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Our hyphenated year: 2018 in pictures

Christmas and New Year’s blessings to you! Browse below, or click here (bit.ly/2018esphotos) to see the photos. For even more pictures click here.

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Come, Lord Jesus

Come, Lord Jesus: Devotions, Prayer Journal and Prayerful Coloring for Advent and Christmas is a booklet I created for and with Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS).  It includes seven devotions linked to the Sunday before Advent, the four Sundays of Advent, … Continue reading

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Christmas Bagel

Two-year-old Walter and I had fun making up a song about a fictitious Christmas treat. Christmas Bagel was red and green. It was delicious, the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. CHRISTMAS BAGEL! We love Christmas Bagel. Happy, happy, happy Christmas … Continue reading

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Elna Borgen’s Date Balls (Gluten Free)

Long ago and not so far away–Central (now Covenant) Lutheran in Stoughton, Wis.–my mother’s circle participated in the congregation’s Holiday Bazaar. Donated crafts, doll clothes, cookies, candy, popcorn balls and Christmas decorations were sold at low, church-basement prices. Lunch was … Continue reading

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Taking down, taking stock

During these last days of Christmas, I find myself taking down and taking stock. Paul took down our Scandinavian wood candelabra from the window sills.  Now over 30 years old, Paul must coddle the candelabras’ little, irreplaceable bulbs that provide … Continue reading

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Life happens

… when you’re making other plans, and we had such a good plan.  Paul and I were going to drive to Stevens Point, Wis., tomorrow morning.  It’s Pastor Annie’s first Christmas, and we were looking forward to attending Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Annie’s Song of Community

Paul recorded four-year-old Annie singing a made-up song, a song we’ve come to call “Annie’s song of Community.” Find the video clip at http://bit.ly/SongofCommunity. Annie’s Song of Community Hello, hello, how are you doing? Hello, hello, hello! How are you … Continue reading

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Surprising Christmas

(Almost) five-year-old Annie initiated the idea and executed the costuming for this Nativity Tableau, staring Annie as Mary, Paul as Joseph and Fiona Dolly standing in for the Baby Jesus. During the silent performance, I reflected on one of Annie’s … Continue reading

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