Tag Archives: Family Traditions

5 Winter Slog Strategies 

If I’d been consulted, I wouldn’t have set the new year in January. I wasn’t around when they were standardizing calendars and calculating leap years, so I didn’t have any say in the matter. Otherwise I’d have pointed out that it doesn’t make much sense to celebrate the turning of the year in the dead of winter. Here in […]

A Simple Christmas

Every Christmastide, we seem to struggle with the inevitable conflict between a desire for simplicity and an appreciation for generosity and abundance. I want to enjoy and partake in all the delights of the season without getting caught up in the clutter of materialism and wastefulness, but more importantly, I want our kids to learn […]

Blessing the Beginning

What do weddings, graduations, and sitting in the back yard the day before Labor Day have in common? For the Jones House, they’re all rituals that give closure to what went before, and get us ready for what’s ahead. Granted, our backyard meeting doesn’t have quite the weight of a wedding or graduation. But it’s […]