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23
Dec
2014
Grace, Grace Based Parenting, sonia cleverly

  My Christmas decorations are displayed.  My Christmas cards are delivered.  My Christmas shopping is not done.  It gets harder and harder to find the perfect gift for my teenage boys.  I am wracking my brain.  But, I’m distracted.  Because thinking of the perfect gift for them means thinking of them.  And thinking of them […]

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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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24
Sep
2014

First Responders

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First Responders, Family Matters, Sonia Cleverly, emergency, friendship

  Currently a friend of mine is walking through a deep valley in her life.  I feel fairly helpless.  My assistance is so profoundly insufficient.  Because the only way out of this valley is through it, and the only solution to her problem is time and space.  And time and space stubbornly require so very […]

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17
Sep
2014

The Other Woman

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The other woman, grace based parenting, teens, dating

It’s happening. I knew this day would come.  I’m grateful it didn’t come sooner.  I’m still not ready. My son, once carried inside my body, but now more than a head taller than me . . . who once called me mama, but now sometimes says “mom” like the word is almost too distasteful for […]

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03
Sep
2014

Follow the Leader

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follow the leader, follow me, sonia cleverly, grace based parenting, family matters

  We are bird watchers and bird lovers in my family, grateful to live in an area where there is often a nest of baby somethings in one of our trees or landscape bushes – mourning doves, Gambel’s quail, even great horned owls.   We absolutely delight in them!  The internet has been great fodder for […]

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25
Aug
2014

Paradise Lost and Found

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Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Sonia Cleverly, Paradise Lost and Found, Parenting

  Twenty-five years ago I had a plan to change the world.   It began unfolding in the middle of a spectacular course (you may have to trust me on this) devoted solely to John Milton’s magnum opus, “Paradise Lost.”  I suddenly knew I had to be a literature major.   Only moments after this […]

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04
Aug
2014

God in Our Wilderness

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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 […]

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23
Jul
2014

Peanut Butter and Parenting

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Peanut Butter, back to school, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Ugh.  School is starting again soon.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of being educated, I just miss my boys and our unstructured time together when the daily grind takes them away for nine months each year.  I do love – I mean really love – school supplies, though, so I am […]

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07
May
2014

The Miracle of His Reach

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The Miracle of His Reach, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Sonia Cleverly, Scottsdale Bible Church, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Forgiveness

  I did something really ugly this week.   Fortunately, I didn’t get away with it.   Thanks to the wonders of cyberspace, I got caught talking behind someone’s back to her face.  Well, to her inbox on Facebook.   To all of you amateurs who have experienced a “reply all” misstep, your faux pas was […]

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10
Mar
2014

Joyfully Ever After

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Ever After, Family Matters, Grace Filled Marriage, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  I know I’m not supposed to because of all kinds of reasons, but I love fairy tales.   And, I like the versions with beautiful princesses with good taste in shoes and the noble princes who can’t live without them.  German literary superiority has nothing on tiaras and white steeds.  Who doesn’t love a good […]

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