Tag: traditions

Talking Turkey: The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Sides

Talking Turkey: The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Sides

Welcome to this year’s first installment of Talking Turkey!  Today, the sides are the star as I humbly present to you The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Sides!! Regardless of whether you are Team Turkey or Team Ham, the Thanksgiving sides are really where it’s at.  […]

How I Host 40+ People for Easter

How I Host 40+ People for Easter

If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be happily hosting 40+ people for Easter, I would’ve questioned your sanity.  However, for the last several years, that’s exactly what I’ve done! Since living here in Jacksonville for the past 15 years, we’ve had […]

Birthday Party Not Included

Birthday Party Not Included

Our youngest daughter turned 8 a few days ago.  And we didn’t throw her a birthday party. (Cue the shock and awe here!) Now, I’m pretty sure that by today’s parenting standards, we are big fat losers.  I mean, it seems like every time I […]

My Mother’s Hands

My Mother’s Hands

I can tell you just what my mother’s hands look like. I can tell you the shape of her fingernails, the length of her fingers as compared to my own.  The back of her hand is as familiar to me as, well, the back of […]

2018 – The Good Parts Version

2018 – The Good Parts Version

In an effort to not end the year in a total buzzkill of a hormonal funk (see previous post), I’ve decided that my last blog post for 2018 should be nothing but good stuff.  It’s time to shake off the grinchy green and feel a […]

5 Ways to Counteract the “Gimmes” with Gratitude this Advent

5 Ways to Counteract the “Gimmes” with Gratitude this Advent

To paraphrase the brilliant Jane Austen, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a modern child in possession of everything (s)he could possibly need, must be in want of more.” This is true whenever grandparents come to town, when their birthdays roll around, and most […]

Around the Table: Sharing a Post and an Announcement!

Around the Table: Sharing a Post and an Announcement!

You all know by now that my main love language is, in fact, food.  Right? Then you can probably imagine how happy it makes me to share the following good things with you! Sharing my Love of Meal Trains I realized the other day that […]

The Beauty of a Both-And Christmas

The Beauty of a Both-And Christmas

One of my favorite things about Christmas is how easy it is to combine FAITH and FUN. Honestly, at what other time of year can you BOTH praise God for the wonder of the Incarnation AND welcome a jolly fat man down your chimney?  Or […]

Bea’s Fresh Apple Cake

Bea’s Fresh Apple Cake

I never knew my great-grandmother, Bea.  Really, I never knew any of my great-grandparents.  All but two of them had passed away by the time I was born, and those two died while I was still a toddler.  My grandparents, on the other hand, I […]

The 4 Back-to-School Traditions Our Family Loves

The 4 Back-to-School Traditions Our Family Loves

Back-to-school season is upon us!  And the traditions we have built up around this time of year are some that our family loves the most. Of course, school starting again does mean an end to the lazy days of summer, but let’s be honest.  By […]