Christmas Music Program = Parental Shame

December always includes a Christmas Music Program for one or both of my kids.  It’s been that way for years, so you think I’d be used to it.

Last night, I sat there crocheting for a full 90 minutes for a K-12 program filled with Christmas cheer.

It was kind of disappointing.  There were no moments of parental shame.   There was not a single moment worthy of a funny video clip show.   It was just an endless stream of well dressed, well behaved school kids performing Christmas songs.  They were even (mostly) on key.

That’s a huge contrast.

I’m used to wishing the floor would open up and swallow me, right there in the audience.

I’m used to parental shame.

Christmas Music Program Shame. [Read more…]

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie

Growing up, my grandma’s pumpkin pie was legendary, at least in my mind.

She would bring it or a pecan pie to almost every social gathering for the fall and winter.  And people always seemed to rave over the pie and tell her how wonderful it was.  In the warmer months, she made apple or chocolate pies.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you if it was good or not.  I’m not a pumpkin pie eater.

But I do know her secret recipes. [Read more…]

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Three (more) gifts every mom needs

No matter what your Christmas budget is, there are a few gifts every mom needs (and can’t afford to do without!)

Last year, I shared one of my favorite Christmas posts of all time over a Mothering From Scratch as a MOMtor.  It was titled 3 Gifts Every Mom Can Give Herself.

You really should read the whole thing! In short, I suggested that you give yourself patience, perspective, and simplicity.  

(Those are still amazing gifts to give yourself.  They’re the perfect size and color and everything.)

This year, I’ve got three NEW gifts you should give yourself.   In my house, the very best gifts are the ones we pick out and give ourselves.  Before I order anything else pre-gift-wrapped from Amazon, I need to make sure I’ve given myself the very best gifts of all. [Read more…]

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The Story of Thomas

In a departure from my usual Sunday Thankful Thoughts post, I wanted to share a very special story – The Story of Thomas.

It’s the story of how miracles happen in the unlikeliest of places and in the most unexpected ways.

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The Super Secret Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This is the story of my grandmother’s super secret pumpkin pie recipe.

Growing up, our small southern church had a pot luck dinner EVERY Wednesday night (or so it seemed) in addition to the Sunday afternoon ones. Lots of times, my grandmother would bring her pumpkin pie.

My grandmother’s pumpkin pie was famous. [Read more…]

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Why I don’t bake baby Jesus cookies

I have a Nativity cookie cutter set.  I LOVE it.  Every time I see it in the drawer it makes me smile.  It brings back all the warm and happy holiday baking memories.  But I don’t bake baby Jesus cookies.

The set makes the whole nativity scene. It makes the whole scene including camels, wise men, sheep (very cute when frosted and then rolled in toasted coconut flakes), Joseph, Mary, angels, and baby Jesus.  It even has a cutter for making the walls of the creche.

When I first got the set, I made an elaborate set of nativity cookies using all the cutters (except the creche walls).  I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and very carefully decorated each one.

Baby Jesus got a crown of silver balls. Mary got a blue dress.  I made lots and lots of sheep for the family to eat.

Then reality struck. [Read more…]

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