Your Roots Are Showing

It’s only two days until Christmas, and despite my entire family being ravaged by a stomach virus, we have survived, and overcome, and we are ready for the big day. Sadly, I cannot say the same for our dear Christmas tree, which might kick the bucket any day now. Here is our tree situation: about three weeks ago we bought our tree and decked it…
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It Came Just the Same

When I was a little girl, my family had an unconventional Christmas tradition. It began one Christmas morning when my brother and I raced downstairs, only to discover our stockings were gone. In their place, a ransom note. We were, of course, concerned. We snatched the note from the mantle, and carefully read the terms of our…
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Intentional Christmas, Baby Chicken Edition

A few weeks ago I asked some friends about their Santa traditions. My family is at that stage now, when our son is starting to grasp the meaning and traditions of Christmas. Well, as much as a 3 year-old can, anyway! My friends’ answers ranged all over–and don’t worry, I’m not going to get into that whole…
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Thanksgiving Giveaway: NIV Bible for Women

So. You may not know this, but this week–yes, this VERY week–is a special American holiday. It’s not as flashy as other holidays, and it doesn’t occupy two months worth of space, but it is a holiday I love. It’s called Thanksgiving. Remember Thanksgiving? That day when we’re thankful for stuff? You might have forgotten about it, because it’s…
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Follow the Fear

Today my heart is heavy. Two months ago, Americans were filled with compassion. The image of a little Syrian boy washed up on a shore, alone and dead, it rocked us. It moved us to action. We wanted to help, to welcome, to give. Then Paris happened. And suddenly we realized, helping the vulnerable might actually…
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