#OnlytheGood – Christmas 2017

It's Friday and I'm sitting by our Christmas tree. I could sit here all day, just writing, thinking, dreaming, and reading. I know that December 25th is a constructed holiday, that most probably the birth of Christ did not happen in winter, yet I am so grateful that we have this joy to brighten days … Continue reading #OnlytheGood – Christmas 2017

The Eclectic Nativity Set

I’ve been a little lazy about Christmas this year. I did most of my shopping on the Internet (something I’ve sworn off of in the past). I delegated all the wrapping to our oldest daughter who seemed to actually enjoy it. I let the girls do most of the decorating this year too. We’re leaving … Continue reading The Eclectic Nativity Set

A Broken World Meets an Advent Season

A Pakistan International Airlines flight headed to Islamabad from a remote mountain area crashed on a mountain slope today. Before the plane hit the ground it burst into flames. There are no survivors. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia has caused damage and killed over one hundred people. Rescue efforts are underway … Continue reading A Broken World Meets an Advent Season

Away in a Manger?

Away in a Manger...a repost. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed. The little Lord Jesus lays down his sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. I've read many lovely Christmas pieces -- how alone Mary and Joseph were during their … Continue reading Away in a Manger?

Aunt Gracia and the White House Christmas Ornaments

Like so many others in the western world, we took down our tree this weekend. While there is much excitement and anticipation as we put it up, there is relief and refreshment as we take it down. Trees that come into our homes fresh and green, begin to shed needles in abundance, branches hanging heavy like the arms … Continue reading Aunt Gracia and the White House Christmas Ornaments

On Celebrating Nativity

Yesterday was Feast of the Nativity - our Orthodox Christmas. As people new to the Orthodox church, we are still learning how to walk between these dates and traditions. Our Protestant families celebrate the 25th of December and we will continue to do this. But along with that is a new celebration on the 7th … Continue reading On Celebrating Nativity

A New Christ Candle

A New Christ Candle by Robynn A New Year As you might remember each year when Christmas is over and the tree is dragged down the street to where the dead trees go (to become fish habitat in streams or mulch for gardens) and the ornaments are wrapped in tissue paper and put back in … Continue reading A New Christ Candle

“How did it get so late so soon?”

The house is dark as I get up and make my way to the kitchen, bleary-eyed, knowing I need coffee. It has been nonstop people, meals, dishes, talk, games, presents, more tea, more talk, more games, more presents, and more tea. Thank God for tea. And it is wonderful and exhausting, but mostly wonderful. I … Continue reading “How did it get so late so soon?”

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! In my faith tradition traditionally December 25th is celebrated as Western Christmas. (Stay tuned for more on Eastern Christmas or Nativity.) In our family, this has never been a time just for gifts and extravagance in everything from material goods to food. Instead it has been a time to remember the birth of someone we believe … Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Reflect & Remember

It's a Sunday afternoon and I am sitting on the couch, feet curled up under me and a cat by my side. The decorated Christmas tree with its lights twinkling and ornaments shiny is in front of me, soft Christmas music in the back ground. I chuckle inside - my life is never like a … Continue reading Reflect & Remember

A Ten-Dollar Coupon and My Poverty of Soul

The ten-dollar coupon had grown hot in my hand. Literally. I was clutching it tightly. I was doing something I have never done: Arriving at Macy's at seven in the morning, at the ready for the Big.Sale. Truth is - I had only just realized Macy's was having a Big.Sale. The coupon and the sale … Continue reading A Ten-Dollar Coupon and My Poverty of Soul

Insomnia—Advent’s Distant Cousin

Insomnia—Advent’s Distant Cousin by Robynn. Follow Robynn on Twitter @RobynnBliss and read her posts here. I had a rough night last night. I fell into a hard sleep but a short hour later, woke to Lowell’s moving and tossing, and then I couldn’t fall back to sleep. Using quiet whisper thoughts, I tiptoed around my brain, … Continue reading Insomnia—Advent’s Distant Cousin

We found Baby Jesus

The night before Thanksgiving we found Baby Jesus. He was in a box of toys that we took down for two small favorites of ours - the kids of our friends Eric and Lara. In a medium-sized box, scrambled among small and medium sized dolls, there was Baby Jesus. When we took out the felt … Continue reading We found Baby Jesus

A Place at the Nativity — a Repost by Robynn

Robynn has been gone all month to India and I miss her. I miss her like I miss Pakistan and Egypt -- I have 'saudade' for her even though I haven't seen the woman in person for years! How is this even possible? As anyone who has lived apart from someone they love can attest … Continue reading A Place at the Nativity — a Repost by Robynn

Irrational Seasons

This is the irrational season, when love blooms bright and wild! Had Mary been filled with reason, there’d have been no room for the child* I'm up early. I've got these gigantic sweet roll thingies in the oven and they smell amazing. Family has begun to arrive and I am in that sweet space of … Continue reading Irrational Seasons

Lessons From an Ill-Fated Holiday Feast – A Guest Post

As promised earlier in the month in a call for stories, today I bring you one from a reader's childhood in Mozambique. Writer Heidi Carlson takes us back to a poignant memory of excited kids, a mom desperate to recreate tastes of her home country (the U.S.) and how it didn't turn out quite like … Continue reading Lessons From an Ill-Fated Holiday Feast – A Guest Post

I Heard the Cow Bells on Christmas Day – A Guest Post

In the almost three years since I began blogging I have wanted my mom to write a post for Communicating Across Boundaries. And today is the day. Today she'll take you to a small city in Pakistan and a Christmas where the cow bell on the outer door rang all day long. It was indeed, … Continue reading I Heard the Cow Bells on Christmas Day – A Guest Post