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have you been moved?

Yesterday our pastor discussed the mysterious sliding rocks of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California.  Apparently these huge, heavy boulders move hundreds of feet without explanation.  The tracks show clear evidence of movement, but science can’t precisely explain how or why it happens.  Is it wind, ice, earth, animals, or some combination?  Theories abound, but the mystery [...]

enjoying the aftermath

 

The days after Christmas are actually my favorites.
The packages are opened, the food is served, the kids are busy, and gift cards are waiting.   And yes, we have tape stuck on the carpet, tags and ribbons everywhere, stocking stuffers with no home, a humongous pile of garbage/recycling, and a slight sense of guilt for the [...]

the greatest story

Luke 2:1-20, from The Message by Eugene Peterson:
About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken througouht the Empire.  This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for.  So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up [...]

holiday harmony? episode one

Vacation began a day early last Friday with a foot of snow at our doorstep.  What a great way to start Christmas!  Visions of sledding, hot cocoa, baking (um. . . maybe), and cozy family time danced in our heads.  Two weeks of happy family harmony. 
Right.
By 8:30 a.m., echoes of yelling, crying, hurt feelings (and possibly bodies) [...]

this will lift your spirits

I’m a sucker for singing men, especially a capella. 
Enjoy this from Straight No Chaser, Indiana University’s men’s a capella troupe:

If you can’t view the video, click on the post title above to go the actual website, and then it should work for you. 
While you’re at it, please check out my site’s new look.  I have some details to [...]

the cookie conspiracy

It feels to me like the cookie currency in my town is getting out of hand.
Don’t get me wrong.  I love cookies as much as the next girl.  I like to bake, and I like to eat, and I’m happy to do my fair share.  I believe cookie making is festive and heartwarming for those [...]

splat

Oh, what a difference a split second makes! 
Yesterday, I was cruising through my Christmas errands:  picking up this, dropping off that, baking up this, shipping off that, stopping by here, shopping by there, and transporting people from place to place.  A light snow fell, promising a white morning blanket and lifting my Christmas spirits.  I was [...]

the paper bag story

In The Faith Club, an earlier recommendation, Priscilla tries to explain her “tribal” connection to Judaism and its turbulent history.  Her father, she says, used to tell this story to address the challenges people face in life:

“Imagine this,” he used to say to us.  “Take your problems, all of them, from the tiniest, annoying concerns to the [...]

seven signs your son is turning teenward

I knew it was coming.  I’ve read the books.  I’ve studied the impact of brain changes in adolescence.  I heard the teachers say, “You think you know your child now, but in six months he’ll be a different person.”  I thought I was fully prepared.
Now, we’ve arrived.  And really, it’s not bad.  It’s even good [...]

turning the Christmas corner

I must admit, I’ve been slow getting into the Christmas spirit.  Maybe because we traveled for Thanksgiving weekend.  Maybe because I’ve been working most weekends lately, while all the “good moms” are cooking and crafting and bonding with their families.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been trying not to get too caught up in all the [...]