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Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Laura Petherbridge, Grace Based Parenting, God's Love

Not everybody has friends like my friends Joe and Cindi, but everyone would be better off if they did. To set up the reason why, let me take you back to a conversation I overheard a long time ago … Associate Pastor: “What would you say about a Christian who doesn’t have much of a […]

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Having a son with special needs and two daughters who developed typically (the jury is still out on this one!) we have plenty of memories of early growing up years of travel and vacations! The honest summary would be this: some travel was not pleasant. Some travel was really hard but we are not going […]

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05
Jun
2019

Embrace The Place

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Grace Based Parenting, Inside Out

It didn’t happen overnight. It was difficult for me to initially receive the gift that God had given to us in having Joey. The critical step of needing to take ownership of the responsibility of taking care of all my son’s needs took a while for me to settle into. Initially, Cindi was the one […]

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11
Apr
2019

I Will Freak Out

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Easter, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Celebrate

Sometimes the things that take us off guard are the words our children speak. For us, there are many memories of family times away from home over holidays, and many particularly at Easter since we’d often be in Florida. Sometimes it would be “Easter church at the condo” where the children ran the church service […]

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I should have the answer. After all, I wrote the bible study on it. Balancing the Active Life. (A newly updated version is now available at www.cindiferrini.com) I should have known what was needed when my own life became overwhelmed. But sometimes we don’t recognize what we’re in the middle of until things start falling […]

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09
Jan
2019

We can’t ever remember setting goals for the New Year in January; but we always used that month to discuss our previous year in light or what we’d hoped to see happen and accomplished in our New Year, so at the start of February, we listed our goals! We would add things we felt were […]

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12
Dec
2018

There was always great joy around our home at CHRISTmas. Santa visited us personally every year and the kids loved it! He first had to grab the costume I made from our closet, and needed help putting on the beard, pillow under his belt, hair and hat on his head. Different shoes and gloves covered […]

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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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Often we write about our son Joey (nearly 37) with special needs. His story as it intertwines with our lives and the lives of our 2 daughters is something we share with others to give hope, comfort, and encouragement. It hasn’t been easy, often not fun, and seldom comfortable, but we’ve all tried to make […]

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19
Feb
2018
Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

Even on the best of days, I can’t honestly say that my day has been one big smile. There are pressures in the day to pay the bills (hoping there is enough money at the end of the month) that often get a gentle grimace when everything balances. There are days that things just don’t […]

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