10
Oct
2014

When Does Your Son Become A Man

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son becomes a man

{originally published in 2012}   This is the million-dollar question for our current generation of American boys.  They are wandering, looking for any possible way to get a firm answer so they can begin the next chapter of their lives.  Unfortunately, many of them will never get the answer they are looking for, so they […]

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09
Oct
2014

I Am a New Mom

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babyfoot

{originally posted in 2012}   I am a new mom. No, I’m not a first time mom, but I am a new mom. When I had my first child, I decided she was a low down, manipulative, selfish brat. If you can imagine, at  3 weeks old she cried when she wanted to eat! The nerve. […]

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depression, anxiety, true greatness, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  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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07
Oct
2014

Be the Grace

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Be The Grace, Grace Based Parenting, Grace Filled Marriage, Family Matters, Jenny Gillespie, Grace, Breast Cancer, Grandmother

  {originally published in 2013} Her little giggle, her feisty spirit and her love for her family – these are the things I remember most about my grandma. Although her last months were filled with pain, suffering and sickness, her love and grace is still what remains strongest in my memories of her. My grandmother, Lyle […]

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Cindi Ferrini, family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting

  You might find it odd that one of my favorite verses in scripture is Proverbs 31:18b which says (about the proverbial) Proverbs 31 woman, “Her lamp does not go out at night.” I figured this woman had energy! I’ve also figured out that she must have been tired at times because “she looks well […]

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03
Oct
2014

Moms United

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moms united

{originally published in 2012) I have read many blog posts and articles recently regarding the “mommy wars.”  It’s the silly notion that there is a chasm between working moms and stay-at-home moms. Can I just tell you that it makes me sad and, more importantly, grieves the heart of God? Sister, it does not matter […]

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02
Oct
2014

Before You Boycott

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store front

{originally published in 2012} It seems to be an ongoing trend for some Christian organizations to promote the idea that all good Christians will boycott certain business establishments because of their business policies regarding political and social issues in society. This is a great idea.  But, I really think we need to go all the […]

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Edy Sutherland, Transformative Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters

  How many times have you heard or maybe said, “I went another day without ever using algebra”? We learn algebra to solve everyday real world problems. Too often, algebra is taught as a series of steps to follow, y=mx + b.   Many times, math teachers become so focused on the procedure they forget […]

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30
Sep
2014
eyeroll

{originally posted in 2011} It usually makes its first appearance somewhere between ages 10 to 12; somewhere in that tipping point between childhood and young adulthood. You say something that seems innocuous … a question … an observation … an opinion. Something innocently related to your adolescent’s present context. Then you see it. Its initial […]

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spirited children

{archive from 2012} Upon taking her first breath, my little Nora was ALL energy.  Even at the age of 3 months, I can remember laying Nora under her playmat where she would spend the next 5-10 minutes moving every single part of her body 100 miles an hour, as if she was training to run […]

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