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Just Love Them

He almost knocked me off of the stairs as he flung his noise into mine, wrapping me up with his head tucked in under my rib cage. I could just feel that his eyes were squeezed tightly shut and his heart was must have been the epitome of “lub dub”, a throbbing he had no choice but to express outwardly or it might just burst.

Because for just over 10 min, no more than that because my hands instantly were freezing, a struggle you don’t fully understand unless you’ve got hands like mine, I’d played in the snow with him.
And upon walking back inside, anxious to unpeel the layers and warm up, he’d come running back over to me and enveloped me in the tightest 6 year old boy hug ever, “mom!!! Thank you so much for playing in the snow with me!!!”

And with one last extra tight squeeze he scampered off to shovel the driveway, his favorite thing ever.

Secret to Happiness

Maybe Indiana Jones, King Arthur and others were wrong. Maybe there is no search for the holy grail. Maybe the secret to forever, to eternal youth and happiness is hidden in the most simple of things. So simple it’s the reason I hide Christmas presents in the open each year because they are so easily ignored.

How can we have over 400 words to describe snow and over 100 for rain? How can we call someone we don’t like a long list of this and that’s and name off a bazillion words for things that are ugly or awful but in order to express gratitude there are only two words,

Thank you.

Just Love Them


In a world of how-tos and never enoughs can I boldly declare that how-to will never work. If all of it did, we wouldn’t be circling our way down a toilet hole as society.

Maybe what our kids need, to just love them. Guide them, teach them, be invested in them, yes. But first just build a relationship with them.

My love brought forth unprovoked gratitude.

No, “now say thank you.” Or “you need to take turns because that’s how a good person acts”

Power of Love


It came naturally because love does that, it reaches into hearts and plucks the strings of a song you cannot place inside of them.

Now bring on tattle telling and fighting because truth always brings the test.😆

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Cozy Christmas Movie & Snack Nights 🎥🎄

About the authors

carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Thank you for sharing your story. I read all the entries as I am in the hospital with my daughter for yet another time. She has a chronic medical condition that causes her to have infections frequently. We recently have needed to spend more time helping our mothers and I prayed to the Lord to allow our daughter to have a time where she could be healthy so we could help with the other. The answer was not now and she had to return to the hospital. I was feeling discouraged but your story helped me to see the positives in our situation and to remind me that the Lord is mindful of us and that we can do this. You have been a blessing to me today.

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    • Oh Kelly!! I wish I could reach through my laptop and give you the biggest hug! I know for sure the Lord is aware of your and your pain. He is aware of your daughter and her pain. If there is anything that I’ve learned in the last few years, it is that in every trial we go through, we can choose to allow it to bring us closer to God and strengthen our relationship with Him or to let it harden us and distance us from His presence in our life. There is strength in staying positive and finding moments of gratitude every day! Praying for peace and healing for you and your family! Xoxo!

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Cozy Christmas Movie & Snack Nights 🎥🎄