19
Dec
2014
parenting, mother son relationship, grace based parenting, Family matters

  At the insisting of my son, I walked outside. I was quickly handed a bat and, because I’m perceptive like that, I understood that I was to join him in a game of baseball. We took turns placing the ball on the tee and swinging the bat. Lefty. Righty. Bothy. It didn’t matter.  Our […]

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18
Dec
2014

Going it Alone

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Going it alone, Christmas, alone, burden, Family matters

  Ever have that friend that you hear from a lot and then all of a sudden just kinda falls off the map?   You might begin to speculate:   Maybe she’s just gotten “busy.” She has had a lot going on with her kids. Maybe I should see if she wants to have lunch. […]

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17
Dec
2014
ADHD, Perfect Attendance Award, Karis Murray, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Each quarter the teachers at my daughters’ school hand out awards to the students in their classroom: Honor Roll, Most Improved in Math or Reading, Star Students, Kindness, Helpfulness, Most Books Read, etc. My daughters have received several of these certificates throughout their elementary school years, but the one that they both receive regularly […]

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16
Dec
2014

The Christmas Bell

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The Christmas Bell

The Birth of Jesus Changed Everything! Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! - II Cor. 9:15 THE BELL I KNOW WHO I AM I am God’s child (John 1:12) I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15 ) I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17) I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20) […]

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15
Dec
2014

Probably Nothing

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probably nothing, parenting, special needs, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  A high school friend and I had sons around the same time with many of the same special needs; however as time went on, there were differences, and at one point my friend recalls asking me, “When Joey started walking, what did you do that therapy wasn’t doing?” She told me she was prepared […]

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12
Dec
2014

Grace :: It’s Simple Math

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math, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, grace

Grace is hard work. And most the time it doesn’t add up. I think this is why so many people reject it as the default mode of their lives. God actually expects us to: Be kind to people who aren’t always kind in return. Forgive people who don’t deserve to be forgiven. Be generous to […]

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11
Dec
2014

Stop Singing CHRISTmas Songs

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Christmas Songs

{originally published in 2012}   I have been told more than once to stop singing CHRISTmas songs. Shocking, yes! Not quite so shocking when you realize I have been told that during the months of March, June and September. CHRISTmas time seems to just automatically fill me with joy, hope and peace. The entire month […]

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Christmas crafts, Family Matters, Pinterest, Grace Based Parenting

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer” It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Let’s celebrate with some Christmas time crafts!  You can find even more wonderful ideas on our Family Fun-ness board on our Pinterest page!       […]

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09
Dec
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Grace Does Not Have A Nice List, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, Veggie Tales

{originally published in 2013} Recently, I sat down to watch a movie with my kids about the story of St. Nicholas (yes, it was a Veggie Tales movie, just stay with me). Long story short, here was a man (or cucumber as it were) from wealthy means who chose to bestow his benevolence on needy […]

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08
Dec
2014
innkeeper, christmas, family matters, grace

  Christmas is ahead of us, and I feel like I need to speak out on a very important issue. It’s time for this “War on Christmas” to be over. No, I’m not talking about keeping Christ in Christmas, (or, if you will, keeping the X in Xmas.) It is time to stop despising the […]

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