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TRADITIONS…

Sometimes I think it’s fun to look up a word you use often to see what it really means.  So before I wrote this blog I looked up what tradition meant.  Tradition is defined as the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice.  I am just saying that I love that definition.  Because my childhood is full of all kinds of traditions and now that I have gotten married, I am starting to understand the depth that traditions can hold.  So today I thought I would share one of my favorite childhood traditions with you, is that ok?  And just to warn you, it has to do with the holidays…again!

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TEN POUNDS OF GRATITUDE

A normal grocery experience for our family of two involves one of those little baskets they keep at the front of the supermarket.  But today I knew I was gonna need a big old cart.  First stop, the canned fruit and vegetable aisle where I proceeded to grab a WHOLE flat of pumpkin.  Next stop?  The baking ingredients where I bent down and picked up a ten pound bag of flour and a ten pound bag of sugar.  (That’s right, no need to workout today, because I just lifted weights…)  Before I left the aisle I grabbed a big container of nutmeg and cinnamon.  Lastly, I stopped by the eggs and grabbed three dozen and placed them in the cart next to all their new friends!

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BOXES OF LOVE

They gathered in a big circle.  They had just finished Bible school where many of them understood for the first time what the blood of Jesus meant and the power of His love.  Now in front of them stood a huge pallet full of beautifully wrapped gifts.  After a few songs and a prayer, we began to hand out the gifts one by one, trying to guess their age as each package was labeled with a boy or girl sticker and an appropriate age.  We counted down and when we reached zero…

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HOLIDAY FEVER

I have a confession to make…are you ready?  I LOVE the holidays.  And when I say LOVE, I mean in the listening to holiday music in July just because I miss it sort of way.  I know right?   And just to clarify the holidays to me are both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Because if they made Thanksgiving music, I would totally jam to that too!

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FACES OF EBOLA

It was almost a year ago to this day that a plane landed its wheels in Monrovia, Liberia carrying me and a whole lot of other passengers.  I was there to document with one of my best girls the story of what Samaritan’s Purse was doing in Liberia.  It was the 10 year anniversary since the end of the Liberian civil war, one of the worst civil wars in history..  Over the next ten days we made some serious miles to the most remote areas of Liberia and sat on benches and heard how the love of Jesus is changing lives.  I don’t even know how to describe what that did to my heart.

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THE BEST KEPT SECRET

So you know how every great recipe has a secret ingredient. And every great business has a secret. Well I know I am new to the blogging world and it’s probably a little early to let you in on my secret. But I never was very good at keeping secrets anyway…

So here it is (feel free to do a drumroll on your desk…)

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Why creatyd?

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”It’s the verse that can be found in Genesis 1:27. But let’s think about this for a second. We are created in the image of God. Do we know what that means?

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