Holiday Tips for Blended Families

By Laura Petherbridge | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Holidays are already busy seeing inlaws, cousins, grandparents, attending school parties, church plays, neighborhood gatherings. For a blended family, that busyness is magnified by adding visits to stepparent’s families, stepcousins, half siblings, and more. My friend Laura Petherbridge, a.k.a The Smart Stepmom, gives tips to help minimize the complexities and tension a stepfamily is bound […]

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Sneak Peak of our Favorite Holiday-Ready Homes

By Barbara Rainey | December 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Check out these photos from friends around the globe preparing their homes and hearts for worship. We hope they’ll encourage you too, as you prepare to focus your loved ones on Jesus this Christmas.   New this year, our Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him Ribbon is so lovely in our friend Sasha’s home. Love the way […]

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Ideas for Easier, Cheaper, More Generous Holidays

By Janel Breitenstein | December 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Hi friends! Here are some fun ideas from my friend Janel who lives in Uganda with her husband Jon as a missionary, wife, writer, and creative homeschooling mom of 4. With far fewer conveniences than she was used to in the States, Janel has learned how to juggle the holiday expectations in new ways. Here she lists creative […]

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One Simple Secret to Being A Good Gift Giver

By Barbara Rainey | December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our lists pile up with temporary, feel-good items: a new winter fleece, massage and pedicure, striped tie, remote control racecar, life-sized baby doll, homemade fudge, a mason jar DIY pinterest find with matching tag. Giving gifts to our loved ones is a good and right way to celebrate Christmas.  But we have to admit that […]

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Remember to Decorate on the Inside

By Barbara Rainey | November 30, 2015 | 36 Comments

Ready. Set. Go! Stack Christmas cards. Email gift lists. Take kids to the downtown parade. Wear the red dress. Bake cookies. Sing carols. Fill a shoebox for kids overseas. Find another babysitter for holiday party 58. Glue DIY teacher gifts till midnight. Watch the nightly festive movie on TV. Sip cocoa. Snuggle by the fire. […]

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