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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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We felt like our family unit needed “check ups” from time to time…

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European Leadership Forum, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Darcy Kimmel, family matters, grace based parenting, grace filled marriage

Darcy and I spent the last week in Poland speaking at the European Leadership Forum (aka ELF). ELF is the lovechild of some Oxford and Cambridge University brainiacs who wanted to create an outlet for Europe’s leading Christian voices, thinkers, and people of influence to get advanced training. ELF offers twenty-four Networks in a vast […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Listening

  Special needs, age 34 and totally enjoying his “kid” show… as he kept saying “booger, booger….” with some intensity. I said, “Joey just get a Kleenex. “Mom, booger, BOOGER!” I repeated to get a Kleenex. Finally, he points to the TV and I could see he was watching WORD GIRL, yes, WORD GIRL. In […]

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29
Jul
2015

Teens & Texting

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Grace Based Parenting, Listening

Texting, Kiking, Oovooing, or whatever the latest version is, my kids enjoy these apps that allow them to text or talk to their friends. This digital age we live in has new challenges for parents. A wise person told me that the church often calls things “yucky” and spits them out entirely. This could be […]

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10
Jun
2015

Gospel-Positive Correction

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Grace Based Parenting

  When your child sins, can you correct him in a positive manner? Can you rebuke his actions in a way that  affirms him in Christ?   Of course, there is nothing fun about disciplining and correcting our children. But we can use it as a tool to communicate God’s truth, and even to encourage […]

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Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation? Do you work more than 40 hours a week? Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing? Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships? Do you prioritize cleaning, laundry and […]

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26
May
2015

Trust

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Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters, Sue Birdseye

  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Proverbs 3:5   It is interesting to me that that verse isn’t “Trust in the Lord with all of your mind.”  Why is that? Why does God say heart? I looked up the meaning of heart in my concordance and it says that God uses […]

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22
May
2015

Waiting Stinks…

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Grace Based Parenting

…but it can be a blessing…   I do not like to wait. I don’t like to wait for things to happen, for relationships to be fixed, for problems to be solved, for enlightenment to come, for suffering to end, for God to work.  I don’t know anyone who really enjoys waiting.  But life is […]

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21
May
2015

The Power of Snuggle

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When my oldest daughter Katie moved from her crib to her toddler bed, I spent the first few nights lying on the floor beside her bed with an arm draped over her to help her get settled in.  She would continually ask for me to “snuggle” her and I was glad to respond as her […]

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