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Celebrate Easter As A Family

Sheep face

Beginning in Holy Week, celebrate Easter as a family tradition. Giggles quickly turned into belly laughs as I crawled on all fours, the preschooler perched on my back. Older siblings emptied the coat closet and spread their jackets on the living room floor topped with palm branches cut from green construction paper. Palm Sunday is […]

Are You Related to the Most Influential Pilgrim?

Mayflower ship

Are you related to Pilgrim John Howland? Of all the pilgrims, John Howland may have been the most influential. He certainly had one of the greatest impacts on American history. As one of the early settlers, Howland exemplifies that America is a nation of opportunity. Howland began his journey when the Separatists – those who separated from […]

Is There a Refresh Button for My Family?

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Family relationships are formative for our lives and community. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” A.A. Milne “Holidays with family is when we all get together, emotionally abuse one another, and have pie,” someone described. […]

Oil Paint and Relationship Glue

Oil paints

Relationship glue is crafted in the art studio of life. “What did she use this time?” The kind man who cleans my white carpets squats down to inspect the splashed rainbow of glue and paint. “Acrylic and oils.” I show him the finished masterpiece displayed on the easel above the carpet’s danger zone.  He nods […]

Did You Lose Your Faith In The Break-Up

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Your faith, did you lose it? When your happily ever after didn’t turn out as you imagined, when 2020 turned the world upside down, people want to know who they can count on. Is there a God and does he see me? Can I trust him? Is he worthy of my faith? These are questions […]

St. Patrick’s Day is All About Forgiveness

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St. Patrick’s Day, beyond the largest party in Savanna, fountain waters dyed emerald, the wearing of the green, shamrocks, and Guinness merchandise, is a timeless tale about forgiveness in the real life of St. Patrick. Patrick was a wild youth growing up in England when raiders invaded his hometown, destroyed homes and families, and kidnapped […]

When A Baby Dies

hands in the shape of a heart over pregnant belly

I love to say her name, feeling the word on my tongue and hearing the sound. “Violet.” Moving into the fifth month of pregnancy, I was keenly aware that something had changed. There was no butterfly kick. No life-sustaining appetite. No more stretching of seams. The doctor searched for a heartbeat until the batteries in […]

Helping Kids With Migraine Sleep Better

young boy with a headache

Helping kids with Migraine sleep better can reduce Migraine attacks. While Migraine has no cure, the benefits of quality sleep include relief from Migraine pain.  No respecter of gender, culture, or economic status, Migraine attacks can begin at any age. One in ten school children, according to The Migraine Trust.org, have Migraine.  For children with Migraine, bedtime routines may […]

How To Make Father’s Day Less Awkward

Dad and child shoes

Father’s Day can be awkward. Stats tell us that one in four homes is single parent-led, and those are primarily single moms. That’s a lot of women and kids with an empty place where a dad is designed to be. “Writing a book to benefit others seemed as if I was digging in nasty cat […]

Self-Care for Moms

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What does self-care for moms look like? Rearing our children is every parent’s most important job. To do that well, we need to take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. On an airplane, passengers are instructed to put the emergency oxygen mask on themselves first because if they become incapacitated, they can’t correctly […]