The Delight of Reading with Your Kids + What’s in My Mimi Bag!

By Barbara Rainey | May 24, 2021 | 21 Comments

“Now I will go and find my mother!” he said. “Are you my mother?” he said to the kitten. “Are you my mother?” he said to the hen? Ah, the familiarity and comfort of bedtime stories. While I have given many of our shelves full of children’s books to our kids to read to their […]

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Friends & Family April 2021

By Barbara Rainey | April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Happy Spring everyone! As this letter lands in your inbox today I will be welcoming my “girls” for the weekend. Dennis is out of town speaking at a men’s event in Minneapolis and I invited my four daughters and two daughters-in-law for a weekend of relaxing and pampering without husbands or kids! It will be […]

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“Becoming Small” in the Lives of Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2021 | 14 Comments

My good friend, Jane Ann Smith, who also has six children and is about 10 years ahead of me in life’s journey, has given me lots of good advice over the years. As I began my empty nest years, I continued to watch her, ask questions and learn from her. A few years later when […]

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How to Be Intentional in Building Close-Knit Families

By Susan Yates | April 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

I’m delighted today to introduce you to my friend Susan Yates. Susan is one of the most intentional people I know and her post today is full of ways to create a strong healthy family and ideas for creating fun relationships. Summer is coming soon and now is the time to start planning for family […]

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Friends & Family March 2021

By Barbara Rainey | March 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

Hello everyone! March has been a month of change for us. Has it been so for you, too? The weather has warmed, one-year Covid restrictions are loosening, our daughter Rebecca and her five kids came for a week (photos below) and hope is in the air. And as is true every year, March brings us […]

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