love to all of you


Sometimes people write about all the things they have accomplished.


Number of Christmas treats made: 0

Christmas shopping: Not Done

Number of times I forgot to hide the elf on the shelf: 8

How much of our Christmas tree is lit up: 1/4 the rest of the lights will not shine

My good intention to do an act of kindness each day in December: not doing so good

Christmas Cards: 0

Christmas devotions read at the dinner table: 1

Also: Christmas lice nits and one hundred loads of laundry


I love the Herdmans from the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 

Imogene Herdman was crying.

In the candlelight her face was all shiny with tears and she didn’t even bother to wipe them away. She just sat there-awful old Imogene- in her crookedy veil, crying and crying and crying.


At my job, the librarian is reading this book to the second grade class.

One of the students raised his hand, “Are the Herdmans real?”

Yes. The Herdmans are real. They are more real than most of us choose to reveal.


Those Herdmans are real.

Hey! Unto you a child is born

Jesus was born for the Herdmans. He was born for us.


I am feeling a little like Imogene in the crookedy veil.

I will be taking a little break until the New Year.

Love to all of you.

I am looking forward to regrouping to so we can draw up in proximity to all the Herdmans we know and are yet to know.


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I really love hearing from you all. Your voices mean so much.

Great Family Reads for Christmas

My brother and sister-in-law gave Ellie this book when she was young. Santa Are You For Real? By Harold Myra. The book is a Christmas favorite for us.

The book tells the story of St. Nicolas perfectly for children. He was a real person who gave gifts because Jesus came on the first Christmas to give himself for us.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By: Barbara Robinson, might be one of my all-time favorite books.

When I was a counselor at Camp Geneva I sometimes read this chapter book aloud at bedtime. I LOVE the message of this story.

The Herdman family helps a little church see the true meaning of Christmas. When imagining a traditional nativity play, one would not imagine the unruly, hard-living Herdman kids. Even so, they take lead roles in play to the consternation of some of the church ladies.

“It suddenly occurred to me that this was just the way it must have been for the real Holy Family, stuck away in a barn by people who didn’t much care what happened to them.”

“As far as I”m concerned, Mary is always going to look a lot like Imogene Herdman-sort of nervous and bewildered, but ready to clobber anyone who laid a hand on her baby.”

I really love Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman and all they represent.

God came for the broken and not-so-put-together.

I think we all have a little Herdman in us, whether we want to admit it or not.