faith, family, holidays

The highs, lows and constancy of Christmas

And now . . . a guest post from my husband. The First Christmas My first Christmas memory comes before age six. The anticipation for myself and the other two foster children, they were to be adopted by the family, had been building for weeks. The tree was a beautiful dark green with sparkling lights, tinsel, ornaments and a sea…

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How to decorate brown eggs for Easter

Interested in a free study for Holy Week? Click here to download Walking With Jesus His Final Days. Happy Easter and enjoy those beautiful eggs! So Easter is coming up rather fast and a few people have asked me how you go about coloring brown eggs. My first response is, “Oh my goodness? Have you ever just loooked at them…

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Something to be proud of

I’ve always had a measure of old-fashioned American patriotism, and I was actually quite shocked when I realized citizens of other nations don’t necessarily share such sentiments about their own nations. But the summer of 1994 was the first time I remember feeling a strong sense of pride at my national heritage and the principles upon which our nation was…

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The April Fool

For days, my daughter has been asking me for a package of pasta. For days, I have been telling her that I cannot give her an entire meal without knowing why. “It’s for April Fool’s,” she tells me. “We’ll see,” I answer. “Please?” she begs, with a twinkle in her eye. And after dinner on March 31, I finally relent.…

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The most adorablest do it yourself Valentine’s ever

Valentine’s Day isn’t really my thing. Card making isn’t really my thing. But on some strange impulse, I joined this Valentine’s card exchange which left me sitting on the floor of Michael’s going through paper crafts magazines and books looking for (praying for) some sort of inspiration the children could agree on. We finally found it in flower pots. Aren’t…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Edward Winslow wrote in A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (1621): Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the…

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Jesus Christ, marketing icon

Approximately 2,010 years ago (give or take), the greatest marketing opportunity in history was born and the religious and secular worlds have been fighting over Him ever since. If only Herod had seen the commercial implications, perhaps a generation could have been spared. He Himself didn’t really seem to get it, either, what with overturning money changers’ tables, insisting His…

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