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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 […]

Is There a Refresh Button for My Family?

mother and daughter laughing

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 […]

Move From Victim To An Abundant Life Today

Three baby swans swimming

Do you rely on others to care for you and provide an abundant life? Like a character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, or Pride and Prejudice, do you anticipate that your emotional and physical needs will be met through relationship? Even when it is substandard, do you rely on parents or spouse for emotional, physical, and […]

How Big Is Our Solar System? Make an outdoor model.

Solar system

Looking up, it’s easy to see that the sky is vast. But just how expansive is hard to gauge. Do this activity to see how our size compares within the universe. What do you look like from Jupiter? What does an ant look like from the Mars? Materials To See How Big Is Our Universe […]

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 […]

Embrace Healthy Friendships and Maintain a Distance from Toxic Ones

girls who are together in friendship

What do your friendships look like? Who are you choosing to be your friends? If your circle of friends consists solely of people who need to be rescued, and individuals who join you in poor-me pity parties, it’s time to expand your circle. Friendships are healthiest when they include Healthy friendships do not allow you […]

How To Make Father’s Day Less Awkward

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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

girl with horse for self care

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 […]

Can I Make My Child Happy?

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Can I make my child happy? As a mom, how much am I responsible for the happiness of my children? Can anyone make someone else happy? The tendency to confuse faithfulness with responsibility runs through my DNA, popping up in home and ministry. Years ago, I put together a Saturday conference for the women in […]