The Best of Times

Walking through downtown Galveston, on almost the last day of the year, we spotted this cute, handwritten sign. Even though we were all somewhere on the Virus Train of Death and not feeling very well, this stenciled sign made our family smile. Thank you, Charles Dickens, for the poetic words. They have named my blog,...
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Joy to the World!

Growing up, mail during Advent was a really big deal to our family. We received lots and lots of Christmas cards, filled with those goofy family letters, beautiful pictures of Jesus, and thoughts about His birthday. I remember sorting through the evergreen and cherry envelopes, recognizing some senders by their distinct handwriting, giddy to know...
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This is Happy: A List

Fall is in full-swing here in Texas. The temperatures dipped into the 70s this week, which is still not cool enough for these kids to wear outfits. You know, with shirts and actual pants. But this cooler weather has invigorated our family. With shorter days comes the promise of holidays, tastes of pumpkin-everything, and s’mores...
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Words Change Things

For the past couple months, my bedside table and audio book playlist has been crowded with Christianish non-fiction. Interrupted and Seven by Jen Hatmaker, Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, and Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle. I’ve never reviewed any of these books on Amazon, but if I did, here’s...
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Dear Friends….

First of all, let me say that I love book dedications. Ever since I’ve loved books (decades, that is) I’ve so enjoyed the dedication at the front of them. In fact, when I read my own kids the Children’s Classics, (the same ones that I read when I was a kid) I wonder if I...
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