Faith

What the Manger Taught Me About Motherhood

Every day, day after day, for over 20 years, I have been immersed in the task of mothering. No one told me before I was handed that swaddled bundle how…

Birthday Gifts for Jesus

My children were only preschoolers when they became caught up in the “what am I gonna get?” view of Christmas.  This is a hazard of the season we must all…

Keeping Christmas Fresh

As I walked through the airport, I was surprised to see my gate decorated with several flags.  There were glass cases along the walls filled with all sorts of medals…

Our Family Advent Calendar Tradition

When my children were younger, I wanted to find some ways to celebrate Christmas with an emphasis on spending quality time together as a family, particularly during their Christmas break….

Gratitude 101

Five boys. Five loud, active boys with their own unique personalities and preferences. Personal tastes, too. So at dinner a week or two ago, several of them expressed those preferences…

Helping Kids Understand, Recognize, and Face Temptation

A tearful friend recently shared about her child’s struggle with an issue. Her face fell as she relayed how her child had succumbed to temptation. My heart broke for the…

A Note for You on the Day You Blow It

We’ve all had them. Sometimes you can see them coming, as if watching a sippy cup of red juice fall on someone else’s beige, suede sofa in slow-mo. Maybe you…

Do We Know What “Right” Is?

Have you ever not known if something was right or wrong?  The importance of knowing came home to me when I took our grandchildren bowling. As the electronic scoreboard tallied…

My Most Memorable Day

It’s one of the most memorable days of my life. I sat looking out of the passenger window with a blank stare on my face. I felt like I was…

College Freshman Warning

If you read the title of this post and got here quick to see what calamity might befall your precious college freshman, the warning is for you not your child!…

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