December 31, 2018

What are your resolutions for the new year?

2018 statistics say that the top three most common resolutions were to eat healthier, to get more exercise, and to save more money.

These are all worthy goals to have, but I wonder if sometimes we overlook some other goals tha...

December 27, 2018

We've crafted a new tradition here at the Home: Pajama Party Fridays.

Every few weeks, we gather residents together into the activity room for a movie and popcorn.

The residents love this activity and really throw themselves into it.

One lady even took her toothbrush. "Yo...

December 24, 2018

Tomorrow is the culmination of weeks of preparation (and probably at least a hint of stress).

When I was a child, I waited breathlessly for the day when all the family would gather and spend an evening together, talking, laughing, playing games, and opening presents.


December 20, 2018

Last year, I told you the history of wassail. Most people don't make wassail anymore (and they are missing out, believe me!), but everyone has sampled hot chocolate, and it's history is just as interesting.

Hot chocolate started out cold, with cornmeal and chili peppers...

December 17, 2018

Sometimes I forget that my faith is simple enough that even the shepherds could comprehend it.

I add rules and standards to my faith that make it more complicated than it needs to be. These rules make me feel secure, like I'm really doing something to impress God with m...

December 13, 2018

One of my very favorite activities of the season is the annual trip to the East Peoria Festival of Lights. It's always fun to see the creative displays while licking your complimentary mini candy cane. When I was a kid, my grandparents took me and my siblings to see th...

December 10, 2018

They say that it's the most wonderful time of the year.

I've never been a snow-lover, particularly since I began driving. Snow equaled dangerous roads, and I'm not a fan of that.

However, there is something wonderful about a fresh layer of white stuff falling in pristin...

December 6, 2018

Everyone wants to find that perfect gift--the one that we are as eager to give as we hope they will be to receive. But sometimes it's hard to think of something that will excite the receiver--especially if you're like me and try to brainstorm gift ideas right after Tha...

December 3, 2018

One of my favorite Christmas carols is "O Holy Night." There's something almost majestic about the words, something regal about the melody. This one hymn can take me again and again to kneel before the manger and inspire awe in me.

But this carol's beginnings were not g...

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