20 Ideas for Kids Waiting on Thanksgiving Dinner

By Janel Breitenstein | November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wondering how to keep them occupied while you’re whipping up Aunt Marge’s sweet potato casserole? Set up a small table in an adjacent room, grab a few minimal-mess supplies, and try out a few of these timely strategies. Have them … Craft “I’m thankful for you!” cards. Have an example ready. Collect the most colorful […]

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When It’s Hard To Be Thankful         

By Barbara Rainey | November 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

Thanksgiving is a week away and being thankful feels absolutely foreign for many of us. Images of happy families gathering is a reminder of what could have been or should have been. And it hurts. Pain is very real. I’ve been through seasons like that.  One in particular was spring and the season for graduation, […]

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Come Ye Thankful People Come

By Barbara Rainey | November 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

The words of this hymn bring to my mind an image of women with bonnets and long dresses, men wearing odd hats and shoes with large square buckles, all walking to gather and share a meal with a group of very differently dressed native Americans. A famous painting captured that scene as the artist imagined […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Host Thanksgiving? Tips for the First-Time Hostess

By Barbara Rainey | November 14, 2016 | 10 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I host Thanksgiving? It’s finally my turn, and I don’t even know where to start. I remember the first time in the early years of our marriage when we lived too far from home to share Thanksgiving with my family or my husband’s, and it fell to me to prepare a […]

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Time to Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

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 you […]

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