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In our family, we set out on a mission to build character and instill faith in our children.  When the kids were little, it was all about keeping them fed and safe from harm.  We were immersed in changing diapers, and teaching them how to eat and speak and walk.  The functioning is at it’s peak during those critical years of development, as we bundle our little ones to protect them from the cold and rock them to sleep- the basic fundamentals are laid before us. But as the years roll along, our children need a different set of...

Our world is entrenched in war, in mass killings and terror that spreads throughout the globe. I wake each day holding my breath as I listen to the headlines, afraid this may be the day that evil spreads to this great land I live in. I exhale an exhaustive relief that I am protected once again to carry out my life untouched by the excruciating and torturous acts that are carried out on the lives of millions far from my safe and comfortable home. There are countless innocent victims who have to endure such suffering of violence and hate,...

I mentioned on Facebook that I have set a goal to start supporting more bloggers who have published books and I intend to share more of the many talented writers and friends through my blog and on all my social media outlets. I couldn’t think of a better way to use my time and invest my money. There are countless bloggers out there that have published their work, and they have launched that gift out into the world. I will be featuring many of them here on my blog, and I hope you too can invest and be inspired by their hard work and...

Dear teacher, Today I relinquish my precious children into your care.  Do you know how important you are to me?  To them?  From this day forward, you are a valuable force in what defines them.  You will encourage or discourage, inspire or disappoint, empower or dishearten, engage or mislead, expect or neglect, fulfill or deplete… These young innocent lives I have placed in your hands.  Your role is significant as it will either propel my kids forward, or pull them back.  Much of their life will revolve around you.  Your character...

Friends, today I am sharing with you two beautiful people with an honorable mission in parenting.  Lori and Becky are the creators of 1 Corinthians 13, a site which I have had the joy and the privilege to contribute to regularly.   They offer such great information and encouragement with a variety of articles from many different authors. Their Christian values, based on the scripture surely will resonate with all parents in loving their children with compassion and patience!  If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to take...

This is my TToT mission:  Finding new thankful hearts!  Why not reach out and compel others to share their own list of Thankfuls?  Each week, as my beloved friend Lizzi calls us to heed the power in gratitude, I will carry the message outside of my blog.  It will be my ongoing goal to encourage others to claim what is good and worthy of praise in their lives.  I think Lizzi would be pleased with this goal.  Yes, Lizzi?     I believe Phil 4:8 says it best: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is...

I had one of those heart to heart talks with my kids, one night while we were doing our snuggle time before bed. It started with that beautiful embrace as they stretched their arms out to me and squealed ‘Do that thing you do mommy!” I jumped on the bed in between them and rolled over to hug and kiss one child, while the other screamed and fought for me. I then turned and hugged and kissed the other child, while the other one fought for me. And as they giggled and kept battling for my attention while reaching and pulling me...

Parenting is hard.  So hard.  And we all have different ideas and perceptions and ways of doing our best to raise our kids.  I have discovered through the years, that the hardest part of parenting is letting go of expectations.  There is this notorious “rule book of raising kids” that I seem to not follow most of the time.  The ages and stages and phases that we are commanded to track and ensure our children are successfully achieving… get blurry over here in our house.  Perhaps it’s because my first born...

For You, Dad When I think about my father, I am filled with such strong emotion and deep gratitude for the relationship we have. A long-lived life can bring anyone to this place. Years of history can either push you apart, or pull you closer, and I have never felt as connected with him as I do now. I am so grateful for this season of open conversations and honest reflection. I am blessed to have a father that is able to embrace all my truths with grace and acceptance. My father is an honorable man. Always has been, always will be. His...

As of this moment, I am currently in Texas visiting my sister and celebrating her five year survivor-ship of Breast Cancer.  She was diagnosed five years ago, May 29th 2009.  Soon after, she discovered she had the BRCA1 mutation and urged us three sisters to get tested.  I was the first to go, and I too had the mutation.  Out of four of us girls, three of us had the BRCA1 mutation.  Three of us girls ended up having double mastectomies, reconstruction, and full hysterectomies.  One sweet sister was saved from this mess. I have always...

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