How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading

Someone Turned UNO and We Had a Party

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Everyone says it, and generally, I don't like to say what everyone else says (I'm a rebel like that), but man, I can't believe my baby just turned one! It truly feels like just yesterday that we were announcing his arrival into this world. Now, here I sit, reminiscing this last year and praising God for the gift Samuel is to us. To celebrate his birthday, I wanted to have a kicking awesome Continue Reading

Jesse Tree – A Christmas Tradition

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In addition to our Advent calendar and Advent Activities, we have decided to embark on the journey of connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament through the use of the "Jesse Tree" this Christmas season. The idea of the "Jesse Tree" stems from Isaiah 11:1-2: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Continue Reading

DIY Advent Calendar for Broke People Who Line Dry Their Clothes

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Update: This post has been very popular! So I thought I would create a free printable to go along with your advent calendar! You can download your free advent activities printable here: Free Advent Activities Printable. Looking for more advent activity ideas? You can find my 2012 Advent Activities (with FREE printable) here.  You'll have to bear with me. I'm tired, and I just had a mug of Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving: A Day of Feasting

Today, we are enjoying the gift of fellowship and food. Just as the Pilgrims celebrated God's abundant goodness and feasted on his riches during their first harvest, we are doing the same. I pray your family enjoys a day of Thanksgiving. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving... The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me. ~Psalm 50   By the way, if you’re Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving: A Day of Fasting

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Now that we have enjoyed our Mayflower and Plymouth Dinner, as well as continued adding to our Thankful Tree, we are ready for our third installment of our intentional approach to Thanksgiving. The very first Thanksgiving dinner was not a one day celebration as we celebrate it now. It was over the course a few days, which is why we, as a family, started celebrating on Tuesday with our Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving: Pilgrims for a Day

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Thinking through how we wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving meant that we had to think about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Creating a Thankful Tree is only step one to an intentional approach to Thanksgiving. As is my nature, I scoured the shelves of our local library (virtually, mind you), and found this book: Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Pumphrey. I absolutely adored this book. I felt like I Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving – Create a Thankful Tree

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Every year, all around the country, turkeys come out of the oven stuffed to the brim and millions of pies are baked and served piping hot. I can almost taste my grandmother's homemade pecan pie as I type. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It always has been. I have great memories of getting together with family, eating good food, and having no other purpose but to fellowship with one Continue Reading

Celebrating Independence Day

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This year we are celebrating Independence Day at the beach with our family. We are so grateful for this opportunity, and for those who make this day possible.   A big thank you from my family to yours - to all the soldiers, especially my brother, for the sacrifices you have made and will make for us to enjoy our freedom! **************** I, also, want to take a minute to remember the Continue Reading

Remembering on Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. A day to remember those who gave their lives while protecting our freedom. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. We fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon, and American flags are placed on grave sites at National Cemeteries. Today, I want to take a minute and thank my brother and his family Continue Reading