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The Week Between

I’ve always thought the week between Christmas and New Years day was equally wonderful and weird. A busy month of endless celebration followed by a dead stop!  When the family lives spread apart all over the USA we sometimes don’t even get to celebrate Christmas with part of our family until afterwards. We find ourselves… Continue reading The Week Between

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White Linens and French Bread

I asked my daughter, Rachel Maucieri (Rachel Lyn Photography) if she would  write me a short story for my gift this year. She did and read it to me for Christmas.  One of my best gifts ever- actually a 'passing out gift!'  I wanted to share her piece with you today, featuring her as my… Continue reading White Linens and French Bread

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Messing with my Stuff?

Christmas Day was the only time of the year we had both of our grandmas in our home at the same time.  It was always a scene!  They didn't have any use for each other.  These were both good Christian women, but the years of sharing us had not worn well on them. They both… Continue reading Messing with my Stuff?

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Just One More Thing

The eve of Christmas eve!  I just heard the news report that any gifts bought today will not make it in time for Christmas morning.  That was quite a sobering final reality to wake up to.  I've been finished shopping for weeks and now, all of a sudden, when I heard that I felt a… Continue reading Just One More Thing

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That’s When Jesus Shows Up

In the beginning, when the world was without form and was void…That’s when Jesus showed up.   John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” He is always there to meet our needs. From the very beginning he… Continue reading That’s When Jesus Shows Up

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Fireplace

The Christmas night I got engaged was a magical memory- almost a dream. My flight didn’t arrive in Louisville until midnight so when we got to his home the room was dark and silent, except for the crackle of the embers fully fueled in the hugest fireplace I’d ever seen in a house. It was… Continue reading Fireplace

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The Passing Out Gift

Christmas is a time that stirs memories, good and bad, happy and sad. We all have our favorite Christmas movies, songs, traditions, stories, memories, and deep feelings connected to this season. We, as mothers, desire to build precious memories for our children that they will always link to the years they spent growing up in… Continue reading The Passing Out Gift

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I’m Saying Merry Christmas!

Our pastor, my husband Bill, is taking us through a study of the book of John. It is blessing my socks off. We are in the middle of chapter 3. The passage begins with the most well known verse in the Bible – John 3:16.16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten… Continue reading I’m Saying Merry Christmas!

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BONGER

I shared this story with a group a few years back and someone said, “I was so thankful you explained that word because it sounds like something to do with drug paraphernalia. I laughed but refused to stop using this innocent word my dad coined many years ago. He thought of it first!! It’s his… Continue reading BONGER

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The Wonder Years

A heads up before you delve into this blog, it is really long today. This year we finally took all of our home movies from the past 30 years to have them put onto DVDs so we can actually watch these precious moments that we lived so long ago. I’m very excited to watch them… Continue reading The Wonder Years