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Christmas crafts, Family Matters, Pinterest, Grace Based Parenting

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer” It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Let’s celebrate with some Christmas time crafts!  You can find even more wonderful ideas on our Family Fun-ness board on our Pinterest page!       […]

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09
Dec
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Grace Does Not Have A Nice List, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, Veggie Tales

{originally published in 2013} Recently, I sat down to watch a movie with my kids about the story of St. Nicholas (yes, it was a Veggie Tales movie, just stay with me). Long story short, here was a man (or cucumber as it were) from wealthy means who chose to bestow his benevolence on needy […]

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innkeeper, christmas, family matters, grace

  Christmas is ahead of us, and I feel like I need to speak out on a very important issue. It’s time for this “War on Christmas” to be over. No, I’m not talking about keeping Christ in Christmas, (or, if you will, keeping the X in Xmas.) It is time to stop despising the […]

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{originally published in 2012}   Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, a peculiar thing happens. In the secular world, advertisements for shopping deals become as numerous as political adds in an election year. We are told about this deal and that deal and how we need to “hurry in” before the sale ends. Crazy […]

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Elf on the Shelf, Grace Filled Elf on the Shelf, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Christmas

  Last year, a friend of mine chronicled the mischievous adventures of her family’s Elf on the Shelf on Facebook. Her darling girls giggled and grinned as they awoke each morning to find their elf watching a movie or taking a drive with Barbie in her pink Corvette.   The whole thing seemed pretty innocent […]

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Family Matters, Laura Petherbridge, Surviving Holidays, Christmas, Step Family

When I was a child Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my dad’s Italian family. For that special night my nana prepared an exceptional menu of meats, fish, pastas and pastries that would make angels salivate. My cousins, aunts and uncles, godparents and various other people filled the house with boisterous talking, bellowing laughter, […]

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27
Nov
2013
Thanksgiving, Christmas, holidays, celebrating, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  At this time of year there is a lot of well-meaning and rational commentary about giving Thanksgiving its due acknowledgement. About stopping to specifically focus on the bounty bestowed upon us even in the midst of challenges and trials. About honoring the original revelers who had so much for which to be grateful by […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

I’ve experienced more than 55 Christmases. You would think that by now I’d have given up the dream of my holidays turning out like a Normal Rockwell painting.   But I keep trying.   When I was a child, Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my Dad’s large Italian family. My Nana would cook […]

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12
Apr
2013
Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Darcy Kimmel, Disneyland, Minnie Mouse

One of the many cool things about being a grandparent is that you get to relive some of the more exciting parts of parenting. Tim and I recently took our two granddaughters to Disneyland for a few days. This was their Christmas gift from us and we decided to take them during their spring break. […]

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Family Matters Blog - Julie Masson

As I begin to write this post, I feel like I’m climbing out of a cave from below the earth, pushing open an old rickety door to feel the sunshine on my face. I’ve forgotten about the world out there! The world that I’m talking about is the wonderful world of social media. Last month […]

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