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The calendar has turned and we are here…November! Our schedules will likely start to fill, our spending increase, and tensions might run a bit high. Don’t worry, this Christmas can be different. You may not be able to control everything, but you can control a few key things that will help you set up your Read More

A few Saturdays ago I stood on the sidelines of my daughter’s soccer game. Her team played on the middle field of the park, other games going on simultaneously on either side of us. Right before half time I noticed all of the girls in the game behind me were on a knee, indicating an Read More

“Ears that hear and eyes that see—     the Lord has made them both.” –Proverbs 20:12 I felt my sore throat before I got on the plane to start my trek home. By my connecting flight my nose was running and by the time I walked in my kitchen I was full-fledged sick. It came fast Read More

I’m writing this from 30,000 feet. Honestly not my favorite spot to be. I’m a bit of a nervous flier with a family of five at home. I prefer my feet on solid ground. But I’ve been invited to travel to Texas on what felt like something I must do. We have many invitations in Read More

There’s a ‘Christmas in July’ trend. From retail sales to themed summer parties, we may have finally arrived at the Christmas season lasting all year long. When I’ve seen or heard the expression this month, I’ve remembered a few interviews I had last Christmas. Interviews where we talked about making changes from traditions and difficult Read More

It’s May, so of course I’m running. It’s the end of year EVERYTHING. Parties and games and concerts. Not to mention teacher gifts, Mother’s Day, and in our house a birthday and anniversary. But this Memorial Day I’m literally running. And remembering. Remembering the gifts God has given me, the people who have loved me Read More

Hey book club planners. I know you’re out there. I’m starting to get questions from you about upcoming book prices and such. Which leads me to do some summer thinking: open schedules, kids at home, hot days, and summer reading. In May my publisher is offering a 50% promotion for Loving My Actual Life. If Read More

I’m waking up this morning to a mess in my kitchen. A huge hole in my row of lower cabinets, a sink overflowing with dirty dishes, and a new dishwasher turned on its side waiting for someone to install it into that gaping hole. This is not the fresh start, clean slate, new beginning I Read More

Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, begins today. This news is not meant to bring you stress, but a reminder that we can settle in to the holiday. Now is a practical time of preparation, we are starting the decorating, shopping, planning, but it is also a time of internal preparation. It is in Read More

Hey there. I know. Christmas?! Now? It hit 97 degrees this weekend in Denver, a bit difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. And yet, we’ve switched that calendar day over and we are now officially past Labor Day. Which means we are on one fast slide toward Christmas. What can I tell you about Read More