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Tagged With: parenting

When You’re Not “Fine”

This space has been empty for a while. Life has been crazy — some of the good kind of crazy, and it seems like more of the bad kind. I’m kind of to the point where I’m almost afraid to get out of bed in the morning to find out what new crisis is going … Continue reading »

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Something to Sing About

I could hear her saying something as I buckled the baby into the shopping cart. Okay, so it was actually more like yelling but bless it if I could even tell. I had totally crossed over into the Mom-Zone. You know, the place where the world could be ending but all you hear is the … Continue reading »

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10 Things I Wish My Kids Knew

In our house, we’re in the midst of the tough pre-teen and teen years. The easy days are few and far between. If it’s not one child having a crisis, it’s the other. Hormone-induced tears are a part of nearly every day. Some days I’m my girls’ best friend, and others, I’m the worst mom … Continue reading »

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Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Parenting — The Rest of the Story

A little over a week ago, I wrote this post about not letting fear rule your parenting. The next day, I got a phone call from my 14-year-old daughter in Ecuador saying her throat felt like it did when she had an abscess in it. If you want to know fear, send your child to a … Continue reading »

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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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Glimpses of the Future

My younger daughter was walking to the mailbox. She had on shorts, her hockey warm-up jacket and a St. Louis Blues hat with her hair in a pony tail. I looked at her and was overwhelmed by how much I love this young lady who is truly her own person. My older daughter was sitting … Continue reading »

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When You’re Not Ready

My older daughter is 13 1/2. She goes to high school next year. So far, this teenager thing hasn’t been too bad, but changes are coming that are going to make parenting her a bit more challenging. In six months, she can get her driving permit (because in our state, we think it’s a good … Continue reading »

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5 Parenting Lessons I Learned in 2014

It’s the end of another year. Time to take stock and evaluate the things we did and learned. As I looked back over 2014, I realized that this is one of those years where I learned a lot about parenting. I learned a lot that I didn’t know I didn’t know. I made mistakes, and … Continue reading »

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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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