We’re Not Perfect, but We Love Each Other

“When I See Your Family I See the Perfect Family.” Recently someone said this to me. I didn’t know whether to first laugh or apologize for giving such an impression. I do not intend to give the impression that we are the perfect family. In fact, in two of my […]

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How I am Building a Lifelong Relationship with My Kids

“Without relationship you have nothing.”* This quote is from my book, Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don’t Agree With. The older I grow the more I realize its truth. Without relationship we have nothing. Relationships are the core of life. The first and most important […]

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Just In Time for the Holidays–Another Way to be a Soft Place to Land

Last week I talked about being a soft place for my kids to land by being an encourager instead of a fixer. Over the weekend another aspect of being a soft place to land came to my mind. With the holidays fast approaching, our college and adult kids will be […]

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One of the Best Parts of Releasing Your Kids

Sitting here after a tiring day of running here and there, I’m thinking what is worth writing about today? What was the best part of my day? That’s easy—talking to all three of the girls in the same day and that happened today. Yesterday I talked about the grief of […]

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This Time Last Week

This time last week I was having dinner with my family on our “eat out night” on staycation. This particular evening I wasn’t feeling my usual chatty self. I was a little tired and achy from all our fun activities. I enjoyed sitting quietly and listening to the kids talk […]

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Katie and My Nudge

Today was full of wonderful time with family—lots of work, but good. I helped take care of Harvey this afternoon while Kelsey and Gene worked on Kelsey and Caleb’s house. Gene and I are thrilled to be a part of their dream. But first today I was blessed by our […]

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The Best Part of Today

Today was an interesting day. I started by stopping at the office for our sewer treatment plant on my morning bike ride. Yesterday the sweet clerk called and told me I forgot to sign my check. I stopped at her office on my bike ride and signed the check. Gotta […]

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Are You Brave Enough to Give Your Child Wings?

“Send your kids to a local college so they will marry locally and stay close to home.” This was the advice someone gave to my friend whose daughter is a high school senior. I know this mom was well meaning. Hey, who doesn’t want her kids close? I confess I […]

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Two Tips to a Better Relationship with Your Adult Child

Did seeing your adult child during the holidays make you sad? Were you made more aware of the choices he is making that your don’t agree with? You loved being with your child, but you came away from your family celebrations with an ache in your heart. You sense that […]

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Do You Want to be Active and Relevant in Your Child’s Life?

  At the end of last week Gene and I spent a couple of days helping our youngest daughter and our son-in-law move into their first “in the city” apartment. They are so excited! They love the big city and love being in the midst of it. The first day […]

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