18
Sep
2014
the gift of add

{an archive from 2012}   There are two people running around somewhere in the world that I’d like to throttle. The first is the guy who came up with the recipe for smores. The other is the bone head who decided to attach the word “deficit” to the diagnosis for kids who aren’t that interested […]

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17
Sep
2014

The Other Woman

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The other woman, grace based parenting, teens, dating

It’s happening. I knew this day would come.  I’m grateful it didn’t come sooner.  I’m still not ready. My son, once carried inside my body, but now more than a head taller than me . . . who once called me mama, but now sometimes says “mom” like the word is almost too distasteful for […]

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16
Sep
2014
Postmodern-Parent-Logo

{an archive from 2011}   One of the greatest issues facing the church today in America is the issue of children leaving the church when they get to age 18. According to a Barna survey, only 20% of teenagers involved in church activity as teenagers remain involved as twentysomethings. Despite millions of dollars spent by […]

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Family Matters, Teenagers, teens, Parenting

  Your children have been absorbing truths about Jesus. Through your family devotions, Bible storybooks, and your church’s children’s ministry programming, your child has soaked up theology, and he can give good answers to your questions about the Bible, God, Jesus, and the church. Don’t underestimate the value in the teaching of facts. The classical […]

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12
Sep
2014

Surprise Ending

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baseball, ty cobb, dr. tim kimmel, family matters, grace based

“I want you to tell others that they should not wait until a crisis comes to learn how to pray,” the dying man said.   Good advice, but it came from an unlikely convert: Ty Cobb, maybe the greatest player in baseball history; certainly the meanest and most fearless. Cobb came from a respectable but […]

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10
Sep
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Special Needs, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Cindi Ferrini

  Encouragement goes both ways. As caregivers to one with special needs, we enjoy and need to hear encouragement; but we also recognize how important it is to extend encouragement to others so they can begin to understand our role and challenges. Not everyone will want to. Not everyone will “get” it. Not everyone will […]

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09
Sep
2014
cinderellafeaturedimage

{archive from 2013} And no, that was not a good thing….   Kristina, our second born was healthy, smart, helpful, and compliant. She was often there to help our son Joey (3 years older than her) when he needed his shoes tied, face washed, or teeth brushed. The problem was – she was somewhere around […]

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08
Sep
2014
life event checklist, grace based parenting, Family Matters, Bledsoe, Tim Kimmel

  It’s called a Life Event Checklist.   It includes milestones like marriage, birth of a child, that same child starting college, divorce, and losing a job.  Insurance companies, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and financial advisors use these lists in risk assessment. That’s because Life Events—the good and the bad ones—are loaded with […]

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05
Sep
2014

4 Ways to NOT be a Jerk Mom

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parenting, Grace based parenting, family matters

  If you’re anything like me, you might have started your kids’ summer break with visions of vacations and day camps dancing in your head. It all seemed so full of promise- weeks full of lazy mornings and impromptu adventures. But then…   “Get upstairs and get your clothes on, NOW!”   Uh yeah, that […]

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04
Sep
2014

There Was A Day

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There Was A Day, Stacy Edwards, Evil, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog

{archive from 2013} The story of Job is not that different from your story or mine. Job was a man just living his life. He had work and financial responsibilities. He had friends and family. He was a devoted father who prayed over his children each day. Job loved the Lord and life was good. […]

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