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Discipline Crashers

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The thought “I scream for ice-cream,” flashed through my brain as Amee, buckled securely in a restaurant high chair, defiantly wailed, “I want ice-cream.” And we the spoilsports, aka parents, stubbornly answered, “No.” A two-year-old about to skyrocket, Amee yanked at the plastic bib around her neck, flailed her arms, and kicked her legs. I picked up a small piece of ripped off hamburger with one hand and an equally innocuous piece of bun and held it out to...

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Nurturing Faith Through Nature

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Most people know that Genesis details the story of God’s creation, including the setting of the sun, moon, and stars, but I think we sometimes miss the Bible’s continuous emphasis on God’s creation. The Bible offers multiple verses about nature and how God purposefully interacts with creatures and cosmos to accomplish his plans. Sadly, if we skip over those verses, we miss an amazing opportunity to help our children understand the creative hand of God. Psalm 95:4 reminds us...

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Little Sins

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 2 comments

She avoided eye contact and burst into tears at the slightest reprimand. Eleven years young and navigating the middle-school minefield, her emotions were on edge—but the recent behavior was unusual for my easy-going daughter. Attempts to question or console were rebuffed. So I waited. And prayed. Several evenings later she approached, fingers clenched and tears pooling. “Mama?” In minutes, my daughter spilled her heart and confessed something she had done wrong months ago. Surprised, I asked her to repeat...

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Prayer that Transforms Hearts to Transform the World

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Prayers and Promises | 1 comment

If you have difficulty motivating your children to assume responsibility, this article is for you. Cruel remarks from a best friend had crushed Melissa Ann’s heart. Hurting with her, we wanted to do something special to help heal the pain. We began considering her desire for a horse that had started when we moved to the country. Because horses require a lot of daily care, we suggested she get up at 5:00 every morning for six weeks to read...

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The 4th of July is a great day to spend time with family and friends. Have a picnic. Grill some hot dogs and hamburgers. Slice up some watermelon. Enjoy some fireworks. Make some memories–and don’t forget to take lots of photos. And take some time to explain to your children what the 4th of July is all about. God has blessed America and it’s important to remember that. Happy 4th of July to all of you from all of...

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When Patience Isn’t Enough

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“Mom!” “Mom, she said these shoes aren’t mine!” “Mom, the dog has a toy!” “Mom, he’s touching me!” This is the chorus of my home and surely I’m not alone. The “mom melodies” as I’ve dubbed them get louder and stronger the more time we spend together. Therefore, during the summer, amidst the bird and bug sounds, there are also the not-so-melodious sounds of my children fighting. It’s frustrating, exhausting, and sometimes, patience just isn’t enough. You know those...

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

School is out and summer is here, so let the fun begin! I grew up in the time period when most moms did not work outside the home and we spent summers with them at home, but it was not a lazy summer. My grandfather had a big farm, so there was a lot to do when the crops came in. We worked, shelling beans and peas, shucking corn, and picking all kinds of berries and fruits for jams...

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