Category Archive: Family

Mar 06

St. Patrick’s Day Sweets from Marilyn Lesniak of “Marilyn’s Treats”

I am so excited to bring you this special collection of recipes! Coming from a second generation Irish family means my dad’s side celebrated their heritage every day. When we all got together there was no shortage of green, stories of the old country, and singing of songs. St Paddy’ Day was always a great time and rivaled Christmas for my favorite holiday! This collection comes from many very talented bloggers. Please be sure to visit them and tell them I sent you!

Mar 02

“Secret Admirer” by Pat Jeanne Davis

“Maybe your secret admirer will shovel you out again tomorrow.” Trudi laughed at her mother’s words. “That’s as likely as a snow angel coming to my aid.” She didn’t know who’d shoveled their driveway this morning, but it couldn’t be an admirer. Trudi crossed the living room to the window and pulled back the heavy drapes. She swiped the sleeve of her terry robe down the misty pane and gazed out. “Ray’s attending a conference for another day, and he’s already extended the date for my proposal. So snow or no snow, the deadline is tomorrow.”

Mar 01

MARCH 2017 Free Printable Calendar

If you are like most everyone these days, you can’t wait for spring! Here’s a fun calendar that you can download and print off or use it on your blog or website, or even set it as you wallpaper on your home computer. Be sure to let us know how you are using the March 2017 FREE printable calendar, and be sure to stop back for the April calendar, too. If you want to download the March 2017 free printable calendar to your computer, just right click on the image and “save as” a picture and you’re all set. Have fun as you celebrate the arrival of spring!

Feb 27

“An Unlikely Match becomes the Perfect Catch” by Sharon L. Patterson

“Have you heard…Coach P is dating the French teacher?” That was the scuttlebutt going around the high school where we both taught. I guess, in a way, you could say we had quite a crowd watching the development of our dating relationship in the spring of 1981. There was no Facebook or You-Tube, but there were 2300 sets of eyes on us five days a week that semester. What an unlikely match we were. He loved the outdoors and camping as well as coaching football and track. His attire included coaching shorts and tennis shoes. He loved math and science.

Feb 24

“February” by Thea Williams

In every season of grief, almighty arms held my family and me high above an abyss of uncertainty and pain. Those arms aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

Feb 22

“His Hands” by Alisha Ritchie

On August 24, 1996, I married my soul mate, Brandon, in front of all of our family and friends. As I walked toward him down the long aisle of the church, butterflies swarmed in my stomach. My palms grew sweaty as I realized every eye in the sanctuary was on me at that precise moment. I smiled as I glided along but on the inside, my nerves threatened to conquer me.

Feb 09

“So Many Voices” by Nina Newton

Are you listening to so many voices all around you that you can’t hear God’s voice? “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given …

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Jan 13

“Vintage Conversations: A New Year Meditation” by Kathryn Ross

Last month I enjoyed introducing you to the “vintage voice” of poet, writer, editor, Margaret Elizabeth Sangster (1838-1912). From a volume of collected writings published when she was 65 years old, her ruminations on the celebrations of Christmas in her day captivated my spirit with a sense of familiarity. Though removed from her world by well over 100 years, our sisterhood in Christ and as women connects timeless truths. She spoke to me and for me in her musings. As the dawn of 2017 is upon us, I visit with Mrs. Sangster in another chapter from, The Joyful Life, published by the American Tract Society in 1903. We listen in on a “vintage conversation” between the author and her intimate friend from school days, Miriam.

Jan 10

“When God Upsets the Apple Cart” by Beth Brubaker

Your apple cart is filled with a bounty of blessings. Good stuff is happening in your life and things are running as smoothly as they possibly can.

Family life is good, work life is good, and your social life is good. All is well with you, God, and the world.

Then God upsets your apple cart, spilling all of your shiny, fresh apples all over the road. “Why did God do that” you wonder. Everything was going so well!

