08
Dec
2014
innkeeper, christmas, family matters, grace

  Christmas is ahead of us, and I feel like I need to speak out on a very important issue. It’s time for this “War on Christmas” to be over. No, I’m not talking about keeping Christ in Christmas, (or, if you will, keeping the X in Xmas.) It is time to stop despising the […]

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05
Dec
2014
marriage, habits, family matters, susan yates

  I have often thought that the first 10 years of a marriage are the hardest. You go from “me” to “us” and although it’s wonderful it’s an adjustment to have to put another person’s interests before your own. One friend remarked, “I didn’t realize how selfish I was until I got married!” Marriage is […]

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true greatness, family matters, grace based parenting, michael regan

  Let’s be honest: parenting is hard. Parenting a child with special needs is really hard. And when your special needs child has mental illness, it can be flat out daunting.   This isn’t about comparison – it’s about compassion. If you are a parent with a mentally ill child, or you are close to […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

The days from Thanksgiving through New Years are, for many of us, the busiest of the year.   In the blink of an eye, our lives are filled with decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, celebrating, and worshipping our Lord and Savior.  It’s a corridor of time in which our faith and its significance and the culture and […]

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Family Photo, Step Family Photo, Christmas Time, Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

{originally published in 2013}   “My mom wants to have a new family picture taken for Christmas,” Tanya shared. “She updates the photo every few years and sends it with her Christmas cards.” “Everything was fine until she mentioned that she doesn’t want my stepdaughter, Carissa, in the picture. She only wants ‘family’. “I told […]

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01
Dec
2014

Advent :: New Music

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Advent, music, Cody Kimmel, family matters

There were moments when I seriously doubted that my little brother, Cody Kimmel, would use his tremendous musical talents for good. Moments like when he borrowed my tight leather pants so he could play in his friend’s Queen tribute band. Or like the time he listened to my Aerosmith album 36 times in a row to hone […]

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28
Nov
2014

Anti-Black Friday To Do List

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black friday, family matters, grace based parenting

  1. Sleep in. 2. Enjoy a full breakfast with family and friends {didn’t we just eat?!} 3. Watch a parade and maybe a football game. 4. Take a nap. 5. Cherish the things in my life that can’t be bought in a store. 6. Think about taking out the Christmas tree to decorate. 7. […]

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27
Nov
2014

From All of Us…

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HappyThanksgiving
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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25
Nov
2014

Kids and Technology

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kids and technology

{originally published in 2012}   Not sure exactly how you should respond to the Social Media craze? You may even be asking yourself what rules (if any) should you enforce in your home as your children interact with the web? Well the media is interested in these questions too. Specifically this  news release – CBS […]

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