8 Prayers I Want to Pray for Our Children

8 Prayers

      So let me just be honest… It feels crazy to be saying our children are the ages they are. And this is a month of birthdays. And there’s something about having children-anything-teen that starts to make you feel old, but even more than that– It really starts to sink in that they [Read More...]

Only One Life…

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Today my dad turns 65. And on Sunday our pastor read a poem by C.T. Studd that I want to share here as I pause for a moment to thank God for my dad. There are many reasons I respect and love him, but as my dad enters this new stage-phase of life, I am so thankful that I [Read More...]

Talking With Your Children About the Persecution of Christians

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Are you a World Christian? Are you praying for Christians in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the world who are facing persecution? A few years ago, I wrote an article about ways to help our children become “World Christians” because when our children were very young Noel Piper’s words impacted my heart: “A world Christian sees beyond his [Read More...]

What I Do and Don’t Feel Like Talking About…

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  Things I feel like talking about– Princess Cousins… William Wallace and Olaf… (our new Bearded Dragon babies) Fairytale Murder Mystery Parties (Jason is Rumpelstiltskin and I’m an elf) Books I’m reading right now… (The Singing God– by Sam Storms) (Girl at the End of the World– by Elizabeth Esther) (Restless– by Jennie Allen) People I’m [Read More...]

On My Corner of Bitter and Sweetness

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I finished the book last night and fell asleep longing for them to make it into a movie– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Also swirling was– How much and how quickly each child in this house is growing. My bitter and sweet. On Thursday I met for breakfast-tea-turned-almost-dinner with two special friends. [Read More...]

The End of L.H.O.T.P. Night

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Tomorrow is the last L.H.O.T.P. night. We started watching four or five years ago, when my husband bought me the boxed set for Christmas. I think that was the year we hatched duck eggs and the year Lydia joined us. Every Thursday night… Fast food, plastic trays, and an episode of Little House on the [Read More...]

When Eternity Triumphs Over Anger…

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For the past month, at The Better Mom website, we’ve been sharing daily posts about anger in a series called:  “From Grouchy to Great: Finding Joy in the Journey of Motherhood”. Today, I’m sharing about how keeping my eyes on Heaven helps in the battle against anger and frustration. Would love to have you join [Read More...]

Parenting Class Resources

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My husband and his friend, Andrew, are leading/facilitating a parenting class at our church right now…following along with Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart DVD series. And we had hoped to share a resource list weekly along the way, but the real-life-of-it-is-that I’m just now getting this posted. So, this list below should catch us [Read More...]

My New Year Starts Today…

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I love having a January birthday. Because if I miss the new year opportunity for new year’s opportunities… I get another chance 13 days later. And that’s what happened this year. Most of my new year’s resolutions (which I prefer to call possibilities) are very similar to last year’s. Possibilities of: Less of ________ . And [Read More...]

October 30, 2013

2013

  Celebrating– Double-digits. And our first teenager. Returning from– A fun weekend in Seattle with family celebrating Grandma, Grandpa, Eliana, Cavan, and Laura birthdays–   swimming, airplane museum, movies, swimming, Rainforest café, and more swimming… Reading– Crazy Busy– Kevin DeYoung The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness– Tim Keller The Golden Goblet– Eloise McGraw   Listening to– The Gettys [Read More...]

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