holiday blues

Goodbye Holiday Blues: 3 practical ways to stay mentally healthy during the holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Hmm, sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can definitely feel not so wonderful. The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year can pull and stretch even the best of us. Travel, parties, interesting family dynamics, school plays, finances, and more can magnify issues we can generally manage. Plus, when you add seasonal depression and health issues that can peak ahead during this time of the year, the demands of the holiday season can create so[...]

Getting Ready: 3 Practical ways to prepare your children for the New Year

As a busy wife and mom, preparing for the new year is serious business for me.  I intentionally make time to reflect, pray, and plan.  Then one day it hit me.  I was doing all this planning for me but I wasn't including those who matter most to me.  I was leaving out my fellas.  That's was when I knew I needed to do something different.  So a few years ago, we made the shift to start preparing our fellas for the New Year too. Here are three practical ways we help our fellas prepare for a new year. Wr[...]

Cherished Tradition

Each year I look forward to the day we are going to put up our Christmas tree. Out of everything we do to decorate and get ready for the Christmas season, I eagerly await the day we put up the tree. In many ways, I am worse than our fellas counting down the days until everyone will be home for us to begin. When I know we are just a couple of days away from putting up the tree, I begin preparations. Space, where the tree is placed, is clean. Well organized Christmas decoration containers are taken out of thei[...]