Parenting is wracked with goodbyes!! Well, in our case it has been. We have spent a great deal of time saying goodbye to our kiddos ... like the first day of kindergarten (times four), those times that Brent and I have gone away by ourselves and left them with friends or family, student trips/sporting camps, sending the girls to… Continue reading PG Part Five: The Goodbyes
Always give thanks. Many Christian parents raise their kids to "say Grace" before meals. Some lead in a memorized prayer, while in other homes Dads verbalize a mumbled, awkward prayer of blessing on and for the food. Around some dinner tables is a more genuine prayer, but the encouragement to have thankful hearts ends there. The verses… Continue reading PG Part Four: Don’t just Give Thanks, Live Thanks
Paradox: A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that when investigated is actually trueIf Christ-centered parents don't acknowledge (early on in their kids' lives) that the truths of Christianity often contain paradox, they will forever be trying to "explain" and "define" a God who can't be completely explained or defined in human terms. The Bible is filled with… Continue reading PG Part Three: The Paradox of Faith
In reflecting on my mothering, one thing (among several) I would change - and I am still working on this one - is sharing my unsolicited opinion regarding my daughter's choices in hair, clothes, styles, and other things that don't really matter. Deep down, I want my daughters to become uniquely who God created them to be, and self expression is not a… Continue reading PG Part Two: What Not to Say about What Not to Wear
You know the people of which I speak . . . The parentals. The 'rents. The folks. The ones we celebrate in May and June. Mom and Dad. They are the ones who lead the family. Of course, depending on who you ask, you'd probably get a different answer as to what constitutes "family" today.… Continue reading Parental Guidance, Part One
This Sunday is Mother's Day in the US. I didn't realize it until I did a little research, but in most countries Mother's Day is observed, although the holiday has different meanings and is celebrated on different dates.I even discovered that in some countries, it is offensive not to mark Mother's Day. In others it… Continue reading A Mother’s Day Confession
George Bailey's dad (in It's a Wonderful Life) told George one night that he was born older. 🙂 I know exactly what he meant.We have one of those kids. On April 29, 1988, we had a daughter born a "mama" . . .Today, we celebrate our oldest child, Amanda Lynn. Amanda is a typical first born in many… Continue reading She was born his mama . . .
We are celebrating Brent this week - he just turned 50 years old. When our birthdays roll around each year, I realize that we now have spent more birthdays together - married - than we did as singles. So, we should be more "one" than we have ever been.And, for the most part, I feel… Continue reading The Value of an Intentional Hour
Submission. It is the new "S-word" to many. 🙂 It has become an ugly word - one to avoid.Recently I read an excellent blog by a wife whose marriage was on the brink of destruction before she realized her disobedience to God's word in the area of submission. She writes "“I have walked the road… Continue reading There Really is Life after Submission
I followed in the footsteps of my mom, and as a young girl (just like she was) I said something like "Oh, I'm not going to marry a preacher." Her daddy was a preacher, too.As a young adult, I followed in the footsteps of my mom. 🙂 Yep, I married one.And I can honestly say I haven't regretted it. Well,… Continue reading I’ll Never Marry a Preacher!