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09
Jun
2015
Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Fire and ice. Oil and water. Orange juice and toothpaste. There are some things in life that just don’t go together.   I can tell you from experience, the same is true of anxiety and faith.   My battle with anxiety has lasted decades (plural). That’s a huge portion of my life when you […]

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04
May
2015

Signing Off

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grace based parenting, family matters, Michelle Hutchison

  When you drop your child off for the day, what’s your sign-off phrase?   “Have a great day!” “Don’t forget your lunch.” “I love you.” “Remember to turn in your permission slip!”   Not bad. But looking over this list, I realize that my daily send-offs can be pretty mundane, if not flat out […]

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28
Apr
2015

Mom Dating

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Grace based parenting, Motherhood

  Never did I ever imagine after I got married that I’d find myself dating again. Only this time, it’s not to find a significant other.   It’s to find “mom friends.”   As a working mom, I never really thought much about having “mom friends.” But that all changed when I became a stay-at-home […]

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02
Feb
2015
Table Catalog, Danny Tanner, Full House, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Wanna know something crazy? Full House is now on Nick at Night.   Re-enter sappy synthesizer music, “live” studio audience laughter, and Uncle Jesse’s hair.   I love the kitsch of it all and despite the unfamiliar 80s references, my young kids actually get a kick out of watching it too. And while I’m […]

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06
Jan
2015
happy new year, resolutions, grace based parenting, family matters, michelle Hutchison

Happy “No” Year   “This is going to be my year, I just know it!”   Last time I said this, I ended up having one of the roughest years of my life. I lost a dear friend, had a couple of mini-health crises, and ended up on the doorstep of what I was sure […]

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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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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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26
Nov
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Happy Thanksgiving

{originally published in 2013}   The jig is up. I’ve avoiding talking to my kids about it in hopes we wouldn’t have to deal with the issue for a few years but somehow, my daughter has figured it out.   We’re vegetarians.   Well, I suppose we’re not vegetarians in the way most people would […]

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03
Nov
2014
food choices, self esteem, fat, grace based parenting, michelle hutchison

  Oy, the things kids pick up at school. It seems that no matter how hard we try to keep certain words from becoming part of our kids’ vocabularies, they end up picking them up anyway.   A few weeks ago, as I was preparing lunch for my kids I overheard them talking about their […]

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05
Sep
2014
parenting, Grace based parenting, family matters

  If you’re anything like me, you might have started your kids’ summer break with visions of vacations and day camps dancing in your head. It all seemed so full of promise- weeks full of lazy mornings and impromptu adventures. But then…   “Get upstairs and get your clothes on, NOW!”   Uh yeah, that […]

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