the care and feeding of the soul in a time of pandemic

For years, I have endeavored to make December—Advent—all about the soul. It’s going to be busy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be harried. Advent is a time to turn inward and till and fertilize and basically make my heart fertile ground for the presence of God. This search for stillness has been part…

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Of Christmas Decs, My Witty Husband, and Impossible Christmas Lists

White lights, colored lights, first aid kits, and Santa beating her head on the desk. Bring on the holidays.

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When Advent Is Not Peaceful

We are approaching the midpoint of a season meant to focus on peace and preparation, yet the moment my children get in the van in the school pickup line, they are at each other’s throats. I lose my temper quickly these days, thanks in part to cyclic hormones, in part to the busy-ness of the…

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Late Advent In Pictures

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7QT for the Second Week of Advent

___1___ I spent almost three minutes sitting in front of a blank screen just now, trying to figure out what to write this morning. I’ve been tired and anxious this week, focused on all the wrong things. Life is really pretty good, but when there’s uncertainty about something you’ve poured yourself into it’s easy for…

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Ringing Bells and Taking Pride

The last few days of Advent have been big activities, beginning with getting the tree on Saturday and progressing through a choir party, a tribute concert to the Trans Siberian Orchestra (think head banging with laser show…the kids were mesmerized) and, on Monday of this week, ringing the Salvation Army bell. Ringing the bell has…

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Michael Meets Advent

By the time the fourth child passes milestones, they often slip past without much fanfare. Not that they don’t get noticed at all, but it is a little more muted. Still, in the first nine days of Advent it’s been fun to watch Michael really connect with this season for the first time. I realized…

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