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Dear Parents, Now more than ever, there are endless opportunities vying for our kids’ time. School and homework is enough to fill a schedule, let alone sports, clubs and extra-curricular activities. As a veteran mom and a youth group leader, I’m writing this open letter to plead with parents to prioritize church youth group for your […]

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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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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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24
Aug
2015

The Rules

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Grace Based parenting

As my children grew into middle schoolers and gained more freedom and independence I realized that I could never create a “rule” to cover every situation that they would encounter. I also realized that although rules are good to have, they are imposed on us from outside sources. Whether from me, their teachers, their boss, […]

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29
Jul
2015

Teens & Texting

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Grace Based Parenting, Listening

Texting, Kiking, Oovooing, or whatever the latest version is, my kids enjoy these apps that allow them to text or talk to their friends. This digital age we live in has new challenges for parents. A wise person told me that the church often calls things “yucky” and spits them out entirely. This could be […]

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