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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Every year when I bring out the Christmas books wrapped in fun paper, my kids touch and feel all the books, consult, and argue about which one is The Grinch. It’s always the favorite. Last night, they finally found it. Daddy read it aloud at bedtime, and I decided that today would be Grinch day.  I can’t wait for family fun night! To kick off the fun, I made Grinchy-Claus toast for lunch. Since I don’t love serving a lot of sugary stuff to my kids, I came up with a healthy meal that would be super festive and easy. I made toast with Dave’s Killer Bread, then cut it with my dress-up cookie cutters (no waste since baby James...

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Nativity Stories

I love Sundays in December for the time it gives me to reflect on the birth of God’s son and teach my children of his love. Do you have a special family tradition that helps you honor Jesus?  Please share your ideas! Below, I’m sharing my favorite Christmas books that teach the story of Christ’s birth.   The Story of Christmas This simple retelling of the Nativity begins with the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary and ends with why we celebrate Christmas today. It has colorful illustrations and heavy board-like pages. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection!   The First Christmas Night A fantastic lyrical introduction to the story of Christ’s birth, beginning with Jospeh and Mary,...

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Christmas Music

What brings the Christmas spirit into your heart and home? For me, it’s three things: service, stories, and songs. I love to play the piano and sing, but when we’re in the middle of chores and activities, Amazon music and Alexa help us out. TWhen the family is home, we opt for upbeat, fun tunes. But when I’m alone, I turn to inspiring Christmas music that lifts my soul and mind to a higher plane. Here are a few of my favorites: Gentri: Noel Gentri: Finding Christmas The 5 Browns: Kurt Bestor: The King’s Singers Cambridge Singers Pentatonix Josh Groban

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I Did It, I'm Sorry

Let's just say that I've had a rough mama week. I mean, a really rough mama week.I got a call from the school on Wednesday saying that my 5th-grader had been suspended and would face a disciplinary hearing and possible expulsion. Now, if you're wondering, he didn't possess drugs or bully anyone. But he did make an offhand, irresponsible remark about blowing up the school. Bad choice. If you can imagine how I've felt the last few days, you know I've questioned everything I do as a parent. And oh boy, we moms sure can be hard on ourselves. In the end, I've felt peace knowing I put my whole heart into parenting, and my children will walk their own...

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