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The 3 W's of Advent: Waiting, Wonder, and Worship

As I write this, our household is a bustle of activity. Our six children drew names amongst themselves for gift giving, and over the past few weeks have been covertly heading out for shopping trips after gathering intelligence about what is on...

I Hope I Made a Difference

I am tired.
I mean, like tired in my bones tired.
I feel like I have been juggling since March and every week another ball is added to my trick. Work, school, homeschool, remote school, in-person school, side jobs, masks,...

Thanksgiving, Fact and Fiction

The story of the first Thanksgiving is quite familiar: The Pilgrims, fleeing religious persecution, arrived in what is now Plymouth and were aided by the indigenous people in their efforts to settle the New World. Then they gathered together in...

A Selection of Christmas Poetry

 Enjoy these classic and heart-warming poems with your family this Christmas.

Christmas Around the World

12 Funny and unusual Christmas customs

These traditions from around the globe, lovely and odd in equal measure, might sound strange to our American sensibilities. But remember that some of our traditions probably seem weird to the rest of the...

Christmas Traditions to Remind Us of the Reason for the Season


Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love the lights, trees and stockings as well as gathering together with family, selecting the perfect gifts and of course… The food! It really is The Most Wonderful Time of the...

Christmas Cards: Reasons to Love That Human Touch

You won't be surprised to hear that traditional Christmas cards show signs of disappearing. Just the thought of addressing and signing them might send you over the edge. For so many of us, celebrating Christmas is a mammoth undertaking, one that...

Thankful Table: A New Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is just my favorite! It is an entire holiday to celebrate family, fellowship, eating and making a conscious effort to be thankful. In a world where angry and divisive rhetoric is celebrated, Thanksgiving makes us stop and celebrate...

Fall for your family

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” – Victoria Erickson

Who doesn’t love fall in North Carolina? The beautiful weather and riot of fall colors lure you outside like a siren song. Mornings spent breathing...

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

Veterans Day at Caldwell Academy is one of my favorite days of the year. I am thankful that my children attend a school where...