Perception vs Reality

March 5, 2014

While roaming through Target to locate the perfect gift for Addie’s 4th birthday I encountered a lovely Play Doh ice cream maker.  The box made it look so easy and tidy and bright and fun!  This gift would surely breed hours of creativity, fun, cooperation, smiles and amazing confectionery delights!  Now, I’ve lived long enough […]

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The Apprentice Juggler

November 6, 2013

Once upon a time, in the days of my teenage years, I used to be a camp counselor.  One of my favorite stories to read to my campers before bed was “The Apprentice Juggler.”  I didn’t know it at the time but that story is actually part of a whole series of stories.  It’s part […]

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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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Pass Me The Manual

August 23, 2013

Are you needing some encouragement?  Today, my good friend, Andrea, is sharing some of her insights from being a mom to 2 busy boys: First of all, in case it hasn’t already been made abundantly clear to you, I am not Shara. You may wish to stop reading now. I understand. You’ve probably got a […]

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I Don’t Want To…

August 5, 2013

No, I don’t really want to play Candyland…again. No, I don’t want to read One Fish, Two Fish, again. I kind of just want to finish the book I’m currently reading (the one with no pictures), or the sweater I’m currently knitting or the phone conversation I’m currently trying to have. No, I don’t want […]

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Tragedy Too Close to Home ~ Isaiah Theis

July 19, 2013

Tuesday evening around 8PM I asked Kirk if Fender and I could go for a walk.  I’ve walked and jogged this road hundreds of times.  It’s a very common route for me.  I said hello to some fellow neighbors and was just enjoying the beautiful evening. A familiar white truck pulled up next to me.  […]

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Learning About Sin Through an 8 Month Old

July 8, 2013

You know how smells can just bring you back in time.  There is the smell of homemade bread, or Grandma’s famous cookies or your dad’s favorite cologne that just catapults you through time to a different season in life.  It is amazing how the mind works in such ways! Then there are other smells that […]

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Venturing to the Children’s Museum

June 25, 2013

I ventured to the Children’s Museum last week.  That was me, with 4 kids, age 8 and younger, in downtown St. Paul, navigating the ramp NOT attached to the museum, running through the rain while pushing a stroller and trying to hold my 3 year old’s hand. I was reminded anew what fun water… and […]

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Released from the Mold

June 11, 2013

2 years ago we used this curriculum for Art and it was really enjoyable.  The kids artwork as a result was really impressive to me.  The strategy for teaching your child to draw with this curriculum is that they need to know how to draw 5 basic components and then they can draw anything.  So, […]

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