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It began when he was just a little guy of one or two. His love of color, love of pictures made him smile. A neighbor gave him a painting of a happy clown that hung over his crib. After his naps I would find him holding onto the rails bouncing and smiling at the picture…

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Home & Family

Words Matter

It started in a moment, a word thrown at me over and over again until I took notice. I wasn’t having a great day, in fact, I was angry and done with all the things not going my way. The cashier’s name was Joy, I saw her name tag as I waited a ridiculous amount…

By Carol Leeth |
Home & Family

My Great Awakening

Twenty-two years of living in a gorgeous town in the Texas Hill Country surrounded by creeks, rivers, oaks, cypress trees and pure peace coupled with my dream job equaled heaven. No one plans on leaving heaven. I was no exception. Enter — change, transition and the unexpected. Before I knew it, I’d resigned from heaven….

By Michele Gooch |
Home & Family

Favorite Things

When asked “what are a few of your favorite things?” Does a tsunami of images bombard your mind? I hear Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music categorically list a multitude of things from “bright copper kettles to silver white winters that melt into springs…” I am very similar to Julie Andrews in that I…

By Tracy Meyer |
Home & Family

Picking Favorites

Growing up, there was one question my sisters and I always asked but never received a clear answer. As a mom, I hear this question on a regular basis, too.  It is the question, I think, any child with siblings asks their parents, and hopefully it is a question that continues to go somewhat unanswered…

By Carol Leeth |

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When the Storm Rolls In

When a noisy thunderstorm begins to wake up every one of the Von Trapp children, they find themselves in need of some comfort. Naturally, they run to Maria’s room. The former Nun turned Nanny knows just what to do — she breaks out into song. (It is a musical, after all.) Even people who haven’t…

By Michele Gooch |
Home & Family

One of a Kind – A Tribute to a Women Who is a Gift to So Many

She is one of a kind.  Her beauty is rare but what attracts you to her flame is her own brand of uniqueness that wraps you in a blanket of warmth.   Days go by and even months but just hearing the sound of her voice you are bathed in her light.   The air…

By Deb Kreimborg |
Home & Family

What We Give Up For Traditions

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…

By Carol Leeth |
Home & Family

TRADITIONS HELP US TO REMEMBER AND GROW

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 |