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Month: November 2009

Advent Begins

Our most gracious God, we pray for your blessings as we begin our Advent journey. Turn our hearts toward You. Forgive us our selfish preoccupations. Quiet us with Your words of comfort and peace and hope. And as we anticipate Your coming in glory, remind us of Your humble ‘comings’—as a baby in a manger, […] Read more…

Thanksgiving Replayed

We gathered around the table and prayed a Thanksgiving litany–written by Pastor Bill Cwirla.The food was served buffet style—-and if I do say so myself—it was pretty yummy!Some of the crew (my brother was sick this year and we missed him dearly—-he always does the dishes!)Let the feasting begin!The ‘teens and tweens’ table and their […] Read more…

Thanksgiving Tabletop Tips

Every year I swoon at the Pottery Barn catalogue and their many varied and luscious Thanksgiving tabletops. Have you ever calculated how much money it would cost to do a table exactly like theirs? A lot of money. An obscene amount of money. So, every year I set out to make my tables comfortable, fresh, […] Read more…

Stages of Blog Friendship

1. Infatuated Day 1: You click on a link to a new blog. Hmmmm. You make the following mental notes. “Nice header.” “No opening music—that’s good.” “Awww, she looks sweet. Cute kids. Cool project.” You click to a link within her post and get lost for a period of time on Martha Stewart’s craft site […] Read more…

The Theology of Harry Potter

::Spoiler Alert:: Though I’m guessing that most of you who are going to read them have already! The first Harry Potter book, The Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in 1997, when my son Taylor was 7 years old. I bought the first book and we read the first five or so chapters aloud before I began […] Read more…