14
Nov
2014

Behind Every Great Man…

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family matters, marriage, grace based

  Guess what I can do with a 102 degree fever?  Several  loads of laundry.  Make dinner.  Help with homework.   Do the dishes.  More laundry.  Sign permission slips.  Write a blog.   Guess what my husband can do with a 102 degree fever?  Moan.  Suggest concern that he may be dangerously close to experiencing a […]

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13
Nov
2014

Thank You Matters

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thank you matters

{originally published in 2012} I have long been a fan of Family Matters and not just because what I read on their website is so helpful, though that’s a great reason to be a fan! It’s also because I have met and hung out with Tim and Darcy and what I can tell you is […]

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12
Nov
2014
report cards, conferences, grace based parenting

  Parent Teacher Conferences. You either go into them knowing what the teacher is going to say or you are totally blown away {and that isn’t always a good thing}.   Tonight we had our first conferences with a junior high student. We had short meetings with not only one teacher, but five. Five different […]

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no social media

{originally published in 2012}   Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, a peculiar thing happens. In the secular world, advertisements for shopping deals become as numerous as political adds in an election year. We are told about this deal and that deal and how we need to “hurry in” before the sale ends. Crazy […]

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10
Nov
2014

Dads And Their Sons

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son, parenting, grace based parenting, family matters

In a previous post, I spoke directly to moms to help encourage them in the delicate balance of protecting their sons less, and preparing them more. In this post, I want to address sons, but I know that it’s unlikely that he will ever read the article. My suggestion would be, ask your husband/son’s father […]

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07
Nov
2014

Moms And Their Sons

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son, parenting, grace based parenting, family matters

  I love my mom! I would not be the man I am today without her. She and I have always had a special relationship, but it is not the same today as it was when I was a boy. When I was young my mom was my primary nurturer.  She fed me, tucked me […]

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06
Nov
2014
the art of anticipating discouragement

{originally published in 2012}   When our heart’s temperature drops (metaphorically), often it doesn’t matter what the facts are of our current circumstances. All we know is that life has taken a turn for the worse. People on the outside looking in understandably wonder what the heck we’re whining about. And because there doesn’t seem […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Moms take care of everyone. But who takes care of moms?   If you’ve never heard of Emporia, Kansas or can’t name any of its famous residents – you’re probably not alone. This sleepy Midwest town located 52 miles southwest of Topeka is only 12 square miles and boasts 26,000 residents. The main attractions include […]

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High Control Quiz

The following is a list of questions meant to help you evaluate your potential for control.  Answer them as honesty as you can, and after you do, have someone close to you answer them on your behalf.  See how well his viewpoints and yours match.  You are about to learn something important about yourself.  printable […]

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03
Nov
2014

A Different “F” Word

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food choices, self esteem, fat, grace based parenting, michelle hutchison

  Oy, the things kids pick up at school. It seems that no matter how hard we try to keep certain words from becoming part of our kids’ vocabularies, they end up picking them up anyway.   A few weeks ago, as I was preparing lunch for my kids I overheard them talking about their […]

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