Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

My goal with this story is to tell the story of grace (God’s grace, that is) in a way a kid could understand.

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Because I have 3.5-year-old twin boys and a 5-going-on-14-year-old-girl, who have been arguing about EVERYTHING, it seemed like as good a time as any to start an ambitious holiday tradition of making our own gingerbread house from scratch and decorating it. For the last several years, I’ve bought a pre-made house from the grocery store and decorated it with Bisky but this year no one is putting #NoBen in the corner and #StopThatAiden will not be denied an opportunity to do what his beloved lord and master is doing. I’ll be honest, the initial driver behind the whole do it completely ourselves thing was cost. Three premade ginger homes would be upwards of $30, which just seems dumb, so I combed the halls of Pinterest and found what I was looking for; a step by step tutorial on how to bake and assemble a gingerbread house.

Being, well, ALIVE, I unfortunately couldn’t help but notice a little bit of a brouhaha (or maybe it’s just a fracas) about a certain company (that makes abominably vile coffee anyway..IMO) offending my people (Christians in this context) by failing to honor the sacred snowflake or properly acknowledge my religious observances. Although I do think …

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