Category Archives: The Parlor: Holidays

An Extravagant Life

  This has been an interesting season. Thought I’d share some thoughts from a few years ago with you here today, since I need to be simple as I’m working from my phone!! Last week I was online, chatting with … Continue reading

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Tired, Mom? An Inconvenient Truth about Christmas

The Sunday after Thanksgiving found my pastor reflecting on what a wonderful weekend his family had experienced. He talked about how relaxing it had been to stay home for several days, with no pressing commitments and no people clamoring for his attention. … Continue reading

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Christmas: A Time to Rest

**This article appeared Friday at HeartoftheMatterOnline. If you’d like, you can read it there! ** In our house, Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal. Like thousands of others, my table will groan under pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, … Continue reading

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How to Make Snow for Your Christmas Tree

This little extra for your Christmas tree is something I discovered years ago after reading about it in a Gooseberry Patch Christmas book. Apparently, it used to be very popular. Well, in my house, it is again. Here it is: Christmas tree snow! … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: What do Peace, Wisdom, and Work Have to Do With It?

My new article is up at Homemaker’s Challenge! Here’s a teaser … “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell … Continue reading

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How To Trim a Beautiful Christmas Tree

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. Has been since I was a very young girl. I think much of the reason is that it was the one time of the year we went to church, and I … Continue reading

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The Scandal of Thanksgiving: 1,000 Gifts

  In January I embarked on a mission: To write down 1,000 gifts by Thanksgiving. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s lovely, heartbreaking, beautiful book, lined pages of notebooks and decorated pages printed off the internet and invisible pages in cyberspace began to … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Gratefulness; a Review and Giveaway!

  Thanksgiving is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year.   It’s not just because it’s the day of my favorite meal of the year. (Why do I not make a turkey in July, I always wonder?) And it’s … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift {Part Two}

(Read An Unexpected Gift {Part One} here!) …A surprise snowstorm was headed toward Harrisburg, and expected to leave at least six inches in its wake. “No way,” I said, basically echoing most voices in the hall. “In October?” I awoke … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift {Part One}

(Humor me? This is a long story, so I’m breaking it up. The second half will appear tomorrow! Thank you for grace. *link is at the bottom of this page!*) The snow had been a gift. I remember when I … Continue reading

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