Category Archives: Children and Family

I Want Cards and Flowers!

I do want cards and flowers for Mother’s Day. Let me just put that out there.  I recently read a blog that began with “Yeah — if you’re being gut honest here — you don’t really want the cards or the … Continue reading

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Being Real

“I have a good security guard in my head,” nine-year-old Brennan told me recently as we walked into Subway together, just the two of us. “Really?” I responded.  “That’s interesting.” “Yep,” he continued, “He tells me not to say bad … Continue reading

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When God Seems “Mean”

“God is so mean,” Brennan pronounces as I hold him on the rocking-recliner in his bedroom. “Why?” I inquire.  A bit take-aback, to be honest.  I never know how to respond to these type of statements.  I realize my response … Continue reading

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The Gift of MOPS

I use to take MOPS for granted, not truly aware of the important role it played in my life as a mom. Kind of like a kid with parents. They may not think much of all they have because of … Continue reading

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Confessions of a People-Pleasing, Recognition-Desiring Momma

“I think I might get the Sunshine Award tomorrow,” Micah, my third-grader, informs me one evening recently. My heart sinks. I happen to know that if he was the recipient of this award, I would already have been contacted by … Continue reading

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God at Work in Little Lives

What do tic tacs, an older sister, a DVD, and a carton of eggs have in common?  They are all accomplices to one of the biggest decisions in each of my children’s lives. The decision to ask Jesus into their hearts. … Continue reading

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Everyone Else Is Doing It…

“Mom, when can I get my own email?” eleven-year-old Kiersten asks me as I pick her up from school. “Not for a while, Kiersten,” I respond, never giving a specific age or timeline.  I’m not willing to be held to … Continue reading

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Who’s Influencing My Children?

As promised, here is the chapter on TV from my mom’s book.  I’m tempted to introduce it with lots of my own thoughts and convictions (and even confessions!) on the subject, but that would defeat the purpose of posting it.  It … Continue reading

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Out of Touch?

“Mommy!  Come quickly!  The TV is smoking!” Not quite able to wrap my mind around the words I’m hearing (The TV is smoking?!  What in the world must they mean?!), yet clearly hearing urgency in their voices, I quickly head towards the living room. … Continue reading

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Play With Us!

“Mommy, come play with us!” Micah calls to me as I settle down with my book on the sidelines. We were at Kiersten’s basketball practice.  Normally I carpool with another mom; she takes the girls to practice and I pick them up.  … Continue reading

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