Light and Dark for Lent – First Sunday

The contrast of light and dark is powerful, even to the youngest eyes. God uses stories and pictures of light and dark all throughout Scripture from beginning to end. A fascinating visual study if you like to journal. This picture of light and dark that God painted all over is the reason I love using […]

A Feast… for Lent?

What would motivate one to place a diamond on a muddy finger? Who actually wants a thieving crook in their house? Why would a king search the streets for a beggar? How can disease be the one pulled close?   Love. Unusual love.   I’ve only ever heard of one who loved like this – […]

One last story of Christmas

Happy Three King’s Day! The Polish man I married brought a whole host of Polish traditions to my very Scandinavian world. Dzien Trzech Kroli is what they call this 6th Day of January. My Polish Mother-in-law described the day as the last day of the Christmas season. It’s when they told the story of the kings […]

Jesus’ Birthday Party – An all day feast!

Birthday plans—finalized! We sat down as a family last week and talked about what each person enjoys doing (or eating) to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, then we picked a few and created a plan. Jesus’ Birthday is the biggest birthday celebration of the year. It should involve as much (and more) attention than my child’s birthday. […]

Advent this weekend. May I help with a few of our favorite ideas?

Finding ideas for Advent that are not just slapped with “Happy Birthday, Jesus” stickers is difficult. But I love Advent for just this reason—it takes searching, planning, and preparation! There is some very meaningful Advent ideas out there! I want my kids to feel the anticipation all month long that something amazing is coming on […]

Making ornaments for Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree

December 1st is less than a week away!  I’ve been working on my ornaments for Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree and there is a lot of cutting. I actually cut out 100 circles! 25 for the front and 25 for the back x’s 2 because my children want do the countdown on their own tree rather than […]

And a little book is born…just in time for Christmas

Feels like I’ve birthed another baby! It’s just a book, but the effort was great and the gestation longer than I anticipated.  It’s name is Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree. I mentioned it last year in the blog, but it’s no longer a dream. It’s a real tangible book that I’m actually holding.  I can scarcely believe […]