Forgetting to Say Thank You

forgetting to say thank you

Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude.  It’s a time to reflect on the things we have been given, the things we have been kept from, and the things the Lord has removed from our lives. To get into the spirit of the holidays, we moms typically create daily exercises of gratefulness by making lists of what… 

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When Your Kid Stops Believing

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My 16-year-old son came home from spending a week at a renowned Christian camp and announced that he didn’t know if he believed  in God anymore.  Not the thing a mom would expect to hear within five minutes after getting in the car with the kid who was just high-fived by the entire coach bus of students… 

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Consuming Consumption

Consuming Consumption

School fliers arrive in the mail touting one-cent glue and crayons for a quarter.  Week after week in August, big chain stores make me believe that I need several hundred binders; they make me wonder how I am existing without hole reinforcements for loose-leaf paper.  Flash forward to September when I have enough glue for three… 

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Because She’s Happy

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My friend posted a beautiful picture of her daughter jumping at the water’s edge on a sandy beach with the caption, “Because she’s happy!”  It made me think about my own children at the beach.  They jump, shriek, dance, and roll in the water and sand for no other reason than pure joy.  It’s a… 

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Living Sheltered Lives

Living Sheltered Lives

My children wear seat belts in the car.  I make them wear helmets when they ride things with wheels.  I limit their candy intake.  I have a water filter on our sink to ensure the water they drink is clean. I don’t allow them to play by the road. These are typical boundaries to ensure… 

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The Touch of Jesus

The Touch of Jesus

My family is in the midst of one of the biggest transitions of our lives.  We have moved back to the state where both my husband and I grew up.  It’s where we went to school, where we fell in love, and where all of our extended family resides. Prior to the move I imagined… 

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Christmas Giving

Every Christmas we hear the question and see the videos of small children being tested by adults as they are asked, “What is Christmas really about?”  We hope that, if our children were on that video, they wouldn’t respond like many of their youthful peers with, “Presents!” We  want our children to know that Christmas… 

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Bruce Bogtrotter and the Lion

In 1988 Roald Dahl wrote a delightfully imaginative novel about a girl named Matilda. In this story, Matilda is friends with a plump young boy named Bruce Bogtrotter, who was believed to have eaten a slice of Principal Trunchbull’s favorite chocolate cake.  Trying to curb his love of confections, the principal forced him to eat… 

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Life and Death

Learning happens all the time.  No matter what we are doing in our lives, we are gleaning new information, perfecting past actions, figuring out what will result from our current efforts.  Even when we are doing “nothing,” our brains are churning thoughts, processing past experiences, and pondering future possibilities.  Life teaches.  It’s what it was… 

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Homeschooling Is Much Like This

Sometimes writing comes easily for me. An idea will pop into my head and it spills out of my mind onto the paper effortlessly. If it’s a piece that brings encouragement or laughter, I think there is nothing I’d rather do than write. Other times it is a painful process. My mind is a blank… 

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