Advent · Christmas · Faith · Life

Would I Have Really Known? {Thoughts on ‘Mary, Did You Know?’}

I close my eyes and in an instant I’m back in time. Back to that glider-rocker in the perfect shade of cream to tie the nursery together. Back to when I would sit and rock, absently rubbing my burgeoning belly and treasuring all the precious thoughts I had towards that sweet baby growing and wriggling… Continue reading Would I Have Really Known? {Thoughts on ‘Mary, Did You Know?’}

Christmas · Expat Life · Faith · Irish

Christmas in America (or How Silent Night Makes me Cry)

You know, it’s funny, this expat life. So much time spent longing for things and people in far off places. And never is that longing so palpable than Christmastime. When overseas, the heart yearns for family, familiarity and the Tim-the-Toolman-Taylor-esque light displays. You go to great lengths (and financial cost) to procure the specialty import items –… Continue reading Christmas in America (or How Silent Night Makes me Cry)

Advent · Christmas · Faith · Family · Giveaways

The Ache and Joy of the Wait {Rain for Roots Review + GIVEAWAY!}

***Thanks to all who entered. THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and I have contacted the winners via email. ***   Candles flicker in the low morning light, filling the air with their familiar spice and warmth. Coffee filled to the brim of my favorite-for-now mug scrounged from cupboards not mine is cradled in my hands… Continue reading The Ache and Joy of the Wait {Rain for Roots Review + GIVEAWAY!}

Christmas · Faith · Life Lessons

What’s the Point of Singing “Peace on Earth?”

Bombs exploding around the world. Children gunned down in their schools and classrooms. The “Land of the Free” and “Home of the Brave” ripped apart once again by racial tensions and ethnic divides. The world is going to hell in a hand basket and it flies in the face of what we see and hear… Continue reading What’s the Point of Singing “Peace on Earth?”

Advent · Christmas · Faith

When JOY Seems Lost

Lights twinkle white and rainbow in windows, on trees, stores and street lights, and one words seems to be on everyone’s lips. We sing songs about it, pose our kids with cardboard letters of it, and plaster smiles on our faces as we spread Christmas cheer near and far. JOY Yet, maybe it all feels… Continue reading When JOY Seems Lost

Advent · Christmas · Family · Giveaways

How to Make Christmas Truly Meaningful and FUN!

What comes to mind when you think of the Christmas season? Joy? Reflection? Family? Stress? Shopping? Pressure? Chaos? Is it over yet? For those of us in the western world, Christmas seems to bring quite the hodgepodge of emotions, and conjure a myriad of thoughts and expectations. Particularly in the Pintrest-Crazy Internet Land, it can… Continue reading How to Make Christmas Truly Meaningful and FUN!