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How Many Steps?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Parents, have you ever noticed there is no hurrying kids. No matter how much you try to make their legs move faster, if they don’t feel like being in a rush, they are on cruise control. One day we were trying to get out the door for an appointment at the orthodontist for my older daughter Faith. But Grace, who was five at the time, could not be rushed. I tried to simplify things and give Grace specific instructions for getting ready. “Listen closely,” I told Grace. “Because I am going to give you instructions with lots of steps.” I proceeded to tell her to go to the potty, brush her teeth, put her pajamas in the dirty clothes basket, and to dress in the clothes I had placed on her bed. Grace gave me the thumbs up and...

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Sprinkling Sunshine this Summer

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. School is finished for the year, and here we are with a gaggle of children to occupy. I love summer because it usually consists of lazy days playing outside, extra snuggle time in the mornings, and an overall more relaxed scheduled. However, by about week three I’m beginning to feel the pressure of finding new and exciting activities to keep the chaos at bay. This year, I’ve decided I not only want to keep my children occupied and out of trouble with creative and fun projects, but I want to sprinkle a little sunshine in our community as well. I want to engage my children in acts that will leave a lasting impression on our neighborhood, restore faith in humanity, and remind others there is always sunshine...

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Through Little Eyes

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Before our children entered the scoot-around, get-into-everything stage, I would crawl around on all fours in order to childproof our home. It was a great way to gain perspective into their little worlds and to see things on their level. But as the girls grew, I realized that babyhood isn’t the only time to look through a child’s eyes. Sometimes, moms are so busy training, instructing, and sharing our bits of wisdom, we forget that our children have a lot to teach us—if we’ll take the time to learn. Their fresh, innocent way of viewing the world reminds us to enjoy the little moments. And what seems ordinary to us becomes spectacular from a child’s perspective. On a family trip to the county fair, my husband and I pointed to the flashy sights around us, but our almost two-year-old...

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Are You Going to Answer?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Honey are you going to answer him?” “What are you talking about?” I asked my husband. “No one asked me anything.” “Elijah just asked you a question and you completely ignored him.” “I didn’t hear him say a word.” Did he really ask me something? How did I not hear him? “I’m so sorry sweetheart, Mommy has a lot on her mind.” Have you ever been surrounded by a room full of people and yet you felt alone? That’s a rotten feeling, but perhaps a worse feeling is talking to someone you love and realizing they aren’t listening to a word you’re saying. My husband and I have learned the hard way not to have serious talks late at night. Most days, if something was on my mind not only would it take all day to muster the courage...

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I Did It by Myself!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I did it!!” My grandson exclaimed. He lifted big blue eyes to mine. They glowed with surprise and wonder at his new accomplishment. He leaned back on the wooden floor, and a huge smile lit his face. He shoved one leg straight in front of my face, his shoe inches from my nose. Maneuvering the correct shoe onto the right foot was a great achievement for a three-year-old, but an even bigger victory was the tug of war that didn’t happen. Because that cute, scary and downright irritating self-defiant streak of “I can do it by myself,” is like a military coup waiting to erupt. I confess, when my children were little, there were times I looked in the mirror and asked, “Who is the adult here?” Accomplishing tasks produces satisfaction and confidence. Learning independence is a valuable process....

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