Unexpected Joy — Family

Why are we here??

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Why are we here??

Joy. According to the dictionary, joy Is “a great feeling of pleasure and happiness, a desire to rejoice.” I feel, deep in my heart, that we are all on this planet so that we might have joy. I can tell you right off that the two things that bring the most joy to my life are my family and my faith. That encompasses a lot of territory.But there are also small moments in our days and lives that can still be considered joy. For instance, I remember a Sunday a few years ago. Most of our family had met for dinner....

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Traditions = Memories

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Traditions = Memories

Traditions = Memories It's true in most ways that "you can't take it with you," but I'd like to think that our memories are something that will stay with us forever.  As parents and grandparents, what an opportunity we have to create memories that tie us together for generations! I am blessed to have wonderful memories of Christmases when I was growing up.  I'm extremely grateful to have grown up in a home where family was the everything.  And, well, Christmas was right up there with it.  My parents loved Christmas and provided us with traditions that now live on...

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Sneak Treats

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Sneak Treats

When our kids were quite young we started a tradition of doing the 12 days of Christmas for someone.  Sometimes it was good friends and sometimes it was a family that we thought might need some cheering up.  Each night for the 12 nights leading up to Christmas we would drop off some kind of a treat, or a decoration, or some item we thought would be useful to them.  These became known as "sneak treats" as we would try very hard to not get caught.  If we thought they were starting to suspect us, we would go to great lengths to...

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WAIT! STOP!

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WAIT! STOP!

Wait! Stop! I have to tell myself this more and more.  This ride called life keeps speeding up!  And it kicks into overdrive with the holidays.  My kids are growing up TOO fast and I don't want to miss it.  I don't want to miss the rest of life as well.  (And I don't want my kids to think that when you are a grown up holidays are just one big grumpy stress.)   So I'm sharing my reminder with you.   Pause as the crazy month starts.  Breath for a second and ask yourself a couple of questions.  Am...

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Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving Traditions

I’ve had this little Hallmark Thanksgiving sign for probably 25 years or more. It’s still one of my favorite decorations. Whether you have a house full of guests or you are celebrating Thanksgiving with one person close to you, it’s nice to make the day special with favorite traditions! Here are five of ours: 1- When our children were quite young, we would have our own little Thanksgiving feast a few days before we met with extended family. Each of us had an assignment for the meal, from helping mom or dad with a side dish or dessert to folding...

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