Celebrate Jesus at Christmas | 15 Ideas to Try

Jesus can often get lost in the typical hustle & bustle of the holiday season. It may seem like an impossible task to truly celebrate Jesus at Christmas. But you can – it just takes some planning, some prayer, and some swimming upstream against the culture. Learning to celebrate Jesus at Christmas can replace some…


How to Make Gratitude a Habit

A few years ago, I wrote a short post about having a month of gratitude in November. While the ideas I shared are a great place to start, sometimes I think we need to push ourselves in the gratitude department! And I think that might be especially true this year. So let’s look at how…


Christmas Gifts for Kids

I debated with myself about putting together a list of Christmas gifts for kids – but I lost the debate. So, even though no children still live in my home with me, here is my list of ideas. But before I get to the actual list, I want to let you know how I decided…


How to Prepare for the Holidays

The holiday season – which in my mind runs from mid-October to January 1 – can bring out the best or the worst in all of us. In a typical year, this season brings feelings of anticipation, stress, excitement, joy, hope, exhaustion, or even depression. Most of you may routinely ask yourself how to prepare…


How to Encourage Reading at Home

You know your children need to read every day – their teachers have been telling you this for years. And you know that reading will help them to be successful in school, not to mention paving the way for a better future. You try to encourage reading at home. But the pushback! Whining. Complaining. Pouting….