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Holidays

Second Sunday of Advent: Love

I’ll never forget the definition of love that was given to me at a youth conference, years ago, when I was maybe 12. It must have been a good youth conference, because that definition has stayed with me my entire life. “Love is choosing the highest good for the other person.” In our society, talk […] Read more…

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of Advent for the year 2015. We enter into my favorite season from a past year that has been one of continuing transition for my family. I switched jobs (just two weeks ago), started a certificate program at the local community college, have made good progress on my thesis with […] Read more…

What Single Motherhood Has Taught Me

Today marks my first Mother’s Day as an officially single mother, though I know, in hindsight, that I started on this road two years ago, when my ex-husband effectively abandoned me during my second pregnancy. Here’s what the last two years have taught me: God has special concern for single parents — The Bible contains dozens […] Read more…

Merry Christmas

A belated Merry Christmas here. Christmas was beautiful for my family. I went to the Christmas Eve service at my local church the night before Christmas, then came home and put the kids in bed. “Santa” almost got caught by my daughter, who woke up around 3 AM just a few minutes after I completed […] Read more…

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

I thought I knew what “crazy” and “hectic” was. And then I became a single mom. In the past three weeks, I have: Decorated a Christmas tree Been shoved by a man not once but twice, which prompted me to pull out my cell phone and threaten to call the police and press battery charges if […] Read more…

Letting Go

My to-do list that night read: Carve pumpkin w/ kids Make chocolate rum balls for Halloween potluck/party Pick up utility belt for Black Widow costume It was an ambitious schedule for a woman who arrives home from work at around 6:30 PM every weekday night, but I wanted everything to be perfect for Halloween. My […] Read more…

Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

I love the stories of conception and pregnancy found in Luke 1. In our day and age, we focus so heavily on the negatives of pregnancy. Unwanted pregnancy, morning sickness, round ligament pain, weight gain, stretch marks, and the pain of childbirth are all features that are frequently discussed. We forget that, for many people, […] Read more…