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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Gratitude: The Purity of

By Barbara Rainey | November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

This summer of 2012 has been exceptionally dry for much of the United States including our town.  I have prayed many times for rain and I’m not alone in that request.   But it was interesting to listen to what people were saying when the guaranteed deliverance of rain began to come near in the form […]

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Thanksgiving Quotes – My Favorites

By Barbara Rainey | November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rather than speaking my mind on the topic of Thanksgiving once again, here are five Thanksgiving quotes from others, which have shaped my attitude on gratitude over the years. “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” H.U. […]

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Thanksgiving Day Story Time

By Barbara Rainey | November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Somehow we think that stories should be read aloud only to little children. Where that idea came from I have no idea but anyone who believes it is missing out on an easy way to build strong connections at home between parents and kids. When my youngest two were teens I read The Hiding Place […]

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What is Thanksgiving ?

By Barbara Rainey | November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Either because we are so accustomed to hearing the word or because we are so flooded with messages about Christmas, the meaning of the word, Thanksgiving, and the holiday itself is endangered. Giving thanks is the essence of the word but how can that happen in the rush of our modern pace? Pausing to reflect […]

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