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Don't Leave Christmas
Holidays

Don’t Leave Christmas

It’s the week before the birth of Christ and life is the same. Merchants peddle their goods. Women sweep the floors of their homes and prepare meals. Priests

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Grief & Loss

Reflections

Well, single mom, it’s that time of year…CHRISTMAS. Everywhere you look you see festive lights twinkling in the night, Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells, and TV commercials

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Holiday traditions
Emotional Wellness

Holiday Traditions

As a single mom, the most uncertain time for me was always the holidays. Sometimes I had my boys; other times I didn’t. Sometimes plans had to change

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Family Sayings
Emotional Wellness

Family Sayings

Many of us spent the Thanksgiving holiday with family—with relatives we knew well, or distant members. Whatever the circumstance, I’m sure we all have some interesting characters who

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Building Character

My First Thanksgiving as a Single Mom

I’ll never forget the Thanksgiving at my house on 803 Glenn Drive, Euless, Texas. (And that is pronounced – YOUless, Texas – not USEless, Texas.) Indeed the lessons

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Holidays

‘Twas Almost Christmas

’Twas almost Christmas when all through the house Sat my dogs and my cat… minus a spouse. The tree was decked out with tinsel and glee, In hopes

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Holidays

A Gift for Jesus

Family traditions abound during Christmas festivities. Inside every woman resides a desire to pass on customs to her children and leave a legacy. We envision the “perfect” holiday

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Emotions

On the Road to Emmaus

When I get to heaven, I am hunting down Cleopas. I have some questions for him. He was one of the two disciples who met Jesus right after

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Holidays

This Easter is Different

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this has the potential to be the most amazing resurrection Sunday we’ve celebrated in our lifetime. It’s not

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