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  “Mom, promise me we’ll do the Advent activities this year,” my 16 year old said the other day. I looked at her surprised. “Really? Are you being serious?” I replied. And she was.   Traditions matter, no matter the age. They provide a strong anchor of family identity and also make the season special Read More

Each year our kids get to open one gift on Christmas Eve - a present different from all the others. It is a gift from Jesus - something to grow their faith in the coming year. Some years is has been an Adventures in Odyssey CD, other years a new Bible, last year one of Read More

Looking for an easy, but homemade and creative gift to give neighbors, teachers, and friends?  Try this Chocolate Tree as seen on Martha Stewart.    Materials Foam cone Tinsel garland (an 18-inch tree uses about 36 feet of garland) Pearl-head pins Chocolate squares of choice, still in wrapper (an 18-inch tree uses about 48 squares Read More

when you hear a jingle bell what comes to mind?  how would you describe a jingle bell to someone who has never heard one?  and how can a simple lesson from a jingle bell translate to our lives?  together with my dear friend tammy at grace uncommon, we decided three characteristics really stand out. jingle Read More

I have been absolutely amazed at how much fun my kids have had with sock puppets this past year.  They spend hours making various characters, then craft elaborate stories.  When they are ready to roll, they find us and give us tickets for the big show.  Chairs are lined up for each person to sit Read More

We sing Happy Birthday to Jesus every Christmas and this is His birthday cake! Growing up my mom made a wine cake that was similar to this recipe, and we loved that one too.  I'm not sure why we all love alcohol in cake so much, but let me tell ya, it makes an unbelievably Read More

There is something special about transforming our normal eating area into a sparkling wonder of Christmas candlelight!  And it's easier than you think.  I set our table for the entire season, and sometimes I even leave the good china plates out just for fun and we eat on them during family nights all season long Read More

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