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13
Mar
2014
schoolbooks

Let’s open up a can of worms, tell the emperor he has no clothes, and talk about the elephant in the room. Let’s talk about education. I can tell you’re excited. Before we begin, I should disclose a few things relating to myself and the subject of education, so you know where I am coming […]

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28
Oct
2013
Karina Loewen, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Halloween

What is the best day of the year to get to know the majority of the people living in your neighbourhood? It’s not Christmas Morning. Or Easter Sunday. Or the first day of school. The best day of the year to build community is on Halloween. People leave their fenced yards, their closed-in garages, and […]

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30
May
2013

A List Worth Trying

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to-do-list

I love lists, or at least the idea of lists.  By nature, I’m a little too free-spirited to really use a list, but there are small, neglected Perfect Country recesses in my brain that nudge at my Fun Country self and ask if they can play.  I entertain these thoughts occasionally and go through phases […]

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12
Dec
2012

So far I…

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so far I

So far I’ve found that parenting kids and teens produces many more unsatisfying questions than it does answers.   It is frustratingly rare to have a moment where I say to myself – “Hey, my kids were doing this, so I did this to encourage/discourage that and now they have become this/did that and will forevermore […]

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12
Oct
2012
grace based parenting

Sometimes there is confusion around this whole wonderful big idea of grace-based parenting.  Some read articles like this and think it’s saying that good Christian parents should offer their kids as tribute or throw them to the wolves. Or you might read something like this and think actually what grace-based means is clamping down and […]

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21
Sep
2012

Saying No to Good Things

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busy family

“She’s got some serious egg-beater skills”, said one instructor “– you should totally put her in water-polo.” “She’s got a swimmer’s body” said another “she is meant for water sports – did you know the junior team won gold at regionals last year?” “So when are practices?” I say, so amazed and excited that my […]

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20
Jul
2012

Lessons Learned While Waiting

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lessons learned while waiting

It has been said that some people were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and while that may or may not be true, it could be argued that I was born holding a microphone. At the very least it should be no surprise that in my heart God has placed a few dreams […]

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30
May
2012

Before You Boycott

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store front

It seems to be an ongoing trend for some Christian organizations to promote the idea that all good Christians will boycott certain business establishments because of their business policies regarding political and social issues in society. This is a great idea.  But, I really think we need to go all the way with this. Choosing […]

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19
Mar
2012
mom and daughter

We all love our kids.  We all want them to grow up to be upstanding members of society that make a difference in the world.  I hope we spend more days than not feeling like we are doing things well, but we would be wise to admit that sometimes we get  into parenting habits that […]

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10
Oct
2011

Good Times in Tweendom

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tweendom

Our daughter is in her last year as a “tween-ager”. (Could someone please invent a new name for this stage?  I don’t mind the age group but have never liked that descriptor!) A tween is often defined as someone between the ages of 8 – 12.  Other times a tween is defined as an alien […]

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