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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Why Freedom Is Precious

By Barbara Rainey | May 25, 2020 | 1 Comment

  Today is Memorial Day. The calendar calls us to remember those who ignored fear to serve in the military to preserve our freedoms. Today it feels more real medically instead of militarily. We have two close family friends whose children volunteered to work in the Covid units in their cities. We prayed for them […]

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Dear Barbara: How Can I Help My Children Learn Better Manners While We Are Quarantined?

By Barbara Rainey | April 20, 2020 | 4 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I remember reading about an etiquette dinner. We are planning one for our kids who are ages 10,8,4, and 2. Where do you suggest a list of manners to learn? I love this question because this mom recognizes an important part of child development; teaching kindness and respect for others using the […]

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5 Ways to Show Love for Valentine’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | February 7, 2019 | 8 Comments

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to look forward to a day focused on love and hope your spouse surprises you with a plan to celebrate….but let’s be honest. A lot of times we expect too much and give too little. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating with your sweetie. But love is to be given […]

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Our E-Catalog is Here!

By Barbara Rainey | October 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

Our 2018 Fall & Winter E-catalog is here and we invite you to settle in, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and take a peek at what we’ve created! We like to think it’s more than a catalog as we’ve added some ideas for new traditions and a lot of gift ideas, too! […]

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