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And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

I’m so grateful to those of you who participated in the Christmas Give Away. You shared wonderful gift ideas, and I have already used some of them. Thank you all! It’s such a joy to announce my writing friend, Cindy Jolly has won the gift! I chose this darling pair of “Anika Earrings- Wings” from New Creation as the prize. These earrings are a fair trade item from India. I so hope you enjoy them, Cindy. Thank you for participating! If anyone…

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5 Fabulous Holiday Gift Ideas!

5 Fabulous Holiday Gift Ideas!

Merry Christmas! This season is in full swing, and if you haven’t been in shopping mode yet it might just be time to dive in. Gift ideas are incredibly helpful, so thought I’d share some of my fav’s! There’s nothing like shopping in small businesses! If we’re going to spend money, let’s spend in ways to benefit a friend or a wonderful cause. The first suggestion is for locals of the Shenandoah Valley, but for those of you who are not in the…

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Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Don’t you just LOVE a Christmas Gift Guide?! Tune in this Monday, December 4th. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite gift ideas for this season, and would LOVE to hear some of yours. Oh, and there might just be a little GIVE AWAY… See you Monday! =)

The BEST Parts of Thanksgiving!

The BEST Parts of Thanksgiving!

We made it friends! It’s DAY 23 of the #thankfultoday Series! Happy Thanksgiving to all! There is much to be thankful for today, and here are just a few that come to mind. It would warm my heart to pieces to hear the things YOU are thankful for today! ~being together with my man and kiddos ~spending all day with family, new friends, relatives, and the dog (shout out to Jovie!) ~the huge Christmas tree my parents already put up…

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Double the Celebration!

Double the Celebration!

Last week my younger brother and his wife visited us for the weekend. We LOVE having guests, and are over-joyed anytime family wants to come. It’s always a lot of fun when Uncle Johnny and Aunt Elizabeth are around. Today is John Mark’s birthday, which he shares with our sister-in-law, Trisha. Birthday Buddies! Some years their birthday falls on Thanksgiving, which is completely appropriate. I can’t think of two more deserving people to celebrate on a day centered around gratefulness. Trisha…

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An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

A few weeks ago Chuck’s brother Mark drove all the way up from GA to see us unexpectedly. He was about to head overseas for a year, and we were over-joyed at the chance to spend a few hours with him. The kids were SO excited! As you can see in the picture, they wanted to be around Uncle Mark no matter what he was doing- even if it was just paperwork. His presence in our home meant so much…

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How To have God’s Perspective on Brain Cancer

How To have God’s Perspective on Brain Cancer

Cindy Jolly is the final classmate of mine from Write Brilliant Academy to guest post for our #thankfultoday series. After teaching elementary school for 30 years, her husband begged her to retire – so she did, and is thrilled to no longer be bolting out the door in the dark! She loves to try new recipes, sew when she’s in the mood, and feed her new obsession with Masterpiece Theater. She is married to her best friend. They have 2 beautiful daughters, 2 wonderful sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and another on the way. She’s very new to…

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How God Led us to GCC

How God Led us to GCC

Years ago, I visited Grace Covenant Church with Chuck’s family during a weekend get-away. Ironically, Chuck was not with us that day. All I remember about my experience there is that it was raining hard, and the Church seemed to live in FREEDOM. I was very drawn to that. Fast Forward to this past July. Chuck and I were planning on moving to the area and wanted to get involved with a Church. I asked Chuck’s Mom (who grew up in the area)…

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The Biggest YES of Her Life

The Biggest YES of Her Life

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my great friend, Tara Chapman! She’s been married to a basketball coach for 17 years, and they have two teenagers. When she’s not working on the house or blogging about the house (Pennies From Heaven Home), you can find her reading, watching TV, taking walks through the village, or driving the kids to endless games and practices. Oh and there’s probably way too much time spent looking at houses on Instagram! I know you will love her post today!…

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How God is Revealed in Simplicity

How God is Revealed in Simplicity

I have known Lisa Beavers since the 6th grade. Somehow we didn’t become friends until we were in our twenties! We have more than made up for lost time in our dear friendship. Lisa is wife of Eric (who pastors a church in Raleigh NC and also makes a mean latte), stay-at-home mom (or full time activities director) of Lincoln (5) and Caroline (3), worship leader, avid library visitor, book club member and caretaker of 6 chickens who give eggs…

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