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3 More Fun Things to Do This Thanksgiving

Last year, I offered a list of “5 Things to Do on Thanksgiving Besides Eat Turkey.” Among the suggestions on the list were turkey trotting, trying out a new recipe and seeking out people to spend the day with. Several people commented that incorporating some of these ideas made their holiday more meaningful. With Thanksgiving a few days away, I thought I’d offer a few more suggestions.

1. Start a new tradition. I have always loved traditions.

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5 Biblical Principles for Big Dreamers

When I was in seventh grade, I wrote in my journal that I wanted to be an attorney when I grew up, because “attorneys get to do my three favorite things: argue, be dramatic and be right.” In that same journal entry, I also sheepishly acknowledged that being an attorney probably wasn’t a reality for me.

I grew up in south Mississippi to parents who, at times, lived in poverty. Nonetheless, my mother taught us to carry ourselves with dignity and shoot for the stars.

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Et Cetera: Mind Habits, Refugees, Gift Getting, Respectability Illusion

Welcome to Et Cetera, where we feature some of our favorite internet content for the week. If you’d like to recommend that we feature something (even if it’s your content), tweet us a link @BoundlessTeam and let us know. We’ll take a look, and we might feature it. In the meantime, check out this awesome stuff.

Regardless of how shamelessly name-it-and-claim-it theology or nonsense teachings like The Secret may abuse the principal, your thought life is powerful in its ability to determine your quality of life.

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What Being Away from Home Taught Me About Heaven

As a 24-year-old single woman who lives 1,200 miles from her family, I know all about relationships sustained on texting and FaceTime. Birthdays and family events usually mean making a call and getting passed around on the screen so I don’t feel as though I missed anything — and usually that seems like enough.

It wasn’t until this week when I was packing to go home for my sister’s wedding that I realized how excited I was to see everyone face to face.

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Who’s in Charge?: Episode 407

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Question to discuss:

How do you handle the “Not married yet?” question at the holiday dinner table?

Roundtable: Owning the Holidays

If we’re not careful, the holidays can take on a life of their own. What are some strategies for prioritizing the holidays while still making them meaningful? What activities must you keep, and what must-have traditions are you allowed to let go of this year? Our panel weighs in.

Culture: Being Present in Your Life

How many times have you asked yourself, “What was I doing?” or “What was I saying?” We’re running ourselves ragged keeping in constant communication with work, family, friends — and now with social media, the whole world.

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Three Moves in 12 Months: The Terrifying Truth About So Much Stuff

After one move across the country and two moves within the same city — all within a span of 12 months — I’ve added Expert Packer to my resume.

The first move involved going from Colorado to Missouri and putting all my things in storage. I got married seven months after that, so I moved into my husband’s house. The merging of two lives and two households of stuff was quite a challenge. Then five months later, we moved to a house closer to our workplaces.

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Don’t Let Your “I Can’t” Hold You Back

My oldest child is going through a phase of saying, “I can’t.”

As in…

“I can’t get my haircut.”

“I can’t eat the broccoli.”

“I can’t sit at the table to do my work.”

My husband, Kevin, and I spend a fair bit of time reminding him that he can, in fact, do all of these things. This morning we began potty training. Up until this point, his refrain has been, “I can’t go potty.” Because our son has some developmental delays, we incorporated the help of some experts, who created a potty training plan that would make an Army sergeant proud.

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5 Weird Things I Did When I Was Dating

I was on a date with my wife last night when I looked across the restaurant and noticed a couple who appeared to be on their first date. I did not envy them — at all.

Dating is hard. It is awkward. It is worse than a series of job interviews — or maybe it is a series of job interviews. And the frustrating thing is that only one of the interviews might even result in getting “hired” for a permanent position.

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Et Cetera: Dante Lifesaver, Guilt Versus Mission, Spiritual Disciplines

Recently an author named Rod Dreher came through my town and I had the chance of listening to him speak a couple of times. One of Rod’s talks was on his memoir, How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem. His story is a difficult but beautiful journey from darkness and family brokenness to redemption. It’s also a story about how God can use art to bring us closer to Him.

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Singleness, Suffering and Christian Hope

If you know my wife casually or see her picture, it’s hard to think of her as ever “suffering with singleness.” She’s beautiful and also approachable — though not a networker, she has 1,566 Facebook friends and counting. Yet Lisa, a woman with abundant social capital, struggled greatly with singleness.

Lisa had been a faithful Christian since her mid-teens, served as a missionary for six years during her twenties and entered her thirties as a very reluctant virgin.