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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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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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Papa Panov and Advent

In the reading that our family follows for Advent, the second candle that we light is called the Bethlehem Candle, which “shines to show us that Christ came to us in the quiet of a stable in Bethlehem.”  So that week we focus on baby Jesus.  … Continue reading

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What Can I Give Them?

I watch Brennan run towards the ocean, boogie board in hand.  Micah digs in the sand behind me.  Kiersten is already in the water. We’ve just arrived at the beach.  En route, we drove through Orlando on the Florida Turnpike.  … Continue reading

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Someone Has To Do It

I remember the moment I had a “mothering-change-of-heart.”  In Oprah’s words, an “aha moment.”  When I took hold of the reigns to be the mother I wanted my kids to have.  When I realized that a scheduled home, a secure … Continue reading

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Making a Mess

As I wrote my unplanned blog on “The Perfect Environment,” I skimmed through my mom’s books looking for quotes, examples, or musings that might fit this theme.  In her book, A Time to Play, I came across an entire chapter … Continue reading

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