Simple Moments Make Great Memories

Christmas is a time of great joy and a time of deep sadness. Balancing the two is the challenge.

I’m so blessed to have a wonderful family and that we were able to celebrate together again this year. Now that my girls are grown, I can no longer take for granted that we will be able to celebrate the holidays together and I cherish every moment we have with one another.

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It’s All About the Memories

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The twinkly lights, spending time with family, and Papa’s peanut butter fingers. What could be better?

I eagerly awaited the day after Thanksgiving so we could pull out the tree and take a trip down memory lane as I hung each ornament. After the lights went up, my favorite place to be was under the tree by the manger looking up at all the sparkly lights while Christmas music played in the background soothing my soul.

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My Happy Dance

At the end of a 12-hour day sitting at a craft show, my confidence was in tatters from someone saying something hurtful. My body was screaming from the 5 hours we spent the day before lifting heavy boxes and display set-ups to get our booth ready and knowing we would have at least another 2 hours to get everything taken down and loaded back into the car and then several hours driving back home.

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7 Reasons to Buy Handcrafted Gifts This Year

With fall comes cooler weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and craft fairs.  It also means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts, especially if you like to plan ahead.  I have always been a planner. I start shopping for Christmas the day after Christmas. Sometimes I forget what I bought or forget where that “safe place” is that I put something, but for the most part it works for me. Usually I am done with my Christmas gift list by Halloween, as I have family with birthdays in early November and this way I can ship their birthday and Christmas presents together and save on shipping and time running to the post office.  It’s a win-win: not fighting the crowds shopping or in the post office AND I can relax and enjoy the holiday season, reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas rather than scrambling to get things bought, wrapped and mailed in time.

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I Have Learned That Grief Is Another Name For Love

When you lose your parents, you become an orphan.  When you lose your spouse, you become a widow or widower.  There is no name for losing a child. The grief is indescribable, yet it’s the circle of life for a child to bury a parent (although not when they are young).  It’s not “natural” for a parent to bury a child.

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Suicide Awareness

“Be aware, be kind. Losing someone to suicide is not a club you want to be in.”

A friend posted this shortly after Kate Spade took her own life. Unfortunately, there are too many of us in the club and the numbers keep growing.  According to a report from the CDC released June 2018, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. In my state of ND, the rate of suicides between 1999-2016 jumped more than 57%.

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Top 5 Baby Shower Gifts

It’s so fun to go to baby showers.  The mom-to-be is eagerly awaiting the birth of her little bundle of joy, lots of women to chat with, yummy snacks and silly games are all wrapped up into one big celebration of life.  What could be more joyful than that?  Being able to take a gift that will bring joy to your heart and a huge smile to mom’s face would be icing on the cake.

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5 Sympathy Gift Suggestions for Someone That Has Lost a Loved One

Losing someone you love is never easy, and we all grieve in our own way and are comforted in our own ways as well.  When I lost 4 close family members in 4 years, my world was turned upside down.  I desperately wanted something to hold onto, something to hold and hug because I couldn’t hug them anymore.  I began creating items to help others through their grief.

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A Guide for Writing a Sympathy Note

Writing a condolence message must be one of the hardest things to write. The right words to express your sympathy are difficult to find.  Many put off writing anything because they don’t know how to express their feelings, yet a simple note can provide great comfort.  The only requirement for a sympathy note is that it is sincere. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you write a heartfelt note:

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