We Gather Together

By Barbara Rainey | November 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Stitched on pillows, printed on banners, and stamped on plaques on store shelves across the country is the word “gather.” November is the month for coming home, the month to reunite, the month to gather. It’s no wonder that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did […]

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Thanksgiving Home Tour: Prepping for the Feast

By Barbara Rainey | November 3, 2015 | 9 Comments

Happy November! I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of my kids for Thanksgiving, so I’m beginning now:  planning what I can prepare ahead of time. As much as I love my kitchen, my goal is always to avoid being imprisoned in it when my kids are here. The hub of activity when everyone arrives. I’m so grateful […]

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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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