Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

There really is so much for which to be thankful. But I also admit, there are times when we’ve had times of exhaustion in care-giving; emotional exhaustion and physical demands that led to being drained in all areas including spiritually. We wish we had sure-fire ways of finding answers that work every time to eliminate […]

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14
Nov
2018
Grace Based Parenting

At Family Matters, we understand the additional challenges that can be faced when fostering and adopting which is why we offer a great resource at no cost to you. We encourage you to take advantage of this free resource, watch it all at once or break it up into a 4 week study. Invite some […]

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07
Nov
2018

Throughout the Bible, God shares His heart for orphans and widows in distress (Deuteronomy 10:18, Psalm 68:5-6) and calls on His people to share in this passion and bring to each child the love of Jesus (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27, Matthew 25:40). Currently, there are between 400,000 and 600,000 kids in foster care in the United […]

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17
Oct
2018
Thanksgiving, family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Right out of the gate I think everyone should be comfortable to claim “special needs” when it relates to Halloween! It’s certainly not a “one size fits all” holiday! As our kids were growing up, we really lacked a specific direction we felt we needed to take with Halloween so, we did something different each […]

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26
Sep
2018
marriage, grace based parenting, joey espinosa

Sometimes marriage sounds like a symphony. Every note working together, the dynamics, the ebb and flow of rest and movement, everything working in complete harmony. And sometimes marriages sound like a piano thrown down the stairs of a 30-story building.  Regardless of effort and time, there is no harmony. I have been a musician since […]

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19
Sep
2018
marriage, habits, family matters, susan yates

At the end of 2018 Scott and I will have been married 27 years. This is longer than some of the young men and women in the couples we mentor have even been alive. It’s longer than either of our parents’ marriages lasted. There have been seasons when 27 years is longer than we would […]

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Our son’s senior year has begun.  A year I have jokingly referred to as a year of meeting deadlines and writing checks. There’s always a deadline looming and every deadline requires a check!  But in all seriousness, it’s already turning out to be a year of great reflection for me.  These years of schooling haven’t just […]

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08
Aug
2018

It’s back to the Grind School When your children are in school it seems like the end of summer either comes too soon or not soon enough! What is it for you? As a mom of a son with special needs and two typically developing daughters, I always hated for summer to end, but tried […]

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As Summer winds down and the anticipation and excitement of going back to school begins, it can be nerve racking as well. There is a vulnerability in your kids, no matter how tough they may seem on the outside, that gets exposed when put into a new environment with new teachers, new classmates, new routines, […]

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When our children were small, Mom Ferrini used to say, “These are the best days of your life!” Those words resonated as many times as she sweetly repeated them and certainly every time we were up all night with one child or another, every time we had an extended stay with Joey in the hospital […]

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