14
Jul
2016

Show Pigs and Life

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Family Matters, Grace based parenting, life lessons

My brother and sister-in-law live on the farm where my sister-in-law grew up. This year they decided to teach their children, ages 6 and 9 how to raise pigs. Suzy was excited to share this part of her childhood with her children. My family has enjoyed watching the process and laughing as they chase their pigs through the […]

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BusyMay

Dear Parents of Young Children, Have you lost your sense of wonder? Your child hasn’t. They awake curious. Exploration always outmaneuvers coined instruction. The ambition of a child’s heart is to discover. Each new day ushers in the lure of adventure: inquiry, exploration, sensing and perceiving. A child does not pass by without:   detecting […]

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a less rules summer

If you’re anything like me the prospect of summer vacation and the end of the school year fills you with a mixture of relief and dread. Relief because it means limping across the finish line of homework, research projects, after school activities, reading logs, and the early morning rush. Dread because ten whole weeks of […]

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

A short time ago I shared something with someone that involved our care for Joey (our 34 year old son with special needs). It had something to do with us not being able to go out for an evening too far away or for too long of a time span without getting someone to watch […]

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15
Mar
2016

Treasure Hunting

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How do I live sufficient grace, Sue Birdseye, Dr. TIm Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” […]

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Console

   “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1a (NLT) Thirty years ago I got divorced. It was […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Listening

  Special needs, age 34 and totally enjoying his “kid” show… as he kept saying “booger, booger….” with some intensity. I said, “Joey just get a Kleenex. “Mom, booger, BOOGER!” I repeated to get a Kleenex. Finally, he points to the TV and I could see he was watching WORD GIRL, yes, WORD GIRL. In […]

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25
Jan
2016
Grace based parenting, Motherhood

  I saw your stilettos as soon as they entered the room. I was hunched over trying to retrieve my two year old from under someone else’s chair. I could not help but notice the mulch from the playground stuck to the bottom of my dirty tennis shoes.   I sat up and took notice […]

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05
Jan
2016

The Struggle for Balance

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New Years Resolutions, Love God Love Others, Joey Espinosa

After the holidays are over and I’m getting ready to set goals and resolutions for the new year, I always ask myself the same question: Why do we settle? Look at our hurried, frazzled lives. We rush from one thing to another, filling up our days in an attempt to find significance or trying to […]

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28
Dec
2015

At the Threshold of Tomorrow

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NewYears

You and I stand at the threshold of a New Year. With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you an epitaph from John Wayne’s tombstone. It says, Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our […]

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