A Perfectionist’s Christmas: Jesus, Not the Hoopla

No Christmas will ever live up to the hype. I don't know about you, friend, but all the commercials, Pinterest posts, magazine covers can make me feel my Christmas doesn't live up to expectations. My tree isn't perfectly trimmed, even though it holds ornaments that are cherished and important to my family. My house looks …

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A Few Lines in a Journal

The times, they are stressful.   Last week, my husband was out of town. Not a big deal, except that Kristen had constant pain from her dental visit. This worried me because she held her jaw, acted extremely grumpy (code for she screamed and yelled), and told me she felt fine (code for it really …

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5 Tips for a Good Father’s Day and Beyond (especially if you’re dreading it)

No matter how much time goes by, I'll always be a little sad my daddy isn't here for Father's Day.   He died in 1995 -- a super grandfather, a good dad and husband.   I have delightful memories, some regrets, and times of just plain missing him.   But in the end, I walk away …

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The Kristen Chronicles:Trust

Brain Surgery, Part 3 of 3 Brain surgery isn't the worst thing that can happen to your child. But it was the worst thing that had happened to my child.   I had tried to deal with our reality in a variety of ways: denial, pleading, logic, crying, stoicism. But when everything was said and done, …

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New Year, New Reading Goal!

I love to read. If only I could lose myself in a book all day, every day! Paradise! (...ok, maybe not literally, but you get it...) Because there are only so many hours in the day (24 but not -- you know), I do two things: listen to books as I do the daily drudgeries …

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When Plans Change

  If you're like me, you're full of plans. for your day for your groceries for your meals for your kids for your life But if you're like me, my plans often don't play out. In fact, days I'm muttering, "The best-laid plans of mice and men..." to soothe my ambitious soul. But on harder …

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