“Blooms” in My December Garden

The December garden’s last flash of beauty was glazed in ice.  I bid farewell to the delicate petals and colored leaves while peering through their frozen casements.  Cold though it was, this month “bloomed” with warmth and beauty. *  Decorating cookies with my extended family *  Cozied up on the couch, a son on either […]

“A Christmas Memory” & More “Pennies”

Although it was first published in 1956, I wasn’t introduced to this Christmas gem until about six years ago.  At a Christmas tea, my mother heard a man recite “A Christmas Memory” by heart in its entirety.  I was late to the event, missing the entertainment, but when my mother mentioned a Christmas story I’d […]

Jesus at the Grocery Store + More “Pennies”

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:19-20 I’d like to put the world on pause today.  Keep my three-year-old cuddly in his footy […]

“Pennies” for Christmas

A little while ago, my children and I were driving in the car, listening to the audio recording of Little House on the Prairie when it arrived at the Christmas chapter:  “Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus.” Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing is so charming, so full of vivid descriptions and the warmest of family moments.  In […]