7 Tips for Holiday Memories to Cherish

We’re all in search of ways to make the holidays not just fun, but memorable. Well look no further. Here are seven simple ways to make some epic Christmas memories.  {Trim the tree as a family} (Yes, even if Mom comes in later to fix everything). This is a lovely time to share the history of your ornaments, talk about Christmases gone by and reminisce about traditions you cherish.  {Christmas Crafting} Pull out a Christmas craft and do it together. I’ve found that simplicity in my craft choices helps me enjoy my children’s varying abilities without letting my perfectionist tendencies take over. Here are some good starters. Just click on the image and it will take you to the website for directions:    There are plenty more on my {All Things...

Multi-Author $.99 Book SALE!!

Echo Ridge authors are thrilled to announce a MUTLI-AUTHOR SALE to launch Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology! Each of the 26 books listed below are JUST $.99 for THREE fabulous days. Load your e-reader and then enter our $200 Christmas Cash GIVEAWAY through the Rafflecopter {link at the bottom of this post}. Happy book shopping! Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols. Amazon * iTunes * Barnes & Noble * Smashwords * Kobo * Goodreads Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston Molly Hayes has one more job...

Books for Freedom

One day I was driving and saw this little child walking alongside the road. He was alone, and in my eyes, much too small to be without a parent on that busy street. It struck me in that moment, when I felt the need to watch him in my rear view mirror until I saw him turn down another street, that I was ruined. Ruined in a beautiful way. I could no longer see a child and ignore the tug on my heart that just needed to know if they were okay. I couldn’t hear a baby crying in Target without wondering if there was some way I could help make this shopping trip easier. It has become impossible not to meet a baby’s eyes and want to pour the secrets of their soul out into my lap.  For me, becoming a mother doesn’t just apply to the children who I carried...

Operation Underground Railroad

I’ve rewritten this post several times in an effort to say just the right thing. To ease into a subject that is not easy. Because I’m used to using words to paint a pretty picture, to bring relief and laughter and light. But today the words I need to say start in the dark. In silence and suffering. They’re not pleasant to set your heart on, but the truth of them is a pain we must endure if we are to make a difference. Today I’m talking about child sexual slavery. The editor of LDS Living called it “one of the fastest growing and most lucrative criminal industries in the world today.” The very thought makes me sick to my stomach, because, like you, I have seen the pristine beauty of new life. My job as a mother is to stand like a lion at the gates protecting that...

Have you ever?

Have you ever felt like you should do something? Something uncomfortable, even frightening. I’m not talking about that weird show where you had to eat earthworms for money. I’m talking facing fears, standing up when you want to sit down, speaking out when you’re so much more comfortable staying in the background. The truth about me is that I hover somewhere between loving my people time–going to activities, heading up projects, book club, signings, etc. and enjoying the solitude of life. If there can be any solitude found when you have as many children as you do fingers on one hand. Ha ha! Not much solo time ’round here folks!  A couple of years ago I attended a week of Education at BYU in Provo, Utah. The subjects were varied, the...

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