21
Aug
2014

The Problem with Pinterest

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the problem with pinterest

{an archive from 2012} I’m about to do something very stupid. (Unfortunately for me, it’s not a first). I’m going to take on a new American Icon. I’m going to mess with something that has quickly become as sacred as Mom’s apple pie. I’m going to take a swipe at Pinterest!! Now don’t get me […]

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20
Aug
2014

Overdue Me Time

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Overdue Me Time, Jenny Gillespie, Grace based parenting, Family Matters, Parenthood

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Cor. 6:19-20   My body is full of coffee, […]

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19
Aug
2014
busy

Being busy is a fact of life.   But is your busyness a blessing or a burden? Are you so busy you only have time to do and none to be?  Both are important, but the being often gets neglected for the sake of doing. Here are some thoughts on why we get ourselves burdened by […]

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18
Aug
2014

The Talk

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the talk, sex, parenting, grace based parenting

  Years ago, I attended a “Grace Based Parenting” conference and heard Dr. Kimmel speak on the topic of teaching our kids about sex. The most shocking piece of advice? Start talking to your kids about sex before they enter kindergarten.   Now at the time, I didn’t worry much about talking to my kids […]

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15
Aug
2014

On the Job Training

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on the job training, stay at home mom, grace based parenting

I think I could make a pretty good case for hiring a woman who has been a Mom for just about any job out there.   When I hear about an interviewer who says to a Mom “I see that you’ve been out of the work force raising your children for the past 15 years. […]

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14
Aug
2014
When God is All You've Got

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you need God until God is all that you’ve got. Case in point: I was speaking to a bunch of teenagers at a summer camp on the subject of maintaining moral purity in their dating lives. We had discussed how to avoid temptation and the importance of being willing […]

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13
Aug
2014
Optimism, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Mother's Day

  My daughter is unique in our family in many ways. But nothing stands out more to us than her optimism. Her typical first response is to look for the positive in any situation. She trusts others, and she forgives quickly. And trust me — I need to be forgiven a lot. I often wonder […]

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BackStory Featured Image

Back Stories – When you peek between the lines or catch a glimpse of the shadows slipping quietly behind the scenes, there are a lot of people in the Bible—often nameless, faceless people—who play a huge role in the final outcome of the story. Theirs is the back story—those quiet dramas in the background that […]

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11
Aug
2014

A Gift

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Family Matters, A Gift, Ivy Weesner, parenting, special needs

  A small Asian woman sat back in her chair peacefully watching her granddaughter practice at gymnastics with her team. She had a baggie of walnuts in her lap and a book she occasionally acknowledged but mostly proudly kept her eyes on her Gracie through the glass window.   “Well Hiiiii!” said Oakley exuberantly as […]

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08
Aug
2014

Love, Mom

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love, mom

Dearest Little One, There are some things that I think you need to know. I had dreams for you when you were only a flutter in my womb. I loved you long before I knew that you would have those beautiful dimples and that infectious giggle. I prayed for you having never laid eyes on you. […]

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