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It Really Does Take a Village to Raise A Child

It Really Does Take a Village to Raise A Child

We're All In This Together What a difference a year makes. This time last year, our family had returned home from our grandson's state championship football game with a second place trophy. They showed their family, friends, and fans how to lose gracefully and before...

Tackling the Giants in Our Lives

Tackling the Giants in Our Lives

This week is Thanksgiving, and I have many reasons to be grateful. I could share how God has kept our family safe, or how He kept our family together in the midst of dark times or a slew of other things I am thankful for on a daily basis. But for some reason, what I...

When Nothing Is Going Right, Try a Little Kindness

When Nothing Is Going Right, Try a Little Kindness

Recognizing The Opportunities To Help Those Around You I watched as the woman struggled to a standing position from her electric wheelchair make her way to the door of the convenience store. Peering out the window, the store clerk saw her as well and walked over to...

Learning Lessons from Lea

Learning Lessons from Lea

Life Lessons Taught By An 8 Year Old "WALK!", she screamed for the umpteenth time in just over an hour. Taking her hand, I guided her to the door, tightening my grip so she wouldn't dart ahead of me, as the cool fall breeze brushed across her face. We walked around...

Pedaling Past Doubt

Pedaling Past Doubt

It's Time That We All Doubt Our Doubts As I peered from behind the curtain at my kitchen window, I watched as my husband taught our daughter to ride her bike without training wheels. I am not sure who was more nervous, my daughter or me. While I knew my daughter would...

Are You Listening to Understand or to Respond?

Are You Listening to Understand or to Respond?

Listen and Understand When I was a sophomore in high school, I staged a sit-out from my algebra class. A group of students in the class were frustrated by the lack of teaching being done. The teacher assigned to teach algebra was a science teacher, but due to lack of...

To Love Fully, You Need to Understand the Language

To Love Fully, You Need to Understand the Language

Love Languages Many years ago, my husband and I went on a marriage encounter retreat. It was the first time since starting a family that we would be away from our four children. The event had speakers and workshops scheduled, all geared around ways to make a good...

When You Thank a Military Member Do You See Their Shadow?

When You Thank a Military Member Do You See Their Shadow?

Behind The Military Member As I stood at the checkout counter at our local Home Depot store, my husband pulled out his wallet producing his military ID. “Can I get a military discount?” he asked. The cashier glanced at his card, smiled and replied “Thank you for your...

Children Follow Your Example, Not Your Advice

Children Follow Your Example, Not Your Advice

Our Children Are Watching “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry they are always watching you.” Robert Fulghum Answering the knock on the door, two eager faces of neighborhood children greeted me. It was a common occurrence on a Saturday morning in base...

Is Goodness Being Choked Out?

Is Goodness Being Choked Out?

Where Is All The Goodness? I don’t know about you, but I am growing weary of turning on my television or opening my social media feeds to discover that hate continues in the world. Every day for months now, we have seen violence, bullying, and various forms of attacks...

We’re Either a Fountain or a Drain

We’re Either a Fountain or a Drain

Are You Flowing Or Taking Away in Life? As I got in my car last week, the hot temperature caused the moisture on the back of my neck to roll down my shirt, like a perspiring glass of ice tea. For the past week, our temperatures have been over 100 degrees, and it looks...

Timeouts Aren’t Just for Kids

Timeouts Aren’t Just for Kids

Downtime In Your Routine May Be Required. On my way out to run errands this morning, I realized my dogs, had been out meandering in our backyard longer than normal. As I put my keys on the counter, I headed outside calling Rocky & Max to come in. It’s not unusual...

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