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Coming of Age: What Would You Say To A Young New Adult?

Monday, March 16th, 2015

In our family, we believe it’s helpful to set a particular time in a young man’s life to begin transitioning him to adult roles. We talked about our reasons here, and explained who we involve in that formal time of recognition, here. (link)   We want to impress on the young man that these new…
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Save on Hotels with Christian Hospitality Networks

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

We travel a lot. No, really, a LOT. As authors and speakers, we’re on the road more months than we’re home now. We used to picture speakers as those glamorous people who flew in to the conference, stayed in the nicest rooms, and had everything taken care of. Then we became speakers. We didn’t want to…
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Hey Mom! Watch This!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Young men have a tremendous desire to try their strength and to be tested in return. This is integral to their competitive nature, but let’s take a look at how it impacts their interaction with the real world, not the contrived world of competitions. Adults sometimes equate a desire for adventure with immaturity and recklessness….
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A Question About Fifty Shades of Grey

Friday, February 13th, 2015

This morning a friend asked, “Do you think I should watch Fifty Shades of Grey with my teen and talk about it?”  We’re not as strict on media as some are. We think there’s some value in watching things you don’t agree with and analyzing and discussing them with your teens. Sometimes, though, there’s more…
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We Tried Samaritan Ministries…

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The changeover to Obamacare was a tough one for us. Insurance through our small business became impossibly expensive – three times the cost of our mortgage! We checked into alternatives at the Marketplace, but we fell in the gap and healthcare there was impossibly expensive, too. With trepidation, we decided to try one of the Christian healthcare…
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Awkward! How (and Why) to Have a Conversation About Sexting with Your Kids

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It came up on Facebook again today. What do you do when you find your child has been sexting? It’s nauseating to even think about it, isn’t it? Awhile back, I was shocked when one of my friends told me she’d found a series of explicit texts on her son’s phone, but now we’re hearing…
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Five Things You Need to Know About Your Boys & Internet Porn

Monday, December 29th, 2014

“I don’t know who else to talk to. My little boy has been watching horrible stuff. I don’t know what to do.” There are five things we wish all parents knew about internet porn. If they did, there would probably be a lot fewer of these heartbreaking messages for us to answer! (Note, this post…
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The Worst Christmas Ever, Part 5

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Christmas is a big deal at our house. We grew up in Christian homes, where Christmas was celebrated in a family-oriented, Christ-honoring way. We love the holidays. I try to shop all year, watching out for deals on the things I knew our children would love. Even the times I was on pregnancy bedrest, I…
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The Worst Christmas Ever, Part 3

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Who’s in Charge Around Here? My father died when I was fourteen. Kids that age don’t think about the possibility of death, but when you lose someone you love, that innocence is gone forever. When Hal and I got married, I was so afraid he’d die that I’d wake up in the night to put…
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The Worst Christmas Ever, Part 2

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The Christmas I Couldn’t Sing My family doesn’t have a history of cancer, so the news that I might have lymphoma had a sense of unreality to me… I didn’t have any symptoms to speak of. Losing weight? Well, yes, I had lost weight, but I had been dieting for several months and was frankly…
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