Jan 03

“Setting a Path for the New Year” by Joan Leotta

A Facebook game/challenge I recently took gave me a “saying” to use as my motto for the coming year. Another challenged me to discover the one word that should guide my actions in the coming year. Those are fun, but why would I trust a stranger or an unknowing algorithm to determine how I will think about or act in 2017 or any other time?

I prefer to march to the tune of another set of words, selected by the Holy Spirit, who knows my every thought, the God who knew me in the womb. I determine that specific path with an annual Bible Verse selection.

Dec 28

“Change” by Sarah Johnson

My shop was just closing when she shuffled in,
Pale, gray and hunched, frail, bent and thin.
Her sweatshirt was clean, but well-worn here and there
Her face pinched in pain, but with friendship to spare
I asked, “Can I help you?”
She answered, “Yes, please.”
Then reached for my hand and gave it a squeeze.

Dec 26

Cozy Winter Soup Recipes from Vintage Mama

Even if you don’t have a cold or the flu, homemade chicken noodle soup is always a warm and welcome supper dish. This is one of those recipes that you can make up a big batch, store it in your freezer, and take it out when you need just one meal or if you have a big crowd. Stock up and be ready for company – or for the next time your family comes down with the sniffles!

Dec 24

Three Tips for Healthier Holiday Partying by Katie Robles

Tis the season of holiday parties and truly fabulous food! We drool in anticipation with each invitation, but we also start to wonder what we’ll look like on the other side of the New Year. Here are three tips for a healthier holiday party season.

Dec 19

“The Blue Ornament” by Kim Kluxen Meredith

David, I know you are watching from Heaven. Please be with me during my surgery and help me not to be scared. My half-opened eyes nervously squinted back in the mirror. That morning in the pre-dawn chill of my bathroom I felt an intense desire to talk with my late husband. Perhaps God would let David hold my hand from afar.

Dec 15

Tips and Tricks for Hosting Holiday Guests

With the holidays in gear, it seems everyone is traveling to visit loved ones. For most of us, that means either staying with family or having family stay with us. For me, my in-laws come in from out of town and stay with us for the week of Christmas. Having a big family of our own, my husband and I take extra measures to make sure everyone is comfortable while there are an extra two people around. With kids in the house, it sometimes gets a little hectic, so we try to make sure my husband’s parents are as comfortable as possible. Here are a few of my tips to make sure your guests feel at home.

Dec 13

“Planning a Christmas Open House” by Beth Brubaker

It’s that time of year – too many friends and family members want to come over and visit during the Christmas holidays, but you just don’t have the time to host that many dinners! But what can you do to stem the chaos, yet enjoy spending time with everyone? Plan a Christmas Open House!

Dec 03

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” by Nina Newton

This is the time of year when we begin to see and hear all of the seasonal preparations for Christmas . . . as described in that well-known holiday favorite song, “the most wonderful time of the year.” Except for those among us who do not find that the holidays are a wonderful time at all.

Dec 01

“Christmas Houses” by Nells Wasilewski

As Christians we have a responsibility to witness to unbelievers, by showing love and respect for one another. God is working through us when we minister to the needy, treat those who are hurting with gentle care, feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

Nov 04

“How are You Thankful?” by Joan Leotta

When we started our own Thanksgiving celebrations, the family affairs that my husband and I both cherished were hundreds of miles away over snow and ice. So, we began our own traditions.

Oct 10

Now accepting submissions for NOVEMBER 2016 RUBY magazine

It’s time to send in your submissions for the NOVEMBER 2016 issue of RUBY magazine!

Oct 07

“Vacations: Mom vs. Family” by Beth Brubaker

Vacations. The family loves to take them, but the moms? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong- moms do love to go on vacation as much as the rest of the clan, but her idea of a vacation is much different than the husband and kiddos. Let’s use a typical, low-budget family vacation. Camping Family: …

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Oct 06

Favorite Things Blog Hop

It’s time again for Thursday Favorite Things!
I hope you can join us because it is LOTS of fun!
Join us every week as we party and share at the best link party in blog land!

