Advent Day One: John 1:1-5

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shinesContinue reading “Advent Day One: John 1:1-5”

December Is for Crafting

Warning: I’m going to get all Pinterest-y up in here, so beware, this place just turned into Hobby Lobby. Which happens to be where I bought all of my fun supplies. A little known side effect to consuming turkey is that it triggers the release of craft-y-mone (a recently discovered hormone), which is why HobbyContinue reading “December Is for Crafting”

The Cloak of Obligation

It’s nearly December, and in spite of putting up my Christmas tree two weeks ago, hanging stockings, listening to Christmas Jazz on Pandora Radio at work all day, and ordering a few Christmas presents online, I’m just not feeling it yet.  Four days from now, I’m supposed to begin our countdown to Christmas and IContinue reading “The Cloak of Obligation”

Advent Days 17-21: Run, Run, Rudolph

The last week of advent before Christmas got a little scrambled up, but there were plenty of highlights.  Elvis’s Christmas program was on the 18th.  Lydia finished off an antibiotic for strep on Monday and by Tuesday morning, she had it again, so the rest of the Wells family stayed home while I took EContinue reading “Advent Days 17-21: Run, Run, Rudolph”

Advent – The Third Candle: Joy, Mary’s Candle (Poem)

First“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 You wouldn’t stop moving, pushed against my ribs, and I pushed back. We exchanged our first conversation,just my skin between your hand and mine. We spoke our first nursery rhyme, sang our first hymn. I breathe every memory—not of visitors orContinue reading “Advent – The Third Candle: Joy, Mary’s Candle (Poem)”

Advent Day 15 & 16: Gifts

The kids went Christmas shopping for their family members on Saturday, and what fun it was to see what they picked out for each person and the thought they put into gifts they thought each person would like!  I was impressed at their ability to focus on others, especially in the toy aisle, where thereContinue reading “Advent Day 15 & 16: Gifts”

Advent Day 14: Pajama Movie Night, Waiting out the Darkness

Tonight I made a big bowl of kettle corn and two mugs of hot chocolate with two big marshmallows each, started the first fire of the year in the fireplace, and piled onto the couch with my three beautiful, marvelous, remarkable children who know nothing of senseless rage unloaded onto the spirits of their peers, to watchContinue reading “Advent Day 14: Pajama Movie Night, Waiting out the Darkness”

Advent Day 13: A Special Treat

Public Service Announcement: Tonight’s post is written with chocolate and merlot, preceded by a chocolate chip cookie, potentially followed by more chocolate. And more merlot. I’m not sure why tonight beat the snot out of me. Maybe several weeks of whizzing about has finally provoked the over-tired toddler in me to throw a tantrum.  After IContinue reading “Advent Day 13: A Special Treat”

Advent Day 12: Deliver Cookies to Neighbors

When I got home from work today, Brandon was busy with our friend Bill installing an electric outlet and hanging a couple of cabinets in the kitchen, in preparation for an over-the-range microwave Christmas present from my in-laws (yeeeeeee hawwwwww!).  Never did I imagine in my pre-married life that I would be so excited aboutContinue reading “Advent Day 12: Deliver Cookies to Neighbors”

Advent Days Ten and Eleven

Package Christmas Cookies, and Open a Christmas Book We made an unplanned trip up to Great Mom-O’s house last night, so we took care of yesterday’s advent activity when Lydia got home from school today.  We prepared our cookies from Saturday for delivering to neighbors and designed a few cards to go with them.  TheContinue reading “Advent Days Ten and Eleven”