Revealing Problems

October 15, 2013

I love books.  I love to read.  If it’s out I’ll read it.  If you invite me to your house and don’t want me to read your grocery list then you might want to hide it…or not invite me over. Recently, at a rummage sale, I purchased an old book.  Tucked in its pages I […]

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Be Who You Want Them to Become

October 7, 2013

I’ve read a lot of parenting books (some together with Kirk), listened to lots of speakers on the subject and have tried to glean from parents much more experienced than we. Philosophies abound.  There’s “first time obedience”, “grace-based”, “child centered”, “parent centered”, “pet centered”, “attached”, “detached”, and on and on.  I read or listen to […]

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Creative Discipline

August 13, 2013

I’ve never had more grace for other parents than I do now, and I’m assuming as Kirk and I move along in this parenting journey I’ll only have more. You know how it is before you have kids.  You know exactly what type of parent you will be, and, more importantly, exactly what kind of […]

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Being Careful With Your Words

September 30, 2012

All of us could tell about something hurtful that someone said to us years or even decades ago.  It has seemed of late that the kids have been getting more flippant in how they use their words with each other, and I remembered something that I saw years ago that I thought may help. It […]

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Blanket Time

July 17, 2012

The first time I ever heard about something called “Blanket Time” was from my friend, Becky.  (You can hear Becky’s story about coming to have 14 children here.)  This little tip has been such a beneficial thing for our family!  It really can help what could be a stressful situation to be something much more […]

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1000 Gifts

July 16, 2012

I have to say that things have gotten a little negative around here.  Honestly, it has been as much of a habit for me as it has been for the kids lately.  Today, as I was out for my walk/run/prayer time I was thinking back to a book that I read it quite a while […]

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Tattling Solutions

June 11, 2012

“Mommmm, she took my toy!!!!” “He’s copying me!!!”   You know how it goes. It’s about this time that you start planning a long luxurious walk to take out the garbage just to not hear the tattling anymore. Believe me, I’ve been there!  At least a couple of times:).  Here are a few strategies that […]

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“Little Sanctifiers”

January 29, 2012

I was reading an article the other day on the FamilyLife website on  “Avoiding Mama Burnout“.  This quote, written by Susan Yates, has really resonated with me: “God has given us these exact children in this exact birth order with these exact personalities, not merely so that we can raise them, but in order for […]

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Addie is More Important than Cheese!!

January 15, 2012

Many times when the kids are arguing about a toy or not being nice because of something, I will remind them, “Ella is more important than a car” or “Cade is more important than a quarter”.  I just try to emphasize that things will come and go, but that people are eternal. So, Ella was […]

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