Loving What Matters

The new year approached through a haze of fairy lights, family noise, and Nyquil. It fought through mounds of wrapping paper. It curled past feverish bodies and thick knit blankets. It rose with the flames licking the brick in the fireplace. Everywhere I looked in my sniffling, sick state, the … [continue]

Simple Practices for Reflecting on the New Year: A Guide for Dreamers

I've never been one for grand New Year's resolutions or sequestered days of goal setting. The words "power sheets" make me want to curl up under a blanket and wait, cozy and hidden until spring. However, I do recognize the need to reflect on the past and dream into the future. I'm a romantic, so … [continue]

My Favorite Books of 2017

I love best of the year lists, and what's better than a best of the year list of books? I typically read an eclectic mix of modern fiction, classic works, memoir, and christian living books, and this year was no exception. I re-read more books than I usually do, and I also read an enormous amount … [continue]

The Hope of Christmas

Years ago, during our Zurich years, my kids' international school introduced Swiss customs to the students to help them understand the local culture. One such custom was the arrival of Samichlaus, with his sack full of chocolate and clementines, who roamed the halls and burst into classrooms … [continue]

Keep it Simple: An Advent Resource Guide

Many of you arrived here by signing up for my Advent audio guide, Journeying to Bethlehem Together, and for that I'm grateful. It's a joy to have you here as we hold longing together. I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to observing Advent, and if not a total newbie, at the very least … [continue]