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How Playdates Helped Me Survive the Early Years

I was in bed, trying to find a reason to get up. My husband had been gone for seven months on a military deployment, and I was alone with our three young children. An empty day stretched before me, until I remembered - we have a play date this morning! Suddenly the whole day seemed brighter. read more

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Unexpected Blessings

Eight years ago I lost my mom to lung cancer. I was unprepared for how difficult the first Christmas would be. My mom celebrated Christmas to the extreme. It was just her “time of the year.” read more

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Gathering to Remember

In our small community, we gather together in the Advent season. We collect prayers and praises, needs and wants, hopes and sorrows, and write them on ornamental wreaths that we hang on the huge evergreen tree in the center of town. The prayers are nearly unanimously for children. read more

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Counting Down the Week to Christmas in Books

'Tis the season of hectic days and nights. One year I found myself in this predicament - the tree was half decorated, the homemade gifts I attempted were a joke, and the kids were in “I want” mode. As a family who loves books, I decided to make books a part of our Christmas tradition. read more

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Kid-friendly Advent Ideas

An Advent tradition can help re-center your family in the midst of a hectic season to focus on the important aspects of the holidays. Here are ideas that take less than 20 minutes to put together for a season full of fun and meaning. read more