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Teaching My Child to Avoid Idolatry

The notion of idolatry sometimes seems like a foreign, Old Testament concept, yet it’s all around us. And I’m not only referring to worshiping statues. The other day Eldest turned on one…

Lead With Grace, Don’t Chase With Anger

This morning, as I walked Rachel into school, I heard one of the teachers yelling as she worked the carpool line. On and on she griped that several children neglected…

I Am Not a Grace-Filled Woman

Every day when I wake up I am reminded of the undeserved grace that God has shown me, and the fact that the only reason I can face each morning…

Meltdown Management

“Nothing’s wrong!” So says my daughter’s voice, but her body language betrays her. Something about the glaring, stomping, creased-forehead, teary look tips me off. Rapid meltdowns are nothing new for…

Why Go to MomLife Boot Camp?

Have you reserved your spot for MomLife Boot Camp 2013 yet? Do you need a reason to get away for some fun and refreshment? We have a few reasons…

Adoption Wakes Up Hearts

Last night my two-year-old, Alyssa, drew a picture of a house, and it made me think about how different this house—our house—would be without this girl. Without her giggles, without…

Grandparents Raising Grandkids

Pete and Carol, happily married for 39 years, were ‘empty-nesters.’ Their 3 children were all in their 30’s, married, and now Pete and Carol were enjoying grandchildren. A phone call…

What Values Am I Modeling?

Dennis and I recently spent some time with our son Samuel, his wife, Stephanie, and their three beautiful children. Watching the two of them interact with these precious kids, especially their…

A Bittersweet Christmas

Christmas is a funny thing, isn’t it? Take the other night at my house: Christmas decorating night! We hauled out the boxes of decorations from the attic while Pandora churned…

Family Traditions: A Glimpse into Christmas Future

Have you ever thought about family traditions? As I helped my 1-year-old place ornaments on the Christmas tree this year I imagined her doing the same thing with her children—and…

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