8 Tips For A Great Family Vacation

While getting ready for our recent family vacation, I was thinking through some of the things we have tried over the past 20 years of parenting. One might say we’ve had a lot of trial and error experiences! And over the course of the last 20 years, we have vacationed with a differing number of children, as we added children …

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Understanding Grief After Child Loss

The excited mother waits patiently to see that tiny beating heart of the baby she so eagerly anticipates. The ultrasound tech moves the wand, and with a swift tick of the clock and few words, this mother’s excitement changes to shock as the outline of that baby becomes her final memory. Never would she have imagined that this baby would …

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4 Ways to Foster Patriotism in Your Family

Patriotism. What is patriotism? Googling it gave me a definition:  the quality of being patriotic; devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country. Not exactly helpful. I’ve heard that Pinterest is becoming one of the most widely used “search engines” so I decided to check there. I was greeted by a few quotes about patriotism, some cute patriotic outfits, and …

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Three Things to Ask As You Watch Your Child Grow Up

I sat in the quiet church waiting, as I have nearly every week of my life. The front was set up beautifully. The music played quietly. The people all sat motionless, waiting. But unlike all other weeks, my thoughts were racing. I wasn’t here for the usual church service. I was here for a wedding. This was not just any …

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Five Things I Hope to Teach My Son…

Before He Becomes A Man and A Husband   For those who know me or my family, you might know this past week was a big week in our lives. For those that may not know us as well, I’ll fill you in! We have seven kids. We have 6 boys and one girl smack dab in the middle of …

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Your Best Summer Ever

Five Practical Tips to Make This The Best Summer Ever School’s Out! There are as many emotional responses to that as there are parents that hear it! Maybe your body surges with a bit of trepidation or anxiety. Maybe your mind races with all the adventures awaiting. Maybe your heart swells with joy at the thought of having all your …

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#DToo

What is It? 19 million people are affected by it, and nearly 10 percent of the population experiences it in any given year. As many as 1 in 33 children, 1 in 8 adolescents, and 1 in 5 adults has it. Only 1/3 of those experiencing it will seek help. Considering that more than 80-90% of those seeking help report …

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Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health. There seems to be a bit of a stigma surrounding those two words, yet many don’t realize the extent to which people are truly affected by them. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to shed a little light on mental health.    Effects of poor mental health on everyday situations   …

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Let’s pretend: it’s breakfast time, and your sweet little one has asked for some juice. He looks at you with those sweet ruby cheeks and silly bedhead, and your heart melts. As he waits patiently, you can feel his eyes intently focused on what you are doing. You pick up the pitcher of juice and attempt to pour into the …

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Month Of The Young Child…Moving On…

  April was the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of awareness, we focus on the needs of young children and may be forced to face what is a reality for many children and the abuse they endure. But that awareness should not end at the closing of the month. What if we …

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Counseling Basics

“Maybe we should go to counseling,” she said in a hushed and hopeless tone. “What?! You think we are that bad off? You think we are ready for a divorce?!” he asked, feeling angry and defensive. Counseling. What is counseling? Why do people go to counseling? Does it really help? How can telling a stranger my problems make them any …

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Spring Cleaning Your Thought Life

    She slammed the cupboard shut. Get away from me! You are driving me insane and I can’t stand to be around you. Anger burned within her. I’ve had enough of this junk, and I’m done! The words never left her mouth, but they seared her spirit with a life of their own. Energy had left many months ago, …

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Have you ever wished…

Have you ever wished your child had come with an instruction manual? I know I have! Well, if you haven’t experienced that sentiment yet, I have a feeling you may at some point! The past several months I have been working tirelessly on a course for parents! And it is ready!!! Yes, this is a tool that will hold information …

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Five Days to A Refreshed Mom

Five Days to A Refreshed Mom?! Could it be possible?! What would it be like to be a re-energized and refreshed Mom?! You survived the holiday rush! You welcomed the New Year! And now, it hits you! You forgot to make your New Year’s resolutions! New Year’s resolutions. Some have great success with them, anticipate the arrival of a whole …

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The Christmas Story through the eyes of Mary

This Isn’t What I Imagined…The Christmas Story Through the Eyes of Mary

  We celebrate Christmas every year, but have you ever spent time thinking about what the Christmas story as Mary may have seen it or experienced it? By taking a little creative liberty, I hope to bring the Christmas story to life for you today! Historical facts may vary, but here is a down-to-Earth look at the Christmas story through …

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