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Celebrate Easter As A Family

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Beginning in Holy Week, celebrate Easter as a family tradition. Giggles quickly turned into belly laughs as I crawled on all fours, the preschooler perched on my back. Older siblings emptied the coat closet and spread their jackets on the living room floor topped with palm branches cut from green construction paper. Palm Sunday is […]

Is There a Refresh Button for My Family?

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Family relationships are formative for our lives and community. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” A.A. Milne “Holidays with family is when we all get together, emotionally abuse one another, and have pie,” someone described. […]

How To Set Up A Healthy Home Office

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How do you set up a healthy home office for optimum productivity? Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it’s home to work we go. Whether working from home is customary for you, conducive for raising your family, or part of a pivot your industry made to work around extenuating circumstances – like a worldwide pandemic – here’s how to […]

6 Ways To Comfort The Bereaved

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How do we comfort the bereaved? In one form or another, loss happens to all of us. Even though grief is a common denominator, we can wonder how to help someone experiencing dark days. Years ago, within seven months, I lost two aunts, my mother, and my only child. Here are six ways I found […]

Oil Paint and Relationship Glue

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Relationship glue is crafted in the art studio of life. “What did she use this time?” The kind man who cleans my white carpets squats down to inspect the splashed rainbow of glue and paint. “Acrylic and oils.” I show him the finished masterpiece displayed on the easel above the carpet’s danger zone.  He nods […]

Move From Victim To An Abundant Life Today

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Do you rely on others to care for you and provide an abundant life? Like a character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, or Pride and Prejudice, do you anticipate that your emotional and physical needs will be met through relationship? Even when it is substandard, do you rely on parents or spouse for emotional, physical, and […]

How Big Is Our Solar System? Make an outdoor model.

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Looking up, it’s easy to see that the sky is vast. But just how expansive is hard to gauge. Do this activity to see how our size compares within the universe. What do you look like from Jupiter? What does an ant look like from the Mars? Materials To See How Big Is Our Universe […]

Did You Lose Your Faith In The Break-Up

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Your faith, did you lose it? When your happily ever after didn’t turn out as you imagined, when 2020 turned the world upside down, people want to know who they can count on. Is there a God and does he see me? Can I trust him? Is he worthy of my faith? These are questions […]

St. Patrick’s Day is All About Forgiveness

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St. Patrick’s Day, beyond the largest party in Savanna, fountain waters dyed emerald, the wearing of the green, shamrocks, and Guinness merchandise, is a timeless tale about forgiveness in the real life of St. Patrick. Patrick was a wild youth growing up in England when raiders invaded his hometown, destroyed homes and families, and kidnapped […]

When A Baby Dies

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I love to say her name, feeling the word on my tongue and hearing the sound. “Violet.” Moving into the fifth month of pregnancy, I was keenly aware that something had changed. There was no butterfly kick. No life-sustaining appetite. No more stretching of seams. The doctor searched for a heartbeat until the batteries in […]