12 Ways to Say I Love You (Without Words)

Written by: | June 3, 2016

In the brand new book, I Love You Just Because, a little bear learns that his parents love him always and forever and for no reason at all. There’s nothing he can do to earn their love, nothing he can do to destroy it. They love him no matter...
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9 Ways to Celebrate Easter as a Family

Written by: | March 18, 2016

Holidays are a big deal at my house. We do all of ‘em in a big way. Easter is no exception. We have Easter egg hunts and make Easter crafts and color Easter pictures, and we read Easter books. And then, on Easter morning, the kids hunt for big...
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16 Ways to Observe Lent as a Family

Written by: | February 10, 2016

Today begins the season of Lent. Lent is observed as the six weeks before Good Friday. It is preceded by Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the day on which observes eat the last of their fatty, rich foods so that they don’t go to waste during the fasting season of Lent....
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Calming Our Kids’ Fears

Written by: | January 25, 2016

For better or for worse, I have been transparent about my 8-year-old’s anxiety disorder. She takes daily medication, and that medication allows her to see past her paralyzing anxieties and realize a brave, joyful life with our family. That medication is a gift from God. (If you want to know more about...
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How to Handle Hurt During the Holidays

Written by: | November 18, 2015

I had a dream the other night that I was talking on the phone with my mom. We were having an everyday conversation about nothing in particular. When my alarm went off in the middle of the dream, I hit the snooze button, squeezed my eyes shut, and tried...
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My Kids’ Bucket List

Written by: | October 19, 2015

I remember distinctly the very first time I ever went into the big city (Pittsburgh). I gazed at the groups of people standing on street corners, waiting to cross, and the long lines of cars and the tall buildings. I saw people who looked different from me. I was completely...
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Celebrating Fall as a Family

Written by: | September 18, 2015

Today, I swept all the dead leaves off of our back porch. There were a lot of leaves and a lot of obstacles; it took most of an hour. The girls turned my bucket of rainwater into a mound of bubbles (found some leftover bubble solution) and doled it...
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Bible Verses to Remember When Times Are Tough

Written by: | August 5, 2015

Illness. Job loss. Death of a loved one. Scary parenting trials. We’ve all had those times, and we’ve all persevered to get where we are today. But how? How do you gather yourself up and face the storm? For me, times of great trial lead me one place –...
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Memorize Scripture with Your Kids this Summer

Written by: | June 12, 2015

Memorizing scripture should be part of every Christian’s life, starting with the youngest of the littles and going right on up through adults. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. –Psalm 119:11 What better way to be comforted by the Word in...
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God’s Never-Ending, All-Consuming Love

Written by: | May 27, 2015

“I hate you!” My almost-8-year-old daughter’s refrain rings from the hallway as she stomps to her bedroom. I call after her, “I love you now and I’ll always love you.” That’s my refrain. Getting our kids to understand the enormity of God’s never-ending, all-consuming love can be a challenge,...
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