Home & Family

What makes a family tradition something worth holding on to? This question has weighed heavily on me for years. When I was 17 years old, I left home. I used college as an excuse to get out of an overwhelmingly negative situation. I wanted to be myself, to be safe and encouraged, and I knew…

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Home & Family


Traditions help us to remember and grow.  We can look back to happy times from our past and they help us to connect to our present and our future.  Remembering our past and our traditions help us to connect to a positive time in our lives when we felt cared for and a part of…

By Meg Henderson Wade |
Home & Family

My Inheritance

The back of his hands were as dark as a cow’s hide and almost as leathery while his arms where white as a lily. The skin on the back of his neck matched his hands, yet his legs were paler than his arms. I remember finding that curious as a chid. He spent his days…

By Michele Gooch |
Home & Family

Sometimes …

Sometimes we feel happy and sad all at once.   Sometimes we smile and miss someone at the same time.  Sometimes we love one another and hate what we have become. Sometimes we get stuck or feel the pull of going backwards, and in the middle of this “sometimes mess” we realize our life is…

By Deb Kreimborg |
Home & Family

Do I Matter?

My middle son is a firecracker. He is an amazing 11 year old that loves sports, drawing and reading. He loves to pretend and use to always be in costume no matter where we were. For the first several years of his life he would introduce himself to others as “Monkey Joe” and most called…

By Carol Leeth |

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My son came home today, went immediately to his room and when asked what was wrong, began to cry. He’s in the 5th grade but is taking a pre-AP 6th grade math class and has recently been having some problems. Not with the math, but with the classroom policy of the teacher whereby she throws…

By Courtney Cooke |
Home & Family

You can’t pick ‘em…

Many have heard the saying “you can’t pick your family” and it is generally in a context when someone has done something that someone doesn’t agree with.  I have said such sayings more times than I can possibly count. My immediate family consists of my mom, brother, sister, boyfriend, and two sons.  I come from…

By Tracy Meyer |
Home & Family


Family is who we count on.  We all have our blood family and our people we choose as family.  I think that a winning combination of both types of family are the best for me. I believe that your birth order and how you interpret family helps to define your personality.  I was born the…

By Meg Henderson Wade |
Home & Family

Lessons We Can Learn from Family

In a short 18 months, I have lost both my momma and my daddy. Our daddy passed first, tragically and unexpectedly, followed by our momma in March of this year. Gretchen, my sister, and I are now the only two in our family left. Orphans with memories. These past few years have undoubtedly been the…

By Kristin Kaufman |