Valentine’s Day for Time-Crunched Moms


Valentine’s Day is a fun day to show our families a little love. I asked Jennifer to write a post with me sharing our ideas and traditions. As you’ll see, we’re all for keeping it simple!

We don’t know about you, but in our homes, December through March is a blur.  It seems that Christmas is barely put away before we are smack in the middle of birthdays, anniversaries, new commitments, old commitments, and the added challenge of cold temperatures and deep snows – not to mention the sniffly noses and sick days those often bring.

We’re not ashamed to admit that neither of us have plans to make dozens of Pinterest-worthy valentines for our children’s many different classrooms this year!

But as mothers, we also realize how important family traditions are – that even the smallest memories will be held in our children’s hearts for many years ahead.  So we’ve gathered a few of our very easiest family Valentine traditions (for time-crunched moms)!

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Merry (almost) Christmas


Merry (almost) Christmas, friends.

My great joy is that all of our children are home. Hannah was the last to arrive;  her flight was delayed for many hours, but she finally made it. I’m so thankful that we will be together for Christmas, and probably more importantly, on the 27th, the anniversary of our accident, and Kalkidan going to be with Jesus.

This is the most emotionally complicated Christmas I’ve experienced. You know I love Advent and Christmas, but this year I don’t know how to feel. I’m afraid that I won’t be joyful enough for my children, or if I’m too joyful, it means that I’ve forgotten Kalkidan.

Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room


If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I love Advent.  Advent is a time to settle down, calm our hearts, and draw closer to Jesus as we prepare to celebrate His birth.

All you really need is a candle, a Bible, and a simple schedule for daily readings. Come to think of it, you don’t even need to own a Bible – you can find all that you need online – but if you don’t own a Bible, you need one. If you can’t buy one, message me and I’ll mail one to you. God’s Word is life for your soul!

What Makes a Mom Pretty?

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“My Mom looks prettiest when she is smiling.”

Eby actually wrote “smileing”, but it’s definitely the thought that counts, not the spelling. Eby made an “All About My Mom” gift at school for Mother’s Day – such a great gift.

My friend’s daughter, who is in the same class, wrote that her mom looks prettiest when she “gives hugs.”

Giveaway: Win Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp


I’m giving away a copy of Ann Voskamp’s new Advent book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas!

Last week I wrote a post about preparing for Advent and mentioned that I plan to use this book with our children. The book arrived on Friday and is more beautiful than I imagined. It is colorful, large, and the story of Jesus coming to the world is told in a lovely way. The book comes with a free download for ornaments children (and adults) can color and hang on a Jesse tree.

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