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

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 [...]

Sixteen is one of those birthdays that marks a significant milestone.  It’s an onramp to new freedom and choices with the introduction of the driver’s license.  For some, it is also the big transition into the dating world. For all, though, it is a mental marker that this once-child is growing up and is close [...]

Since Mother’s Day is almost upon us, I thought I’d share one of my all time favorite metaphors.  Moms, let your spirits be encouraged today, and know that the foundation you lay now will stand for generations! Invisible Mothers It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one [...]

Easter played a trick on me this year. It came early, and I was unsuspecting. Just today I sat lamenting that we haven’t dyed anything, learned the words to “Old Rugged Cross,” or opened the devotional plastic eggs with miniature symbols inside. Winning the “Easter Mom of the Year” will not be on the resume. [...]

Teens + birthdays can be difficult.  They are too old for the usual party fare, yet they still want to do something to celebrate.  As I wracked my brain to think of something for my daughter’s 14th this year, I asked myself, “what do they love to do when they get together?”  HAIR!  I called [...]

“Click, Click, Click.”  Ski bindings lock in boots as people without poles load the last chair of the night and year at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho. This year two 10 year olds accompany the expedition, nervous but anticipating the experience they’ve waited so long to have. “The kids have to be old enough [...]

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