I Wish That I Could Protect You From… (Life)

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Dear Child of Mine It is hard to tell you this.  I do not really have all of the answers you may seek as you grow up. I want you to remember that I wish I could protect you from the cares of this world. But, that wouldn’t be the best thing I could do […]

September

Dear Children, I Give You Permission To Dream

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The border was yellow like the sun, and the words were in a fancy font, “Spread The Sunshine.”  Scattered polaroids were tacked around the middle with arrows pointing to those I would pray for next. While other teenagers were at the dance or out with their friends, I created bulletin boards for my bedroom, while […]

September

For All Of The Firsts We Will Live This Week (and in our hearts forever)

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Bending low to weave her top button through her knit sweater and brushing the wisps of honey hair from her forehead brought me into a fast break to reality. This is her first year of Kindergarten.  And the freckles that spot her cheekbones, spreading wide into smiles for me every single day, remind me to […]

September

The Unspoken-It’s In The Little Things (repost)

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My legs were so stiff from trying my new exercise video,, but I knew that this walk at the park in the morning hours would help stretch the muscles that seemed so tightly bound.  Three laps I promised myself.  As my usual self – my pace was fast and I was determined to make the […]

September

Progressive Parenting – Get Out Of The Comfy Chair

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What DO we do when an older child, who has been trained in our home, requires some “correction?” We didn’t send her to the corner.  And we didn’t send her to her room.  In fact, we didn’t really do any….thing… for a while, because we had to figure this one out as parents before we […]

September

What Does Your Wall Look Like?

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A newly painted wall does not hold its beauty for a very long time in this home. Fingerprints and scratches, fresh handwritten names in capital letters from the kindergartener births the recognition that a family lives within these walls.  And that is the beauty in it. Just yesterday, I came down the steps to see […]

September

7 Things Your Children Need To Hear You Say

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Often overlooked, and somewhat under-rated. Speaking simple words to their heart.  Perhaps a little uncomfortable if you have never done this. Speak to their hearts – from the depths of your own. Our children cannot read our minds.  It is time to speak up. 7 Things Your Children Need To Hear You Say:   1. […]

September

The Get-Down And Get-Real Women In Your Life

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Wouldn’t it just beat all if…someone came to your home to just sit, help, or listen. They didn’t need any thing or come with a schedule.  They just were there.  For you. Right smack dab in the middle of standing in the middle of a mountain of laundry, a sink full of dishes, 10 children […]

September

Fumbling and Floundering

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Almost all of my God moments – are when I am fumbling and floundering.  It is not a pretty sight.  In many ways. I have been parenting for 21 years, and I am so far from getting it right.  But, this month has taught me something I have never quite discovered in motherhood before.  Maybe […]

September

How To Inspire Your Children To Do Hard Things

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I can’t. How many times have you heard this as a mom?  It could be from eating their vegetables, to saying hello to a new person,  completing a chore, or schoolwork. Can’t – the universal code for kids to display their lack of perseverance and effort. A pivotal point in a parents conscience – to […]

September