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Parenting situations

Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Parenting

A little over 12 years ago, I sat in a doctor’s office and was presented with the fact that the baby I was holding in my arms shouldn’t be here. I was told that 99% of babies with her particular health issues miscarried before they were born. In the weeks that followed, as a young … Continue reading »

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Parenting Takes Faith

My older daughter leaves tomorrow morning to spend a week in Ecuador on a mission trip. I’m excited for her to go, but this trip that we’ve been planning for nine months has suddenly become a huge leap of faith. You see, our summer has not gone the way we planned. My super healthy 14-year-old … Continue reading »

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These Moments are Precious

For the second time in six weeks, I sat in a doctor’s office with my older daughter and had a doctor look at me and say something like “If we don’t treat this correctly, it could kill her.” When you hear that statement once, it’s an eye-opener. When you hear it six weeks later for the second … Continue reading »

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A Change in Perspective

We’ve had a rough start to summer around here. My older daughter spent the first week of June in the hospital with meningitis. It was a long, scary week that fortunately for us ended with a healthy kid. But I discovered during the past two weeks that there’s nothing like a sudden crisis to put … Continue reading »

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The Teen Years Don’t Look Like I Thought They Would

The other day, a boy told my older daughter that she’s beautiful. I don’t disagree with the sentiment, and I like the boy. But when I heard that, I looked at my daughter, and I wondered where the days went. I wonder when this young lady standing in front of me grew up. I wonder … Continue reading »

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What Defines Your Child?

If you’ve read this blog for very long at all, you know we’re a sports family. Both girls are heavily involved in sports, and they take up a big chunk of our time and budget. I love that my girls play sports. I truly believe that being on a team and competing has huge benefits … Continue reading »

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Raising an Introvert in an Extrovert World

My older daughter is an introvert in the truest sense of the word. She draws her energy from being alone. Interacting with other people is an incredible drain on her energy. And the thought of having to address a problem situation or be a part of conflict is horrifying on a scale that is almost … Continue reading »

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What You Should Expect from Your Kids

Expectations. They’re the root cause of so many frustrations in life. We expect one thing, and we get another. And we’re disappointed. How many times have you sat at a sporting event for one of your kids and been disappointed that your kid was checking out the pretty butterfly instead of scoring the winning goal? … Continue reading »

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When Your Child Struggles

I hate watching my kids struggle. I hate watching the tears roll down their faces. I hate watching them put everything they have into doing something well, and it’s still not enough. But sometimes that’s what I need to do. I need to watch. When my kids struggle, my first instinct is to step in … Continue reading »

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What Do You Need to Succeed?

I’ve been learning a lot about success from my older daughter this week. I wrote last week about how soccer has been a rough go this season. She changed coaches. She’s been hurt. She’s struggling to pick up everything new she needs to know to compete. And this weekend it all came to a head. … Continue reading »

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