Archive for the 'Holidays' Category

The Worst Christmas Ever, Part 5

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Christmas is a big deal at our house. We grew up in Christian homes, where Christmas was celebrated in a family-oriented, Christ-honoring way. We love the holidays. I try to shop all year, watching out for deals on the things I knew our children would love. Even the times I was on pregnancy bedrest, I…
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Planning A Christ-Centered Thanksgiving

Monday, November 17th, 2014

  Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! It’s one of the least commercialized and mangled holidays of our culture. Even the name points people toward the God who gives good gifts. It’s fascinating talking about Thanksgiving with our children. The Pilgrims were really people a lot like us: they were principled Christians who were…
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Celebrate Presidents Day
With Men of Great Character–Free!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Here’s a neat resource you can download for free and share with your sons in honor of Presidents Day — examples from the lives of great men who have led our country! Several years before he became our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt and his friend Henry Cabot Lodge wrote a collection of stories to teach…
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Semper Reformanda

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The U.S. Marine Corps has a slogan – Semper Fidelis, “Always Faithful.” More often, people shorten it to “Semper Fi.” In the church, there is a slightly different slogan: Semper Reformanda, which is short for Ecclesia semper reformanda est, “The Church Is Always To Be Reformed.” Why the lesson in military and ecclesiastical Latin? Because…
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Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Won’t you join us tomorrow in celebrating the glorious heritage of liberty in our country? Click here for our free guide to Independence Day Celebrations!

A New Tradition for New Year’s

Monday, December 31st, 2012

When we think about New Year’s, what comes to mind? Glitzy parties, fireworks, watching the ball drop, Auld Lang Syne, or perhaps if you love classical music, the Vienna Philharmonic playing The Redetsky March. Oh, and resolutions. I always liked the idea of starting new when I was younger, but I had an appallingly bad record…
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Why Veterans Day?

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Did you know today was Veterans Day? The day we set aside to remember and thank all those who’ve served our country in the Armed Forces. It’s those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that keep our country safe. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th? It’s because on the 11th…
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Reformation Day: A Celebration of Heroism for 445 Years!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Are you as surprised as we were to find out that Reformation Day has been celebrated as a holiday in the church since at least 1567? We were delighted to find out that rather than sanitizing a holiday that celebrated death, our enemy, we could enjoy a holiday to remember true heroism — a man…
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Purposeful Planning: A Review

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

I think most of us get reflective this time of year. A lot of us make resolutions with good intentions. A lot fewer do it with a real sense of purpose, aiming not only to resolve but to actually set things in place to make it happen. About sixteen years ago, Phyllis Sather’s husband came to…
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Has It Come to This?

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

“We’d like for you to sing traditional carols at the Tree Lighting.” “Wonderful, that is just what we love to do.” Our homeschool history club advisor was glad when the organizers of our town’s tree lighting ceremony finally called. It was someone different this year and we needed to know how long they wanted us…
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