Advent. The most beautiful time of the year. And also, for me, the most stressful. Where Lent is a paring down, stripping away the extraneous and taking a hard look at being a better disciple of Christ, the secular celebration of Advent is about busyness and consumerism and gluttony. The spiritual Kathryn knows the beauty…

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Hooray! It’s almost Thanksgiving. I’m always grateful that holiday falls before Advent and Christmas. It is a tangible reminder to be grateful for a Maker who has given me this beautiful life, with all its joys and sufferings, all its love and sorrow. I pray you have a peace-filled week. As we look toward the…

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It started 20 years ago when my grandmother called and said she received my Christmas card – a whole day ahead of my mom’s card. It became a friendly competition to get the cards to grandma first so we could enjoy her bragging rights all year. Even though she passed away in 2010, I’ve kept…

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That must be an oxymoron, no? I can’t EVEN tell you the happy dance I did at noon last Friday when the kids got out of school. No homework! No lunches to make! No schedule! The fun will wear off in a couple of weeks, but right now it’s pretty much awesome. I have a…

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Growing up, I heard this often: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. What, you, too? For as far back, and forward, as I can remember success equaled perfection. And vice versa. It’s been this pursuit of perfection that has driven me to try new things, but more often than not, it’s my downfall.…

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