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November 2017

Bringing Hanukkah Home

It was seven years ago that we celebrated our first Hanukkah as a family. That year, my kids were still small and we wanted to provide them a culturally rich, and possibly spiritually engaging experience. We didn’t have a clue. That year, Hanukkah was just about a week before Christmas, so we set up our tree and hung our ornaments and went and purchased a Menorah and some candles. I figured out the dates of the celebration, planned a menu featuring some of our favorites mixed with some of the, traditionally Jewish,0 foods…

The Sexual Abuse Witch Hunt Has Begun

For thousands of years, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and even forced prostitution, has been a taboo topic. Nobody talked about it. Few people even knew it was occurring. I remember vividly the first few people I told about this emerging issue, or perhaps a better way to say it is, this emerging topic, because the issue has always been. When I shared facts I'd read, people were horrified. They couldn't believe it was actually happening. Then we began to see more arrests (praise the Lord!), and then we saw the brilliant…

The Perfectionists Guide to Imperfect Entertaining

I have a confession. I’m a perfectionist. I am also a control freak, type A, overly sensitive, clean freak, people pleaser. This makes me both a great hostess, as well as a ball of hot stress. I simply love entertaining – or maybe just the idea of it. I love the way a dining room table looks when it’s all set with china and crystal and no stains on the linens from last year’s event. (not that that ever happens) I love entertaining so much, I spent years in event planning. I prided myself on creative, fun, spectacular…

Caring For Orphans When You Cannot Adopt

In honor of National Adoption Month, I welcome fellow blogger, Naomi Quick, from Living Out 127. Naomi is the author of Don’t Waste Your Wait: Embracing the Journey of Bringing Your Child Home, and she has spoken at a number of events and trainings for prospective and current adoptive and foster families. Naomi loves Jesus. She is married to her best friend, John. They have six amazing, beautiful kids, two of whom have been adopted from the foster care system. Naomi homeschools their tribe of world changers. She is a…
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