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Will Your Kids Be Ready for Real Life?

Recently I went to a friend’s house for a long overdue coffee talk. I greeted her young teen daughter. “She just got up,” her mom explained when she responded with a sleepy “Hi.” “Summer is a great time to go at a slower pace and relax,” I tried to empathize […]

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I Can’t Do More Than I’m Doing Right Now.

Last week as I frantically sewed on Katie’s wedding dress amidst the mess and chaos we lovingly refer to as the year of two-weddings-and-a-baby, Kelsey launched into a presentation on why we should adopt her friends’ year-old black Labrador retriever. Now. To her credit, we have discussed getting another dog […]

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Behind Our Front Door–How I Honor My Family’s Request for Privacy in a Public World

This is our front door. I love the red as I feel it says, “Come on in! We can’t wait to get to know you!” Yet, we don’t let just anyone in at any time. And just because we invite someone in doesn’t mean they have full access to our […]

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What if You Stopped Trying to Be in Control?

After what do I strive, God? This prayer settled in my mind as my morning time with God came to a close. The answers came in my next breath. Of course, I knew what I strived after. They were my constant companions. ~To rest in You, God. ~Be at peace […]

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When You Feel Hopeless about Your Teen

The journey with your child when he’s making decisions you don’t agree with is hard. But it becomes even harder when you start to believe that all is hopeless for your child. In this short video I share the truth from God’s Word to give you fresh perspective and hope […]

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Building Lifelong Motivation in Your Kids

  “I’m pretty sure if we power wash my car the bottom of it will fall off,” predicted Kerry when Gene mentioned using his new power washer on her car yesterday. She was probably right. We bought very used, but safe cars for our teen girls. Kerry names hers Howie. […]

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When Your Kid is Living a Decision You Don’t Agree With

    Maybe you like me find yourself in yet another situation where your young adult child is making and living a decision you don’t agree with. He put on his I-will-have-my-way super hero costume and flew off to his adventure. Only it’s not a good adventure. He is not […]

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How Google Glass Helped Me See God Better (Kinda)

For awhile I’ve been feeling kinda numb. Not happy. Not sad. Just taking every day one day at a time. Those who know me would say—Give yourself a break. Your in the midst of all that goes with two weddings and a (grand) baby. But deep down I think it’s more […]

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Mom and Dad, It’s Not All About You

  “How did you know you could go home and your parents wouldn’t say, ‘I told you so?’”, I asked my dear, thirtyish friend. My friend had been the proverbial wild child during her graduate school years. Her relationship with her parents during that time was almost nonexistent due to […]

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Thrive as You

  It’s funny the things we believe when we’re growing up. When I was a kid I thought babies came from hospitals—literally that the hospital passed out babies (my mom never told me my four sisters were growing inside of her). Katie used to think that squirrels controlled the stoplights. […]

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