10 Ways to Help Your Family Fill February With Love

I remember as a child sitting down with my mom the night before Valentine’s Day and filling out the small Valentines for my class. Later, after I was married, Valentine’s Day was a wonderful excuse for dinner out with my husband … that’s until we realized that the restaurants were too crowded, and we chose to have a date night on a different day. Now as a mom, when February arrives I don’t simply focus on one special day. Instead, {Read More}

My son taught me to be brave

I should have guessed my son Nathan was going to be a writer when he’d sit with his plastic dinosaurs for two hours, just making up stories in his head. He was The. Easiest. Kid. Ever. Now I know it was because God gave him a great imagination. Thanks God! A few years ago Nathan started writing a novel. I told him to finish it, and I’d help edit it. He did, and I did. And it was really good! {Read More}

The Story Travelers Bible

Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of The Story Travelers Bible!  The Story Travelers Bible Review by Christen Krumm We enjoy Bible story books at our house and Tracey Madder’s The Story Travelers Bible is no exception. The Story Travelers Bible is packed with eighty-five fully illustrated Bible stories. Readers will follow along with their “tour guides”—Lana, Munch, and Griffin—as they experience the stories of the Bible after getting into a magical Church bus that {Read More}

How to Find Joy When Your Life No Longer Seems Like Your Own

So this week my family had 20+ appointments. I wish I was joking. Five kids have three days of therapy, an appointment each day. One daughter had a tooth pulled and a cavity filled. Four kids had their yearly eye appointments. And, finally, two more kids had doctor’s appointments. I suppose when you have seven kids at home that’s to be expected. They all need check ups. And, even though we knew that most of them had physical and learning {Read More}

My One Decision That Changed Everything

My One Decision That Changed Everything an Excerpt from Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at A Time In everyone’s story comes a defining moment when life takes a turn. I didn’t see the twist coming, and looking back it almost seems too ordinary an event to be considered “the moment.” But as I ponder all that has happened since then, I have no doubt that everything changed one quiet, early morning in 1999—the {Read More}

When Your Child Needs To Apologize | Amber Lia

(This article is taken from excerpts in best-selling author, Amber Lia’s, new book, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New!) Have you ever been in public and told your child to apologize to another child, only to see your son or daughter’s lips tighten all the more? Uncomfortable, isn’t it? In those moments, we stand there, helpless and, mortified. In our home, the need for forgiveness is as common as mealtimes. The cycle of offense and {Read More}

You’ve Changed! {Three GOOD habits to overcome the BAD habits that plague you}

I’m glad we’re friends now, but you might not have felt the same if we would have met when I was in high school. I wasn’t following God. I was very much into my boyfriend. I cussed and watched horrible movies. I even got into a fist fight. (Okay, the truth was I got into two.) I’m not proud of the person I was, and I have to admit it wasn’t easy to change. Even after I became a Christian {Read More}

Parents be Compassionate with Yourself | Kim Fredrickson

Why it is Important for Parents to be Compassionate with Themselves Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 We’re Not Perfect We are all imperfect parents with imperfect children. We all deserve compassion, parents and children alike. {Read More}

5 Simple Prayers That Will Make You a Better Parent

Being a parent is hard. It’s easy to get focus on the daily struggles and frustrations and forget that each day is an opportunity to teach, guide and grow my children into the unique people God created them to be. I often come up with goals for how to relate and react to me kids, but goals only go so far. I usually end up ditching them before one day passes. Instead, I’ve discovered the best action for becoming a {Read More}

The Most Important Part about Homeschooling

I started homeschooling in 1994. At the time there were no homeschooling blogs, very few curriculum choices, and not very many people to talk with about homeschooling questions. Homeschooling and a Love for Learning I remember one gathering of homeschool moms that I went to. We sat in Linda’s living room and just talked about homeschooling. Some moms had been doing it for a while, and they provided tips. In the midst of their tips there were about 71.3 kids {Read More}

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