Preparing Practically For the Holidays

Taking a cue from a blogging friend of mine Callie over at Through Clouded Glass I decided to be really intentional and think through my holiday preparations before December began. So I sat down, with sone things that help me feel festive and got to it. (Don’t you just love that new blanket scarf? I do!) […]

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How do you do the holidays?

There are just so many ways to do the holidays. We do them minimally in a lot of ways, and yet I always leave the season the feeling rich. Our families spoil our children that is plain and simple. From all sides our boys are loved. But we do work hard to keep things as simple […]

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Easter Playdate

I had the pleasure of hosting a festive Easter playdate this week. I had to move it to my Mom’s house since so many Momma’s and their little ones could make it. The key for me was using what I already had – to decorate my own home – to make the party easy and […]

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Resurrection Eggs – a holiday tradition

Resurrection Eggs are a family tradition for us. I used to use them in my classroom and created several centers based on them. You can buy them pre-made but why not make them yourself. Or even make creating them a family activity at the beginning of the Easter season…. I love these Easter story cards […]

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Traditions: Thriving in the Holidays Mini Series

The list is long when it comes to potential traditions you can have for the holiday season. The question really comes down to what can you just not give up and what is just “extra” or something you do because you feel “obligated.” Again I find myself wanting to define my holiday season before it […]

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Outrageous Christmas

I love that our church is doing something all it’s own this year. And really trying to embrace the idea of living outrageously like Jesus did. We just finished a series called “Jesus breaks the rules.” It is so true and I was so inspired. As a part of Outrageous Christmas our church is trying […]

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Family Nativity and Advent

So you might think I’m crazy since I already shared our family advent calendar with you a couple of days ago. But here’s the deal. Our mom’s group had an advent making craft night and I helped some ladies pick and cut out a felt nativity. It was SO cute – we ordered our craft […]

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Advent

Advent is a season of preparation and a tradition that I am prioritizing. See my post about “Prioritize, do what you love, and toss the rest” which is a part of my current mini series “Thriving in the Holidays.”  I did some advent traditions as a child, and my husband’s family did a traditional advent […]

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Gift Giving :: Thriving in the Holidays Mini Series

You can read my introduction to the “Surviving… No… Thriving in the Holidays” mini series here. Today I want to examine the idea of gift giving (with the emphasis on giving gifts to our kids) and how you can thrive through a typically financially stressful season. Not giving gifts is not fun. Be honest. We […]

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