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Life, Sweet Life

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Our houseguests sat at the kitchen table catching up on email. Addi sat at the counter. She was singing at the top of her eight-year-old lungs while cutting soda cans in two and taping them around the top to create pencil holders. Her seven-year-old brother, Liam, had a new remote control car and it raced around the kitchen island, through the chairs that our guests sat in, made a loop in the family room and finally crashed into the bookcase. Liam righted the car and began the loop again. And I sat in the middle of it all, writing. What’s it like at your house? To me, the house guests at the table let me know that I have good friends. I love having them visit. Addi‘s sweet praises at the counter kept me focused on what mattered. Liam’s joy and delight in seeing how fast he could race his car around the house was contagious. I worked all the while thanking God that my house and heart were full. So often I let the sounds and activity around me become annoying and frustrating. After all, wouldn’t I be more productive if I could sit in a silent room, all alone, and let creativity unleash itself? I don’t think so. My life is full...

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The Miracle Worker and the Excuse Maker

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Moms and dads, if you haven’t discovered Doug Peterson’s “History by the Slice” stories, you need to take time to read them! You might even want to use them as part of your family devotions. These stories from history and the Bible are great to share with your children—and Doug always includes an activity or questions at the end so you can make this interactive. These are also great for homeschool families, teachers, and Sunday school teachers. In dramatic fashion, Jesus had just healed Peter’s mother-in-law in the disciple’s house along the Sea of Galilee, and the crowds began to swell around the miracle worker. So Jesus told his disciples to make ready to sail across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. That’s when a curious encounter occurred. Matthew 8:19-20 says, “Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” This response is pretty clear. Jesus is telling the teacher of the law to count the cost of following him. He’s pointing out that as an itinerant preacher, he is essentially homeless, with “no place to lay his head.” So,...

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Fun Cake Squares

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

February is a special month. As all of us know, it’s the month of love (Valentine’s Day), and for those of us in Louisiana, it’s Mardi Gras! My family has lots of activities going on this month, including parades. We attend the parades that are family oriented, and my grandchildren get enough beads and “stuff” to share with many others. These two February events include food. I love to prepare traditional dishes and theme foods. Making special memories with...

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Family Communication

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Some people are natural talkers and others take a bit more time to express what is inside of them. We have three children – all very different. And in today’s heavy technology world, we find we have to put a premium on talking to each other, face to face. We discuss this topic regularly. Why? Because most of the time, lack of communication – talking – is the key problem families and marriages face. “You have my full attention.”...

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Missing the Moments

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and my husband and I had decided to spend it at the annual local airshow. Performers included the incredible USAF F-22 Raptor, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and the Breitling Jet Team. Their aerial feats left me, and thousands of other landlubbers, astounded. Too bad the kids in the van parked beside us missed all the fun. While everyone around them watched airplane acrobatics, these kids—a boy and girl guesstimated to be about 10...

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Pay it Forward

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Have you ever thought about ways that you can be a blessing to other parents? Way back in 317 BC a poet named Menander wrote a comedy called “The Grouch” (translated from the Greek). A major element of the plot was the concept of “pay it forward.”  It was an idea Benjamin Franklin promoted as well (as per a letter discovered from 1784): “I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you. When...

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Healthy Hearts

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

February is American Heart Month as well as the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. The second week of the month is also International Friendship month. Love helps keep our hearts healthy and happy. God made you, including your heart fearfully and wonderfully. You are a marvel! For a healthy heart, be sure to exercise, especially aerobic and cardiovascular exercises that get your heart beat going. Take family walks and take turns leading some calisthenics. Hold a dance night to...

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