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Excited about reading, a late Christmas gift, taking down the tree, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our younger son was afraid he wouldn’t find a book he wanted to buy. Then he spotted a book on a display and made a beeline for it.
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Finding Jesus in the hospital

There’s no sign that says, “Jesus,” with an arrow.
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Bidding farewell to Greetings & Readings

You never want to see a business close, but seeing a local, family-owned business shut its doors after many years in the community is especially sad. So I was really sorry when I saw that Greetings & Readings is set to close later this month.
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The year the tree fell

That single tree—a tree I had barely noticed before—was apparently such an obstruction between our homes that our paths had barely crossed. Once it was gone, we saw each other almost every day.
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Every Advent gives you another chance

God knows we fail and gives us another chance, in Advent and in Confession.
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Rejoice—even in an imperfect Advent journey

It’s the third week of Advent, and Christmas—which seemed so far off just a few weeks ago—is looming large.
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Christmas sweaters and lights, birthday celebrations, sharks, and rice (7 Quick Takes)

We were invited to wear ugly Christmas sweaters to a work meeting, and somehow I realized I didn’t own a Christmas sweater.
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Singing for your supper at a Christmas carol-themed party

’Tis the season for Christmas treats, Christmas parties, and Christmas caroling. So why not wrap them all into one delectable, delightful experience?
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Gotcha Day, what St. Nicholas brought, and sweet tastes of Christmas (7 Quick Takes)

Nine years ago today we met our older son. The past nine years have been the blink of an eye and yet forever, all at the same time.
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