A post for the bad gift-giver

Buying gifts is very hard for me. Tyler and I are notorious for shopping on Christmas Eve and kicking ourselves for not figuring out sooner that that purchasing a gift online that takes two weeks to ship won’t work out. I’m also the mom who has missed birthday parties because I totally forgot to buy something ahead of time and once I remember I know I’ll never make it there with a gift. Why can’t I get my act together

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Margin in Christmas: Eating

Here’s a fun stat Caroline from Fit for His Glory shared the other day. Americans gain between 7-12 lbs in November and December! Ouch! I can’t help but think that as we make all these goals to live healthier and workout in January, we pretty much sabotage any momentum we could have before we even get started. I know for me personally, if I feel like I have a long way to go, I lose motivation to take the first

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Margin in Christmas: Giving

This post isn’t as odd as it sounds. God never held back when He gave to us. He is wildly generous. But we don’t have the mind of God and there are all sorts of emotions that get wrapped up in why we give and how we give that go way beyond doing something loving and kind. It’s the very reason Christmas notoriously puts families in debt. Giving makes us look good. And we want to look good. I’m not

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Margin in Christmas: Spending

Walking into Home Goods this time of year makes me think of that old-fashioned gif of the little girl just dumping money from a wallet out the window. We can walk the aisles with that so ridiculous, but all too common thought – Do I need this? How could I use this? Where could I put this? Y’all fess up. I know I’m not the only one! It’s funny when I catch myself doing this how I’m brought back to

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Margin in Christmas: Doing

Confession. The last two years, a day or two after Christmas, my husband and I have gotten in a fight because I’m burnt out from a week straight of nightly events. I’m an introvert and gatherings drain me instead of energize me. And honestly, the fact that Christmas can be weeks long on nightly celebrations can take a toll on even the biggest extrovert. Every year we all talk about the busyness of Christmas and how we are going to

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