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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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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Gather

By Barbara Rainey | November 4, 2019 | 3 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. We gather together.  It’s no surprise that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is repeatedly the busiest air travel day of the year. But did you know this warm, inviting word […]

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How To Set A Thanksgiving Table and Family Recipes

By Barbara Rainey | October 27, 2017 | 10 Comments

You’re inviting friends and family, planning who will sleep where, pulling out yellowed and crusty recipe cards that are your feaster’s favorites. As a woman who works tirelessly to make holidays special for your family, certainly you’re making plans to celebrate Thanksgiving. This fall holiday brings everyone home and you want to be ready. Here’s […]

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Untie Your Story: 12 Questions to Ask Around the Dinner Table

By Barbara Rainey | September 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

Old tattered photos and pieces of long-ago letters collect in my laundry room office. Rescued from dust-covered boxes found in closets and drawers, these sepia photos and letters now fill a large three-ring binder I covered with a pretty fabric.  Together they are all that remains of people’s lives I never knew. On a yellowed […]

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