How to Homeschool Adopted Kids

How to Homeschool Adopted Kids   When John and I planned on adopting children, I knew that I wanted to homeschool them. I homeschooled our oldest three from preschool through high school and it was a wonderful experience. Yet homeschooling my adopted kids didn’t happen as easy (or as quickly) as I thought. Homeschooling Alyssa from preschool age was no problem. We adopted her as a newborn from a private placement. Yet adopting from the foster care system, and homeschooling {Read More}

How to Say “Yes” to God

How to Say “Yes” to God   I don’t know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him and to be truthful it was a lot of work. I taught Sunday School, led Bible studies, and volunteered in numerous ministries in {Read More}

27 Ways to Show Your Husband Respect

27 Ways to Show Your Husband Respect When John swept into my life, I was a teenage mom, and I saw him as a godly man who worked hard and made good choices. I could tell he loved God and cared for people. I looked up to him with respect. Then came marriage . . . It wasn’t that I stopped respecting John, but I saw more of his flaws. I also had more expectations. As the years passed, I {Read More}

Mom, Are you Selfish?

Mom, Are you Selfish? I really don’t like to admit it, but as a mom I’ve known to be selfish at times. I’ve hidden cookies so I could have them later, and I’ve extended my kids’ nap time so I could read “one more chapter.” I’ve also gotten my family’s schedule off track because I wanted to be the “good” mom. The mom who volunteered at church, who made it to story time at the library, and who signed up {Read More}

Creating Kids in MY Own Image

Creating Kids in MY Own Image One thing that has always gotten me overbooked and overwhelmed was trying to create my children in “my own image.” No, I’m not talking about making mini-mes. I’m talking about the image in my mind. A mix of kid that looked like a Gap Kids model, played sports like baby Olympic athletes, and were as scholarly as miniature Albert Einsteins (without the frizzy hair). Then God reminded me I didn’t need to envision who {Read More}

How to Serve Your Spouse

How to Serve Your Spouse Marriage isn’t all about romance or heart connections. (Don’t we wish!) The everyday stuff of life includes housework, yard work, and more. Much more. I’ll never forget the look on my new husband’s face as he took a bite of the stew I’d had simmering in the crockpot all day. We’d only been married a few weeks, and I’d decided to embrace the role of domestic goddess. I knew I was no June Cleaver, or {Read More}

What Makes a Man? Dirt!

What Makes a Man? Dirt! Little boys who play in dirt grow up to be big men who play in dirt . . . and I’m thankful for that! I’m a mom of three boys and three girls. I’m also the mom of a grandson and a granddaughter. We believe in being even-Steven around here. Two of my boys are grown. My third boy (through adoption) is three years old. Toss him, my six-year-old daughter, three-year-old daughter, and two-year-old grandson {Read More}

Overcoming Performance-Based Love

Overcoming Performance-Based Love I have three sons ages twenty-four, twenty, and three. The thing I love about boys is they adore their mom. My approval of them matters and I forget sometimes that my disapproval hits the heart of a boy. I’ve been reminded of this after raising another young boy after having big guys around the house. After adopting Casey last year, we went through months and months of therapy to build a bond. When he first came to {Read More}

What It Means to Start Again in this Man-Making Business

What It Means to Start Again in this Man-Making Business “You’re starting again?” I get the same response every time I explain the ages of my six kids: 24, 21, 19, . . . 6, 4, and 3. “You could be empty nesters, traveling the world, and driving a convertible.” “Yes,” I nod. “Yes, I could.” There is nothing wrong with empty nests. Some day I might have one. There is nothing wrong with convertibles. Some day I might rent {Read More}

Let Boys be Boys: Hard Truth for Fluffy Moms

Let Boys be Boys: Hard Truth for Fluffy Moms God must have had a sense of humor when he gave me boys. To be truthful, I’m as “fluffy” as they come. I enjoy snuggling up with a good book, bubble baths, and mochas (with extra chocolate). I’m gentle and soft-spoken, and my idea of outdoor recreation is taking my dog for a walk on the paved bike trail near our home. It’s hard for me to “let boys be boys.” {Read More}

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