December: nativities, and decorations, and candy canes, and Christmas trees, and lights, and (paper) snowflakes, and cookies!I love December! I love how everything is decorated for Christmas, and there’s a joyful and peaceful feeling I have during the month.There’s just something so exciting about celebrating the birth of Jesus for an entire month. Unfortunately, December is also the time for finals. Oh joy. As a result, I won’t be blogging for the next two weeks in order to adequately prepare for my more »

When the world seems to fall apart around us, it can be really hard to find a reason to be thankful. However, by keeping Jesus' example in mind, we can learn to give thanks even in the hard times.

It can be super easy to be thankful for the good in life. Food, water, family, shelter, Jesus, you know, the traditional answers to the “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?” question. Being thankful for happy things, is fantastic. It is a great place to start when beginning a journey to be thankful in all things.  However, we can’t stop there. Giving thanks isn’t a suggestion; it isn’t a nice thought, nor is it something we can just do more »


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re having a wonderful day with family and friends!Today is relaxing for my family. (Saturday we’re going to my Grandparents’ for Thanksgiving with our extended family.) We woke up and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, while eating our traditional Thanksgiving morning oatmeal. Then, we started to watch Miracle on 34th Street. Later today, we’re going to have a Thanksgiving meal, just the four of us. Every year at Thanksgiving, my mom places five kernels of more »

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This is a week of giving thanks, a week of gratitude, a week of gratefulness. Typically, on thanksgiving day, I make a list of everything that pops into my head that I’m thankful for. Most likely this year won’t be any different.I had a thought, however. What if I tweeted with the hashtag “so thankful” every time I thought of something to be thankful for.  After all, thankfulness is a way of life, not just one day on the calender. more »


I love my church. It’s a small congregation compared to the church I grew up in, and I think it’s the perfect size. The people are so friendly and welcoming. For instance, this past Sunday after Sunday School, some sweet little old lady  tip-toed into our classroom. She told us, in an adorable accent, that if any of us didn’t have a place to stay over Thanksgiving, she and her husband were more than happy to welcome us into their more »