The days before Christmas are disappearing. Is all of your shopping done? I woke up this morning with some anxiety over that too, and it’s getting close to the time when it would be really easy just to resort to giving a gift card or cash. Some people on my list specifically asked for that. But if I’m aiming not only to check a gift and recipient off of my list, but also find the “joy in … [Read more...] about 3 Quick, Personal Gifts You Can Pull Off Before Christmas
RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION
A woman hurried into my house for a workshop one afternoon and promptly announced that she wanted to show me something. She approached with a small stack of photos in her hand. When I was 7 years old, I found these photos in the trash. My parents had gotten divorced, and my mom decided she didn’t want these anymore. They were wedding photos. Photos from the trash. But I decided that … [Read more...] about Photos from the Trash: One Goal for Today
If you're going to send us a photo Christmas card this year, I hope you make sure you're in it. We do love seeing your perfect children and grandchildren, and we hope you enjoy seeing our perfect children too. And that vista overlooking Barcelona on your 25th anniversary is lovely. But without you in the picture, too, the card simply doesn’t mean as much to us. Remember walking the high … [Read more...] about Your Photo Christmas Card Must Include This
We may wish for the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving, family smiling and laughing joyfully as they surround a table with a big ol’ turkey. But let’s be real. Someone will say something provocative. And then someone replies in anger. Old slights resurface. New ones leave a fresh cut. Tensions run high when people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together come together for an … [Read more...] about Keys to Surviving and Thriving in the Holidays
You won’t be vulnerable today. Me, neither. We all want to belong. The ways we can do that now are vast, particularly when we consider our online communities. But belonging is different than finding true connection. Belonging is being part of the running club, the worship team, the school improvement team, the neighborhood BUNCO group. But True Connection, which often begins … [Read more...] about Will You Be Vulnerable Today?
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am grateful that I can spend time with people I love, eat delicious food, and remember the blessings in my life. I love having the Macy’s parade and the football games on the TV in the background as I prepare for our guests. Now that we host the family meal, though, it takes some effort for me to be intentional ALSO about capturing memories on that … [Read more...] about Join in on The Great Thanksgiving Listen