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)

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 · 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!

Guest Posts · Magic of a Childhood Christmas

Just Like Snowflakes {The Magic of A Childhood Christmas Series}

I am so super excited to have today’s post come to you from the lovely Rachel Wojnarowski! I “met” Rachel through the Better Mom site and we have shared a lovely connection through the amazing interwebz. I hope you enjoy this lovely stroll down memory lane with Rachel! As long as I can remember, I’ve… Continue reading Just Like Snowflakes {The Magic of A Childhood Christmas Series}

Christmas · Family · Guest Posts · Magic of a Childhood Christmas

Ring-A-Ling, Hear Them Sing {The Magic of a Childhood Christmas Series}

This post is part of our Magic of a Childhood Christmas series. I’m so happy to have Leigh Kramer from HopefulLeigh join us today to share a touching memory from her childhood.  I never believed in Santa Claus. My brother and I read books explaining Old St. Nick’s origin and Christian roots. Our family focused… Continue reading Ring-A-Ling, Hear Them Sing {The Magic of a Childhood Christmas Series}