Practical Ways to Make the Holiday Season More Joyful

  One thing I really don’t like about the holiday season is when perfectly normal people turn into grumpy, tired, stressed-out humans. You see them everywhere: at the grocery store, the mall, and on the roads (maybe even at your dinner table). People seem to have this Jekyll and Hyde thing going on around Christmas, and all so that they can put on the best holiday celebrations, or give the best presents to their families. This kind of defeats the […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Days Twenty-Nine and Thirty

  One thing that gets me through the dark days of wintertime is candles. They are so beautiful! The way they flicker is mesmerizing. I could just sit and watch the flames dance for hours, of course I wouldn’t get anything done, but…. The other thing that makes me thankful for candles is the way they set an atmosphere of warmth in the home. They send forth their fire to make a small space toasty and homey. In addition to […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty-Eight

  All Things Bright and Beautiful Cecil F. Alexander, pub.1848  All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. Each little flow’r that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. The purple-headed mountains, The river running by, The sunset and the morning That brightens up the sky. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty-Seven

Music has such a powerful way of impacting our lives. When we are young, our mothers sing us lullabies. I can still remember a couple of hymns my mom sang to me as a baby, How Great Thou Art and The Old Rugged Cross. Every time I hear them, I am reminded of those long ago times when I was a carefree child. As I grew older, she continued to sing to me most nights before bed. I loved the sound of […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Days Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six

  Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss how thankful I am for holidays. Holidays are a special time for most people. A time to gather with family and friends to celebrate and EAT! 🙂 For most people, holiday celebrations bring back fond childhood memories filled with tradition. I know that is true for me, and especially for my children too. They all have special traditions that make the holiday complete. One […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty-Four

This may sound very odd coming from a home schooling mom, but I am thankful for our local public high school. Once you hear what I have to say, I think you’ll understand what I mean. My oldest two sons have attended Howell High School, so I’ve been exposed to some of the educational benefits they offer. One of the things that my boys have been involved with is the choir program, which is excellent! The thing I really like […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty-Three

  My home is my haven, a cozy place where I feel safe, loved, and fulfilled. I really enjoy being out with people, but lately I have come to appreciate the warmth of home as well. The word itself evokes images of comfort, peace, and security. I am so thankful to have a house that I am in charge of managing and people who live with me that I love and enjoy being around. I am delighted that all of […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty-Two

  Chocolate has a long history of bringing joy to people, especially me! I just adore chocolate, and I am so very thankful that I am able to treat myself to it on a fairly regular basis. As long as I enjoy it in moderation, I can still fit into my jeans. 😉 I don’t remember when I first decided that chocolate was better than other candies, but it was probably when I was a teenager. Once I really tasted […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty-One

I have to share with you something that I am very thankful for in my life. This is something that makes my life so much easier, especially around the Christmas season. I am thankful for online shopping. My two favorite sites are: (please see my ad on the sidebar)  and|Christmas|Christmas-Cards These are my go to sites for excellent selection and the absolute best prices on the items I am looking to purchase. I do a lot of my […]

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Thirty Days of Thankful: Day Twenty

  Lately I have been enjoying the discipline and benefits of exercise, so that is what I’m thankful for today! Below are some pictures that I asked my kids to draw of what exercise is to them. I really get a kick out of their sketches! Kids are so real and funny. One of the main reasons that I am so thankful for exercise is that it makes me feel so good. Yes, it is exhausting at the time, but afterwards […]

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