The thrill of Summer, don’t you remember it?! That giddy feeling of not having to study for three whole months and the promise of no schedules. (Yeah remember when summer break was from Memorial Day until after Labor Day?)  Days of sleeping in a bit, staying up late, sleepovers on weekdays, outdoor exploration, video games […]

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Teachers play a vital role in developing each one of us in and outside of the traditional classroom. We have all been shaped and molded by the help of a “teacher” at some point in our lives. We gathered some quotes for you to use during Teacher Appreciation Week and encourage you to write that special […]

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I always thought that foster care and adoption were things that only really saintly people did. You know the people I’m talking about – the really “together” and “with it” ones. But all that changed when two of my best friends began fostering. These were women just like me, with husbands just like mine. Their […]

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Often we write about our son Joey (nearly 37) with special needs. His story as it intertwines with our lives and the lives of our 2 daughters is something we share with others to give hope, comfort, and encouragement. It hasn’t been easy, often not fun, and seldom comfortable, but we’ve all tried to make […]

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12
Mar
2018

Are you happy?

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I was flying to Canada one autumn to speak at a college. I was on a British carrier that had a lot of Europeans on board. The computer that selected my seat had placed me next to a husband and wife in their mid-fifties. They were a Jewish couple from England who had been vacationing […]

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19
Feb
2018
Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

Even on the best of days, I can’t honestly say that my day has been one big smile. There are pressures in the day to pay the bills (hoping there is enough money at the end of the month) that often get a gentle grimace when everything balances. There are days that things just don’t […]

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08
Feb
2018

The Power of I’m Sorry

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As a dad, I say “I’m sorry” a lot. Probably every day. Multiple times a day. This shouldn’t have surprised me, but this is one of the things about being a dad that caught me off guard. I thought good dads just never messed up, or at least, only occasionally messed up towards their kids. […]

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24
Jan
2018

At the end of most days, I felt like I was scraping the last bit of refreshing ice cream out of our dessert bowl and finding there is nothing left (but wanting more.) I felt empty but wanted more of sweet refreshment in time and energy that was lacking at the end of most days! […]

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27
Dec
2017

Five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!  Strains of “Auld Lang Syne” came over the loud speakers as the ball at Time Square finally reached the bottom of its drop.  At that precise moment, millions of people, taking their cue from Dick Clark, started to dance and make noise all over the land. But […]

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13
Dec
2017

God With Us

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New Years Eve.  1983. Central Tennessee.  It had been a silent night.  It was a quiet dawn.  Morning’s first rays slipped across the living room floor and climbed up the Christmas tree.  Prisms flashed from crystal ornaments and bathed the room in rainbows.  The Madonna stared down at her baby in the nativity scene hanging […]

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