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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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What are you doing to celebrate Easter this year? What are you most looking forward to about your celebration this year?

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This year is a little bit of an off year for my husband, Steve, and me. Typically we use Easter as a time to invite people to church with us, and I love making a huge Easter feast for everyone to enjoy together afterward. It’s something I love doing – opening my home up, loving on people, and filling their bellies with a home-cooked meal. This year though, since it’s our first Easter in North Carolina, we probably won’t be doing that. There’s so much going on, that it will probably just be the two of us this year. We’ll go to Easter service like normal, and I’ll most likely still make a big feast but it will just be for the two of us. Although that’s kind of a sad notion in one sense, I do love that Steve and I will have plenty of time to think about, discuss, and savor what Easter is really about … our Savior’s death and resurrection that gives us hope, forgiveness, healing, and purpose. Perhaps a more low-key Easter is just what we need to make sure we are focusing on what this sacred holiday is really all about.

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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It’s always tough just picking one because this time of year is rich with traditions and memories attached to those traditions. Plus there’s the fact that there are traditions from growing up with each of our families as well as my husband’s and my own traditions. I think I’ll choose a tradition Steve and I have created together.

Since we are the ones traveling each year to see our families, we never get to be at our home for Christmas. Because we’re usually in the air or on the road, we decided not to tote our Christmas gifts for each other along for the ride. Instead, we started doing our own Christmas night before we take off each year. We make dinner, sip on cups of hot cider and cocoa, get our Christmas jammies on, and open up gifts side by side. It’s a sweet little night that we look forward to each year. Hopefully at some point we’ll get to enjoy Christmas in our own home, but for now, we enjoy this pre-Christmas night together.

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays because of the message of hope and freedom attached to it. Knowing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins but then defeated death through His resurrection giving us life, forgiveness, and the reconciliation to God that we could never have earned or deserved … so powerful! Easter is certainly a reason to celebrate and rejoice, and that we do!

Since Steve and I rarely get to be with our families during Easter, we love to take it as an opportunity to open up our home to others who can’t be with their families either. After attending Easter service at our church, I make a huge feast of ham, candied yams, egg noodles in ham broth, rolls, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and some yummy desserts, which is reminiscent of the feasts my mom made growing up. We bust out the china and crystal, like Steve grew up with his family doing, and we host a big afternoon of fellowship.

It always makes me think of the Last Supper, and how Jesus valued fellowship and relationships. I love getting to serve others and let them know they are loved. Holidays, like Easter, are a wonderful opportunity to reach out in love and kindness and open our hearts and homes.

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

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Tell us about one of your Christmas traditions…

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We have a lot of Christmas traditions, but I’ll just share with you one that’s really special to me personally. Steve and I alternate going to his parents and mine each Christmas, and this year we will be in Pennsylvania with mine. One of my favorite traditions with my family is a Christmas Eve candlelight service at my childhood church in our little hometown. We sing traditional hymns while the sanctuary is illuminated by a bunch of tiny flames that each of us holds in our hands, and there’s something so intimate and special about those precious moments. It’s kind of indescribable, but it feels like the very heart of Christmas fills the room.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

 

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How do you and your spouse incorporate both of your families into the holiday season?

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When Steve and I started dating we discussed how we would handle the holiday season with our families. My parents are still in Pennsylvania, and his family is up the in the Bay Area, so we wouldn’t have the convenience of just hopping from one house to the next for Thanksgiving or Christmas. So, we agreed to rotate those two holidays each year. For example, this year we did Thanksgiving with his parents, and Christmas will be back East with my parents. Next year will be the opposite.

It’s never easy for either of us to be away from our family of origin on these special days, but we wanted to be fair to one another and our families. Plus, we’ve both learned to enjoy the traditions of the other’s family despite them being pretty different from what we’re accustomed too. Marriage is about compromise, adjustments, and a good attitude, so that’s what we’ve tried to have in accommodating both of our families this time of year.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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What Easter traditions exist in your home?

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays. As a Christian, this is the time to celebrate the victory we have in Jesus. Easter is the heart of what we believe and why we believe it. One of the things I did with my family growing up and now with my husband to celebrate is go to Easter church services. There’s something about being in church remembering the sacrifice and victory of our Savior that moves me very deeply, which is why it’s a tradition that we will always keep.

Another fun thing my family started and my husband and I have continued is an Easter egg coloring contest. We definitely get creative in my family adhering things to our eggs and using whatever means we can to win. You see, my dad judges the eggs and picks his top 3. Even though I haven’t been home in years for Easter with my family, we still email pictures of our eggs to be judged. It’s a tradition that we have a lot of fun with.

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

 

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What are some of your and your spouse’s (or significant other) traditions for Christmas? Did you keep any of the traditions your family of origin had growing up? Where there any you couldn’t wait to get rid of? If you are single, what traditions do you hope to keep and get rid of?

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