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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 04, 2016 / Holidays

5 Meaningful Father's Day Gift Ideas

As a dad, I can tell you that the best and most meaningful gifts I’ve ever gotten from my kids weren’t bought in a store, they were given from the heart.  So here are some meaningful, heartfelt Father’s Day gift ideas.  First, give the gift of respect.  Make a top 10 list of reasons why you respect him.  Second, give the gift of time.  Create four cards with four things that you want to do with your dad in the...
Jun 11, 2015 / 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



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