if you have kids, it’s really messy. If we are honest, my friend, we are all a hot mess. In today’s world it’s not easy to admit that we don't have it all together. It's hard not to envy the glossy styled homes pictured in magazines; or the Pinterest food too pretty to eat; or... Continue Reading →

DIY Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament

I am finding it hard to get into the mood this holiday season. I think a lot of it has to do with stress at work and strife in the world. And, even though I am taking my own advice, I still feel as though this holiday is like heavy weights tied around my ankles.... Continue Reading →

3 gifts I am giving my kids this Christmas (hint: it’s not things)

It wasn't that long ago that my now teenage daughter's only wish for under the Christmas tree was a beloved Princess Anneliese dress-up dress. It was decked out in pink and sparkles. What other color would it be? Oh, how times have changed! If you live with a teenager, you know what I mean. A... Continue Reading →

Clothe yourself with compassion this holiday season

"Christmas is approaching: there will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes ... it's all a charade. The world continues to go to war. The world has not chosen a peaceful path," Pope Francis said in a recent sermon. (Source) He said this during festivities as the Vatican unveiled its giant Christmas tree. Around... Continue Reading →

The Most Wonderful Time of Year has Come and Gone

The most wonderful time of year has come and gone. I don't know if you noticed, but the stores wasted no time in putting away the Christmas merchandise and have brought out the Valentine's AND Easter candy. I know, right? But, hey, before the New Year, let's take a moment to recap the holiday season,... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas to You…

I designed a Christmas card this year...but in my quest to do less this year I became a total slacker. I also didn't get a few presents mailed out in time either, or even ordered in time....they will arrive after Christmas, which kind of defeats the purpose. But, hey, that's not what is important, right?... Continue Reading →

Making Macarons and December Daily Stuff

The prettiest of the cookies has to be the Macaron. This little French cookie is one I don't bake well. And, by 'don't bake well', I mean I bake something that resembles a hockey puck than a Macaron. Oh, I've tried...and failed. But this year I spied this little kit at, where else, Target. It... Continue Reading →

Why Advent?

Why Advent? Advent is a time of spiritual reflection and celebration leading up to the birth of Christ on December 25th. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin word “Adventus,” which means “coming.” It is more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It... Continue Reading →

Pass the whine…

You know what is a real let down? Finally getting a date night with hubby, then eating a bad meal. Seriously. We eat out so little that when we finally do get a date night the meal should effing fantastic, but it wasn't, and that sucks. I know. Boo-hoo. Okay, enough whining... This weekend we... Continue Reading →

December Daily | 14

Where to begin? Yesterday, another school shooting here in Colorado. One student in critical condition, the teen shooter dead at Arapahoe High School. Today is the Sandy Hook School shooting 1 year anniversary. I had to turn off the Today Show yesterday morning. Too many tearful memories were being replayed. I can't seem to get... Continue Reading →

Santa Ornament (Lazy) Tutorial

December Daily | 8 This weekend's Advent gift was crafts. We made these cute Santa ornaments. Inspiration by Pinterest. I am not good with tutorials. So, here ya go...my lazy Santa ornament tutorial. Enjoy! Go make something creative. ***** BTW: I was featured last week on Living Well, Spending Less. If you're interested in fun ways to... Continue Reading →

Is it too Early to Post Christmas Photos?

It it too early to start thinking about Christmas? Before the Halloween candy is handed out? It's not like I am putting Christmas lights up on the house...but I have started quilting/sewing decorations and gifts for Christmas. This week I finished making each of us quilted Christmas stockings. Using fabric leftover from my Christmas quilt,... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Twenty-six, Cookie Party

7 little girls. 50 cookies. 8 tubs of icing. Lots and lots of sprinkles. Lots of creativity. More is always better. The girls made candy too, because cookies aren't enough of a sugar rush. More than a little taste testing.

December Daily | Merry Christmas

My old friend, Ray, let me in on a little secret: Downtown Golden is the place to be for Christmas lights. He told me of a very large tree where each delicate branch is wrapped in lights like a canopy of brightly colored stars. This Christmas season, may you take time to look at the... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Fifteen, Top 3

So, remember that girls night out I was telling you about? (See Day 12). On the tables was a handout entitled "7 Ideas for a Grateful Christmas".  In place of a list full of "wants" there should be a list of what we already have, and share it with others. We all want nice things.... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Fourteen, Spiderweb

I am turning out all the lights in the house. The kids are tucked into bed but they are trying to get out of bed. I walk through the dining room when I turn around to see a huge spiderweb. I mean, it is HUGE! Like, as-big-as-a-dinner-plate huge. I am not freaked out by spiders.... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Eleven, Santa

Just dropped of their letters to Santa. I really thought Alex, who is 10-years-old, was going to realize the "Santa deal". But she still worked on her letter. Parker (6), on the other hand, thinks that Santa will deliver ANYTHING she puts on her list. She realized after we mailed her letter that she left... Continue Reading →

December Daily | Six, All is Bright

Photography Assignment: Food. It's no surprise I chose to photograph cupcakes for this assignment. I photograph them a lot. But I was really more interested in the Brokeh lights. I finally got it! All is bright.

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