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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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strong dads

Boys should be able to describe what a godly man looks like, having watched one from the time they were a little boy.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most.  For many boys, a godly man is something like Superman or Big Foot.  It is not something that can be grasped. A couple of weeks […]

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07
Jul
2014
No Time, God's Handprint, Cindi Ferrini, Family matters

  Having a child with special needs has my time pretty well structured and full. I often say I have “no time” for extra things. But 3-4 times a month my friend Lisa provides Joey with afternoon rides home from work, providing me with an hour of free time, freedom, and time to ENJOY whatever […]

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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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daughters

Most people get nervous when someone evokes a war metaphor in order to frame the essence of a current issue. Women especially. It’s so … “far-right American” to some and too … “Walker Texas Ranger” to others. Wars are about life and death; ultimate winners and desperate losers. I’m with you on this. Normally, I […]

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27
Jun
2014

Vantage Point

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vantage point

“Be careful Elizabeth. Not all dogs are friendly. You’ll have to wait until his owner returns to pet him.” I say these instructions as my three year old daughter positions herself to pet the shiny black dog standing as tall as she with a head resembling a pit bull. With whiney words she responds, “But […]

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High Cost of High Control, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, Grace Based parenting, Resource of the month

  “In {the} “Appearance is everything” homes, a child might be struggling from the friction between his parents, but he’s forbidden to mention anything to relatives or teachers who could offer him emotional support while his parents work out their differences. Or a family might be experiencing a series of financial setbacks, but their daughter […]

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25
Jun
2014

The Nehemiah Mom

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Nehemiah Mom, Grace Based parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Mothers, Serving

  If you and I are friends on Facebook (and, if we aren’t, we need to fix that,) then you are privy to my daily musings on motherhood. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that these confessions are usually written while hiding in the bathroom in a desperate attempt to steal just a […]

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20
Jun
2014
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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High Cost of High Control, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family matters, Grace Based parenting, Resource of the month

“No matter how we slice it, when we assume control in areas of people’s lives where God has not privileged us, it inevitably backfires. When we tally the negative effects of controlling some other person’s life, it’s easy to see why it isn’t worth it. Let me list a few reasons:   Regardless of the […]

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