How to Plan For and Keep Track of Birthdays and Special Events

Have you ever realized that it’s a family member or friend’s birthday the night before (or even the day of)? Cue a mad scramble to get a card and maybe a present.

Other events like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and anniversaries may have a habit of sneaking up on you too.

So how do you keep that from happening? How do you avoid the panicked dash or, worse, forgetting until afterwards?

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How to Afford Gifts on a Tight Budget

Okay. So, now we know why gift giving is important, and we have ideas for how to come up with good gift ideas, but how do we afford to actually purchase the things we come up with?

While gift giving is a wonderful way to show that you care, it shouldn’t put you in debt or detract from paying bills or buying necessities. It’s just not that important. It’s fine to have wisely ordered priorities.

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How to Pick Great Gifts

“I wish I could think of good gifts.”

I’ve heard this a lot. It comes right behind family members and friends staring at blank greeting cards and saying, “I never know what to write.” (Maybe I should do a blog post about what to write in birthday cards?) But back to picking great gifts!

Before I get started, let me say that I’m not claiming that all my gifts are great. However, dreaming up what to give my friends and relatives for Christmas and Birthdays is one of my great joys in life. Seriously. Ask anyone who knows me. I start Christmas shopping on January 1st (if not earlier), keep track of gift ideas and gifts acquired on a spreadsheet, and keep a storage bin under my bed just for gifts. I’m not an expert, but I am definitely obsessed!

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Ideas for a Letter of Encouragement

In my tween and early teen years, I loved collecting pen pals. I would introduce myself to girls my age at homeschool conferences and camp grounds and ask if they would like to be my pen pal. Many of those girls never responded to my letters, but a few became friends I’ll love for life. We used letter writing to learn about each other. We used letter writing to encourage each other in the Lord. We used letter writing to love each other well.

Letter of Encouragement

Letter writing has become less needed and less practical as digital communication continues to develop, but it still holds a special place in my heart. Opening an email doesn’t hold the same excitement as opening the mailbox to find a note from a friend. Reading words on a screen lacks the personal, heart touching warmth of handwritten words on paper.

Who in your life would benefit from a letter of encouragement right now?

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5 Things I Loved This February

Several email lists that I subscribe to do a monthly list of things they’re enjoying. Those emails are my favorites. Often I delete similar emails without reading them. There’s just not enough time to keep up with them all. But the “things I’m loving” emails get saved until I have some time to comb through them.

5 Things I Loved this February

With so much content available online, I find it helpful and enjoyable to receive a curated list of podcasts, blog posts, books, recipes, etc. that someone else has already vetted and enjoyed.

Since I don’t plow through books quite as fast these days, I will be experimenting with mixing in other types of content as I try to get back into the blogging game. A “what I’m loving” list seemed like a good place to start since it’s the type of content I enjoy receiving.

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The Secret is Out! The Quote Variation Winner Is…

The QV Winner

Having the quote variation contest these past two weeks has been a blast! You all are so creative and so much fun. 🙂 Thanks to each one of you for participating through entering a quote, voting, or both! The quote variation that received the most votes is quite appropriate for this blog.

The Winner Is…

#7 | Variation Bookworm

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Congratulations Lina-Ruth! You’re the winner of some new-to-you reading material! I’ll be emailing you with more details by the end of the day. The runners up were #5 | Variation Salvation and #2 | Variation Superhero which tied for second place. Awesome jobs Spencer R and proverbs31teen! 🙂

Thanks again to all who participated. Hopefully we’ll be able to do something like it soon. Let me know if you have any ideas.