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Transformed – Or Not

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

The ride home from school is one of my favorite times of the day. It’s often when my kids will share with me the stories that have taken place at school or perhaps what they’ve learned. Grace is definitely the biggest talker/sharer of my three. When she was four, she attended pre-school at a church around the corner from our house. She loved her teachers there and always hit the car with a story or song she had learned earlier in the day. One day before I could even pull out of the church parking lot, Grace told me, “Today we learned about transformation!” I smiled, knowing she was at a Christian school but was impressed they had taught such a big word and concept. I envisioned them using caterpillars, cocoons and butterflies to discuss transformation, and then perhaps...

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Leaving Social Media

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 1 comment

I am proud of my son Ben who has decided to take a break from social media. His reasoning showed real maturity. Ben has always had a high level of empathy. He realized Facebook had become a constant source of negativity in his life. As well, he has said he is, “Losing respect for some because they are placing their hate for some leaders above their dedication to truthful statements.” He followed this by saying, “Dad, you and I have talked about some of the bad things about social media. I realize I agree with you so I have decided I need to step away for a while.” That was over three months ago and he still remains social media celibate. Ben made his own decision but you may be interested in exactly what we had talked about. My...

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A Night Remembered for Centuries

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 1 comment

“This night will be remembered for centuries!” my son beamed. It had been a delightful evening. How could ice cream sundae night spent with the family be anything but amazing? In addition to the sweet treats, we all relished the satisfaction of jobs well done. It had been family cleaning day in our house and there were lots of cleaning projects to be done. Deep cleaning. Spring cleaning. No one’s favorite way to spend the day—at least not in our home. Earlier in the morning, my husband and I had discussed how to motivate the kids and keep them on task with willing hearts and minimal whining. We settled on homemade ice cream sundaes as a reward to anticipate. And anticipate we did! Everyone pitched in and did the jobs they were assigned with much less complaining than I’d...

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Our Children are Watching

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Lying next to each other in his bed, my nine-year-old Dawson says, “Daddy! Do you know that you have hair growing in your ears? You need to find a really good barber and have him take care of that.” Thank you, son. I already knew the inevitable fact that I do have hair growing in my ears. Weekly, I get the small pair of scissors and trim back the ever-growing weed coming out of the dark recesses of my ear. Surely my wife and barber have noticed it too. But my son is not quite old enough to adopt the cultural norms of not always stating the obvious. He often shares out of the mouth what he observes with his eyes. Our children listen to the prayers we pray. They hear the Bible lessons we share with our family...

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Why Teaching Your Children to Mind is Vital

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

There were days that Alison wondered if her kids would ever learn to mind her when she told them to do something. I think all of us parents can understand that. We tell our teens to clean their rooms, and an hour later, we walk by and it’s the same mess it was before . . . or an even bigger disaster. We instruct our younger kids, “Don’t leave the yard.” And then we see them down the street where they aren’t supposed to be. Or we say, “You can’t have any chocolate tonight because you didn’t eat your dinner.” And then a while later, we see melted chocolate on their faces and clothes. It can be pull-your-hair-out frustrating. But here’s the thing—we can’t give up. We must keep working with our children until they follow our instructions. Why...

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A Royal Calling

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

I turned and saw her in a cloud of white lace and my heart stumbled. Smiling, confidant, and clutching her daddy’s arm. Playing dress-up. But, no, this wasn’t my four-year-old pretending to be a princess, or cowgirl, or race-car driver—this was the grown-up version of my daughter—ready to pledge her life and love to her beloved. I blinked. And in that moment I realized: It mattered—all of it. The folding of little hands, the wiping of messy chins. Steadiness during a toddler tantrum and patience in a tween-age meltdown. A firm anchor of love for the pushing-for-independence teenager. The sharing of tears over a broken heart. The giggles and out-of-control laughter. The endless turning to God’s Word for comfort and guidance. The questions, the doubts, the heart-pouring before God—Oh, Father, am I doing this right? Will my heart survive...

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