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31DOP_Day2

DAY 2 : ACCEPTED “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 {ESV} One of the non-negotiable needs of every child’s heart is the need for a secure love – the need to know they’re accepted no matter what. This is a […]

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hearts

Commit to 31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse. Write Your Spouse a love note. Pray together with your spouse one time a day for a week. Kiss for 30 seconds every day for a week. Read or Reread the book, Grace Filled Marriage. Text your mate a message of love just for them. Guys, […]

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24
Dec
2014

Taming the Christmas Crazies

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Taming the Christmas Crazies

{originally published in 2012}   Whose ideas was it anyway to cram 365 days worth of glad tidings, good cheer, shopping, baking and entertaining into the month of December? Can we point the finger at Martha Stewart? Wal-Mart? Or people like us who love the holly jolly idea on paper?  Yes to all three. We […]

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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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21
Aug
2014

The Problem with Pinterest

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the problem with pinterest

{an archive from 2012} I’m about to do something very stupid. (Unfortunately for me, it’s not a first). I’m going to take on a new American Icon. I’m going to mess with something that has quickly become as sacred as Mom’s apple pie. I’m going to take a swipe at Pinterest!! Now don’t get me […]

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15
Aug
2014

On the Job Training

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on the job training, stay at home mom, grace based parenting

I think I could make a pretty good case for hiring a woman who has been a Mom for just about any job out there.   When I hear about an interviewer who says to a Mom “I see that you’ve been out of the work force raising your children for the past 15 years. […]

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24, Jack Bauer, Family Matters, Darcy Kimmel

  Things crashed, plans blew up and chaos ensued. I felt like we were on an episode of “24“. Unfortunately, it was just the first morning of our family vacation.   There were long, urgent instructions that had to be carried out in detail from memory. (no cow’s milk, no gluten, no sugar). No fun! […]

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31
Jul
2014

Love, Darcy | A Classic Reminder

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classic books

Every year, I start out with some reading goals. Maybe it’s an easy way to feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile when the annual ball drops in Times Square. And it might have something to do with the knowledge that it would be very easy for me to luxuriate in the fun and frivolity of […]

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case of water, Darcy Kimmel, How much would you pay, Dilemma, grace based parenting, grandparenting

“Oh, oh!”   “What’s wrong Nana?”   “They didn’t charge me for this case of water. They probably didn’t see it here on the bottom rack.”   At that moment, I had several options:   (Convenience)  It would have been so much easier to just put my groceries into my car including the case of […]

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01
Jul
2014
Designing Dilemmas, Darcy Kimmel, Real World Application, Family matters

We took three of our grandchildren with us on a recent trip to Texas and I was reminded of something that we were very deliberate about as we raised our own children.   Designed Dilemmas.   When it comes to getting our children ready for the future, we must provide dilemmas that allow them to […]

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