Sep 27

Chili Mac and Cheese Hot Dog Casserole from Marilyn’s Treats

Like Chili Dogs? How about Mac and Cheese? If you can’t decide what’s for dinner why not make both! This Chili Mac and Cheese Hot Dog casserole is a one-pan dish goes from fridge to table in just 1 hour! After running all day and playing taxi driver for the kids you need this dinner in your arsenal. They will gather around the table without an argument and be ready to do homework and crawl into bed in no time.

Sep 09

Favorite Things Blog Hop / Linky Party “Autumn Dreams”

Every week we have a party! A Linky Party, that is, sponsored by one of our favorite bloggers, Katherine at Katherine’s Corner. This week the theme is “Autumn Dreams,” and we would LOVE to have you join us!

Aug 17

“Mess Monsters” by Beth Brubaker

My house is a wreck. The housework has waned since I started working odd jobs last year, and was nearly non-existent when my mom started getting worse. Two out of three funerals are done (my husband’s cousin also passed away two days after his mom, so that’s three in less than three weeks), and after …

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Aug 11

“Tough Marshmallows” by Beth Brubaker

This has been a rough month. My mom passed away on July 18th- just five days after her 78th birthday. My husband’s mom passed away yesterday morning- exactly two weeks after my mom, give or take four hours. With the drama of dealing with my mom’s funeral and subsequent cleaning out of her apartment on …

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Aug 05

“Am I Beautiful?” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

I recently saw an article on my town’s website advertising a new program for tween and teen girls. It’s designed to promote self-confidence in a young woman through public speaking and addressing self-esteem Issues such as peer pressure, body image, and carrying oneself with grace and dignity. Mentors help each young woman reach her potential …

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Jul 15

“The Power of Loving Well” by Carol Doyel

God has been moving powerfully in me lately, stirring my heart, tenderly revealing deep things to me – sadly some of the things that He has revealed in me are not so good. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about condemnation – but in His loving-kindness, he has drawn me to repentance for …

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Jul 11

“Help! I’ve Got No Room to Breathe” by Christie Browning

Recently, I wrote the following in my journal: “I am far beyond being stressed. I feel lost…without focus or a plan. I don’t like that feeling. I feel like I’m suffocating and about to run out of air, but there’s no room to breathe. I feel attacked on all fronts. I feel like someone has …

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Jul 04

“Footprints in the Mud: Heart Band-Aids” by Beth Brubaker

  A car manufacturer is going to start installing an alert system in their vehicles to let the driver know if the driver left their child in the backseat. Sounds like a good idea- after all, parents who leave a child unattended in their vehicle has caused the death of many children. So when people …

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Jun 27

“Let Go and Let God” by Laura L. Zimmerman

This past week we said goodbye to my thirteen-year-old daughter as she left on a class trip for Boston. It was not only the furthest she’d ever been away from us – three hundred and seventy two miles, to be exact – but also for the longest period of time – four days. When we …

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Jun 22

“Be-YOU-tifully YOU-nique” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

Only you can do that. There is no competition to be the best you because no one else qualifies. The only competition is the one you set for yourself. Or against yourself.

Jun 20

“It Took a Five-year-Old” by Vicki Killion

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.   Proverbs 3:5-6 It was two days before his fifth birthday when we got him – our first foster child. We were as nervous as firs- time parents of …

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Jun 15

“Dad’s Day Delights” by Marilyn Lesniak

The month of June announces the true beginning of summer! And the most important celebration in the month of June is Father’s Day. Give Dad a break on his special day, and serve up a few of these “masculine” dishes with recipes from Marilyn’s Treats.

Jun 07

“Reconciliation” by Sharon L. Patterson

God’s heart in reconciliation is the reestablishment of fellowship with Him and with others. It is produced by Godly sorrow that leads to repentance and accountability. It is greater than the expulsion of our “guilt” against God or another person. Sometimes, the expression of “I’m sorry” is said simply to relieve the conscience. Without action, the one with whom reconciliation needs to be made may see such an apology as insincere. Godly sorrows’ profound affect comes from knowing the pain we have caused God or others and wanting to make the necessary steps to repair the relationship.

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