Discipline is one of the hardest, but most important jobs that we do as parents. Loving, grace-based discipline is built on a foundation of heart-connected relationships as well as rules and boundaries that develop our kids’ character. Even with solid foundations and positive relationships with our kids, we will still have to correct them when […]

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14
Feb
2019

A Lesson in True Love

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I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day.  I love the hearts and flowers and the pink and red and the sugar and smiles.  I love the perforated cards sold in cardboard boxes that schoolchildren give to their classmates.  I love this day.  It is a sparkly, glittery, girly-girl kind of holiday and deep inside – well, really […]

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We have 3 children. For the most part we feel we’ve been able to express our love well to each of our children even though (we all admit) there were times when we had to concentrate more on the special needs of our son, which may have looked like we loved him more. Nothing could […]

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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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19
Dec
2018

Every year, one of my favorite moments of the Christmas season is when I get into my car after leading the Christmas Eve services at my church. After months of planning and work culminating in Christmas Eve, the church clears out and I slip into my car alone. The December air is crisp and cool […]

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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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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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