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Tara -bens first ChristmasBy Lisa Cherry

All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care. The special desserts were tucked away in the refrigerator.

The presents were wrapped carefully and placed under the tree… Dozens and dozens of them. We were ready for the annual Cherry family gift opening celebration. The day my children had saved money for, dreamed of, and longed for.

It did not seem they were all that anxious to receive their presents… But they were so eager to give the treasures carefully selected for each other.

10 children + 2 spouses + mom and dad + 4 1/3 grand babies. We definitely would be settling in for a long gift exchange!

The one thing I didn't factor in…102 degree fevers....sore throats....bad coughs...and chills.

As one by one Nathan's family was overcome with this bad virus we thought it best to postpone our plans so that others would not be exposed. But when one day turned into three with the virus spreading from person-to-person every few hours, we threw in the towel and decided to get together anyway.

We lined up recliners, brought in extra Kleenex, and positioned the windows open in half of the room for those who were hot. Those of us who were left standing healthy and strong tried hard not to breathe too much of the polluted air!

Did it destroy our Christmas festivities? No. But it caused us to have to grab extra patience and grace in the midst of the trial.

Sometimes the greatest family memories are built not when everything goes smooth sailing but when adversity forces us to make an alternative memory.

I don't think any of us will forget soon Christmas 2012… The year of the flu virus and the year of the snowstorms!

P.S. The picture is of our grandchild Ben with his mommy Tara. He did not seem to notice all the trouble for his first Christmas!

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And now we're ready for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our new tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Since we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this. 

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.



Op 350 Hannah IMG_2079By Lisa Cherry

Some have asked me how we have instilled a passion for ministry in the heart of our kids. I think one of the greatest answers lies in what we did last weekend.

Our annual family and church tradition: Spirit of Love Operation 350

14 years.
350 boxes each filled with 65 pounds of food.
1000 toys per year.
Prayer stations.

It was at this event last year that Matthew, at age 12, got to lead his first person to Jesus.Op 330 Micah Evan DSC_0394

It was at this event that many of our children have witnessed the incredible value of a five dollar toy to a mother whose Christmas tree would be bare.

Pulling our children out of their comfort zone, giving them an opportunity to serve, challenging them with hard physical labor, and then stretching them to the front line of evangelistic ministry ... I'm so grateful the Lord has deposited His zeal in our kids’ hearts.

Op 350 Jaylynn DSC_0370How about your family? In a world where materialistic desires tempt us into selfishness and isolation have you tapped into God’s kingdom of giving?

It's not too late even this year! Pray and ask the Lord how you could sow seeds of love in mysterious places that only He can see the need.

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We're ready for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our last one for 2012.  We'll be back with another link up on Friday, January 4.

Since we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

Op 350 Hannah 2  IMG_2002My daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this. 

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.



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stockings ChristmasBy Lisa Cherry

Sometimes the holiday preparations can just get me a little overwhelmed.

But this year I have made a concerted effort to take each day and plan the little holiday festivities that I CAN handle, while ignoring the ones that are beyond my reach.

I was so proud of my plan to fabric paint the names on all our Christmas stockings. The last couple years I had failed to get this done and was stuck with notecards labeling them.

So I carefully lectured the troops to stand back away from my creations for the required four hours of drying. I actually felt like I had accomplished something reasonably significant. The kids thought my idea was pretty cool.

Ben stockingBut.....unfortunately Doug was not home for the lecture. So guess whose arm accidentally drug through Baby Ben's name?

When I came into the room later and saw him washing green paint off his elbow, I entered one of those marital testing zones.

Good news. I bit my tongue quickly!

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We're ready for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our new tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Since we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this. 

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.


It sounded so promising. “Cheat Your Way Thin During the Holiday Season.” Maybe somebody really had found a way for me to eat the Christmas cookies and drop my unwanted pounds. So I did that sometimes dangerous thing. I clicked.

The nasty little side bar ad had lured me in as I sat in a hotel room lamenting my extra pounds. All my recent travels and odd schedules had had the undesirable side effect of letting the weight that I had dropped over the last couple years sneak back on.

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