Room for One More

“Mrs. DesCarpentrie, do you have room for one more?” It’s a question I have been asked several times from a Department of Children & Family Services caseworker, scrambling to find a home for a desperate and scared child. It’s a tough question. Do I have an empty bed? Is there an extra seat in my Continue »

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him!

I love this time of year and everything about it! The tree, decorations, and parties! If you were here in person, I’d fix you hot chocolate and your choice of flavored marshmallows or whipped cream with Christmas sprinkles and chocolate chips. You’d hear Christmas music blaring and smell my Christmas candle burning! I try to Continue »

3 Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season

December can be a busy, frantic season full of last-minute shopping, parties, baking, gift-wrapping, recitals, and get-togethers. While these things can all be memorable and special, it’s important that we not lose sight of what’s most important at Christmastime: celebrating the birth of our Savior and savoring the moments and memories. Here are three ways Continue »

Ditching the Holiday Diva

Some people look forward to the holidays. Some dread it. Some can’t remember what day it is in general. As a mom of two—one “neuro-typical” and one with autism—a cancer survivor, a wife, a former perfectionist, and a person with chronic pain issues, I fall into all three, depending on my amount of sleep. I Continue »

Celebrating Extravagantly

I’ve spent a lot of time down in my basement recently in an attempt to get rid of stuff.  I have a lot of stuff.  I have a lot of Christmas stuff.  I think I counted about 8 boxes and 3 shelves of Christmas paraphernalia.  That’s nuts!  At first I couldn’t help but think that Continue »

Simple or Sparkle?

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal and it looks quite out of place on our CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst its expensive and sparkly peers, without a care as to how unglamorous it appears. Many of our CHRISTmas ornaments have a story and an uncanny Continue »

An Empty Nest Christmas

“This Christmas is going to be so hard, really hard. I’m already dreading it.” I vividly remember this heartache of a few years ago. It was to be our first Christmas without any kids. Our twin daughters had both married the summer before, and now that all five of our kids were married, it meant we Continue »

A Bittersweet Christmas

Christmas is a funny thing, isn’t it? Take the other night at my house: Christmas decorating night! We hauled out the boxes of decorations from the attic while Pandora churned out a wonderful blend of Christmas music. Our pre-lit tree somehow made a decision within the last year to have the top lights go on Continue »