Rewrapping Christmas

By Barbara Rainey | December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

I want to introduce you to a friend.  Janel and her husband and their four kids moved to Africa a year ago as missionaries.  She is a very good writer and has helped me significantly with projects like What God Wants for Christmas and the new Messiah Mystery, a family Lent experience coming in January […]

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Grieving with Hope

By Barbara Rainey | December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

My mom asked me to share a few thoughts on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in addition to her own found on the Mom Life Today blog. You can go here to read her thoughts. I am 27 and work at a school. I imagine that the thoughts and expectations I went to work with […]

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Peace

By Barbara Rainey | December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The word peace is central to our Christmas messaging on cards, in carols, displayed on ornaments and stocking holders.  But it is rarely experienced in the month of December as my son, Samuel, explained in this post he wrote this week.  He said it so well that I wanted to share it with you. You […]

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New Christmas Tree

By Barbara Rainey | December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

When I was a child, and even as a young adult, I promised myself I’d never reduce the centerpiece of our Christmas celebration, the ceiling scraping evergreen tree, to a miniature fake tabletop version like my great-aunts and grandparents did. Real life has a way of educating like none other.  Now I understand that hauling […]

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Changing Tradition

By Barbara Rainey | December 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

For almost three decades Dennis and I and the kids celebrated Christmas with an annual hunt for the very finest freshly cut Christmas tree. The smell of evergreen was essential.  Unquestioned.  Then in 2007 we remodeled our living room and kitchen area and traditional decorating was impossible within our gutted living spaces.  So I bought […]

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In Storage Boxes

By Barbara Rainey | December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

After eleven months of hiding in our little storage shed, affectionately known as “the Cottage,” our collection of Christmas storage bins finally saw daylight as Dennis and I carried them up the hill and up the back steps and into the house. Taking off the lids always reveals various surprises when I find ornaments I’d […]

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An Inside Peek

By Barbara Rainey | December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

I have to tell you about a photo shoot we at Ever Thine Home did in early October at my house with our new products. I should have taken some random action shots but Carrie and I were working so hard to maximize every minute with our great photographer, Stacey, that it never occurred to […]

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He Shall Be Called

By Barbara Rainey | November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Christmas has become big business.  I used to complain about it, wishing it would change, but I’ve surrendered. An old saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join them,” and so I have!  My greatest desire is to return the celebration of Jesus’ birth to Christmas.  I’m weary of seeing Christmas trees adorned with literally […]

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5 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to do with Children—That Encourage Gratitude

By Janel Breitenstein | November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids Create a paper chain to countdown to Thanksgiving. As the links are daily removed, kids can write something new for which they’re thankful. Keep the slips in a jar, and have them read random selections at Thanksgiving dinner. Craft thank-you cards together to send to meaningful people in their lives. Use […]

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The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude

By Barbara Rainey | November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Gratitude – For decades now, I’ve been captivated by the untapped wealth concealed in a simple holiday now almost buried by the commercial presence of Christmas. (Somehow the irony of one day of thanks being overtaken by, well, mass consumption on ‘black’ Friday—even admittedly for the sake of others—makes me chuckle, or occasionally worse. But […]

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