Jill Novak

Years ago, as I was standing in the scrapbook aisle at Hobby Lobby and looking for decorative paper, I overheard a little girl make the most precious comment. About ten years old, she thumbed through the papers in front of her, while her mother looked through the racks above her head. Occasionally, her mom would […]

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The story of how I cooked my first turkey is a laughable reminder of why homemaking skills are taught and not caught! I distinctly remember sliding the highly anticipated “Thanksgiving bird” into the oven. As the blue-speckled enamel roaster scraped noisily across the metal rack, I announced to my new husband, who had been looking […]

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Beneath the snow my garden awaits the rebirth of spring. For months, there have been no visible signs of growth–no change, no movement, no life. Frigid and cold, the world outside my window appears to be locked in a state of suspended animation. The sunflowers stoop low under heavy caps of crystallized snow. The bean […]

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During the holidays, I temporarily stored the seasonal decorations out on our porch. My son and his family had come home for an extended visit, so as I took “fall” down, and put “Christmas” up, I tossed everything I didn’t need out the door just to get it out of the way. It was a […]

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If you’re like me, you probably like to stash a few Christmas presents away throughout the year. Well, I have a stash of Girlhood Home Companions that I would like to bless you and your daughter(s) with this Christmas. It gives me great joy to announce that Remembrance Press is giving away 5 copies of […]

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Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives confess, The beauty of Thy peace. J. G. Whittier There is a marked contrast between the months of December and January. One is busy, the other quiet. One is filled with […]

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We have a variety of New Year’s Eve traditions our family has adopted over the years. We look forward to doing some or all of these activities, depending on what’s happening in our lives. The last few years have been focused on making it through Christmas while caring for my elderly father, which is always […]

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If you feel the holidays are one big blur and that family memories keep slipping away all too quickly, try capturing them one at a time, as they happen! There is no better way to preserve Christmas in everyone’s memory than the act of recording daily events. Journaling will slow down the season’s hectic pace […]

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