Category: Holidays

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast
Last Friday, I left work around noon and headed out of town to spend the weekend writing my novel at a 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast. I love restored old houses. This one, however, could use some TLC; wood flooring in need of refinishing, threadbare carpets, dilapidated and non-functional windows, peeling ceiling paint,... Read more »

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season
The word of the day is “overwhelmed.” Let’s say it together: Overwhelmed. That’s me. That’s the state of mind I’ve been in for the last couple of weeks; since Thanksgiving, anyway. Up until then, I was doing OK. Even hosting the big day wasn’t a big deal. Since then, we’ve replaced 18-year-old appliances, a tattered... Read more »

Christmas has nothing to do with a Starbucks red cup

Christmas has nothing to do with a Starbucks red cup
Today, as a trolled – ahem – I mean scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I started to see some of my Christian friend’s posts about a red Starbucks coffee cup controversy. My response was very literally, “Huh?” I took a bit of a hiatus from social media this past weekend; I had to have missed... Read more »
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The greatest Christmas gift ever, even for atheists

The greatest Christmas gift ever, even for atheists
What is the greatest Christmas gift ever? Well, of course, the answer is Jesus. The gift of hope, of life, of light and of salvation are the very best of the best. Although Jesus is a tangible gift for many of us, for many others, Jesus isn’t as tangible. For atheists, He isn’t a gift... Read more »

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program
One of my most favorite times of year is Christmastime. I love the songs, the TV specials, the family time, the presents, the good cheer, the parties…yes, I love Christmas. Most of all, I love that we are celebrating our Savior’s birthday – best birthday party EVER! As my regular readers know, I walked through... Read more »

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Homemade Chex mix in 15 minutes

The rotten pumpkin that turned this into a Chex Mix post rather than a pumpkin puree post.
As a Thanksgiving hostess for at least 15 of the last 20 years, I decided to share my wisdom in this series of posts called 12 Days of Thanksgiving. This is post #3 and we’ll be making Chex Mix! Some of you are saying, “Wait a minute! This post was supposed to be about pumpkin... Read more »
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12 Days of Thanksgiving: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Homemade Cranberry Sauce
This post is #2 of a series I’m writing called the 12 Days of Thanksgiving. Click that link to find the rest of the posts. Because I’ve hosted Thanksgiving for at least 15 out of the last 20 years, I’m really good at it. How do I know? When the food is served and the... Read more »

5 reasons why you should not have personal fireworks displays for the 4th of July

5 reasons why you should not have personal fireworks displays for the 4th of July
Please don’t have personal fireworks displays this year. I can hear it now, “What?!?” “Mind your own business!” “I’ve got this – I’ve done this for years and no one’s ever gotten hurt.”  And other comments I won’t post, but know are coming. I have 5 very good reasons why you should refrain from having... Read more »

A letter to my dad for Father's Day

A letter to my dad for Father's Day
Since I wrote a blog post on Mother’s Day, I thought I should also do something for Father’s Day. I am writing this blog post to honor my dad for Father’s Day, 2014. I hope you find a way to honor your dad this year, too. Dear Dad, I’ve never been great about sending cards,... Read more »
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Why Mother's Day isn't always happy

Why Mother's Day isn't always happy
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate your mom and/or being a mom.  For some of us, though, Mother’s Day isn’t always happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating the amazing women that are called “mom.” It’s just that for some of us, Mother’s Day is also a reminder of what’s NOT... Read more »