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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Celebrating Christmas When You’re Alone

By eth | December 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

I’d love for you to hear some thoughts from my longtime friend Julie Denker. Julie has been on staff at FamilyLife for over three decades. She is a woman of strong faith, always looking to encourage and serve others in even the smallest ways. It’s an honor to know her and learn from her. And […]

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5 Things I’m Thankful for in Laura’s Wedding

By Barbara Rainey | October 31, 2016 | 14 Comments

Rare are the moments in life when joy is pure, untinged by touches of sorrow, loss and sinfulness. If your family is like mine, most family gatherings are not times of pure joy, but Laura’s wedding day was an experience of unequalled delight, an uncommon gem among the ordinary rough stones of our broken world. […]

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Giving our Last Baby Away

By Barbara Rainey | October 19, 2016 | 6 Comments

    It happened one weekday afternoon as I drove home after running a few errands. I had been troubled, disappointed, and discouraged about my youngest daughter. She was our surprise child. I’d given away all things baby. I was more than grateful my body was once again my own after repeated pregnancy/nursing cycles. The […]

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