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Jesus In The Manger Christmas Cookie

The idea for this humble little manger Christmas cookie began last December when I was helping my girls and a few friends make reindeer cookies. The peanut butter kind with pretzel antlers and red M&M noses. Those reindeer were fun. Everyone loved making and eating them. But they weren’t really Christmas cookies. So my mind started […]

An Advent Countdown Tradition {with Free Printables}

  No denying it, receiving gifts is fun! We enjoy giving our kids gifts and watching the delight they have in receiving them. But we don’t want receiving gifts to be the greatest focus of the Advent Season. Because we want our kids to learn to be gracious givers, we started a new Christmas tradition a […]

Are You Cultivating Compassion in a Selfish World?

  Our culture is full of causes. That’s not necessarily bad. Someone identifies a need and wants to do something about it. They develop a plan and rally support. People become aware of needs they didn’t know existed and choose to be part of the solution. Much good is accomplished this way. But it’s easy to get tunnel vision and […]

How Kids Can Change the World

  One of the boys recently pulled a Samaritan’s Purse envelope out of the trash and asked, “Mom, who are those people?” I could have told him to leave the trash alone. But, he doesn’t normally pull things out of the garbage, so I looked. “I don’t know. Let’s open it and find out.” We read about […]

The Only Way to Parent With Confidence

Until our first-born arrived, none of us had ever parented before. It all feels like an experiment with a lot of uncertainties. What makes it possible to parent with confidence?   Most of us would say that we love being a parent . . . at least some of the time, right? But being a parent (noun) […]