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Christmas: Not the End of the Story

By Kelli Hamann • December 25 2020

Stocking stuffers. Pajamas all day. Candy canes. Breakfast casseroles. Squealing children waking groggy parents long before dawn. Coffee–LOTS of coffee. Long-awaited dreams fulfilled. Joyful surprises. Food, food and more food. Christmas movies and snuggles. People, stop reading this post and get to celebrating! But–if by chance you’re up early, or you’re just seeking a moment … Continue reading Christmas: Not the End of the Story →

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Advent Day 24: Maybe Christmas Means Something More

By Kelli Hamann • December 24 2020

I love it that the classic tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is still being revamped and retold since it was first published in 1957–sixty-three years ago! Why? Probably because its message still has relevance to us today, especially during a year like this, when a big Grinch named COVID-19 has been stealing so much … Continue reading Advent Day 24: Maybe Christmas Means Something More →

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Advent Day 23: Love Keeps Tapping You on the Shoulder

By Kelli Hamann • December 23 2020

I have some friends who are much better at being good friends than I am. You know the type: They text regularly just to let you know they’re thinking of you; they remember things about what’s going on in your life and ask you how those things are going; they’re the first to call when … Continue reading Advent Day 23: Love Keeps Tapping You on the Shoulder →

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Advent Day 22: The Waterfall

By Kelli Hamann • December 22 2020

I live in the most beautiful state in the union: Washington. I bet you thought I was going to say Hawaii, didn’t you? Or maybe Florida, California, or somewhere else where it’s warm most of the year? Well, all I have to say is that Washington rivals every one of those states in so many … Continue reading Advent Day 22: The Waterfall →

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Advent Day 21: Unexpected Love

By Kelli Hamann • December 21 2020

Ok, you can relate to this, all you Amazon shoppers–oh, wait, that’s everyone, isn’t it? Picture this: You order something on Amazon, you’re super stoked to get it, you check the driveway every five seconds for the truck, it seems like it’s taking FOREVER (even though it’s coming next day via Prime), and then the … Continue reading Advent Day 21: Unexpected Love →

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Advent Day 20: Love Always Wins

By Kelli Hamann • December 20 2020

Amazing factoid about me: My husband and I have been married for (drumroll, please) almost 35 years! I know–we’re rockstars, right? We’ve beaten some HUGE odds, and we’re pretty darn proud of ourselves. And even better–we are still madly, sickeningly in love with each other, more and more each day. Yes, really. We often get … Continue reading Advent Day 20: Love Always Wins →

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Advent Day 19: Love Doesn’t Strut

By Kelli Hamann • December 19 2020

I was once a pretty good strutter. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but in high school I dragged myself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning, not because I was taking a special class before school started, not because I was doing chores, not because I was praying for my family or my classmates, … Continue reading Advent Day 19: Love Doesn’t Strut →

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Advent Day 18: Love Fights for You

By Kelli Hamann • December 18 2020

Warning: I’m going to give you an ear worm right now: “We all need somebody to le-e-ean on.” These words, so soulfully recorded by Bill Withers many decades ago, are well known all around the world–and still true today. Who is your go-to person (or people), the one(s) you lean on, count on, confide your … Continue reading Advent Day 18: Love Fights for You →

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Advent Day 17: His Love Brings Joy

By Kelli Hamann • December 17 2020

One of the things I love most about teaching first graders is how excitable they are. I discovered very quickly that if I get excited–or make them think I’m really excited–about what I want to teach them, they jump right on board and instantly engage. And everything is a big deal to them, whether it’s … Continue reading Advent Day 17: His Love Brings Joy →

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Advent Day 16: It’s the Simple Things

By Kelli Hamann • December 16 2020

Truth: Someone mistook me for Jesus once. And I emphasize: ONCE. One dark, chilly spring morning I woke up early to get my bearings before the day started. At the time, my husband, Dan, and I were running an inner city ministry in Portland, OR, and not long after the rooster crowed, our revolving door … Continue reading Advent Day 16: It’s the Simple Things →

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