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A short story on my journey onto a self-hosted site
For almost 18 months I treated blogging as a hobby, a guilty pleasure! (Weird how I felt guilty about taking time out from house cleaning etc to write but it just felt so indulgent). About a week before the end of the kids’ summer holidays, when they were all set to go back to school and I was fed up with the thought of having no job to go to, I decided that it was time to become intentional, to make my blog my career. I just wasn’t sure how to go about making that a reality.
My Christmas Gift Guide of things you maybe should NOT be giving to kids this year.
ATTENTION ALL Aunties, Uncles, Grannies, Grandpas and New to Newish Parents! Here follows a guide to all those Christmas gifts our kids have been kindly given but we more seasoned parents wish they never had been. In compiling this list I consulted a panel of experts (parents who have been there, done that and are smiling through gritted teeth).
In our household even Father Christmas has made some silly mistakes.
I thought it would be difficult buying gifts for my teen boy that are not only great quality but are also affordable. But hang on a sec, my daughter has such definite ideas, she’s no easier! So she wrote a list for me (not a handwritten Father Christmas type note but an online wish list – oh how the times have changed). I also asked for suggestions from other parents and bloggers; and here is our ultimate list.
You can find my gift guide for teen boys (and even Dads) here, there are lots of ideas on that list that girls would love too.
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Does the thought of Christmas gift buying for your teenaged son send you into a bit of a flap / tailspin / panic?! Here, take a deep breath, grab a nice cup of tea and a note pad ‘cos I have some ideas for you. Now that two of my kids are teens with definite ideas about what’s ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’ (blatant rip-off in adult language ) it’s becoming more difficult to find something other than cash or a voucher that will genuinely be appreciated.
So I asked my son to write a Christmas wish list (note it’s not addressed to the jolly bearded fellow) and I’ve compiled a list of ideas with some added suggestions by friends and other bloggers. I hope you find it helpful too.
‘It’s a Dog’s Life – Finding the Profound in the Peculiar’ by Jeff Lucas
A friend recently lent me ‘It’s a Dog’s Life – Finding the Profound in the Peculiar’ by Jeff Lucas (published by CWR, UK 2016) to read and I absolutely loved it.
The blurb on the back says this:
With his usual comic eloquence, Jeff takes a different view of some of his more peculiar moments, and discovers the even a dog in the back of a stranger’s car can teach us something deeply profound about life.
Join Jeff as he tells stories from his life that illustrate how God can redeem his mishaps and show him, and us, the brighter side of life.
I think my kind friend took one look at that blurb and thought ‘here’s another quirky Christian writer who laughs about ordinary stuff, I better show it to Liberty so she knows she’s not the only one’. Continue reading It’s a Dog’s Life by Jeff Lucas