We interrupt this blog …

… for an ice storm.  Here in northeast Indiana, we were hit hard Thursday night.  The kids had just celebrated school’s cancellation (well, kind of, since the Christmas Winter Holiday Party at school was Friday also), when the power went off.  The first day wasn’t too bad, but as this went on and on, it […]

The Snowman Bell

Today, meet my little snowman bell. My parents gave him to me when I was a child.  He is a bell, and I thought he was so cute.  I couldn’t bear the thought of him being packed away with the Christmas stuff, so at least once I tried to hide him so that he would […]

Organizing Kids’ Ornaments

Today’s tips involve tracking and organizing kids’ ornaments for Christmas.  I have three children, and I would like each of them to know the origins of all their ornaments and when they got them. First, I made a word document for each child that lists the year, the ornament, and where it came from: 2007 […]

The Littlest Christmas Tree

This week for Things in My House Thursday, I am sharing with you my little Christmas Tree: I made it in first grade, and it’s one of my oldest hand-made things.  It’s made of a pinecone set into an aerosol lid filled with plaster.  The gold macaroni adorning the base are falling off, and the […]

Personal Hymns for your Kids

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll recall my disillusionment with much of modern church music.  However, I love hymns. When I was a child, I don’t recall feeling all that fond of hymns.  I remember, when we would sing one with a lot of verses, hoping the leader would call for us to omit a […]

Holy Rollers

Yesterday in my online news reading, I came across this story about a Detroit church.  Sunday featured a sermon on “God’s Bailout Plan”, and the altar was adorned with 3 SUVs. Just as I was rolling my eyes at this, the thought occurred to me:  I could see something similar happening at my church. Background:  […]

Menu Plan Monday: Peppermint Bark

It’s the time of the year for making Christmas candy, and since my girls are 7, 9, and 11, they’re old enough to want to help.  However, they’re young enough that I don’t want to get into anything too complex with them. This peppermint bark is the answer!  It’s basically impossible to screw up, and […]

Do you ever get tired …

… of being the mature one?  As a conservative, I sure do. This morning I read about Deborah Lawrence, an artist who was chosen for the honor of creating an ornament for the White House tree.  She used that opportunity to make an ornament with text referring to impeaching President Bush.  Very mature, Deborah.  Enjoy […]