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Kickstart a Summer of Growth

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Jesus became wiser and stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to God and to people. Luke 2:52 The end of the school year, the start of summer, warm lazy days, and more are upon us. Make the most of it with growth as a theme. Plant some carrot seeds or a few herbs in a pot or the ground. They grow quickly. Chat about the fact that just as the plant will grow and thrive with a little care, your family members will all grow better with care. Check out these ideas to encourage growth. Grow Physically Measure each child now and at the end of summer. Check clothing and shoe sizes. See who grows the most. Eat healthy foods and exercise. Consider what backyard sports you can do as a family—things such as volleyball, water balloon...

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Welcomed by God

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”  Romans 15:7; ESV She turned to look at me, an automatic response to an uncomfortable statement. Soft-expletive language, the kind we didn’t allow, shocked our home’s airwaves. They stood together in our kitchen, two blonde-bunned-heads with damp tendrils escaping, one straight and one curly. Tweens full of laughter, long legs, and fingernail polish. My daughter’s friend’s word hung in the air. “Yes, I heard that,” my expression answered. She turned away quickly, but not before I saw her eyes begging mine not to embarrass her. Without another word I heard, “Don’t say anything, Mom,” as if it had been spoken. She hustled her friend toward their bedroom with giggles and whispers. I had an uncomfortable feeling of disapproval simmering under my skin and murmuring underneath...

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Just Breathe

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

My mother had to recently talk me off the mom ledge. I had an incident with my six-month-old foster daughter where she was vomiting nonstop. She hadn’t held down fluids in approximately five hours, her diapers were nearly dry, and I was beginning to enter panic mode. The problem arose when I couldn’t find an after-hours number for her pediatrician. At my wit’s end, I found myself searching Google while on the phone with my mother. Between nearly hysterical explanations, my mother simply said, “Angela, just breathe.” I needed that gentle reminder as my mind was reeling and I couldn’t see through the tears that flooded my eyes. I needed that gentle reminder that God still held me in His hands and I simply needed to breathe. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with life. It’s easy to lose...

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I Try to Do the Right Thing, But…

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

I never knew so much ‘tude could exist in one little body. My four-year-old sat perched on the edge of his bed: arms crossed, eyes narrowed, and sweet lips pressed into a firm line of defiance. His chest heaved from the Oscar-worthy performance he’d just displayed as he protested the great injustice of having to obey his mom. I knelt in front of him to address his disobedience. After a short discussion, Benjamin admitted—with great reluctance—that he had done wrong. And in that moment, his tough, I’m-right-and-you’re-crazy-if-you-think-I’m-ever-wrong face began to crumple. “I try to do the right thing, but…” He stared at the floor as his lip trembled, “I just can’t.” The impatient response of a frustrated parent was on the tip of my tongue. Yes you can do the right thing, and you’d better straighten up and do...

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Calendar Memories

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

A little while back, a student said to me; “Did you know there is a National Paper Airplane Day?” It seemed a little strange, but we verified it. There online, among a list of holidays for May, was the designated label. To my surprise, every day in May has some sort of event or holiday. Some are serious (Memorial Day) and some a little nondescript (May 18th – No Dirty Dishes Day). Some I recognized as having been established over the years.  Although I was in my early teens before I realized folks weren’t saying “sink” and “mayo” on May 5th, that really did confuse me as a child. I didn’t know how to put those two words together. I’m not sure we need a National Wine Day (May 25th). Folks who partake in that beverage likely don’t want...

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