The Inn after Christmas

These are the leftovers of Christmas that remain underneath our tree. The last of the gifts that need to be unboxed and placed in their appropriate places throughout the house. We chose to unwrap our gifts and then place them here instead of leaving our tree bare after Christmas morning. Weird, maybe. Lazy...whatever you wish [...]

after the decorations are gone

The days after Christmas. Memories of the laughter. The time spent with family. The remnants of gifts not yet put away. The lazy days. The leftovers. Naps. Netflix. The promise of a new year. With this promise each year also comes the burning desire to reclaim the space in my house. Get back into my [...]

When Joy Seems Hard to Find

The grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason. -Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Chistmas Usually Christmas brings me much joy each year. By the end of November, I have my tree up, my shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, and I am ready for Christmas [...]

Because Christmas Is Not About Presents

"I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all the people. The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem." Luke 2:10-11 "So, what is the true meaning of Christmas, Hayley?" "Jesus!" That's my girl!"Hunter, why do we celebrate Christmas?""To get presents!" Um....well, not the answer I was looking for. This doesn't [...]