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Gift Giving

I find pleasure in the giving of gifts, whether at Christmas, for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or for any occasion. However, with our family of eight married adults, 10 grandchildren, extended family members, long-time friends, and colleagues, my yearly gift list can number above 40 recipients. So finding creative, memorable gift ideas is becoming more important than a Continue »

Adore Hymns

by Tracy Lane Instead of waving both hands in a conductor’s rhythmic flourish, he stood tall and proud and still. Despite his stillness, his warm demeanor and wide grin directed the churchgoers’ voices in heavenward worship. Shoulder to shoulder they bellowed and swayed to familiar seasonal hymns, song numbers he’d carefully chosen and scribbled on Continue »

His Royal Names

by Tracy Lane “I’m not made to be a mom,” I huffed, tripping over a muddled mess of dress up clothes that cluttered my daughter’s floor. Luckily a growing tower of clean clothes waiting to be hung padded the corner of her dresser and broke my fall. In her rush to check, “Mommy, you okay?” Continue »

4 Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress

What are you feeling as you anticipate the next few weeks leading up to Christmas? Excitement, dread, panic, fear, joy? We are unique individuals and each of our situations is different. However, I imagine that for most of us, overwhelmed or stressed might be common feelings. There are gifts to purchase, neighborhood treats, extra cooking, Continue »