Thanksgiving Home Tour: Prepping for the Feast

By Barbara Rainey | November 5, 2018 | 12 Comments

Happy November! I’ve been anticipating November 2018 since last March because that’s when we found out Laura was pregnant and due in November. Since then the date has narrowed to the 14th which is my mother’s birthday. She will be 93! So Thanksgiving is taking a bit of a back seat this year to these […]

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Becoming a More Grateful Woman, and Teaching Children to Give Thanks Too (Part One)

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

While there were many things that I loved about being a mom, I hated it when my kids complained, often multiple times daily. With six children someone was always unhappy about something – what they had to eat, where they had to sit, who they had to sit next to, what they had to wear, […]

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8 Meaningful Ways to Practice Gratitude

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

1. At dinner each night of November, see if your family can collectively think of 10 things you are grateful for. Keep a running list or make a new list each night. 2. Set a small, doable goal for yourself to send out a few thank-you notes to people who might not know how much you […]

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Busy Can Be Good!

By Barbara Rainey | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

An article I just read encouraged me greatly.  Kevin DeYoung has written a new book, Crazy Busy, and he says, “Sometimes feeling overwhelmed is part of what it means to be a Christian.  You can’t bear somebody else’s burden unless you are taking something of their load and it’s weighing you down a little bit.” […]

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5 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to do with Children to Encourage Gratitude

By Janel Breitenstein | November 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

1. 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. 2. Craft thank-you cards together to send to meaningful people in their lives. Use a 3-D […]

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