How to Prepare for Advent While Roasting a Turkey

By Barbara Rainey | November 25, 2019 | 1 Comment

Overlapping precariously close this year are Thanksgiving Day followed three short days later by the first Sunday of Advent. Preparing for Advent has always taken a back seat for me because our Thanksgiving holiday is like a family reunion. It’s the one time a year my three brothers and their families, all our married kids […]

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A Fun Alternative to ‘Elf on the Shelf’

By Barbara Rainey | November 13, 2019 | 69 Comments

Contrary to popular sentiments, Christmas isn’t for children. Nor should the focus be all about kids.  Christmas is actually an annual opportunity to introduce your family to more and more understanding about the Babe in the manger, without whom this holiday would not exist.   Games of hide and seek are lots of fun so here’s […]

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Christmas Card Photos

By Barbara Rainey | November 11, 2019 | 10 Comments

Hey everyone, Tis the season to be getting your family’s photo taken for your Christmas cards this year! It’s never as easy as we hope or imagine. In our family someone was always unhappy about it. My daughter-in-law told me one year she and her husband, my son, were having a big argument as the […]

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Be Present

By Barbara Rainey | December 13, 2018 | 7 Comments

The most meaningful gifts reveal profound knowledge: The giver knows the recipient well. To be known … deeply, lavishly and individually … and then to be loved anyway, in spite of our flaws and weaknesses, is the collective longing of humankind. God knew that about us … and so, on the first Christmas morning, God gave […]

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5 Posts to Help Holiday Stress

By Barbara Rainey | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Everyday life is full of disappointment and mistakes, so why on earth do we expect the holidays to be any different? Because we were made for perfection, once upon a time in Eden, our hearts still long for that experience of untarnished peace, unguarded relationships and unequaled love; so we attempt to create a semblance […]

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