The Value of Together

By Barbara Rainey | September 27, 2021 | 5 Comments

  Have you ever wondered where you belong? Looked for a place to fit in? Felt all alone right in the middle of all your people? It’s okay. I have too. We all have. Together matters even when we don’t feel the connections as we’d like. Home matters, too, because that’s where belonging begins. You’ve […]

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My Favorite Summer Treats

By Barbara Rainey | July 19, 2021 | 4 Comments

The lyrics, “These are a few of my favorite things” sunk deep roots into my memory when I first heard Maria sing the catchy song in “The Sound of Music.” While I love “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” there are other treats that make summer’s heat more bearable and delicious. Like: Le Pops on Kavanaugh  […]

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How to Be Intentional in Building Close-Knit Families

By Susan Yates | April 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

I’m delighted today to introduce you to my friend Susan Yates. Susan is one of the most intentional people I know and her post today is full of ways to create a strong healthy family and ideas for creating fun relationships. Summer is coming soon and now is the time to start planning for family […]

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Sharing Recipes for Comfort and Joy

By Barbara Rainey | December 7, 2020 | 10 Comments

  Food gives comfort and shared with others it brings joy.  There are recipes I make only in the month of December because they belong exclusively to Christmas. You too?  Perusing these collected possibilities brings joy as I remember the friend or family member who introduced the cookies or soup or casserole to our family. […]

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Traditions Matter, More Than Ever

By Barbara Rainey | November 9, 2020 | 6 Comments

  My expectations for Thanksgiving this year have changed.  Dramatically! With all the uncertainty in our lives, we’ve decided not to do our usual Peterson family gathering of 30-40 people this year. Though we intended to continue this annual Thanksgiving tradition for at least this year since my mom died, it’s now clearly not prudent. […]

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