Every December, I pack in the activities: Christmas parties, homeschool get-togethers, crafts, free concerts/plays, local Christmas events, and on it goes. If I can make it, I'm there with my kids in tow. By the time Christmas arrives, I'm exhausted. Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas. But a few days before it even … Continue reading Why We’re Slowing Down this Christmas
We bought the large cotton sack six years ago from a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart who was raising money for charity by spreading the gift of giving. On the bag, in golden letters, are the words: "What can we give to the King?" The day after we got our sack, I eagerly … Continue reading What Can I Give to the King?
Christmas Eve. Voices echoed angelic songs in darkness lit by hundreds of tiny flames that flickered like stars. I held my candle carefully as I sang the miracle and mystery of a Saviour come to earth. Heaven stooping low. The glorious beauty of ancient prophecy fulfilled. My children, beside me, looked on with wonder-filled eyes. … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Inspired: Step-by-Step Christmas Hymn Study
We added another layer to the girls' Kindness Countdown yesterday. Something simple that the kids can do each and every day, all the way until the New Year. The idea started here. We took it and added our own little twist. I've often struggled with how to teach my children to effectively pray for others. It's easy, … Continue reading 31 Days of Prayer: A Simple Plan for Children
It’s a lesson in grace, this brightly wrapped package. The knock on the door is unexpected. The present, covered in cheerful plaid paper, is even more unexpected. Unexpected and undeserved. It is a gift from a whole bunch of our friends, my husband’s and mine. And I feel so unworthy because it has been a … Continue reading A Gift of Grace
When I look at the Christmas tree, that’s when it hits me. My daughter and I carefully decorated it. The lights twinkle cheerfully. The presents are wrapped and labelled and piled high until Christmas morning. Everything is ready, waiting. When I look at the Christmas tree, that’s when the tears really begin to flow. There … Continue reading Making sense of it all…