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Mommy It Hurts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As a parent, there are many different words our children say that affect us deeply. Just a few letters strategically strung together have the power to devastate or melt our hearts. Words like: “I love you.” “I hate you.” “Will you cuddle with me?” “Don’t touch me.” “Thank you for everything you do for me.” “You never help me.” “I’m going to marry Mommy when I grow up.” “I’m engaged!” There is another grouping that has recently caused my heart to buckle under its weight. “Mommy, it hurts.” For more than one hundred and fifteen consecutive days my son has complained of intense abdominal pain. Pain that has resulted in countless tests, repeated emergency room visits, and a colorful array of medications and doctors. All have been without relief. Over a hundred days now, at one point or another,...

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Teaching Kindness in an Unkind World

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I was recently in a waiting room with three of my four children and after requesting a “yes ma’am” from them, another parent in the room thanked me. He thanked me for requesting respect and kindness from my children. I was taken aback as it was a blatant reminder that these things are no longer commonplace and as parents we are tasked with the daily struggle of teaching kindness in an unkind world. This realization hit me full force when I first sent my innocent, precious babies off to school on the public school bus. At the end of the first week, my kindergartner was speaking to me with her middle finger in my face, asking “Mommy, what does this mean?” As parents, we are the first line of defense in promoting kindness, but how do we combat the...

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Praying for Failure

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but for me, some of the best lessons I’ve ever learned came from trying something and failing. No, failure isn’t pleasant. But the skills I’ve acquired because of failing have made me who I am today. I’ve learned to be more patient, less fearful, and to approach a problem without preconceived ideas. Failure is a completely different issue though, when it comes to my kids. I want them to find success, be happy, and learn all those things without ever having to fail. Yeah…not gonna happen. God pointed that out to me one time through a particularly painful prayer time when one of our boys was struggling. I kept praying for quick success, but God pointed out that the struggle was equipping him for the man he would become. My interference by trying to...

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How Do I Go On?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Her cute pixie haircut and shining dark eyes hid the pain well, so her question surprised me. “How do I grieve with my child? I don’t know if I should share what I feel or if I should protect her from it.” An unwanted divorce had changed the landscape of her life, requiring a new state, home, and job. However, due to their lengthy trial separation, the upheaval was almost routine for the three-year-old involved. But not to the young mom seated on my sofa. Romantic ideals trampled, she struggled to embrace single parenting. The transition hadn’t been easy for me either. In fact, at one point, I told my mom I could only handle thinking about it three months at a time. Widowed young, with two small boys, long lonely nights passed slowly. But the question wasn’t about...

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How Does She Do It?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The other evening, I had to run to the store. Had to. As creative as I can be, I was not going to subject my family to a meal somehow made from a can of tuna, ketchup, ranch dressing, and a can of black beans. But I was feeling pretty good. I looked pretty good, my son and daughter were all cute and clean, and I had remembered to pack all the things necessary for a grocery trip and any unexpected diaper blow- outs or entertainment needs. I had finished my freelance deadlines while the littles napped, so I was feeling even more successful and productive. It was a good day. But then, I saw her. She was immaculate! Hair perfect, great tan, a pencil skirt and lovely coordinated top that fit her just right, fantastic makeup, and even...

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What’s Hiding?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

I walked around the room with a rubber duck in my hand. I laid it in plain sight on a shelf of the book case. It’s classic yellow face and orange bill pointed to the door where my daughter would skip through in a few seconds. I smiled in anticipation. “Heidi,” I called, “Come find the ducky.” Her eyes sparkled when she came into the room. They went straight to the bookcase where she had last placed the duck. Too young to be in a long hunt, but ripe for its excitement, she loved an easy game. A flicker of confusion puckered her brows. The bright yellow didn’t sit on the second shelf, left side. She turned to look at me. Two shelves above, dead center, the little fellow waited. All at once her eyes landed on him. “There...

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