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A Father’s Legacy: Father’s Day with My Dad

Webster’s Dictionary says a legacy is “something handed down from one who has gone before.”  Fathers, we will eventually be that “one who has gone before”—we will leave a legacy…good or bad and how we live will influence our children and descendants for generations. Sure what you say to your kids is important, but what they see in you is equally important. So be a man of character, conviction, and passion. As...
Jun 10, 2014 / Holidays

A Plan for Family Fun for Mother’s Day

My family loves a good laugh—and we got much more than that when we went to see the new movie, Moms’ Night Out.  The movie does a fantastic job showing the ups and downs of parenting, and the love that comes with being part of a family.  So go see it with your family, your spouse, or even some other moms to make it a real, “Moms’ Night Out!”  On top of that, our sister program iMOM is giving out some great prizes...
May 02, 2014 / Holidays

Gift Gratitude

Sound familiar? For many of us, it’s easier to give than to receive. We just aren’t comfortable accepting gifts or gestures of appreciation. So, to deflect the attention, we say things like, “You didn’t have to do that…” or “You shouldn’t have spent so much money on me.” And even though our intentions might be humble ones, our actions belittle the generosity of the giver. So the next time you’re on the receiving...
Dec 27, 2013 / Holidays

Serving Those Who Serve

When you care for a military family, and include them in your holiday plans, that’s one way to serve your country. Sharing your holiday meal with a military family who has someone overseas would be a blessing… for both the family and their deployed soldier. Or consider hosting a single soldier who’s based at a military installation near you… someone who may be lonely, and a long way from home.  Remember the...
Dec 26, 2013 / Holidays

One Solitary Life

Born in an obscure village to a peasant woman. He worked as a carpenter until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.  He never wrote a book or held office.  He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. While still a young man, popular opinion turned against him… he was nailed to a cross, died, but rose again. Twenty centuries later, he is still the central figure for much...
Dec 25, 2013 / Holidays

The Perfect Holiday

The gifts have to be wrapped just so. The decorations have to be hung on the tree like this. The Christmas cookies must have this color icing. Sound familiar? The holidays can bring on a lot of extra pressure – if you let them. To avoid that intensity, be flexible. If traditions turn out a little differently this year, it’s ok. If the kids don’t hang the ornaments on the tree just right…let it go. And the cookies...
Dec 20, 2013 / Holidays

A Christmas Light Tradition

The glittering displays of Christmas lights bring out the kid in all of us.  This year, make taking in the lights a family adventure.  Map out a list of decorated houses you want to see, put together some snacks, and then pile everyone in the car one evening and take a drive to see all the Christmas lights.  Take your time, drive slowly. Talk about which house you like best.  Pause to take some family pictures. ...
Dec 19, 2013 / Holidays



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