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   “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1a (NLT) Thirty years ago I got divorced. It was […]

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27
Apr
2015

  Recently, my husband and I are attended his son’s 40th birthday party. It’s hard to believe he was eleven when Steve and I married. Now he is grown up, with a wife and daughter of his own. His celebration prompted me to reminisce about the last twenty-nine years that he and I have spent […]

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Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Divorce

  “My father is seventy and it’s as though he is reliving adolescence,” the daughter shared. “Last month he purchased a new red convertible sports car, and this week he told my mom he doesn’t want to be married anymore. My siblings and I are in shock. We threw them a big party last year […]

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Top Ten Financial Tasks, Marriage, ReMarriage, Laura Petherbridge

My husband, Steve, was a banker for twenty-five years. So when it comes to people and their finances he has seen it all. His signature statement is, “I spent the first twenty-five years of my career getting people into debt, and I’d like to spend the rest helping them get out.”   All couples should […]

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05
Feb
2015

A Hill To Die On

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A Hill to Die On, Laura Petherbridge, StepFamilies, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog, Dinner, eating healthy

{Originally published in 2013} “I can’t get my stepkids to eat healthy foods,” a stepmom shared with me.   “When they are at their mom’s house they eat fast food and stuff filled with chemicals. But at our house I feel it’s important to eat a lot of vegetables and everything organic.” She continued. “This […]

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13
Jan
2015

Who’s Your Daddy?

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

{originally published in 2013}   The “Who’s Your Daddy?” message that I share from the platform is by far my favorite one to deliver. I think it’s because I’ve discovered that everything in life hinges on the answer to that question. During my early years as a Christian I thought I believed in God’s love. […]

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Family Photo, Step Family Photo, Christmas Time, Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

{originally published in 2013}   “My mom wants to have a new family picture taken for Christmas,” Tanya shared. “She updates the photo every few years and sends it with her Christmas cards.” “Everything was fine until she mentioned that she doesn’t want my stepdaughter, Carissa, in the picture. She only wants ‘family’. “I told […]

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14
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Stepfamily, Laura Petherbridge, The Smart Stepmom

  “Is this how you felt when Colin and Erin were born?” I softly asked Steve, my husband.   “Yes.” He replied. “And when the grandchildren begin to arrive it is one more reminder of how stepfamilies are different than first time marriages.”   Although I was very excited and happy when his grandchildren came […]

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17
Mar
2014
Learning How to Love, Stepfamily, Stepmom, Stepson, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Laura Petherbridge

If I’m being totally honest there were times in my early years as a stepmom that I didn’t even like my stepsons, much less love them. To me they appeared spoiled and pampered, plus everyone in my husband’s family seemed to tip-toe around their wants and whines. This was the total opposite of the extremely […]

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03
Mar
2014

Me and My Big Mouth

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Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, The Smart Stepmom

  “I couldn’t get into the pool or the shower today because they were so crowded,” I huffed to the administrator at my local gym. Before she could reply I stomped out the door.   Immediately, I was convicted. The little voice deep inside said, “Laura, you were extremely rude to that woman. You have […]

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