The Parents’ Club

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I recently made a mistake I have made way too often. Most parents make this same mistake because it often goes unreported. The day we meet our children is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. Actually, it might be the most life-changing moment of our lives. It’s natural to talk about it,…

When Your Children Grieve

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In January, a sixteen-year-old girl from my community was tragically killed in an ATV accident. But she was not one of those unknown faces or names that we see on the news every night. It was a classmate and teammate of my own kids, a dear friend that they lost suddenly. Because my children attend…

Charting Your Family’s Spiritual Course

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Decades of moral and spiritual decay have left our foundations crumbling. Our families are in disarray and our nation’s homes are broken, and we continue to lose ground at an alarming rate. Are parents being the spiritual leaders that they should be? Are children being discipled in the home?  Until these basic commandments from scripture…

One Family’s Unusual Adoptive Journey [Excerpt]

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Our family makeup is unique. If I were to see my family out in public, I’d be curious and probably stare a bit. So rather than be easily offended or pretend to be normal, we try to face it with openness, grace, and a little humor. We chose to adopt two kids with Down syndrome…

What ‘Strong is the New Pretty’ Says about Our Daughters

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A group of fathers was recently asked to name the top two or three qualities they hoped to see in their daughters. Intelligent, independent, and strong were their top three answers. Essentially, the men surveyed wanted a daughter who would be capable of taking care of herself and who showed the kinds of capacities often…

Movies for the Family at Easter

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The Easter season has become a favorite time of year for families to watch movies about Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection, and other biblical stories that point to the savior. Below are a few recommended shows for families, kids, and adults that will help keep the focus on Christ and his amazing gift of salvation.…

Hey Mom, why do they call it Good Friday?

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Kids have a lot of questions about Easter. For that matter, so do most of their parents. The Easter story is a tough story to tell kids. I used to remind Jim, my preacher husband, to be aware of the little faces in front of him when he was preaching the events of Good Friday.…

My Problem With Online Grocery Shopping

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When the sun was setting, all those who had anyone sick with various diseases brought them to Him. As He laid His hands on each one of them, He would heal them. —Luke 4:40 NIV For Lent, I decided to go beyond jumpstarting my diet or breaking a habit. This year I vowed to stop…

The Challenge of Parenting in Public

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Recently, I heard an advertisement for a restaurant that offers a “good child discount” for parents whose kids behave well during dinner. I laughed. I’m pretty sure there were some restaurants that would have paid my family to leave when our girls were young, but good child discount? Yeah, not really. One huge trigger for anger…