My New Favorite Coffee Mug


In December, Kendall’s school offered a little store where he could buy gifts for family. I sent money with him, along with a list of people to shop for. His attitude turned sour the night before when I asked him if he was excited. “Ugh. I don’t even KNOW, mom. I don’t know what anyone […]

The Random Acts Of Kindness Elf Challenge


“Mr. Hall has had a rough year, mom. That’s what Jake said. That’s why we need to be extra kind to him. He is going to LOVE this,” Kendall said as he put the finishing touches on a secret gift for our neighbor. ****************************** Last Saturday morning our elf made his return for the season. […]

Trying To Fight Overdoing Christmas


I struggle a bit with this season, especially as the kids get older. I’m pulled between the urge (which I think is just engrained in me as an American) to buy up great deals and have many presents under the tree that will make the kids happy, and the sick feeling that comes from knowing […]

Back In Time Series: Christmas Songs Are Condescending

This was only just last Christmas, so some of you may remember it, but it’s one of those stories that gets much funnier with age. I imagine I’ll tell it to my children and grandchildren for years to come. Christmas Songs Are Condescending Alternatively titled: A Scene From My Life, A Holiday Comedy, Coming To […]