Babies & Toddlers

Adoption: Dealing with the Questions

When we decided to expand our family through adoption, we knew there would be questions. But some of them really threw us for a loop. These were from our close…

Christmas Truth

I just got my hands on Barbara’s new book When Christmas Came and I must tell you, I did not want to set it down!  If you are a gal…

Gardening for Therapy

When Dennis and I had been married about five years, I decided I needed to spruce up the back door entrance to our little yellow post–WWII cottage with two pots…

Guess What?!

Meet our latest miracle! We’re anticipating a face-to-face meeting sometime before April 28th. We are super-thrilled, and our other kids are, too! God keeps blessing our socks off. I feel…

Tips for Disciplining

My mother raised her two children alone. The frustration she felt to provide and care for us caused her at times to be stern and impatient. She was authoritative in…

Top 10 Reasons to Love Your Messy House

10. Everyday is a scavenger hunt—who can find their matching socks first? 9.  Marker on the walls provides decorative color splashes. 8.  The vacuum still has its new smell. 7. …

What Smells?

“Mommy! I need a dwiiiiink!” I don’t know how many times he yelled this before I woke up. I stumbled into our sons’ bedroom (I can’t remember whether I stubbed…

What They Need

“Do you want a sippy cup?” “Do you need a ride?” “Do you need money?” “Need a hug?” “Want a cookie?” “Did you pack underwear?” “Did you brush?” “Did you…

“Code M”

“May I please get out?” At my request my two-and-a-half year old had rephrased “I want to get out”, as in, of the shopping cart. I hefted him to the…

Whine, Whine, Whine

Allow me to recite our household’s currently most-quoted verse: “Do everything without complaining or arguing” (Philippians 2:14). I hate, oh yes, hate whining. Grrr. This verse is now standardly incorporated…

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