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This past weekend, we held our annual Hootenanny.  It’s a tradition that warms the very core of my heart and soul for so many reasons. This is my big sister.  10 years ago, I told her I wanted to start a tradition — a big fall party called The Hootenanny.  And in Kendra-style, who is [...]

Happy November!   I adore this month because we are focused on giving thanks.  It’s built in to the seasonal rhythms we follow. But gratitude is not seasonal – it’s life-changing.   When we carve out gratitude in our lives, our capacity for joy expands.  We discover that what we already have is enough.  That [...]

An amazing teacher at our elementary school hosts a homemade Valentine’s box competition every year in his classroom.  It is so much fun to see what the kids come up with and how excited they get over their creations.   I love it because it brings the homemade spirit back to the celebration.  I know everyone [...]

When my daughter joined the Varsity team at her school this year, there were a few BIG games, especially because they went to the state play-offs and made it to the semi-finals.  I wanted to come up with something that would encourage the team – to let them know how excited we were to be [...]

  Last night 23 of us – mostly family, a few friends, and a couple of strangers – hiked up a hill and skied in a torchlight parade down the mountain to ring in the New Year. It was cold this year, but with the chilly temps also comes crystal clear skies and stars that [...]

My son recently graduated from 5th grade. We wanted to do something fun for the kids without it being too formal or too much work since it is such a busy time of year. I wasn’t satisfied with the options I was coming up with, so I kept thinking-thinking-thinking! Finally, it dawned on me – [...]

My Aunt Emma always had rice krispie treats for my brother, sister, and I whenever we’d go to her house. My brother would sneak into the kitchen, climb onto the counter, and gobble them down. It became a tradition, and we were always mad at him for it. Aunt Emma didn’t just follow the box [...]

I grew up as a Methodist and every Ash Wednesday we would go to church and the pastor would paint crosses of ash on our foreheads. We waved real palm branches on Palm Sunday and paraded giant purple banners on Easter. The Methodists, like the Catholics and other traditional denominations, have some deeply rooted spiritual [...]

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 [...]

I happen to have the best Dad on the planet. When I made this for him this year, I just wrote everything that came to mind.  I don’t know how I ended up with such an amazing father, but I did… and the gratitude in my heart is beyond words.  My Dad has always made [...]

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