holidays

Standing in Jesus’ Tomb

Standing in Jesus’ Tomb

My heart raced as I held my breath. It happened so quickly, I’d had no warning to prepare my heart and head for where I was and what I was feeling. Our small tour group had been told we’d see the tomb where they were almost positive Jesus was placed in, but I never imagined I’d actually stand inside it!

A Fragrant Offering

A Fragrant Offering

Isn’t it amazing how your senses can heighten an experience and even flood your mind with sweet (and sometimes, not so savory) memories? We were created with the capacity to truly savor (food, moments, Scripture, etc) and to make meaning…

Navigating the Holidays Without Killing Your Family

Navigating the Holidays Without Killing Your Family

Our first Christmas as a married couple nearly killed the joy. My husband and I both LOVE Christmas - so much so that we choose our wedding date to be just seven days shy of December 25th. We are crazy about having an anniversary in that dreamy season. However, our very first Christmas as a brand new family of two was tough to navigate.

Family That Plays Together Stays Together

Family That Plays Together Stays Together

Do your holiday family get-togethers naturally end up with women, men, and children all gathered in separate rooms? Or, with certain family members passed out on the couch (I’m talking to you, Uncle Kelly)? After putting on your stretchy pants and eating all the deliciousness the holidays provide, I totally get it! I am not going to tell you to eat less or pace yourself (because holiday food is out of this world)...BUT, hear me out, you can nap later! So make sure the coffee isn’t decaf, gather the family together, and try out one of these family fun ideas:

Savoring the Season

Savoring the Season

There is something inviting and magical about fall; a coziness, a warmth. For me, there is a nostalgia that accompanies this transitional season from the heat of the summer to winter’s chill. I love the aroma of what is baking in the oven, the crisp breeze (for the brief time we actually have fall weather in Oklahoma), the leaves changing color, college football, and gathering around the table with loved ones.