Laurie’s Blog

Cookie Ministry: The Legend of Mark Norton

September 24, 2016

After retiring from a career in real estate, Birmingham’s Mark Norton enjoyed working a few hours each month for Bud’s Best cookies, sharing samples of “the little cookie with the big taste” with grocery store customers. When declining health led Norton to move into assisted living at Fair Haven Retirement Community, the owner of Bud’s …

Life is a Stage

September 1, 2016

The morning before my oldest son graduated from high school I was feeling both excitement for him and anxiety. I sought to settle my mind on God’s presence and the image that came to my mind was one that I had not seen for many years but had seen almost every Sunday growing up. I …

Pick Me Up Wednesdays

April 4, 2016

Pick Me Up Wednesdays I don’t know about you but it seems like I can start out the week with a full head of steam- ready to take on the world, but by Wednesday I’m feeling drained, and not quite so enthusiastic. Birmingham Christian Family magazine is here to provide you with a “Pick Me …

Laurie’s Blog

February 29, 2016

Beautiful Feet A pedicure is one of those special spring time treats I love to give myself. I had the pleasure of giving my niece her very first pedicure. Painting her tiny toes, brought a big smile to her face and mine. She loved looking at her beautiful feet. God tells us, “…how beautiful are the …


January 20, 2016

The holidays are over and the kids are back in school. For many of us that means getting back into a more regular routine. As that routine begins to take shape, I continue to remind myself to create margins on my “to do” list. The margins on this page make the copy look neat and …

About Laurie

October 1, 2015

Laurie Stroud: Founder, President, Publisher Laurie Stroud is the founder and President of The Christian Family Publication, Inc. (CFP) based in Birmingham, Ala. CFP published its first magazine, Birmingham Christian Family , in 2000. Since 2002 CFP has started and franchised publications in cities throughout the Southeast. The goal of the publications is to spread positive, …

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