Parenting

Fireside bonding

October 8, 2013

This weekend my family had our first fireside afternoon. I got it lit about 2:00 PM and ran out of wood at 10:00. It was the most relaxing, therapeutic, joyful day that I’ve had in a long time. Sharing a fire with people I love rejuvenates my soul. Tweet

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A reader’s voice

October 4, 2013

As a writer I am constantly reminded about the importance of voice. Voice is what stands one writer out from others. If consistent, a good voice can make a career. But the more I write the more I understand that there is another side to the voice discussion that is often overlooked–the power of a […]

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Clothed in love

October 1, 2013

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. No amount of exercise has helped me; it has just made my physical exhaustion match my emotional exhaustion. Quite honestly I’ve felt used, overwhelmed, and ready to toss up the white flag. For the first time in a long time I honestly fantasized about what life would be […]

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Love thy little brother

September 27, 2013

The screams my 5 year old produces are the same whether someone is picking on him, he feels neglected, or he breaks a bone. But as we were reminded this week, sometimes those screams are serious, and there’s nothing like a trip to the ER to bring a family together. Tweet

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Raising Doubting Thomas

September 20, 2013

My kids are little testers. I have one that tests gravity by using the tops of swing sets (and occasionally house roofs) as balance beams, one that tests every warning for accuracy (including licking a pan to verify that it truly is hot like Mom said), and one that wants proof of biblical teachings. Three […]

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Touch

September 17, 2013

I have a very touchy family, and I mean that in a good way. I touch my kids every time they are within arm’s reach whether it’s a touch on the shoulder, a pat on the back, or poke in the ribs. My husband and I are the same way. And I love it. Tweet

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The power of no

September 13, 2013

One of the first words kids learn is “no” because they hear it all the time. No… Don’t touch the hot stove. No… Don’t lick the toilet. No… Don’t each that much candy. No… Don’t scream inside the house. No… Don’t slide down the carpeted stairs naked on your stomach while carrying  a pair of […]

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