Red Curry Squash Curry

Benjamin had a sleepover at Daniel's folks house last night so Daniel and I had a date night in and he cooked delicious Indian food and we drank some ice riesling, the kind of wine we had when he proposed. Liz and Sara requested the recipe for the curry and for poori so here 'tis. Daniel's Red Curry Squash Curry 1 red curry squash 2 cloves garlic 1 can coconut milk 2 … [Read more...]

Our Year in Pictures: 2011!

I think Daniel and I both agree that 2011 was our best year to date. Here’s some highlights (which turned out to become a monstrously long post with mostly pregnancy pics, oh well). January Daniel got a new job and we hoped to get pregnant again. Benjamin continued to amaze us with the joy he brought to our world. February In February we celebrated Benjamin's 2nd Birthday … [Read more...]

Books I Read in 2011

So, I'm always inspired by Katherine's end-of-the-year reading list. Katherine is my childhood friend John's high school sweetheart wife and now a very dear friend as well. If I had my way, John and Katherine would be our next door neighbors and Katherine's sister Beca would live on the other side. Unfortunately, they all currently live in the freezing tundra of the Northeast and I have to pine … [Read more...]

Ero Cras

Emmanuel Rex Oriens Clavis Radix Adonai Sapientia ERO CRAS: I will be there tomorrow. I love a good old timey Latin Advent acrostic! We are having a relaxing Christmas Eve day before going to my folks house for Christmas Eve dinner. Our sweet boy has been dying to put the ornaments on the tree for weeks and will be so excited for the chance to decorate it tonight. … [Read more...]

…That Mourns in Lonely Exile Here…

I wrote this reflection last year during Advent, but never posted it. Here 'tis. ----------------------------------------------------- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has always been my favorite carol. I love the ancient chant-like melody and the images it conjures: monks singing by candlelight and waiting to celebrate the coming of the Light of the World while a cold, dark winter lingers on. It … [Read more...]

Advent/Christmas Books and Music

Since Benjamin was born I've tried to collect books and music that are special for Advent and Christmas. My mom was always very intentional about Advent even though my parents are Protestant and we always listened to special music and had an Advent wreath. Here are some of our favorites: MUSIC Handel's Messiah: This is the music that I remember listening to the most during Advent and … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany, Vol. 3

Whew. We've all had colds that got better and then came back since the week before Thanksgiving. (And by all I mean OUR ENTIRE EXTENDED FAMILY.) The saga resulted in some serious sleep deprivation (I don't sleep well when I'm sick, add one sick little asthmatic boy who wakes up wheezing and coughing, and then add one sick little tiny newborn baby sniffling and needing to nurse all night) which … [Read more...]

First Advent: Repost

This is a repost from last year of a piece I wrote for our beloved Landing Literary Society in Waco about what pregnancy taught me about Advent and I'm thinking of sweet friends who are expecting this year during the Advent season (hi, Jen, Jeni, and Emily!) ---------------------------------- I was huge. Not just big—gigantic. Even before I entered my third trimester, well-intentioned old … [Read more...]

The 12 Days of Christmas

As part of our attempt to make Advent and Christmas distinct seasons in our household, we want to celebrate each of the 12 days of Christmas and save fun holiday traditions until then. But I need your help because I'm having trouble coming up with TWELVE things to do. Here's what I've got so far: Christmas Eve: Decorate the tree! (We have lights on the tree now but haven't put any ornaments … [Read more...]