Blog  /   Posts Tagged: parenting

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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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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24
Nov
2014
give thanks, thanksgiving, grace based parenting, family matters

  “In” everything give thanks – not “for” everything.   Confusing? Wrong?   Let’s see what God’s word has to say: Ephesians 5:18,   “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   As a young mom of a son with special needs, it was hard for me to […]

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Mental Health, Family Matters Blog, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, ADHD, Grace Based Parenting

{originally published in 2013} “Why is Mommy still in bed?” I heard my young son ask my husband.  Yes, it was Saturday, but this wasn’t just a sleeping in kind of morning rest.  This was an “I Don’t Want to Deal with Anything” kind of slumber.  It came off of a conversation with a friend […]

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familyprayer

{originally published in 2011}   Several years ago, my youngest son, Tifton Jack (aka…Jackhammer), decided that he wanted to pray for the family meal. At this time Tifton was around 6 years old and he asked all of us to hold hands as he launched into “one of those prayers”. And it went something like […]

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18
Nov
2014
be careful what you wish for

{originally published in 2012}   Do you ever secretly (or not so secretly) long for a different stage of life? Maybe you want to go back to being DINKS (dual income, no kids). Or perhaps you’d like to return to the days of one child instead of four. Or just possibly you’d like to experience […]

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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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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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