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Little Dreams and Big Steps of Faith

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Dirt, tiny digging tools, and a magnifying glass littered the table where my fourth-grade daughter hunched over her latest project. Her focus was intense, and even calls for lunch weren’t enough to pry her from the task at hand. “Mom, I think I found something!” Sure enough, I could see a dinosaur fossil clenched in her tweezers. I’m not sure which was more impressive—the fossil, or my daughter’s jubilant smile. Her sisters joined me in examining the find and my heart thrilled to watch the enthusiasm of my little explorer. For several years, my middle daughter was into all things dinosaur. She lived and breathed paleontology. She exhausted available library books, begged to visit museums, and requested science kits for birthdays and Christmas. Around that time, our family devotion time centered on the importance of a daily walk with...

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Don’t Be Afraid to Change

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Do you have a room in your home that feels “off?” I’ve experienced the same frustration from time to time, and hope to help you resolve this decorating dilemma by offering a few simple tips. Stand in the doorway leading to the room you feel needs a face-lift and consider the layout. Take careful note of where the windows are located and how the light enters the room. This will help you decide where the television should be positioned so not to have a glare on the screen and it will also be the deciding factor in choosing your paint color. When I’m decorating, I prefer that the television be placed in the least visible point of the room. This keeps all the messy stuff at bay and offers opportunity for more attractive pieces to take front and center...

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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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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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