Amber Haines -

It’s 5 days until Christmas, and we are knee-deep in the bustle, gathered up with the Haines family to wear Christmas pajamas, to eat until we want to die, and […]

The magic of Christmas -

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Dec 19, 2014 by

It was a simple question, and one I doubt he expected would cause me to burst into tears. I’ll admit it surprised me too. “Ang, what do you want for […]

It is in the unraveling of this world - (in)courage

As much as I love Christmas, I always keep it pretty simple. My goal is always to do as little as possible, while still keeping the ambience festive and joyful […]

Expect Jesus - Sarah Markley -

Two years ago we spent Christmas with my sister-in-law and family in England. Then we spent the New Year holiday in Northern Ireland with some friends. We explored the countryside, […]


Being single during the holidays sometimes feels like a mess. I’m a pretty confident fun-loving gal who appreciates the life I have. But something happens during the holiday season—my friend […]


Smooshed together in the back of the Guatemalan jeep, our four teens peered out the window, eyeing the edge of the cliff. I watched as our thirteen-year-old daughter clutched her […]


Whether we like it or not, the month of December can be busy. Really busy. Parties, shopping, Christmas programs, baking, extra cleaning, and decorating all add to our regular routines. […]

Ann Voskamp - Life Turns Lovely -

Why it happened right then, when she turned toward the stack of dishes on the counters, the squash peeling and apple cores and crusted pots, she had no idea. No […]