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Christmas Cards / Prayer List [Choosing Joy by Katie Albers]

Another holiday season with busyness and excitement has come and gone.  It is time to pack away the fancy things until next year.

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a wreath that I made years ago from a coat hanger, clothes pins, and beads...

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A Break for Thanksgiving [Choosing Joy]

My entire life, we always went to Grandma Karon’s house for Thanksgiving.  She lived in a tiny town in rural Missouri and visiting her was like hitting the pause button...

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Thursday, Thursday, So Good To Me [Choosing Joy]

I used to hate Thursdays.  Thursday always felt like the day to play catch up.  The house was always a mess from the previous busy evenings...

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It Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult to Deal with Difficult People [Choosing Joy]

A friend of mine texted me in the middle of the day this week.  She was frustrated because of a conflict with a co-worker.  More than frustrated, I would say she was angry...

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No More Baby Pajamas [Choosing Joy]

My daughter broke my heart a little last night.

She is in kindergarten now and we were trying to find the least ratty pj’s in her collection to wear for pajama day at school...

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Can’t “Bear” the Meanies [Choosing Joy]

The other day I happened to be walking up the back stairwell of the school where I work and hovering on the landing was a new sixth grader...

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Even the Babies Cry Out [Choosing Joy]

“Jingle, giggle, jingle, giggle, jingle, giggle.”  The small circle of one-year-olds excitedly shake their bells and cymbals as we sing...

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Fresh Eating on a Budget Without Coupons! [Choosing Joy]

With all the amazing produce at our new Meijer, we ate a lot of fresh fruits and veggies last month.  I was so proud to see my family enjoying such healthy food, and it was really fun trying new ways of preparing plant foods...

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Suit Up! It’s Time to SWIM! [Choosing Joy]

It doesn’t hurt my feelings.  I have been called prudish many times.  So when I revealed to my mother my new swimsuit, the one that I scoured the internet and many catalogs to find, I was not even phased that she nicknamed it the “1920’s bathing suit...

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Get Serious About Cereal [Choosing Joy]

For most of my adult life, I thought of breakfast cereals as evil, deceptive bits of artificial color and flavor doused in sugar just tempting us to ruin any attempts at a healthy lifestyle...

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