Free, Printable Advent Devotional

Free, Printable Advent Devotional

Advent is here... and I'm so happy to share this free, printable, four week devotional with you all. I created this book with the hope that it will provide a moment to slow down, and recenter our hearts on the hope of Christmas - yet without being an overbearing and unrealistic commitment. (We've all abandoned devotionals and plans just a few days in, right?)

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Harry Potter, Cosmo Kramer, and The Hand of God

Harry Potter, Cosmo Kramer, and The Hand of God

The accuracy of the test depended on complete honesty – and I took it seriously. I knew some of the answers immediately, but others required a certain amount of self-reflection. I’d pause, and consider, “Who am I at the core? Which of these options is my real self?” I was, after all, wanting to be placed in the correct house at Hogwarts.

(If you’ve ever wondered if I am cool and hip, you now have your answer. No. No I’m not.)

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Ten: A (Free) Journal For a New Season of Grace & Courage

Ten: A (Free) Journal For a New Season of Grace & Courage

September is my New Years. I’m thinking about a legit celebration this year – champagne, sparklers, the midnight kiss.

No matter my age, no matter how many years have passed since I was a student, I still mark time by the school year. And the fall still feels like the exciting beginning of a new rhythm. It’s all crisp and energetic, and it doesn’t have that weird let down of January 1st, where after a month-solid of eating and drinking, you step out, sluggish and pale, into the freezing cold sleepiness of mid-winter. It’s no wonder those resolutions fail.

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On Becoming Human (Again)

On Becoming Human (Again)

I’ve cried at some pretty ridiculous things: ducklings crossing the road (the world wasn’t meant to be a dangerous place for ducklings!), a squirrel at my door (see explanation here!), or a video of Justin Bieber as a kid (he was so innocent!). Catch me in the right moment and it may not take much for the water-works to begin. 

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Children of Light

Children of Light

“Sir, are you really calling the police because there is a squirrel with a long tooth in your yard?” – Police Department to my husband. 

In his defense, he had to call. It was Saturday morning and we were wrapping up a leisurely waffle breakfast when I noticed a new squirrel in our backyard. This little guy stood out because he was eating his waffle (don’t judge – it’s their weekend too, you know!) on the right side of his mouth. Sticking out of the left side was a gigantic tooth that looped up and around, rubbing the fur off his face. A quick Google search told me that this squirrel was not going to survive unless someone caught it, sedated it, and trimmed that crazy tooth. I knew we needed to get help - call animal control – this is an emergency!

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