13
Dec
2017

God With Us

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New Years Eve.  1983. Central Tennessee.  It had been a silent night.  It was a quiet dawn.  Morning’s first rays slipped across the living room floor and climbed up the Christmas tree.  Prisms flashed from crystal ornaments and bathed the room in rainbows.  The Madonna stared down at her baby in the nativity scene hanging […]

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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

If you were asked to throw out words to describe your feelings about Christmas, “broken plans” and “paradoxes” probably wouldn’t make your list. But they’d be at the top of it if you were Mary and Joseph. In the countdown to your wedding, your supposedly “virgin” fiancé tells you she’s pregnant and has the gall […]

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Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Thanksgiving is the least commercialized religious holiday. You can actually celebrate without adding a single thing to your earthly belongings. The celebration lasts only one day. It’s not a season nor does it have its own abbreviation i.e. Xmas. The trimmings have not overshadowed the true meaning of the holiday. Even non-praying families say a […]

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08
Nov
2017

We planned that my sister Sue would care for our Joey (special needs age 36) for a long weekend so we could get his room set up as we downsized into our now cozy cottage condo just stone’s throw from the “old” house. This allowed us to prepare ahead of time for what happens when […]

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30
Oct
2017

Happy Halloween! Confused about if you should celebrate Halloween?  Wondering how you can play a part in God’s work of redeeming Halloween? You’ve come to the right {web} place! Here are a couple of previous posts about that very thing! 1) Halloween – From a Christian Parents Perspective {by Karis Murray} 2) Halloween and Hot Chocolate {by […]

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“Start with sunny side up, end with scrambled!” That statement sums up our life – how about yours? Each morning I make my husband Joe and I an egg. The goal is to make our eggs “sunny side up” but if (when) the yolk breaks, plan B is in effect: scrambled is served! And plan […]

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22
Aug
2017

I remember the first year of being a dad. The late nights, the diaper changing, the shift in habits and time management, the sheer cost of children—it was both exciting and overwhelming. I heard about all of this stuff and been warned, so although it was craziness, it was not particularly surprising. Something did surprise […]

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Are you ready for back-to-school? Whether you are mourning or celebrating the end of summer, here’s a few practical tips to help you make the transition a little smoother: 1. Create a “launch pad” near the entrance/exit of your home. This is where backpacks, important papers, keys and necessary items for work and school can be […]

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Recently, Karis Kimmel Murray, Creative Director at Family Matters and author of, Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst, sat down to chat with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on Family Life Today. Three episodes will air, one each day, July 31-August 2. Check your local […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Constructing Peace, Edy Sutherland, Grace Based Parenting

We’re already busy, but being busy doesn’t exempt any of us from serving beyond our own family and comfort level. We’re not trying to send anyone on a guilt trip, but when others see that we can serve when we have so many limitations already caring for one (or more) with needs, they see what […]

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