The Value of Together

By Barbara Rainey | August 31, 2017 | 3 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 likely […]

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3 Ways to Cook Up Love in Your Kitchen

By Barbara Rainey | July 10, 2017 | 5 Comments

Early one morning on a quiet, lonely beach a solitary man stood looking out over the blue of the sea. He was watching a small fishing boat. As it neared the shore, the beachside onlooker and the fishermen shouted greetings to one another.  As anglers often do, the man offered a fishing tip to the […]

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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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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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