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Family and the Christian Year

This is how we love each other

There should always be homemade Chex mix on the counter, in a twenty year old Tupperware dish. Also, there should be my 94-year-old grandmother Deenie’s peanut patties (dyed red with food coloring, made with corn syrup) available to all. Speaking of red food coloring, I have to mention Mom’s chocolate chip ...

Advent Church: Celebrating St. Nicholas

On December 6th when my anxious nature woke me early, demanding I scrub the bathroom, order my nieces and nephews their presents from Amazon, and address my Christmas cards, I rebelled. Instead, I let my kids dress themselves in sweats, put some coffee in the pot, and opened the front door to a few friends and their ...

St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Our family will be celebrating by acting out the St. Nicholas story with a few friends, eating Santa cookies, sorting through toys and clothes to donate, and collecting canned food. This is a post I originally published on my friend Christine's blog two years ago. My kids are older, but so far, ...

St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

Friends, I'm going to ask you to jump over with me to another site again today. (This is just one of those lucky weeks for us!) Christine Gough has been hosting a guest series called: "Vision from the Frontlines: Voices, Experiences & Practices of Faith Development" and today, I'm  over there sharing about how our family ...

Jesus in Real Life: Halloween and Death and Celebrating the Saints

“Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We're driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good questions. “Ummmm…” I say. I say that a lot. See the thing is he wants a real answer. He wants the history and the reasoning. If he knew the word ‘etymology,’ he’d want that too. I stop at ...

Guest Post: {Family and the Christian Year} Christine Warner on Lent and brushing teeth to candlelight

I'm so thrilled I have the chance to introduce you to Christine Warner today. She is one of my favorite gems I've discovered here in Austin. Her kindness, wisdom, warmth and bright spirit make her one of those people you can't help but describe as "special." I've mentioned before how she has challenged me by how she invites ...