The Greatest Gift of All

As fall fades into winter the sometimes cloudy, gloomy days are the best kind of weather for curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book.  I recently indulged in Francine Rivers’ “A Lineage of Grace” series of five novellas, each portraying a fictional perspective based on the biblical accounts of the five women named in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Besides the fact that Francine Rivers is an amazing author, it was beautiful to read this book and ponder upon the reality that these five women were real women who faced real issues in their day.  In the midst of the messiness of life, they played a seemingly small yet significant part in bringing forth the Messiah.

But most of all, the novella about Mary was my favorite.  Although the major events are formed around the narrative written in the gospels, Rivers took some creative liberty to imagine what it would have been like to raise Jesus as a baby, child, teenager, and young adult.  He truly was the fullness of God and man in one human frame without sin.  What would it have been like to interact with Him, fully God yet fully man, perfect yet so real?

This quote from the book captured it so beautifully (p. 527) – Read more…

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December & Dark Chocolate

It’s finally and already December!  October leaves and pumpkin spiced everything had me eagerly anticipating the holiday season, but then Thanksgiving rolled around just like that and we are now all suddenly in the mad dash towards Christmas (and everything else that needs to get done and be enjoyed by the end of the year!).

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush, but I’ve decided to (try) to do things a little differently this year – take this December like a good piece of dark chocolate (biting off a little at a time and savoring every moment of it). 🙂 Read more…

Our Wedding Day

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December 20, 2014.

When it came time to pick a wedding date, there was just something perfect about having it right before Christmas!  It really is magical – the twinkly lights, the music, the warmth of a snuggly blanket, the prevalence of hot cocoa and other sweet treats…  Read more…