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Have you ever seen someone walk into a party that looked scared to death, unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screaming, “I wish I was anywhere but here!” Entering a room full of people that you do not know can be intimidating. I get that. Yet, your entrance is important in displaying overall confidence and portraying a strong image.

When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We will enjoy and appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food and drinks. We would also like a clean bathroom and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest.

Giving a party, of any type, requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost between $15-$30, but there are less expensive things you can find at the local discount store.

Attire: Shabby Chic; Razzle Dazzle; Cowboy Couture


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Word to hostesses: when listing the attire on the invitation for your party, make it clear. Do not let your creative thoughts have you writing a description that requires an interpreter.  We do not want to force our guests to solve a riddle to understand what is expected of them. There is a phrase I like to quote, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”

There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP.

Do you believe there is a creator behind this painting, or did it create itself? I believe if I polled 1,000 people, 100% would say, “Of course, there is a creator. That’s common sense.” Do you believe there is a Creator behind this picture? If I polled 1,000 people with the same question, stats show I would not receive 100% agreement that there was a Creator behind this picture.

People are returning to work, which means many of us will be navigating changes that would otherwise seem mundane. Elevator etiquette? Did you know there was such a thing? Below are 9 basic reminders when riding the lift. I have thrown in a few exceptions while we live in a COVID world. 

Throughout history we have seen God place people in power that made us say, “What is He thinking?” Yet God clearly reminds us in Isaiah that the way He thinks is far beyond what we can sometimes understand. In a child’s eyes, a parent giving her yucky medicine when she already feels poorly can seem cruel. “Why would Mommy make me take this?” The child lives in her “here and now” moment of life, yet the parent sees the big picture. The mother knows what is best for the child, even when the child does not understand. 

Our 4-part series on living as Christians in a political world was written in response to questions I have been receiving on knowing how to separate truth from lies, when to engage in our political system, and the most effective way to stay informed. In Part 1 we learned the biblical formula for seeking truth. In Part 2 we discussed the importance of knowing your foundation. In this post, Part 3, I will provide you with 7 practical tips I use to find truth in our news driven world. 

We are living in a time where many do not know who or what to believe. It seems our national 24-hour news media seeks ratings more than they seek truth (regardless of which way their bias leans). Many journalists receive bonuses based on how many clicks their story receives, and companies earn more advertising revenue if they can show a high click-through rate on articles. It has become too common to read endless bait-and-switch headlines.

“How do I know what is real? How do I know truth when I see it? I want to stay informed, but where do I turn when I feel every news source is somehow deceiving me?”


Giving you tips on hosting a Halloween party during COVID is sure easier than tackling subjects on news, politics, and finding truth. Yet these are the questions filling my inbox. 

Does this blog seem early? Did you know we only have 10 weeks before we move into December? It is time to start planning!
1. Decide how much you can spend. If you have a $500 budget and 10 people you need to give gifts, then you can only spend $50 a person.

Halloween in 2020 will be different than past years, but there are still ways to enjoy this festive start to the holiday season. This blog may seem early, but October 31st is only 7 weeks away! It is time to start planning. Below are my top 10 ideas for a jovial and happy start to your fall celebrations.

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Losing My Cool


Last night I thought I might lose my cool in a bad way! It was late afternoon and I brought the kids inside after a sweaty romp in the yard. We headed up to the big bathtub in my room, which is located directly next to my husband's home office. The 6-year-old wanted a shower, the 4-year-old asked for a bath. And even though the Baby Boy (he is 2) had a bath earlier that day, of course, he wanted to get in the tub, too!

The problem arose when Baby Boy wanted the full-sized pool noodle in the tub with him that he had carried inside. When I said no, it was a complete melt-down with screams so loud, and such stamina, my husband started frantically texting me. He was in the middle of a Zoom meeting where he was a panelist, and he could hear all the commotion through the wall. What had I done?!?!

I tried taking Baby Boy out of the bath to play with the noodle, but that did not help. I carried him around to sooth him. We looked out the windows. Screams continued. Finally, admitting defeat, I put him back in the bath with noodle in hand. The screaming stopped for about 20 seconds. Then he walloped his sister on the head with it! She started screaming, then he started screaming, then the child in the shower starts yelling for them to shut up! It was a complete and utter disaster zone! And the texts from my husband kept coming!

I know I am not alone in these types of situations. We all have days where our patience is tried, and our faith is tested. I do not always respond in the way I hope to. But I try to think of how much grace and love God shows me, and in turn try to show it to my children. That evening I kept hearing Matthew 5:9 in my head. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” That verse probably came to mind because peace was the only thing that seemed to matter at that moment! But in so many situations, I have a choice to try to be a peacemaker or choose another behavior that is far less compassionate.

Most of the time I lean on Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”

And on those days when the challenges from the children seem to be at every turn, I think about the end game. This is just a day in the lives of my children who will grow up and hopefully become servants of the Most-High King...and I need to model that. Those days take me to Hebrews 12:1-2. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.”

I am lucky that later that night, my husband and I were able to have a good laugh about all the madness! It was apparent, once again, that I am not perfect. I sometimes want to throw a tantrum. My children are God’s children, but I am also His child. And at that moment in the bathroom, I wanted to join the chaos of screaming and yell, “Just save me, Jesus!” That is alright. God understands, because it is He who gave me one of the titles I hold most dear: Mom.


Missy Roe

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