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Christina Hergenrader is the author of ten fiction & non-fiction books, the wife of one incredible husband, the mom to four energetic kids, and the daughter of two patient parents. She shares God’s wisdom and her insights in her new book, Family Trees & Olive Branches. Connect with her at www.christinasbooks.com.

Recent Posts by Christina Hergenrader

Surviving Family Road Trips: Christmas Edition

It’s almost Christmas, and most of us are preparing to travel over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays. Check out these FAQs so your family can do your Christmas road trip better this year.

Our Family’s Best Advent Tradition

Our kids are in the glory years of Advent anticipation. Catie is in high school, our twins, Sam and Elisabeth, are in middle school, and Nate is in elementary school. Everyone is old enough to remember this season of gifts and miracles, but also too excited to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. A little maturity and a lot of wonder, that’s Advent around our house.

I Get It. It Goes So Fast

For Mother's Day this year, I have one small request.

Your Family Tree Needs Olive Branches

Our Family’s Culture of Fighting

Reasons to Send Your Kid to a Lutheran School

A few years ago, I wrote this blog about why our family loves Lutheran schools. Every year, this post circulates among Lutheran educators and parents. I’m so glad for those of you who also love your Lutheran school.

Give the Gift of Family (to Your Family)

When it comes to Christmas presents, you could buy your dad another new wallet. For your sister, you could order a scarf, much like the one she already has.

Last Summer at Eden Book Club

Over the past few months, the Last Summer at Eden book club has become a thing. Thank you to all the librarians, teachers, homeschool parents, and moms who have found creative ways to share the world of Camp Eden with their young (and not-so-young) readers.

Not Just Stuff

As I’m writing this, a bright yellow trash crane is making its way down our neighborhood. It’s finally hauling away the Harvey Heaps from the front of the flooded homes on the other side of our subdivision.

Flooded with Love

When Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on our Houston suburb of Katy, everything I had secretly feared happened.

You Will (Probably) Turn Into Your Mother

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from his own flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
—Paul in Galatians 6:7–8

It seems like most of my friends are turning into their moms. (I am too.) Sometimes on Facebook, I confuse whole generations of women with each other. I do double takes when I’m scrolling through my feed. “Chelsea’s mom looks so young. Oh, wait. That is Chelsea.”