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November 23, 2013

in the generous life

It used to be that every year at Thanksgiving, our family would join my husband’s family for a big meal (my family lived many states away). After Paul’s dad died, we switched to dining out together (Paul’s mom was tired of fixing and cleaning up after a big meal). After she was gone we continued dining out. We liked the variety and the ease.

Now it looks like we are going back to the big family meal.  :)  Our son is sweet on a gal and we are getting to know her family and their traditions.

All this babbling to say that it’s a good idea to hold traditions lightly. Times and circumstances can change and you want to do what is good for your family.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Holidays are about celebrating and you don’t have to do things the way others do or even the way you used to do it.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.  Confucius


Stupendous Marriage: Grace Filled Marriage with Dr. Tim Kimmel Great interview with the author of my favorite marriage book.


Refine Us: In Sickness and In Health What to do when your spouse is feeling under the weather.


Need a dessert for the holidays? Look through Heavenly Special Tea’s page of Scones, Curds and Mixes. I like the idea of #2009 Raspberry White Chocolate Scones with #2036 White Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Mix topping. (When you order, please put “Lori Byerly” down as the consultant. Thanks so much.)


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Megan@DoNotDisturb November 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Such good advice that I need this year as I approach a completely new holiday season. My mom is terminally ill and not doing well, and my relationship with my sisters has hit an incredibly rough patch. Holding onto my view of how things “should” be will not work for me this year but knowing the reasons for celebration, that will always ground me.

Thanks for sharing and sorry I/we haven’t been writing as much. Need some space to figure some of the difficulties of this life out.



Lori - The Generous Wife November 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

So sorry to hear about your mom (Paul and I took care of his mom in the last months of her life). Good for you that you are reevaluating your holidays. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.


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