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05
Feb
2015

A Hill To Die On

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A Hill to Die On, Laura Petherbridge, StepFamilies, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog, Dinner, eating healthy

{Originally published in 2013} “I can’t get my stepkids to eat healthy foods,” a stepmom shared with me.   “When they are at their mom’s house they eat fast food and stuff filled with chemicals. But at our house I feel it’s important to eat a lot of vegetables and everything organic.” She continued. “This […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Family Matters encourages foster families to do the tough but rewarding job of caring for God’s forgotten children.   Family Matters has a vision to see families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of restoration and reformation.  That’s exactly what has happened to Peter and Julie Bartolini. Although they consider themselves “extraordinarily average people” […]

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Postmodern-Parent-Logo

{Originally published in 2011} It was a rainy day outside of Chancellorsville, Virginia. I had just turned thirteen. To my left across the train tracks was a non-descript 19th century home where a man died 134 years before. The man’s name was Stonewall Jackson, and despite his being a general for the Confederacy, he was […]

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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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caregiver

{Originally published in 2012} Adjustments to any challenge are difficult, especially when it is both physically and emotionally draining. An initial diagnosis that is life-changing puts the attention on the problems and issues of the person needing care, and often the caregiver’s needs are over­looked or at best put aside temporarily. Unfortunately, we don’t always […]

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28
Jan
2015

Finding Faith Even in My Failure

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Sue Birdseye, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

  I’ve wanted to write for days…well, probably weeks, but life keeps getting in the way.  I wanted to be in a better place before I shared.   I wanted my blog to have a title like, “5 Steps to Parenting Perfection” or “No Regret Parenting” or “I Figured It Out!!!” But alas, I don’t have […]

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27
Jan
2015

The God Who Sees

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Stacy Edwards, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, feeling not enough, God Sees You

{Originally published in 2013} I have spent a lifetime feeling as if I wasn’t enough. I’m not sure I know what “enough” looks like, but I know that I have never felt like I was there.   In my school age years, I made good grades but I wasn’t the valedictorian. I wasn’t musical or athletic […]

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26
Jan
2015

Being a Man

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dadandbaby

{Originally published in 2012}   One of today’s greatest challenges for men is teaching our own sons what it means to be a man. I was raised in the Judeo-Christian work ethic and taught that I should work hard to become a good provider for my family. Seems easy enough. But my father had a […]

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23
Jan
2015

To the New Mom…

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Family Matters, New Mom

  To the New Mom at the Beginning of a New Year,   I keep thinking about all the things that I want to share with you, a new mother, someone just one small step behind me. There is so much ahead for you, so much to explore and discover about yourself, your family, your […]

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the balance between laughter and tears

{Originally published in 2012}   Do you know who said, “For every laugh there should be a tear”? It was Walt Disney. All of us probably enjoy that thought for great books and storytelling, movies and shows, but for real life, it seems most would prefer laughter and smiles all the time. That makes life more […]

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