“I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again, because it is just going by too fast.” – Robert Rodriguez As a child it felt like I waited eons for Christmas to finally arrive, but as a grown adult the whole experience flies […]Read more "5 Tips for Making Lasting Christmas Memories…"
Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during […]Read more "Christmas Loneliness"
When we think of ballet at its best, The Nutcracker almost always dances through our heads. Children across the world have been delighted by this fanciful Christmas ballet, and countless ballet companies have performed the work. Of course, what child doesn’t dream of toys that come to life, and wouldn’t be thrilled at the thought […]Read more "T: Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker,” and Holiday Magic"
Merry Christmas! From Our Family to Yours…Read more "Wordless Wednesday – A Christmas Greeting"
I was marrying the wrong man. Part of me had always known. Michael was handsome and successful… almost too perfect. He was also completely self-absorbed and – well – completely wrong. But I knew the moment I opened the gift from Jake, my harebrained friend since preschool. It wasn’t just a new Christmas […]Read more "Flash Friday – “Captive Set Free”"
As families grow larger, buying Christmas gifts for everyone can become increasingly complicated – not to mention expensive! In our home, we’ve found a way to simplify Christmas and keep the story of Christ at the center of it all – including the gifts! When Janelle and I first got married, a middle-aged woman […]Read more "Simplifying Christmas: Giving as the Wise Men Did"
We took the kids to a tree farm near our house to cut down our own Christmas Tree this year… we ended up with a scraggly little weed that would never pass for a real tree in the major stores, but the kids just fell in love with it! So many to choose from… Running […]Read more "Wordless Wednesday – The Great Christmas Tree Hunt"
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder A Word of Thanks from the Editor Dear Writing Companions, What a joy it has been to celebrate Christmas with each […]Read more "Christmas Memories Giveaway – Winners!"
Countless artists have attempted to capture the beauty and the majesty of Christ’s birth, and we tend to see so many of these images around this time of year that few really reach out and grab us. I find this particular painting, however, especially beautiful. Adoration of the Shepherds was painted by Gerard […]Read more "“Adoration of the Shepherds” – Gerard von Honthorst"
Dr. Truett Brady moved slowly down the narrow corridor of the spacecraft, pausing every so often to let his stomach recover from its queasiness. The medics had offered to place him in stasis for the first week or so of the journey, warning that the effects of hyperspace travel could be severe, but Brady […]Read more "Christian Flash Weekly – “Sovereign”"