13
Aug
2014
Optimism, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Mother's Day

  My daughter is unique in our family in many ways. But nothing stands out more to us than her optimism. Her typical first response is to look for the positive in any situation. She trusts others, and she forgives quickly. And trust me — I need to be forgiven a lot. I often wonder […]

→ read more

BackStory Featured Image

Back Stories – When you peek between the lines or catch a glimpse of the shadows slipping quietly behind the scenes, there are a lot of people in the Bible—often nameless, faceless people—who play a huge role in the final outcome of the story. Theirs is the back story—those quiet dramas in the background that […]

→ read more

11
Aug
2014

A Gift

Written by:   |  Found in: Parenting, Special Needs  |   Comments
Family Matters, A Gift, Ivy Weesner, parenting, special needs

  A small Asian woman sat back in her chair peacefully watching her granddaughter practice at gymnastics with her team. She had a baggie of walnuts in her lap and a book she occasionally acknowledged but mostly proudly kept her eyes on her Gracie through the glass window.   “Well Hiiiii!” said Oakley exuberantly as […]

→ read more

08
Aug
2014

Love, Mom

Written by:   |  Found in: Parenting  |   Comments
love, mom

Dearest Little One, There are some things that I think you need to know. I had dreams for you when you were only a flutter in my womb. I loved you long before I knew that you would have those beautiful dimples and that infectious giggle. I prayed for you having never laid eyes on you. […]

→ read more

07
Aug
2014

A Rebel with a Cause

Written by:   |  Found in: Grace, Teenagers  |   Comments
teenager boy featured image

Do you remember that kid in church?  You know the one – he knew all the big biblical answers in youth group, worked recreation every summer for VBS, and sang solo in the church youth choir.  All the little old ladies who sat in the back of the church sang his praises while all the […]

→ read more

24, Jack Bauer, Family Matters, Darcy Kimmel

  Things crashed, plans blew up and chaos ensued. I felt like we were on an episode of “24“. Unfortunately, it was just the first morning of our family vacation.   There were long, urgent instructions that had to be carried out in detail from memory. (no cow’s milk, no gluten, no sugar). No fun! […]

→ read more

05
Aug
2014
I am a Pile Queen, Jenny Gillespie, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Little House on the Freeway, Resources, Hurried Lifestyle, Rest

If you could see my house right now, you would see piles.  Neat piles, but none the less, still mountains of piles.  Rest assured I know exactly what each pile represents.  What I don’t know is how to attack each pile and when.  It seems as though time escapes me and I pass off my […]

→ read more

04
Aug
2014

God in Our Wilderness

Written by:   |  Found in: Parenting  |   Comments
Sonia Cleverly, Boy Scouts of America, Gay, Family matters, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  I literally sent my son into the wilderness the day before yesterday.  The wilderness.  Where the bears live.  In a foreign country.  He’s spending a week canoeing the Canadian Boundary Waters (yes, Canada still counts as a foreign country). He’ll paddle for several miles, get out and haul the canoe to another lake, and […]

→ read more

01
Aug
2014

Quantum Time

Written by:   |  Found in: Parenting  |   Comments
Father's Day, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, DIY

  As far as I can tell, quantum physics means that matter obeys different sets of contradictory laws all at the same time. Or, it means that the more accurately you measure one property of matter, the less accurately you will measure another.   Or something. I think.   In my defense, physicists can’t even […]

→ read more

31
Jul
2014

Love, Darcy | A Classic Reminder

Written by:   |  Found in: Love, Darcy  |   Comments
classic books

Every year, I start out with some reading goals. Maybe it’s an easy way to feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile when the annual ball drops in Times Square. And it might have something to do with the knowledge that it would be very easy for me to luxuriate in the fun and frivolity of […]

→ read more