What’s Hiding in My Heart?

By Barbara Rainey | January 4, 2017 | 16 Comments

I know the outside isn’t as important as the inside. But I still whirl about my home like a little tornado trying to fluff everything just right before we welcome guests like we did a few weeks ago for a Christmas party. I love making my home beautiful and welcoming. But there is never enough […]

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Christmas Cookie Recipe from the Rainey Kitchen

By Barbara Rainey | December 20, 2016 | 7 Comments

Do you make Christmas cookies with your family? It’s one of our favorite traditions. I’m inviting you into my kitchen this afternoon to join Laura and me in cookie making. This year is a little different than the days of all 6 of our kids crowded in the kitchen to make Christmas cookies. But it’s […]

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A Time to Grieve During Stepfamily Holidays

By eth | December 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

By Sabrina McDonald My stepson Will and daughter-in-law, Kirsten, were driving in from Dallas to stay at our house over Christmas for several days. Even though my husband, Robbie, and I had been married for a couple of years, this was the first time for them to visit during the holidays. I was nervous. Christmas […]

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Surviving the Holidays With Your In-laws

By Barbara Rainey | December 12, 2016 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara, This is our year to spend Christmas with my husband’s family and I’m dreading it. How can I still enjoy the holiday while spending it with difficult in-laws? I remember when Dennis and I married, I was beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with him. I can bet you felt […]

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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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