Category: Seasons

When Holiday Expectations Disappoint
Holidays

When Holiday Expectations Disappoint

My dad was ticked, and he had no problem letting me know it. For years we had spent Thanksgiving with my folks at their house. A month later we would gather our six kids into the car and drive an hour on Christmas Eve afternoon to my mom and dad’s

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News

What to do when the world falls apart

Summer’s transition into fall hasn’t gone so well this year, has it? My youngest son lives 10 minutes from where the August 17th, Barcelona terrorist attack occurred. Another son and his family live in Helsinki, Finland, not far from where another terrorist attack happened the day after the tragedy in

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A Father's Day note from Jesus to write for your kids and grandkids
Grandchildren

A quick Father’s Day note from Jesus

Father’s Day. Do those words put joy to your heart and a spring in your step? If not, it may be because: You didn’t have a good relationship with your dad. Your heart hurts for your kids who didn’t have healthy dad experiences. Your grandchildren are growing up without a

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Condemnation and shame can wrap their heaviness around your soul leaving you feeling empty and alone. Here's how to get rid of shame for good.
Easter

How to Get Rid of Shame for Good

Did you ever notice how shame feels like being stripped totally naked and paraded in front of all the people you highly regard OR it feels like a nasty, bug infested, wet, wool blanket draped over you from head to toe? Either way, shame is one of the worst emotional

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Let's have a Christmas hot chocolate date
Advent

Let’s have a Christmas Hot Chocolate Date

A Christmas Hot Chocolate Date fills the need you have to slow down and enjoy this special season with someone you love. (Think spouse, an adult child you’ve been meaning to catch up with, a grandchild who needs a grandma hug, or a special friend.) It’s totally free. Except for

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Christmas food
Advent

4 Reasons To Eat Your Way Through Christmas

As we continue into this Christmas season, I offer an oldie but goodie—a food piece I posted in 2010. Advent stuffs the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas with parties, food, family, and friends, and the feasting doesn’t end until the New Year has been ushered in with more eating. You

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A Gift Basket of Easter Ideas on a post by Susan Gaddis
Easter

A Gift Basket of 17 Easter Ideas

My little girl feet walked proudly in their new Mary Janes through the wildflowers and green grass all the way to the top of the hill for Easter Sunrise Service. Everything felt fresh and I wondered if Heaven looked as pretty as the fluffy clouds nestled above us. I don’t

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