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5 Educational Gift Ideas for Children

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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 […]

Keeping Christ in Christmas as a Public School Family

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– A post from LifeasMOM contributor, Jessie Leigh – One of the most difficult times of year for me, a Christian woman who chooses to send her children to public school, is Christmastime. While I understand the separation of church and state, it often feels like our school systems are taking this to the extreme. […]

Preparing for Advent: Where Will I Look?

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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 […]

5 Favorite Holiday Films

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Photo source Thanksgiving weekend is a great time for all sorts of family fun. Decorate cookies, trim the tree, cozy up with your peeps and pop in a holiday film. Stuck for inspiration? Try these: It’s a Wonderful Life is a true holiday classic. George Bailey thinks that his life has been all for nothing. […]

Enough is as Good as a Feast

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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 […]

10 Things to Do After Turkey Time

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The Thanksgiving meal takes hours of planning and preparation time, yet is seemingly consumed within 20 minutes. How can that be?! What do you do after the feast is over? Here are some suggestions for every man, woman, or child. 10 Things to Do After Turkey Time 1. Linger over the table and talk about […]

Keeping the Kids Table Happy

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Photo source I well remember those days of being relegated to the kids table at holiday events. I did not go quietly. (Sorry, Mom.) I was simply too hurried to grow up. And I balked at being considered small. It wasn’t until I was no longer “a kid” that I appreciated those moments of being […]

Meal Planning: Turkey Week

Thanksgiving Day is one of our favorite days of the year. We shift into relaxation mode around here. FishPapa has four days off work, so it’s like a mini-vacation for our family with multiple ways to spend those days. Relaxing Since we’re staying home this year, we’ll have a lazy morning of cinnamon rolls, fruit, […]