Camping With Family: Enjoying Creation and Simple Living Together

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Photo credit Vlad and Marina Butsky Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I’m so excited because next week is our family’s first real camping trip!  We bought a big family-sized tent because, well, we have a big family.  And all my kids got to pick out their new sleeping bags.  The kids are really thrilled about the prospect of sleeping in a tent (although they would be just as happy if it were set up in the living room instead of a state park.)  I […]

Celebrate with Joy: Epiphany and Reflections on Transforming our Christmas Celebrations

I found this year to be one of our most meaningful Christmas seasons so far. It has been such a blessing to begin implementing even a few new things into the way that we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Here are some of the things that we did this year: Daily Advent devotions through the month of December (we learned about the many names of Jesus) Made a “Names of Jesus” Garland with Abbie and Caden Made shortbread cookies cut into shapes and symbols […]

We Are So Rich

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**I’ve returned from a much needed week-long computer break and I’m glad to be back! We had a very blessed Christmas, rejoicing in our Savior’s birth and enjoying special times with family. I’ll post just a little bit this week and then be more back to normal posting by next week. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday as well!** It’s easy to complain about what we don’t have isn’t it? I often find that in the fall and winter, as the stores […]

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas, as you celebrate the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To Christ be all the glory this Christmas season. What a great Savior we serve!

Almost-Christmas Ramblings

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Just a few thoughts as I prepare to take a little time for celebration, relaxation and meditation this next week: 1) The picture you see above is Johanna’s birth announcement. It may make some of you feel oddly comforted to know that I picked them up last week. Yes, she’s 4 months old. I figured it was high time we let people know we had a baby! Just kidding. I’m pretty sure they know. But still, it would be nice to actually get her photo […]

Celebrate with Joy: Week 2

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Image by ishane It’s Week 2 of making this holiday season more meaningful using the book Celebrate with Joy! How are your Advent activities going? We’ve been enjoying our special devotions (or “learning about Jesus’ names”, as my daughter says) so much. We’ve almost finished making our Names of Jesus garland, and it’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished. Each day we’ve been able to spend 10 minutes or so doing our Advent devotion, reading a scripture, doing a simple object lesson and then […]

Get More Organized This Holiday Season: ListPlanIt Review and Giveaway

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I’ve always been a list maker. I make lists of what needs to be done in the day, what food is in the fridge that needs to be used up, what meals I’m going to make, what to pack for a trip, what gifts to buy, what errands to run and what order to do them in, what blog posts I want to write, and what I’m going to wear each day (okay, so that last one isn’t true, but the other ones all are). […]

Healthy Holiday Eats and Sweets Carnival

It’s time to share all of our favorite, tried-and-true recipes! You know, the ones that you can’t really imagine not having at your holiday table and that just taste like Christmas to you. Traditions are such an important part of how we celebrate holidays, and traditions involve all of the senses- including our smell and taste. Establishing food traditions, alongside our other relationally and spiritually significant traditions, helps to ingrain both the special times spent with loved ones as well as the rich meaning of […]