February 23, 2015

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Words Like Seeds

Words are like seeds

Speaking words are like planting seeds. They have the potential to grow into something ugly or something beautiful. Take time to teach this lesson while preparing a spring garden. Though roads are icy and sleet falls in Texas, it’s time to plant seeds that will be transplanted outdoors in a few weeks. As parents, we can use […]

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July 17, 2014

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My Writing Process

Writing Process

One of my favorite writing friends, Rachelle Harp, tagged me in this blog hop about writing process. Rachelle blogs at rachelleharp.com and writes award-winning stories that test the bounds of readers’ imaginations. Her talent and hard work inspire me, and her insights make my writing so much better. To see what she’s all about, visit […]

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January 16, 2014

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Help Kids Set Goals – Part 3

Goals Picture

In Part 1, we talked about why we help kids set goals. In Part 2, we defined which areas of our lives need goals. Now that our kids have had some time to think about how they would like to improve in those areas, let’s get the goals in writing. Ask your kids to find […]

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January 9, 2014

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Help Kids Set Goals – Part 2

Help your kids set goals

Last week we looked at why we should help kids set goals, and this week we’ll get started. As discussed in the post, Help Kids Set Goals – Part 1, the most important goals set by our children fit in two categories: Love God and Love Others. The Big Picture – Literally Prompt your kids […]

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January 2, 2014

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Help Kids Set Goals – Part 1

Set Goals

In the frenzy of making my New Year’s resolutions that often focus on undoing last year’s failures (i.e. overeating or overspending) instead of fulfilling dreams God has for my future, it is easy to forget that our kids need to set goals, too. Why should children set goals? • Setting goals forces them to evaluate […]

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December 23, 2013

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Before we turn off our phones and computers to spend time with friends and family, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas. In the midst of the festivities, let’s pause to spend time with the One who gave His life away so that we might live. Let’s model for our kids Christ’s selflessness as […]

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November 28, 2013

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Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher appreciation week may be months away, but there is no reason why we can’t let our teachers know how much we appreciate them now. Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to get out the note cards, sit around the kitchen table with your kids, and write notes to teachers. Too often, I wait until […]

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November 1, 2013

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Am I Alive?

alive

Am I alive? As a parent, I am responsible, practical, and … honestly … boring. Growing up, I did not aspire to be boring. My dreams were filled with passion and adventure. Yet, many days, I slip into a comfortable, mundane routine. This past week, I shook things up a bit. I … • Screamed […]

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October 2, 2013

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Work Abroad

leaving to work abroad

Etaferahu left the sponsorship program to seek work abroad. Our sponsored child, The one whom we watched grow from a timid little girl with a sad face into a beautiful teen, with life dancing in her eyes, The one we wrote letters to over the course of ten years, receiving hers back in return, The […]

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September 6, 2013

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Family Ties – Part 2

Family Ties

In my last post, I shared excerpts of the letters from Abraham, our sponsored child, with whom we have recently developed family ties. As is usually the case in blessing others, we end up being the ones blessed. If you are not already doing so, consider sponsoring a child. The number of kids in need is staggering, an estimated […]

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