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A Surprise Blessing

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

We have three girls in our house, two of whom are teenagers. Boys are a regular discussion at this point in their lives – the cute ones, the annoying ones, and everything in between. We adore our teenagers and love how they share what’s going on in their lives, and the lives of their friends. For the past year, our oldest daughter has had a boyfriend. We still have trouble saying that. We were those parents who said that we’d never let the girls date, and maybe we’d consider it when they’re twenty-five. But like many parenting declarations, we had to step back, pray and re-adjust last year. God loves to re-adjust our thinking. It’s usually safest to not hold our own opinions too tightly because we are human, and therefore, often wrong. Or at least skewed. The boy...

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Choosing Daily

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

Neither of us grew up in Christian homes so we are very much first-generation Christian parents. It also happens to give us an interesting perspective on the Church and the way it often seems to try and communicate to the culture. One of the myths that seems to have wormed its way into American Christianity is this: If you become a Christian, everything will be better. It’s true in some ways, but very untrue in others, and very often, the cause of people who “try out” church then drift back away because it doesn’t work—because the God of the Bible is one who sometimes gives a gift, only to ask for it back. We love giving gifts at Christmas and watching our kids light up at the surprises under the tree. Most people do. But it would be a...

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Flexibility

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

One of our daughters competed in gymnastics for many years and because she was so strong and naturally flexible, it was a great fit for her. She could bend her body and perform splits without even thinking about it. When our oldest daughter started dance, she found she was not naturally flexible like her sister. By consistently stretching every single night, eventually she was able to do a split as well. But she had to work very hard to do the same thing her sister did with ease. That happens a lot in life. We can be coasting along and then God asks us to do something that’s not easy. In fact, it’s very, very hard. We think, “This is too difficult. This can’t be what God meant for me to do.” And even when we do work at...

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Stepping Back

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

Most of you have probably heard the term “helicopter parent.” It’s a relatively new term for parents that are over-involvedin their children’s lives. Colleges have reported increasing concerns with students who can’t seem to handle basic issues and conflicts—a result (they surmise) of children who had parents that stepped into every little issue and handled it for their offspring. Life is full of discomfort. When they are babies, parents have to actively help their children avoid physical discomfort by changing them and feeding them and helping them to sleep. Later on, we find ourselves keeping them safe and helping them to learn about the world around them. But sometimes, parents continue to treat their kids like toddlers, constantly running around after them and making sure they are never uncomfortable. Too much homework? Talk to the teacher about reducing the...

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Dealing with Grief

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

Recently, our family lost a beloved pet. We’ve lost smaller pets like hamsters and guinea pigs, but the kids were not as attached to them as they were to our big orange and white tomcat. It was a sudden thing: we thought he had gotten hurt in a fight and it turned out to be a tumor in his jaw. There was nothing the vets could do and he was in so much pain that we had to make the difficult decision to put our boy to sleep. Because it was such a surprise, we scrambled a bit—how would we deal with this with the kids? Unfortunately, our youngest daughter was at the vet with us so she heard the news firsthand. The other two arrived later with their dad, but they guessed pretty quickly that it was serious....

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The Instagram Effect: Body Image

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

If you know what Instagram is, then you likely have a child between 10 and 18. Instagram has been around for a while but since it’s still going strong, we think it’s worth talking about. However, this won’t be a debate about if our child should be on social media or not. We’ll have to save that for another day. Our kids will be on social media eventually so we’ve (personally) always taken the stance that we’d rather train them about it instead of simply banning it. We encourage all parents to be on whatever social media platform your kids are on. (Sorry, folks, Facebook doesn’t count since that is an “old people” platform.) You should know what is happening in your kid’s social media world and how it works. To be honest, some of it is frightening. And...

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