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Cure for the holidays

Getting nervous about the holidays?  Family and in-laws stress you out?  Watch this video for a solution to your family gatherings this holiday season.

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Holiday Christmas Card Tips

This is the season for holiday cards and it also seems to be season for stressing out over holiday cards and that perfect family portrait. When I owned a retail store I was always amazed at the way my customers would stress themselves out needlessly for something that should really bring joy to everyone involved—the giver and the receiver.

With that in mind I would like to offer my Holiday Christmas Card Tips as an early Christmas present to you.

Don’t cut the holiday card from your budget.  So often people say, “Money is tight this year so we aren’t sending out cards.”  Well, money may very well be tight but a holiday card costs less than even the cheapest Christmas present, so why not drop the gifts and send the card?  There are holiday cards and offers to fit every budget, including post cards. You can even print your own! I’d rather see you cut your Christmas Card list than the card itself. I look forward to many of our friends annual Christmas Card. I much prefer receiving a Christmas Card than a gift basket of candy, food and condiments that we don’t ever seem to finish and that clutter up my counters and pantry.

Merry Memories by Shutterfly
Family Story by Shutterfly

Always go for a photo holiday card. Those are the ones people look forward to receiving, save and of course treasure.  Especially if they don’t see you often.  Photo cards aren’t just for kids (or people with kids), so make sure you are in it too!

Classic Red Square by Shutterfly

Don’t stress out over the perfect photo.  Feel free to use a collage of photos. It takes the pressure off. Go through the pictures you have taken over the year and use some of them.  It is more representative of who you are and your actual memories throughout the year and will give your card a more personal feel.

Mod Lime by Shutterfly

Skip the Traditional Holiday Letter or combine excerpts  with your holiday card. The truth is that few people can  pull it off successfully. You know who I’m talking about, don’t you?  So why not include sentiments about your family with your holiday card?  It will make it much more personable and due to the space available ensure that you don’t fall prey to coming across as bragging.  Besides, no one really wants to read a 2 page letter about your family, unless they are your parents or grand parents.

Christmas Letter by Shutterfly

 And finally, no matter how your year went: Don’t forget to be Merry!  This is the season spread joy (not grief) and be thankful for your blessings. No matter what happened to you this year, there is someone who has it worse off than you.  So be happy.

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Baby Sister’s Dedication

I wanted to share pictures from our daughter’s Baby Dedication.  It was an amazing day with family & friends. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day or way to celebrate our daughter’s adoption and arrival into our family.

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Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Big Daddy and I like to go to date nights at the Book Store…I usually get dinner and dessert first.  On one of our weekly trips I bought this book but forgot about it until last night.  As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down…and yet I didn’t want it to end.

Have you ever read a book like that?

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens was a fantastic page turner of a read! I highly recommend it if you like suspense. It is disturbing since it has to do with the rape and abduction of the main character…but I must admit I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than 24 hours.  There were so many facets to each of the characters and the plot line was unexpected.  I cannot believe this was her first novel. It was intense.

I cannot write too much about it without giving everything away so I will just say again, BUY IT and READ IT.  

Have you read any good books lately?

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Baby Dedication

Our youngest daughter will be dedicated next weekend.  This is the gown she will wear.  Each of our girls have their own gown that I hope their future daughters and grand daughters will wear for their dedications.
The concept of dedicating a child was not one that many of our friends & neighbors were familiar with.  Because of that I printed an explanation on the back of the invitation to explain what it was that we were asking them to witness and participate in.
Children are special and amazing gifts from God. As believers, we must recognize that children belong first and foremost to God our Father, which means parents have the awesome responsibility of caring for His children.

At (our church),  parents dedicate their children back to God and commit themselves to raising their children in His ways before friends, relatives and church family.

Your attendance is an important part of this public promise before God.

Perhaps because I didn’t grow up with many family traditions, I feel a need to pass some along to my children.  What could be a more important tradition than one woven with faith and opportunity for eternal life?

 Is your faith the foundation of your family traditions?  If so, how do you weave your faith into your family traditions?

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