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A Christmas Story in a Treasure Box

Today, day 4 of our family’s Five Favorite Christmas stories, I want to introduce you to a book our family has loved for many years. Mary’s Treasure Box, written by Carolyn Walz Kramlich and illustrated by Walter Porter, presents a different side of Mary the mother of Jesus, one we don’t often consider. In this…

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Christmas: A Story and a Memory

This is Day 3 of our family’s Five Favorite Christmas stories, and today’s read-aloud story is perfect for the young boy or girl in your life who is hoping for a puppy or a kitten (or rabbit, gerbil, parakeet, etc!) for Christmas. There just seems to be something a little magical about finding a puppy…

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A Simple Christmas: Our Favorite Stories

The stories of Christmas seem to have a way of drawing us into the season in a special way. No matter how many Christmas stories we have read (or how many Hallmark movies we have watched!), there is always room for one more. So as I continue to share our family’s Five Favorite Christmas stories,…

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Keeping Christmas Simple: Read-aloud Christmas Stories

The Christmas season is a time we enjoy the retelling of many of our favorite stories. Who hasn’t heard of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation after visits from the three Spirits of Christmas?  And young and old alike love the story of the Grinch and how his tiny heart grew three sizes bigger…

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Christmas Is in the Air

With the turn of the calendar page, we find ourselves in the month of December. In less than three weeks we will be celebrating Christmas-can you believe it? Even if the tree is not yet decorated and the gifts are not wrapped, Christmas has a way of moving gently into our hearts as we move…

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Simply Thankful: A Family Gratitude Journal

As we approach the coming holiday we call Thanksgiving, it seems harder than ever to embrace a spirit of thankfulness. Life has been complicated in 2020, with no end in sight. Financial burdens, health issues, family concerns, or just the endless challenges of every day life this year can cause gratitude to feel a million…

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Make ahead Marvels: Bran Muffins

Country living seems to bring with it a certain anticipation of relaxed gatherings that also include tasty food! Outdoor picnics involving BBQ chicken and fresh sweet corn bring out the “country” in all of us.  I love cooking and I love entertaining.  However, my kitchen is small, so I have to be creative when cooking…

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Saving Seeds, Saving Stories

Seeds have a story to tell. And their stories are often unique. A few gardening seasons ago, I purchased some vegetable seeds from the Iowa-based Seed Savers Exchange. Along with seeds grown on their own pro perty, the SSE has a network of seed-saving gardeners around the United States and the world for the purpose…

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Debbie Ashley
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Hello! I’m Debbie — Lover of Jesus, Pastor’s Wife, Mom, Encourager, Hobby Gardener and passionate about the simple pleasures of life.

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