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Make Them Earn Those Gift Cards!

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 16, 2015 in Holiday ideas |

  My kids are grown and gone are the days of Santa surprises and finding the prized “oh my!” gift. I am destined to purchase a variety of gift cards. A few years ago I decided to make a game of it and wrapped one gift per child. One package had a Bluetooth unit for […]

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What I Really Want for Christmas

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 8, 2015 in Holiday ideas |

I have all the baubles and beads I need With plenty of clothing to wear Trinkets galore and books to read And a stylist takes care of my hair This year I’ve asked my kids to fill MY Christmas stocking. I even told them what I’d like for them to put in it. I’ve gone so […]

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Something Missing

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on December 26, 2012 in Holiday ideas, Miscellaneous, Relationships |
Something Missing

I wonder, “Will she like her Christmas gift? Will she be disappointed?” This year is different – a single wrapped gift for her. In it an inexpensive musical instrument, a souvenir from a recent trip. At the age of twenty-six every Christmas she can recall she and each of her brothers and sisters had multiple […]

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Regrets to Relief

Posted by Belinda Howard Smith on April 23, 2011 in Holiday ideas, Telling Your Stories |

“What are you going to do with all of those colored eggs?” “We’re going to fill them with confetti and make confetti eggs or they’re also called cascarones. Then the kids smash them on each others’ heads at Easter.” My ninety-one year old mother looked at me as if this made no sense. The evening […]

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