So, You Have a Dysfunctional Family: What About Thanksgiving?

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There is nothing more truth telling to the struggles and inner workings of a family, then living in an ICU unit together for three weeks.  And if this isn't enough, try going through rehab with a member of your family, watching the layers of stress … [Continue reading]

You Are Not The Only Mother Who Fears The Future

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Our children are here and then they are gone. It is not the emptiness I fear when I think about my children leaving home. I do not fear that I may not see them very often, or that they may remember to poke their head into my life and whisper a … [Continue reading]

The Secret To A Fabulous Thanksgiving

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If you were busy being kind, Before you knew it, you would find You'd soon forget to think 'twas true That someone was unkind to you. If you were busy being glad, And cheering people who are sad, Although your heart might ache a bit, You'd … [Continue reading]

When Friday Is Like Coming Home (and all things are made new)

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I wasn't going to write about my brother here.  I feel his life is in a sacred place of healing and I stand true to never using my blog for gain from another life. And then yesterday happened. I turned the corner in this grieving and growing … [Continue reading]

Cultivating The Heart Of Hospitality In Your Children

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So very often I sit across from the sweet faces in this home and sip tea.  We gather around cookies, tea cups and saucers and I tell them stories of my own as they learn to hold their tea cup gracefully, carry on a delightful conversation, and use … [Continue reading]

When The Weekend Brings Your Worst Fears And The Best News (how to hold on to hope)

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The call came in twice. By the time Friday evening arrives, I am ready for my phone to be silenced and all social media to stay hushed under the closed lid of my lap top. Answering the second call changed all of the elaborate notions I had for … [Continue reading]

A Common Core To Any Education (misconceptions about teaching your children)

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Everyone needs to homeschool their children.  False. All children are able to learn the same way.  False. All students should be expected to test out at their grade level according to their age.  False. You will agree with everything written … [Continue reading]

10 Ways To Identify A Guilt Driven Home

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Are we raising children who are living to please their parents? Children who do not know the WHY for their actions, but rather WHO they need to please? Have you wondered if you are giving your children the reasons for their obedience and good … [Continue reading]

The Real Wars Of This World (and what you really need to fear)

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With a deliberate steady push to the radio dial, I turned the noon report off. We keep current.  We allow our children to know of the world affairs and the local news.  But, with one gentle silence to the news anchor's voice, I bring the whole … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Cake Delicious

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  While your cake is baking, be sure to print off this 31 Days of Fall Fun here!     What has been on your fall flavor list this year?  Share a link or name a few of your favorite recipes with me?   ( and for those … [Continue reading]