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Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


My grownup Christmas list looks nothing like I imagined it would as a young girl. I imagined always asking for diamonds (my birthstone) and fancy things. My desires look a little different nowadays. Christmas changed for me over the years, and I love it even more now.… Read More
Are we done yet? Maybe Monday isn’t the best day of the week to write a RunStreak update. Maybe I should have written it yesterday. Yesterday we got home from church, I fed the boys, and immediately went out for my run.… Read More
Silent Prayers

Silent Prayers


Posted By on Dec 5, 2014

“No sound: the mother, kneeling, lays Her cheek against the little face. Oh human love! Oh heavenly grace! ‘Tis yet in silence that she prays!” -Margaret Deland Sometimes it feels weird to think of the similarities between Mary and present day mothering.… Read More
“I Can’t See God”

“I Can’t See God”


Posted By on Dec 4, 2014

Last night, after we visited Santa, opened the wrapped Christmas storybook, and read through our new nightly family Advent reading, we worked on the discussion question as a family. This new addition to our Advent Activities is one I attempted to introduce last year, but the book I chose leaned more toward the adult understanding instead of a family based book.… Read More
Everyone in this picture is having more fun than you. Oh hey, Santa. BigBrother made him laugh so hard, I almost snort-laughed myself. Santa asked them if they were twins, which made me raise an eyebrow. You’re supposed to know that stuff, Buddy.… Read More
Teaching Giving

Teaching Giving


Posted By on Dec 2, 2014

Yesterday the boys completed their first Advent Activity of the season. BigBrother had the honor of opening the first envelope and read aloud, “Clean playroom to find toys to donate.” Not exactly the most “fun” of all the activities we’ll do this Advent.… Read More
Thoughts on a Month of Daily Blogging

Thoughts on a Month of Daily Blogging


Posted By on Nov 30, 2014

What did I learn while blogging every single day during one of the hardest months I’ve experienced in a long time? I learned some of the same things that I learned in my non-blog, offline life. I learned that I can do hard things.… Read More
The weekend after Thanksgiving means all the things, apparently. Here are five things I’m (-slash- we’re) doing this weekend. 1. CHRISTMAS TREE! We’ll be visiting Feisley Tree Farm again to get our Christmas Tree. It’s probably my most favorite holiday tradition ever that we’ve created for ourselves, second only to our Christmas Eve together.… Read More