10 Easy Ways to Give to Others

Photo source I watched a newsclip last week about Oprah’s Favorite Things segment of her television program. I’ve never watched the Oprah show, but evidently, once a year, O gives a ton of stuff to everyone present. The segment topic is always a surprise and the show’s audience doesn’t know until it starts that they’ll […]

Offering Holiday Support to Unemployed Loved Ones

Photo Source – The following is a guest post from Robbie – Two years ago was the worst Christmas of my life. There are few things more humbling than the realization that your kids likely wouldn’t have much, if anything, under the tree from you. Or that the traditions of holidays past went the way […]

Compassion Sunday

About a year ago, our family began sponsoring a child who lives in poverty. Joseph lives in Peru. He regularly sends us drawings and letters, sharing his prayer requests and telling us about his life. It’s a different life than my children live. And it’s good for us to know him. And it’s even better […]

Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]

The 30-Day Giving Challenge

So yes, a week of November is gone – I’ve been stuck in my freezer – but it’s never too late to start giving. Alyssa at Keeping the Kingdom First has a great challenge going to encourage others to give. Check out the details here. The kids and I are reading, Obliged to Go, a […]

7 Creative Uses for School Supplies

Now is the season to pick up some great deals on school and office supplies. Places like CVS and Staples have been practically giving stuff away for free! And as usually happens as soon as the red, white, and blue are done, Target and Walmart have stocked the school items and it’s time to move […]

Not So Random Acts…

I’ll never forget the day my neighbor Wendy showed up at the door with a lasagna and garlic bread. It was no special occasion. No new baby from the hospital. It was no trying or tragic time. There was no obvious need that she was filling. She just wanted to do it, she said. We […]