How to Cut Your Kids’ Stress Through the Holidays

How to Cut Your Kids’ Stress Through the Holidays

Christmas is a kid’s dream come true. They can’t wait for a vacation from school, visits with friends and family, toys and presents, and every kind of treat they can imagine. Yet for all the fun and excitement, the holidays can stress them out and wear them down. Here...
How to Keep Conflict Out of Christmas

How to Keep Conflict Out of Christmas

Christmas traditions run deep in our families. We carry childhood memories of family fun and closeness we want to hold onto forever. Like many couples, when Rob and I married we realized our hopes and expectations for the season were miles apart. We had to work for...
Growing Through Prayer – For Your Un-happy Holidays

Growing Through Prayer – For Your Un-happy Holidays

Lord, music on the radio insists “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Children believe they’d “better not pout, better not cry” or they’ll find coal in their stockings. Yet for many, this festive season can rub salt into the painful wounds of life. During the...
Growing Through Prayer – Filled Up for the Holidays

Growing Through Prayer – Filled Up for the Holidays

Lord, Thanksgiving left us full. Our home was full of our favorite people. Plates were full of delicious meals and desserts. Our hearts were full of gratitude for all you’ve done for our family. You filled us up to overflowing with your love.   Yet as we...
5 Ways Our Family Cuts the Sugar

5 Ways Our Family Cuts the Sugar

At our house here in chilly Michigan, we love to cozy it up with lots of baking, hot cider, and steamy coffee drinks. We’re a big family, so it’s one celebration after another with plenty of cake and ice cream. (We have five birthdays in November alone!) Hospitality...