Frugal Friday: New Year Goals

Happy New Year! I love January 1. There’s just something invigorating about it. We get a fresh start! While 2009 was great in its own respects, I’m looking forward to growing and improving in 2010. This Frugal Friday is dedicated to any financial goal you might have. There’s safety in numbers. It always feels better to […]

Goal Setting: Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

That’s me – the list maker. Each year come the last week of December, I think about the past year and how life has changed and how my family and I have grown. And then I plan for the next one and try to anticipate how life will change and hope for how my family […]

He Came, He Saw, He Conquered: What a Merry Christmas!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the […]

Fun Family Gift for the Family of Boys

A couple years ago my sister gave each of the boys a Lego dart gun. It was one of the highlights of their Christmas morning. We cleared away a lot of debris, armed everyone and let the darts fly. What a fun family gift! A certain family of four boys will be enjoying these blasters […]

Last Minute Gift that Gives All Year Long

One of my most favorite gifts that my mother-in-law ever gave me was several years’ subscription to Fine Cooking. I have kept — and used — all the back issues over the years. They have proven to be an invaluable resource to me in the kitchen. A good magazine can do that —  help in […]

More Important than Your To-Do List

The following was originally written last December 21st. While my to-do list looks different this year, the sentiments still ring true. May your heart be centered on what really matters this Christmas. Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years […]

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 […]

Christmas For Those Who Grieve or Struggle

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My mother-in-law passed away a year ago today. Needless to say, it was a rough Christmas. And in many ways, it’s been a rough year. There are many precious memories to remember as well as many memories left unmade. The following was originally posted December 23, 2009. I offer it up as a reminder to […]