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The 30-Day Praise Challenge for Parents (Review and giveaway)

I received a review copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents from Family Christian. The opinions contained in this review are entirely my own. This post may contain affiliate links. This parenting thing is hard. There are so many days when I’d like to throw up my hands and walk away. Other days … Continue reading »

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Sometimes We Need to Bench Our Kids

My older daughter played in a soccer tournament last weekend and had an experience she hasn’t had in a while. In her game on Friday night she spent a good bit of time on the bench. It’s been a long time since my daughter has to ride the pine. She had gotten to the point … Continue reading »

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Behavior Always Matters

My younger daughter was sick all last week. She missed the entire week of school. While she’s not running a fever this week, she’s still fighting through the remnants of her illness. She has a horrible cough and is exhausted by the time she gets home from school. Unfortunately, when you miss an entire week … Continue reading »

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What Our Kids Learn from Our Mistakes

I was at my moms’ group yesterday for the first time in a month. Between illness and spring break, I hadn’t made it in a while, and I was really looking forward to seeing some friends and enjoying some time to focus on God. About halfway through our meeting though, I got a message from … Continue reading »

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When You’re Out of Patience by 9 a.m.

It’s been a long week. It started on Monday with a never-ending migraine for me. Tuesday followed with a tearful phone call from my older daughter at track practice saying she had hurt her foot. A trip to urgent care, some X-rays and a walking boot later, we got a diagnosis of a possible stress … Continue reading »

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First Friday: Remember When You Were Awesome

The longer I live, the more I realize why Jesus thinks little kids are the bee’s knees. In a world that is cynical, cold and obsessed with junk, it’s our kids that rock the norm. Not only do these tiny peeps live on the brighter side of life. But warmth also spews out of them. … Continue reading »

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Our Kids are Watching and Listening

My younger daughter’s house league hockey team lost for the first time this season on Sunday. The conditions were less than ideal. It was 63 degrees, and they were playing on the outdoor rink, which quickly went from a sheet of ice to a puddle of water while they were playing their game. The referees … Continue reading »

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Be Kinder than You Need to Be

You just never know. You never know when a small act of kindness is going to end up being a big deal. The other day I read a story about a man who sat down next to an autistic child on an airplane. He could have chosen to ignore her. He could have chosen to … Continue reading »

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Living in the Moment

Over the weekend, I accompanied my older daughter to a memorial service for her friend’s dad. He was 45. We hadn’t been home from that service for more than a couple of hours when my Facebook feed blew up with the news that an acquaintance of mine had died following complications from gallbladder surgery. She … Continue reading »

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Choosing to Be Present in 2014

It’s hard to believe that 2013 has just two days left. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish in the new year. I’m not much for resolutions because I think they are so easily broken, but I do like to start the new year off with an idea of what I’d … Continue reading »

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