Acceptable to Him

Confession time. I am, by nature, a very competitive person. This is good when it pushes me to accomplish a big hairy goal. But, it is bad when it prompts me to compare myself to a standard that isn’t what God would have for me. Whether in my mind or in reality, it’s all too […]

Gifts for $10 or Less (Frugal Friday)

Our Christmas gift buying has always been on a budget of some kind. With six kids and a large extended family, we could easily got hog wild if we didn’t pay attention to what we were buying. And often, we’ve set a $10 limit for friends and family. You’d be amazed at what you can […]

Get Wrapping with Free Printable Gift Tags

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a little stash of Christmas presents growing in my closet. And if I want to sleep at all on Christmas Eve, then I need to get wrapping. I am notorious for leaving it to the last minute, when really, there is no excuse. If you shop ahead, […]

5 Educational Gift Ideas for Children

Gift giving is a tricky thing. We want to bless our kids and buy them gifts they like, but we want to encourage healthy pursuits as well. Sometimes those two don’t always agree. But, I’m convinced that a good gift is good for the recipient, challenges the mind, and encourages the child. Gifts that Teach […]

Create Flip Books with Kodak Gallery

Remember this crazy trip? What a fun memory our family made together back in September. FishPapa doesn’t know it, but I’ve got this cool flip book waiting to go in his stocking at Christmas. I prepared it on the Kodak Gallery, such an easy place to make photo gifts. Wow! It took me awhile to […]

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 […]

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look?

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look? Some thoughts on what should drive our holiday celebrations and how not to feel guilty about the ones we miss.

Depending on when Thankgiving falls in the month of November, it’s just a matter of days before December — and the countdown to Christmas — begins. When I was a child this was all about the presents. Yes, yes, it was. I wasn’t a Christian then and while I knew it was “Jesus’ birthday,” that […]

Enough is as Good as a Feast

Photo Source One of my life’s mottos is borrowed from Ma Ingalls: Enough is as good as a feast. Since I’m an “all or nothing” kind girl, I can tend toward excess. So, if I’m planning a birthday celebration or a holiday feast, my mind goes leaps and bounds ahead of what is realistic. I […]