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Make it a Joyous June with Family and Summer Celebrations

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

June is here. Yay for summertime! Though the official season of summer doesn’t start until the twenty-first of the month, once that calendar flips over to June, it certainly feels like summer has arrived. Be intentional with family activities this summer to make the most of time outdoors, soaking in as much vitamin D as possible, and spend quality time together enjoying the long days of summer. Create unique, silly holidays to celebrate on your own and add the wacky (but real) holidays below to the festivities to make it a joyous June with the ones you love. Pineapple Day – Gather the family in the kitchen and make up a batch of Pretty Pineapple Salad, a scrumptious, chilled salad for some of those especially steamy summer evenings. Pour a twenty-ounce can of crushed pineapple into a saucepan and...

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A Place to Run

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, No Greater Joy | 0 comments

Springtime in my beloved North Carolina brings warmth, endless shades of green, southern snow (tsunami of pollen), and near-daily thunderstorms. In this volatile season, God used an experience with a sudden storm and a tiny toddler to teach this “child” how to respond when life’s storms threaten to overwhelm. Distant thunder rolled and rumbled as a rainstorm moved through the area. Little Eliott watched, mesmerized, as water pelted the windows and puddles formed outside his house where we were spending the morning together. His 18-month-old body wriggled with excitement and wonder as he stayed by his rain-watching post. Then came a flash of lightening and my warning to move back from the window. He looked at me, unsure of what to do. Then… BOOM! Thunder rattled the window panes and sent a little boy sprinting across the room—straight into...

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The Sounds, Sights, and Scents of Spring and Summer

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Spring and summer seems to fill the air like a warm hug, erasing the coldness of winter. We hear it in a chorus of frogs and the babbling of brooks running free from a winter thaw. We smell it in the scent of blossoms and fresh grass. We see it as trees bud and leaves burst forth. These are all the wonders of new life emerging. We feel it in the warmth of sunshine under blue skies and longer hours of daylight.   Take time to rejoice in spring and summer and use your senses to experience them. Here are a few things to find. Add more to the list related to where you live: Babbling brooks Chirping birds Spring showers Baby animals like fluffy lambs bleating and calves mooing The black and yellow as bees buzz Baby chicks...

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Home vs. Heart Improvement: Keeping Families Strong

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently journeyed a bit late to church on a Sunday morning, but had no trouble finding parking. I was quite dismayed to find the parking lot so empty. The frustrating rain clouds from an already soggy spring were supposed to fade by noon, but they had obviously kept many families home from worship. I couldn’t help but feel discouraged, as I wanted to see more of my church family. Following the morning service, I joined family for lunch and then stopped by the local home improvement store to remedy the outdated light bulbs that had blown that morning while attending to the hair and make-up. But as I drove into the lot, I quickly realized I had a problem. I couldn’t find a parking place! Rain clouds had given way to the sun, and every family in my...

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Unexpected Encouragement

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

When you’re a mom, it seems you always have a child in tow. Moms are experts at grocery shopping, renewing car tags, buying birthday gifts, or even going to personal doctor’s appointments with a child tagging along. As I was preparing for an upcoming yearly physical, I had to visit the lab a week early to have blood drawn. When I arrived, the lab technician asked for a urine sample before drawing my blood. My daughter, Grace, who was four at the time, followed me into the restroom. After shutting the door behind us, I turned to tell Grace not to touch anything. “What you doin’ Mama,” she asked me. I told her I had to go potty in a cup, just like she does when she goes to the doctor. Grace was very familiar with going potty in...

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How to Talk to Your Young Children About Abortion

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

The word “abortion” is a regular part of my vocabulary. I’ve worked for my local pregnancy center for six years, spoken in front of crowds about abortion, given presentations on how to defend the pro-life position, and written many articles on the topic. But the first time my 4-year-old looked me in the eye and asked me what abortion was, I froze. How could I even begin to explain such a horrible reality to my son? His questions were inevitable. Our family has made a point to create a culture of life and an awareness of the needs of women in unplanned pregnancies. (I talk more about this in last month’s article, The Most Dangerous Place. You can check that out here!) When the questions come, what is the best way to speak to young children about abortion in...

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