Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical

Christmas in 1952: Tragical to Magical   December, 1952 – I was 5 years old.  There was a walkway from the street to the back door, which my brothers kept shoveled despite snow that was higher than our heads.  The … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from the O’Connors: 6 Gifts to 7 Children

Happy Holidays from the O’Connor Family to Yours!   The birth of my son Jesse Joe has changed my perspective on life, my family and mostly my parents. I guess you don’t realize certain things in life until some type … Continue reading

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A White Christmas in Finland

Christmas in Finland Bing Crosby sings “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas . . . Just like the ones I used to know.”  I love that I can say, “yes” I’ve had a white Christmas of my own.  Have you … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . I BELIEVE in Christmas

Journey Mercies . . . I BELIEVE in Christmas Just when the air turns colder and the days shrink into darkness, the Christmas season arrives.  It begins at Thanksgiving – with families, feast and football.  Then, during the next few … Continue reading

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Who Will Watch the Home Place? Preserving Your Family Legacy

About a year ago, my grandson Alex loaded a bunch of new music on the little iPod I use at the gym.  I was working away on the elliptical machine one evening and suddenly in a pretty country voice, I … Continue reading

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Journey Mercies . . . Every Recipe Tells a Story

Journey Mercies . . . Every Recipe Tells a Story We all know what recipes are . . . they’re guides that help us be creative and try something new.  They teach us to follow directions, make us feel like … Continue reading

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“Just Making Sure” . . . Why Christmas Cards Matter

“Just Making Sure” . . . Why Christmas Cards Matter   There was a greeting card some years ago, which showed Winnie the Pooh and Piglet walking together holding hands. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” With the … Continue reading

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