How to Start Your School Day Off Right

Written by: | January 7, 2014

My oldest child has no problem getting up for school each morning. My youngest, on the other hand, is a completely different story. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do to try to wake him up, he never budges until the absolute last minute.  Inevitably, we end up...
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Last-Minute Ideas for Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday

Written by: | December 24, 2013

Last Wednesday when I was traveling back home after being on an overseas mission trip, a colleague announced, “Can you believe Christmas is just a week away?” Without thinking, I quickly retorted, “Really?!” The entire group around me immediately chuckled, and my new friend couldn’t help but reply, “Yup,...
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The Value of Handmade Gifts at Christmas

Written by: | December 20, 2013

And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35 (NKJV) A couple of years ago, during a time of dreaming with God about my life, I wrote down, “I will hand make every gift I give for Christmas.”...
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10 Simple Ways to Bless Your Neighbors

Written by: | December 19, 2013

One of the things I love most about the holidays is getting to do something nice for my neighbors. Oh sure, I could do it year ’round, but I am sorry to say that I really don’t think enough about it.  Then the weather cools down, the Christmas lights...
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Our Favorite Family Christmas Traditions

Written by: | December 17, 2013

One of my favorite times of year is Christmas. There is so much joy and beauty to take in, not to mention all the fun things to do together. We have a lot of family traditions during the month of December. Traditions help us bond as a family and give...
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Fruitcake Cookies: Our Favorite Christmas Recipe

Written by: | December 13, 2013

Why does fruitcake have such a bad rap? Fruitcake has been around forever – I mean, people probably ate it in Biblical times! The history of the fruitcake can be traced back to Egypt, when Egyptians placed an early version of the fruitcake on the tombs of loved ones. The earliest...
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7 Ways to Teach Children the Joys of Giving

Written by: | December 13, 2013

The Christmas season is a great time of year to help children learn about the joys of giving and the importance of reaching out to others in their time of need. During the month of December children are excited and often focused on one thing: presents! Their wish-lists are...
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Christmas Manger Craft for Kids

Written by: | December 5, 2013

Recently, I was chatting with my five-year-old about the upcoming holiday and had one of those “crawl under the table and hide because I’m so embarrassed” moments. You know those moments where you wonder, “Where did I go wrong as a mom?”. When I casually asked my son what...
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What is Advent?

Written by: | December 4, 2013

Advent began this week for Christians around the world, but do you really know what Advent is? Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and it ends of Christmas Eve. Many people simplify by celebrating Advent from December 1 to...
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