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Love is in the Air

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

It’s that wonderful time of year when the birds start to sing, and the flowers begin to bloom. It’s also the beginning of wedding season. As parents, we think many times that those days are far off in the future, but many of us are facing the reality that it’s closer than we think. Still more of you already are walking this road with your daughters and even sons and wedding planning is firmly in your minds. During this time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the details of all that needs to be done but finding décor to make an event hall or church building more wedding friendly doesn’t have to be one of them. Many times, in an effort to save money, many crafty mamas have taken on the task of putting together the additional décor, but...

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Project Humility

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently told the story of the Last Supper to my children and we had a long discussion about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. I asked them if they would wash their friends’ feet and they were reluctant. I didn’t blame them. However, it was a powerful message about humility—sometimes we do things we don’t particularly want to do in an effort to put others first. Humility is something we all desire to teach our children yet it is something that is often difficult for young minds to comprehend. Even as an adult I sometimes struggle with being humble with a joyful heart. We spend our days putting our children first, but those efforts don’t always relay the true beauty of humility. We easily get wrapped up in daily life, frustrations surface, and we have a bad attitude or...

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Consider Important What’s Important to Her

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

When my daughter, Darcy was in elementary school, I happened to be walking by her room and heard her crying behind her closed door. Not just crying, but sobbing. All sorts of horrible situations raced through my mind. “Oh, no,” I moaned. “Something’s wrong.” I was ready to race into her room to rescue her from all sorts of evil things. But I contained myself, and opening her door, I peeked in. She was sitting on her bed, tears spilling down her cheeks. “What wrong?” I asked, trying to control the trembling in my voice. She looked up at me with a quivering lip and cried out, “I don’t have anyone to play with.” No one to play with? Huh? What’s so important about that? Certainly nothing to cry about. All the fears I’d had initially dissipated with relief....

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Is Your Home the Hang-Out Spot?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

You’ve already got a home filled with children. You love your kids but there’s already lots of noise and more than enough people making messes, so why in the world would you want more kids hanging out at your house?   There are a variety of reasons. So why should you make your home the hang-out house? You’ll know where your kids are. You won’t have to worry that they’re at places you don’t want them to be—because they’re sitting in your kitchen eating potato chips or playing ball in your backyard. You’ll know who their friends are. For some of those kids who don’t come from nurturing loving families, your house might be the only taste of home that they will ever know. You’ll know they’re safe. You can pray for your children and their friends. Who knows,...

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Kite Strings

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have owned many kites over the years of my childhood. Some were never used. I looked forward to using them. I just never got around to it so they, literally, never got off the ground. Others were often used. They were frequently flown. They crashed sometimes and were damaged, but I repaired them so they could soar again. Many of those were used so much they eventually fell apart. As a result, I know the art of how to fly a kite. Flying a kite is an ultimate act of balance. It is the tension between gravity and lift. The weight of the kite causes it to want to stay right where it is, without moving. But it is designed to fly, so it needs help getting up there. Lift is the upward motion that lifts (hence the...

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I’m Sorry

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The sharp sound reverberated through my aching head—a dropped toy, dropped repeatedly on bare floors. I turned, and in one unthinking moment, brought tears to tiny blue-green eyes. A soft voice and trembling lips attempted to penetrate my heart. “I’m sorry, Mama.” More angry words rose inside me. I was tired. I’d had a long day. The aspirin I had taken earlier wasn’t working. I was overworked and underappreciated. How much was one beleaguered mom supposed to take? But as my frustrated gaze met hers, any defense of my thoughtlessness died on my lips. The Lord revealed to my heart that I could not excuse my cutting words to this little one He had entrusted to me. I pulled her into my arms—this beautiful, trusting, fragile gift from God. “No, honey, I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?” She snuggled...

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