On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post linking to Veronica over at Toddled Dredge because I was impressed that she decorated a cake with Nutella frosting.That alone qualifies her as a kindred spirit.Then I noticed her tagline: "Contemplative mom with crackers."Once again, I felt a connection--this … [Read more...]

New Year's Un-Resolutions

Not to be confused with United Nations Resolutions, New Year's Un-Resolutions can be a helpful tool during this season of dreaming and goal-setting.In U.S. News & World Report (December 31, 2007/January 7, 2008, p. 50), they suggest that people make a "Not-to-Do List," determining what they … [Read more...]

How the Cuckoo Found its Voice

At an open house held after the Christmas Eve service, I took note of a beautiful cuckoo clock hanging on the host's family room wall."A cuckoo clock!" I exclaimed."I grew up in a home with a cuckoo clock," the host explained, "and I wanted my kids to enjoy one, too."I looked at The Belgian Wonder. … [Read more...]

So You Want to Continue Blogging AND Exercise More?

Here are several ways to accomplish both goals: You can buy an overpriced corporate-designed concept as a belated Christmas gift for the blogger hoping to follow through with fitness resolutions. It's called The Walkstation, a treadmill rigged up with a laptop, and users claim that if you walk … [Read more...]

Good Will toward Men

You probably know that the King James Version of Luke 2:14 reads like this:"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."Good will toward men.You can imagine the six or seven drafts of Goodwill-themed posts that have run through my mind in the past few days.But since I … [Read more...]

We Interrupt Your Wrapping to Bring You This Special Announcement

A couple thousand years ago in the town of David a Savior was born to us. He was—is—Christ the Lord. This was a sign to the shepherds:  They found a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. And then a great company of the heavenly host appeared praising God and saying, Glory to God in … [Read more...]

More on Perspective during the Christmas Season

If you haven't been to Goodwill for a while--or ever--here's an idea:This weekend, see if you can locate one near you (or a Salvation Army or other large second-hand store).And then, on your way home from the mall, just step inside the doors of the Goodwill. You don't have to buy or even touch … [Read more...]

True Treasures at Christmas

During a quick stop at Target today, my oldest daughter and I bumped into The Boy's preschool teacher from last year.I asked about school, and she admitted it was a hard year. One of the moms, she said, passed away this week after a long battle with cancer."They were believers," she said, "and … [Read more...]

Oh, Joy

Snowed in until about 10:30 a.m. this morning by low priority, unplowed subdivision roads, we skipped church.Sunday School classes were cancelled, but I think that they went ahead and held church for anyone who could make it. A lot of people live in the surrounding neighborhoods, so they might have … [Read more...]

Alternative Energy Source: Happiness

To celebrate a birthday in our family, we all went to an indoor water park.We arranged this special outing long before we knew a winter storm warning would be in effect for our area, but the destination was close to home; we figured we could inch home if we had to.When we arrived, the lifeguards … [Read more...]