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Living in the Reality of Easter Morning

Everything rests on the new life—the new reality—established Easter morning. All prior history is looking toward it; everything after is lived in light of it.

It isn’t just a happy ending. It isn’t just a grand miracle. It’s confirmation of a type of life that people only dreamed about before.Everything rests on the new life—the new reality—established Easter morning. Christ's resurrection should affect the way we see our life every single day.

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Fried Ham and Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts

Crispy ham, browned bits of potato with sweet onions and tender brussels sprouts. This is my favorite healthy comfort food meal! grain free, dairy free, gluten free, whole30Crispy ham, browned bits of potato with sweet onions and tender brussels sprouts.

Uh—yum!!!

This was my favorite meal as a kid (well, minus the sprouts!). My grandma and mom both made this and it was so delicious. I’m still envious of the way they can get everything perfectly browned and get all of those fabulous little blackened bits on the bottom.

One of the best things about this is that, even though it’s a childhood favorite, it’s a healthy grain-free meal that I can enjoy today. Continue reading

Easter Bonnets

Easter bonnets are the perfect way to add some fun and a little fancy into a girl’s Easter Day celebration.  If you can’t be go all out for Easter, when can you?

Honestly, I’ve always been a little concerned in the past about distracting from the focus of important religious holidays by celebrating in fun, but essentially unrelated, ways. Since having kids, though, I’ve come to realize that it’s important to let them be joyful, silly, excited little children.

If Easter really is the pinnacle holiday of our Christian faith, shouldn’t it be a high point for my children, too? Why would I want to make Halloween or Valentine’s Day more exciting than Easter? The high points of the Christian year are especially the times that I want to create fun ways for my children to celebrate. I want them to look forward to important holidays and have special traditions that they associate with them.

Easter bonnets are the perfect way to add some fun and a little fancy into the Easter celebration of a girl in your life. Continue reading

5 Ideas for Sabbath Rest

My Sundays aren’t always restful. Often, the only thing distinct about Sunday is the extra work of getting the family out the door to church, calming a fussy baby who is missing her nap, and then frantically trying to serve some lunch before anyone turns into a grumpy, overly-hungry pile of goo.

Can anyone else relate to this?

So, what is Sunday supposed to look like for a Christian? Should it be a Sabbath day of rest, like is described in the Old Testament? Should I do no work? Or is it just the same as any other day and Christians should treat their whole week the same way?

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Waiting on God’s Timing


31 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”



32 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”


2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.

(Exodus 31:1-11, 32:1-6)

Learning from the Israelites reaction to waiting for Moses to return from Mount Sinai in Exodus, we're reminded that God can and will provide a way for us to glorify Him, but we must trust and wait sometimes. (Christian motherhood, marriage, life)

Reading through Exodus, particularly these passages, I’ve been struck by God’s foresight and creativity, as well as the common inclination of God’s people to grow impatient and insecure while waiting on God’s timing. Continue reading

Milk + Chalk, Part 2: Final Product and Review

Details of furniture refinishing project using a combination of chalk and milk paints (final thoughts and review).

So, I’ve waited a few months between when I first told you about my adventure with chalk and milk paints and revealing the finished product. I wanted to see how the paint held up (under daily use) before I gave you my final thoughts. Some people just throw something together and then feel comfortable telling everyone “This is awesome! Do it, too!” I’m always a little skeptical unless they’ve lived with it for a good long while. Continue reading

Lenten Activities for Kids

Observe Lent with preschool and toddler aged kids using the easy and inexpensive activities of a prayer chain and kindness jar.

I didn’t grow up in a church that did much to celebrate Lent. We had Ash Wednesday services, but there wasn’t much to mark the rest of the season leading up to Easter as any different than any other time of year. (At least to my memory. I’m sure there were members of my church congregation who did more.)

As I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered how much I love following along with the church calendar. It’s a way of ordering my time and seasons around remembering and celebrating our faith.

With this is mind, I wanted to begin some traditions of Lenten activities with my children to mark the season. We took Peanut and Pip to the Ash Wednesday service; who knows what they actually took in, but that’s something that’s in their memory bank now, at least. (And we managed to keep most of their squeals of delight and out-of-place comments to a dull roar…)

But I wanted something to sustain an interest, a conversation, and an anticipation through the next weeks until Easter.

Enter good ole Pinterest. 😉

I scoped out clever kid-friendly Lenten traditions on Pinterest, and these are the two I settled upon because a) they weren’t too involved or complicated and b) they seemed age appropriate for my three and one-year-old children. There are many other great ideas out there, and I hope we can incorporate them into our family’s observance of Lent at some point, but not until my kids are older. Continue reading

Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath

Decorating at this time of year is always hard for me. I’m tired of wintry looking things. Despite some recent warm temperatures bringing out a few early snowdrop blossoms, the full release of winter’s grip still seems a long way off here in upstate New York. I’m waiting for winter’s one-last-gasp blizzard before I set my sights on spring.

Nevertheless, I’m ready for something new and fun around my house. Something bright and colorful, but not flowery; wintry, but not dark and cold and harsh.

I decided a yarn pom-pom wreath was just right to add a little something to my winter decor, while still keeping it seasonally appropriate. So, it’s an “Early Spring Wreath”—that sounds so much more hopeful than a “Late Winter Wreath,” don’t you think?
Here's a DIY, no-sew craft for a soft and cheerful yarn pom-pom wreath to brighten your late winter or early spring decor! (Pom-pom tutorial included.) Continue reading

What’s the Recipe for a Perfect Christian?

The One Right Way to Chop an Onion

I know someone who chops an onion by peeling each layer, cutting off individual slices one-by-one, then laboriously dicing each slice into tiny cubes of onion, one at a time. It’s incredibly painful for me to watch—me who grabs the onion, cuts it in half, makes a few slices one way, a few the other and done.

Everyone seems to be searching for the “perfect” way to chop an onion, boil an egg, or grill a steak. There’s something so appealing about the idea that once you’re in on the secret or have mastered the technique, you can create something perfect, exactly as it should be.

Just as we all bring our own experiences and tastes to our cooking, we each come to our life in Christ as distinct and unique individuals

As much as I enjoy learning different tips and techniques for cooking, I just don’t buy it. There is no one right way to do anything in the kitchen. Prettier, faster, juicier, sweeter, easier, more tender—yes. Only one perfect way? No.

All cooks bring a different set of experiences, capabilities, preferences, and intentions to the preparation of their food. Some things we do because “that’s how mom always did it” and other things we pick up from fancy cookbooks or Pinterest; we also have different people we cook for and tastes to suit. We keep looking for the perfect way to prepare our food, but the perfect way will be a little different every time and for every person. Continue reading