Mental Health, Family Matters Blog, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, ADHD, Grace Based Parenting

{originally published in 2013} “Why is Mommy still in bed?” I heard my young son ask my husband.  Yes, it was Saturday, but this wasn’t just a sleeping in kind of morning rest.  This was an “I Don’t Want to Deal with Anything” kind of slumber.  It came off of a conversation with a friend […]

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familyprayer

{originally published in 2011}   Several years ago, my youngest son, Tifton Jack (aka…Jackhammer), decided that he wanted to pray for the family meal. At this time Tifton was around 6 years old and he asked all of us to hold hands as he launched into “one of those prayers”. And it went something like […]

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19
Nov
2014

Grace in Sacrifice

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Joy Cherrick, sacrifice, prayer

  If there is one thing that is hard in the Christian life, it is the surrender. Giving Christ the control over each and every aspect of my body and life is my greatest joy and my greatest battle.   When I gave my life to Jesus as a young woman, I had already tried […]

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18
Nov
2014
be careful what you wish for

{originally published in 2012}   Do you ever secretly (or not so secretly) long for a different stage of life? Maybe you want to go back to being DINKS (dual income, no kids). Or perhaps you’d like to return to the days of one child instead of four. Or just possibly you’d like to experience […]

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17
Nov
2014

Not Automatic

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football, not automatic, family Matters, grace based parenting

  I was an assistant high school football coach for a couple of years. Although I played football through high school and college, I never thought much about coaching. However, now that I’ve done it, I realize how great of an opportunity it was – both to have fun and to teach some young men […]

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14
Nov
2014

Behind Every Great Man…

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family matters, marriage, grace based

  Guess what I can do with a 102 degree fever?  Several  loads of laundry.  Make dinner.  Help with homework.   Do the dishes.  More laundry.  Sign permission slips.  Write a blog.   Guess what my husband can do with a 102 degree fever?  Moan.  Suggest concern that he may be dangerously close to experiencing a […]

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13
Nov
2014

Thank You Matters

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thank you matters

{originally published in 2012} I have long been a fan of Family Matters and not just because what I read on their website is so helpful, though that’s a great reason to be a fan! It’s also because I have met and hung out with Tim and Darcy and what I can tell you is […]

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12
Nov
2014
report cards, conferences, grace based parenting

  Parent Teacher Conferences. You either go into them knowing what the teacher is going to say or you are totally blown away {and that isn’t always a good thing}.   Tonight we had our first conferences with a junior high student. We had short meetings with not only one teacher, but five. Five different […]

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no social media

{originally published in 2012}   Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, a peculiar thing happens. In the secular world, advertisements for shopping deals become as numerous as political adds in an election year. We are told about this deal and that deal and how we need to “hurry in” before the sale ends. Crazy […]

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10
Nov
2014

Dads And Their Sons

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son, parenting, grace based parenting, family matters

In a previous post, I spoke directly to moms to help encourage them in the delicate balance of protecting their sons less, and preparing them more. In this post, I want to address sons, but I know that it’s unlikely that he will ever read the article. My suggestion would be, ask your husband/son’s father […]

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