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Handling the Flu in Your Family with Grace

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

This year’s flu season is a doozy! Most of the families we know have had it and the rest are scared to death they are going to get it. We’ve found that times of sickness can bring out the worst in everyone — OR they can be workshops of grace! How can you make it…
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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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The Worst Christmas Ever

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

    It’s been five years since the worst Christmas ever. It all started on a plane ride home with Hal. We had been to a business event and he coughed uncontrollably the whole trip.

Giving Devices for Christmas

Monday, December 8th, 2014

As parents, we have a love/hate relationship with all the devices in our home. We depend on our laptops. We run our business from them and our teen/twenties sons run their businesses from theirs, too. We use them to communicate with each other – especially the grown up kids in other states. If we need to…
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Planning A Christ-Centered Thanksgiving

Monday, November 17th, 2014

  Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! It’s one of the least commercialized and mangled holidays of our culture. Even the name points people toward the God who gives good gifts. It’s fascinating talking about Thanksgiving with our children. The Pilgrims were really people a lot like us: they were principled Christians who were…
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Keeping An Eye on Competitive Sports

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Over the years, our six boys tried basketball, soccer, baseball, and finally football – which is where most of them settled in. Along the way we learned a few things that make a big difference in the experience for your kids and for the whole family. First, understand sports and competition are not un-Christian! Paul…
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How do I talk to my children about these things?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Here’s what I struggle with: How do I prepare my young boys in case they are exposed to porn without destroying their innocence?  It is a struggle at young ages, but it’s so important. A mom recently told us she discovered her 8 or 9 year old was getting up in the middle of the…
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