Advent is Parenting

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The best part about Advent is that you take time every day for a whole month to focus on the birth of Jesus. The hardest part about Advent is that you take time every single day for a whole month! If you’re doing Truth in the Tinsel for your Advent celebration (and I hope you are!) […]

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Sure Fire, No Prep, No Cost, Easy Peasy Meaningful Christmas Ideas

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Today I went to the Moms In Prayer group at the kids’ school. It’s such a great program and so organized. Each week we focus on one character quality of God and spend time praising Him for it. Then we spend a few minutes in thanksgiving. This week’s character quality was King of Glory. (HELLO! […]

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We Said No To Ho Ho Ho

This is a guest post by my hero and mentor, Jim Wideman. (Jim also wrote the forward for Truth in the Tinsel!) Back in November of 1978, Julie and I began our lives together. It was a wonderful day; all the kids in our children’s church were so excited about attending our wedding. I’ll never forget […]

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Black Friday AWESOMESAUCE

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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Black Friday! Happy just-a-few-days-till-Truth-in-theTinsel! I know you’re doing lots of clicking for all the fabu Black Friday deals. But I wanted to get my suggestions in for your holiday shopping! I’ve really looked through all the affiliate emails and companies I love so I could share my fave stuff with you! Ready? First […]

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Should Your Kids See Mockingjay? {Family Movie Moms}

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I saw Mockingjay last week. (Do you love that awesome, clear picture of me and Staci and Katniss?) Usually, if I get a blog invite to a movie, they’ll allow me to bring a guest or two.  This time? NO GUEST. Apparently, Mockingjay is a THING. Which, is clearly, why I wanted to go! Yet, […]

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Packing the Best Box(es) Ever

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I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and saw a picture of my friend Amy. Amy is the former Team Distribution Manager for Operation Christmas Child. She led my trip to the Dominican Republic along with about 8-9 other trips every year. She’s the woman who goes into these communities, schools and churches and […]

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Operation Christmas Child CRAFTING Party

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Yesterday I invited all the older elementary and middle school kids that help me in the church’s preschool department over to our house. We had taco soup, the cheeseball from heaven, the magically delicious corn dip and some chocolate chips cookies! We weren’t really there for the food. We were really there to get our CRAFT ON! […]

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