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Simple solutions for the most complicated time of the year

This week, families around the world officially move into the holiday season. While many of the most magical and meaningful holiday moments involve celebrating with family, it’s the family aspect of the holidays that can often bring tension, stress, and bad feelings. The who, what, and why of the holidays are easily overtaken by the (read more…)

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7 simple ways to make the most important people in your life feel important

It’s easy to get crazy and frenzied during the holiday season. And it’s easy to sacrifice the most important people in our lives on the altar of Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and All The Things to do. This began as a short article on some easy and unique ways to make our spouses feel important (read more…)

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Advent Gatherings: anticipation through life in community

It was 5:00 pm this past Sunday evening, and our home was filled with the delicious aroma of chicken taco soup, simmering away in both crockpots on my kitchen counter. We had apple cider ready to heat up and a jug of eggnog in the fridge. Our Advent wreath graced the center of our large (read more…)

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How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays

In our Facebook conversation a few weeks ago, it sounded like there’s a common issue with certain family members wanting everything under the sun, particularly during the holidays. It’s not perfect around here by any means, but I’ve found a few keys that help keep the “I wants” a bit at bay. 1. Limited gifts (read more…)

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Mother knows best (when to play the parenting card)

Parenting is paradoxical. For 18 years, give or take, you’re training and teaching, tender and tough loving, all the while growing up right alongside your children.   A mama and daddy might be born the moment their first child arrives, but it takes buckets of patience, persistence and time before you feel like you’ve made any (read more…)

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