This is only our fourth Christmas as parents, so I reach December 25th wondering, as I stare at the wreckage of boxes and wrapping paper, how much is too much? Were the gifts I chose really appropriate for her...

Merry “Me” Time

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This time of year is my favorite. I love the Christmas cheer, the holiday lights, the music, the shopping, and seeing family and friends. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful too. Last week, for the first time in...

Holiday FOMO

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I never knew what FOMO actually stood for until I moved to Chattanooga. Fear of Missing Out is a real thing here — there’s a LOT to do in this town. It’s nearly impossible to get EVERYONE you know together...

God Gave Us Christmas

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Ah, Christmastime is upon us, and as always, I’m giddy and happy about it. This year in particular is filled with even more joy as my little one is now old enough to join in on the excitement. Christmas...
We are in the midst of the holiday season. Church functions, neighborhood cookie exchanges, school Christmas plays, and holiday work events -- the to-do list for the holiday season just goes on and on and on. It’s no wonder...
I generally thrive on routine and schedule, but this time of year, I really love the spontaneity, indulgence and carefree spirit of the season. I don’t have specific memories of traditions my parents did with our family when I...

The Jig Is Up

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Christmas is right around the corner, and my family is ready. This is such a magical season. Celebrating Jesus’ birth, Christmas trees, lights, parties, parades, presents, family time, traditions, and of course, Santa, make this an exciting time of...
Unpopular opinion: I don’t really like Santa. Well, at least not the celebration of Santa during December. I told my Mom that we wouldn’t be “doing Santa” this year. Much like everything, I am leading my kids and home back...
I never feel ready for the Christmas season. Wasn't it just here? Didn't I just do this? As you get older, each year represents a smaller sliver of your life, so perhaps my mind is sincerely shocked at how...
Last Christmas

Last Christmas

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I’m still the “Too Much Stuff” mom. I still hate the thought of my children receiving piles of plastic junk for Christmas that is either going to get stepped on or broken or eaten by a dog. I still don't...

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