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Tagged With: Christmas

Christmas Night

The packages had all been opened. The Christmas dinner was history. Presents had been played with and put away. And one tired 10-year-old was headed to bed — in tears. As she laid her head on the pillow, I heard the words “Christmas is over. I don’t want it to be over.” At first, I … Continue reading »

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When Christmas Disappoints

We exchanged gifts with my parents last night, and my older daughter was a little disappointed. She’s at that tough age where she’s outgrown toys, but she isn’t yet excited by clothes and she’s not much into video games. She didn’t ask for much, so I kept most of the things she asked for to … Continue reading »

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Find the Manger and Ignore the Mess

My older daughter hurt her shoulder at soccer practice on Tuesday night. We’re no stranger to injury in this house. With two kids playing sports, injuries happen. We own a brace for almost all appendages. But we’ve never injured a shoulder before. I knew we were in trouble when I took her to the doctor … Continue reading »

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The Perfect Christmas

The nativity scene that sits on my hearth is a mess. Someone has moved all the people around. The stable is leaning against the fireplace. Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus are out in the field with the shepherds, and the only person in the stable is a wise man. It looks less like the … Continue reading »

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Love’s Pure Light

I like to tell my kids that Christmas shouldn’t be all about the getting. It should be about the giving. It sounds good, right? Christmas is about giving to others. It’s a noble idea. And it’s not wrong. Christmas is about giving to others, about being a picture of Jesus to others. But that’s not … Continue reading »

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When Christmas is a Struggle

A year ago today, my phone rang in the middle of church. It was my dad, calling to tell me that my grandma had died. In a heartbeat, our Christmas season had radically changed. Instead of band concerts and parties, we spent the next week traveling to Kentucky and planning a funeral. Though we knew … Continue reading »

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First Friday: More Than Crumbs

My darling eldest girl has a penchant for the dramatic. And I’ll freely admit my part in it. My side of the family most definitely has DNA code written for the stage. My brother. My sisters. My mama. D to the N to the A. And as for moi? Forget about it. I not only … Continue reading »

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Inspired Holiday Bundle

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Believe it or not, the holidays are almost here. This week we turn the calendar page from October to November and enter the craziest time of the year for most of us. On top of everything we already do, we’ll add parties and celebrations, gift exchanges, cookie exchanges, holiday … Continue reading »

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Days 15-16: Laughter and Song

Welcome to the 25 Days of Giving. Each day we’ll focus on a different way you can teach your kids to give to others. If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. Put the focus on giving instead of getting at Christmas this year because Jesus was a gift to … Continue reading »

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What We Can Learn From the Wise Men

I’m taking a few blogging days off as we celebrate the life of my grandma who died this week. Enjoy this post from last year, and I’ll be back next week. We exchanged Christmas gifts with my parents at their house last night. My youngest daughter was so excited because my parents had gotten her … Continue reading »

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