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Ask for Nothing and Get Everything for Christmas

You see, if I ask them to get me nothing, I may truly get everything for Christmas. Here are three reasons this might be the very best thing I could do for my family this year. First, it gets the focus off of me. When it’s not about me getting something, it helps me to think more about giving something, which is the real spirit of Christmas. Second, it helps focus our family’s attention on what we already have and...
Nov 27, 2018 / Holidays

Thanksgiving Traditions

Maybe it’s watching the parade or football game on TV. Maybe it’s playing football or games in the backyard. That special dish you serve every year can be a great tradition as well.  Each family member sharing what they’re thankful for as you gather around the dinner table can be a very meaningful tradition.  Your tradition might even include inviting a family that’s less fortunate.  Think about it. What tradition...
Nov 22, 2018 / Holidays

Putting “Memorial” Back into Memorial Day

Since our nation first began fighting for independence in 1775, more than one million Americans have lost their lives serving our country.  To honor these fallen soldiers, Memorial Day was established.  This day was set aside to celebrate patriotism through parades, picnics, and plenty of food.  Unfortunately, Memorial Day in our culture has turned into just another 3 day weekend.  So here are some simple ways to...
May 24, 2018 / Holidays

How to Honor Your Mother on Mother’s Day

We should honor our moms every day. But since we “officially” get one day out of the year to recognize the woman who changed our diapers, wiped our noses, and came to all our games, let’s put a little extra effort into it. Here are 4 ways to honor your mom this Mother’s Day.  First, write her a handwritten letter. Thank her for how she provided for you and loved you through your best days, and your worst.  ...
May 02, 2018 / Holidays

How to Have a Simple but Memorable Valentine's Day

Make this Valentine’s Day count with your spouse by creating a fun, new memory together.  Here are 10 creative Valentine’s Day date ideas.  Number 1: Go for a canoe ride together.  Get away from the rest of the world and have an afternoon for just the two of you.  Number 2: Go on a scavenger hunt with your spouse…maybe it’s outdoors, maybe it’s at a mall.  Number 3: Recreate your first date, from the food you eat...
Feb 14, 2018 / Holidays

Black History Month: Valuable Character Lessons for Kids

How about Langston Hughes, Patricia Roberts Harris or Carter G. Woodson? February celebrates Black History Month, and now is a great time to share with your children about the significant contributions these, and other African Americans, have made to our country’s history and heritage. Take some time together this month to learn more about African American leaders in science, social reform, politics, sports and...
Feb 01, 2018 / Holidays

A Dream That Lives On

Today we remember the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. …a man of ministry, peace and vision.  He dreamed of equality between all races.  In 1963, Dr. King said, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  What’s your dream for your kids?  Is it your dream or theirs? Is it what’s best for...
Jan 15, 2018 / Holidays

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