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Tagged With: parenting

A Time of Rest

I’m sure you’ve noticed things have been a little quiet around here lately. We’ve been on vacation, and yesterday was my birthday, so I took a little blogging break. The truth is I haven’t been super consistent about blogging for over a month now. With the daily grind of working, homeschooling, serving in ministry, raising … Continue reading »

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When It’s Time to Change

It’s Vacation Bible School week at our church, and it’s a bittersweet time for me. This is the last year that I’ll have a child participating in VBS. I love VBS. I chose to follow Jesus during fifth-grade Vacation Bible School, and I’ve been teaching VBS since I was in high school. I’ve been involved … Continue reading »

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Bittersweet Moments

I cleaned up our school area last night. It was a bittersweet moment. After homeschooling my younger daughter for a year, she’s headed to middle school next year. I enjoyed spending the year with my daughter. I got to learn things about her that I didn’t know. I got a glimpse into how her brain … Continue reading »

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Works in Progress

I started painting my kitchen about a month ago. Then, life happened. My daughter got injured. We had a rash of illnesses. The weekends got full of soccer and hockey. I got swamped with work. So the kitchen sits unfinished with three walls done and many more to go. It’s going to look great when … Continue reading »

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Your Kids Aren’t Like Anyone Else’s Kids

My younger daughter brought home a ceramic fish that she made in art class the other day. For a 10-year-old’s pinch pot fish, it looked really good. She spent a few minutes telling me all about the details of her fish. One thing she said struck me. “He’s not perfect. I did that on purpose. … Continue reading »

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3 Things That Matter Most in Parenting

I took my older daughter to St. Louis this weekend for a soccer tournament. Her team lost the game that decided who would go to the finals. After two great games, they really didn’t play well in the last game. I took home a frustrated and sore young lady. As we were making the four-hour … Continue reading »

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How to Pick Your Battles

My older daughter wanted to dye her hair with Kool-Aid the other day. It’s apparently all the rage to use Kool-Aid to dye your hair funky colors. It washes out in a couple of weeks and doesn’t hurt your hair. So, I said OK. A few years ago, I probably would have cringed at the … Continue reading »

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When the Couch is in the Walkway

The couch in my living room is pushed against the wall, partially blocking the walkway. There are three hockey sticks leaning against the wall. When people walk into my living room (which is the first room you enter when you walk in our front door), they look at me with a question in their eyes. … 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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Focus on the Shots You Stop

My younger daughter played in a hockey tournament this weekend. Her team made it to the championship game. They were leading, but then the other team got three goals in a very short span of time. The goalie on my daughter’s team was visibly upset and having a hard time getting his head back in … Continue reading »

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