Because it’s Valentine’s Day: 5 Tidbits for Marriage

When my husband, Manny, and I started dating he was 19 and I was newly 21. 14 months later we were engaged, and 9 months after that we were married and starting our lives together. There were some naysayers, of course, but we knew that God had brought us together and had a plan for…

Advent Week 4: Living a Life of Worship

Growing up, my grandparents had this framed poster in their house that said “Take your everyday ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life- and place it before God as an offering.” Now I know this is Romans 12:1-2 from “The Message” translation of the bible, but back then I just thought…

Advent Week 2: Prepare to Be Unprepared

I love to be prepared. I love starting the day with a clear schedule and a clear idea of what I need to pack. I love being at the playground with my kids and one runs up and says “Did you bring that completely nonessential item that I asked you about three days ago?” And…

Advent Week 1: What Are We Waiting For?

My oldest daughter loves routine. She loves schedules, and having plans. She needs to know what’s going to happen and when. Every morning she wakes up and looks at our calendar in the kitchen; she probably knows our schedule better than I do. A few weeks ago, she received an invitation from a friend to…