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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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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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grandparentswithfamily

In honor of all the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in our families, here are a few ways we can bring out the best in the relationship they form with our kids. 1.)    A clean slate One of the blessings of grandparenthood is that it’s a clean slate to write a new, and possibly very different legacy […]

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Potty Training, Darcy kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

I’ve always thought there should be an exemption clause for some of the stickier parts of parenting that goes into effect when you become a grandparent. For instance:   Getting up in the middle of the night Explaining body parts Heavy discipline on a regular basis Teaching them to drive And Potty Training   The […]

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14
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Stepfamily, Laura Petherbridge, The Smart Stepmom

  “Is this how you felt when Colin and Erin were born?” I softly asked Steve, my husband.   “Yes.” He replied. “And when the grandchildren begin to arrive it is one more reminder of how stepfamilies are different than first time marriages.”   Although I was very excited and happy when his grandchildren came […]

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28
Feb
2014

No Sheep Left Behind

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No Sheep Left Behind, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based parenting, Family matters

God’s grace defies human math. It doesn’t have much patience for conventional wisdom either. If you’re in charge of a hundred people and ninety-nine think you hung the moon and show their appreciation by submitting to your leadership, most would say, “Count your blessings.” Nobody bats 1.000. Come to think of it, nobody bats .999 […]

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Family Matters, Karis Murray, Mental Health

  One in four adults and one in five youth in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness. At Family Matters, we know this means nearly every family we come in contact with is impacted by mental illness. As Christians, we know we can turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance and […]

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Family Matters, Laura Petherbridge, Surviving Holidays, Christmas, Step Family

When I was a child Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my dad’s Italian family. For that special night my nana prepared an exceptional menu of meats, fish, pastas and pastries that would make angels salivate. My cousins, aunts and uncles, godparents and various other people filled the house with boisterous talking, bellowing laughter, […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

I’ve experienced more than 55 Christmases. You would think that by now I’d have given up the dream of my holidays turning out like a Normal Rockwell painting.   But I keep trying.   When I was a child, Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my Dad’s large Italian family. My Nana would cook […]

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