The Best Valentine's Present: Your Presence

Written by: | February 1, 2012

I’ve learned a lot of things about my kids in the short seven and a half years that I’ve been a parent. Some days I think I’ve got it all figured out; but those are usually followed by days where everything I’ve thought to be true backfires on me....
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A New Year with New Goals

Written by: | January 23, 2012

Are you a new year’s resolution-maker? Or perhaps you prefer to approach the new year with new goals, as opposed to calling them resolutions. Either way, a new year is another great way for a fresh start. But new year’s resolutions can also be so intimidating. And what happens...
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Building Good Stewards in a Spend-Like-Crazy World

Written by: | January 17, 2012

January is the time to make changes and changes we’re making! Okay, not too many huge changes, we want success so we don’t overshoot our goals. This year we’re implementing a chore chart and pay status (commission, freelance labor, whatever you want to call it). I really consider myself...
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A Family Motto for 2012

Written by: | January 11, 2012

I love the New Year because it is so fresh and clean! It seems like a giant piece of white paper stretching as far as the eye can see, just waiting for me to write my year on it! Every year, whether I make official resolutions or not, I...
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Word of the Year

Written by: | January 6, 2012

I always pick a word for each new year. A word to be focus, my reminder, my goal. Two years ago was PRIORITIES. Last year was FOLLOW-THROUGH. I’m happy to report that each word has actually helped me “stay the course” more than any other New Year’s resolution has...
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Family New Year's Resolutions

Written by: | January 3, 2012

Does your family set New Year’s Resolutions? I realize the New Year is typically a time for people to reflect and re-evaluate, but how often do you include your kids when you set such goals? After all, aren’t we supposed to model God’s standard of behavior when it comes...
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Jesse Tree

Written by: | December 23, 2011

In case you haven’t noticed it’s December! My family loves Christmas. We light up the whole, and I mean WHOLE, house. We eat peanut butter balls and sugar cookies until we’re sick. We wrap gifts and make ornaments. Our holiday season probably looks a lot like yours. But let’s...
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Daily Memories and God-Connections

Written by: | December 15, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And not just for yummy food, gifts and parties. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for parents to teach their children about Jesus! Kids have been looking forward to Christmas all year. Stores, media and school talk about...
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He Already Made It Special

Written by: | December 13, 2011

Wow! Another year has flown by and us here we are again, preparing to celebrate the birth of our Savior. In my house that means coordinating lots of dates on the calendar for parties, musicals, and worship services, decorating the house, baking, meals with extended family, shopping, wrapping, sharing,...
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Focusing on the Meaning of the Season

Written by: | December 12, 2011

Christmas has to be my favorite time of year. I love going to see our city’s youth ballet version of The Nutcracker. I love seeing Christmas trees twinkling from front windows and Christmas lights strung up in yards. I love Christmas shopping and Christmas parties and trimming the tree...
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My Biggest Christmas Mistake

Written by: | December 8, 2011

When Big J was 2 1/2 years old, we started doing some “preschool” at home. It was my first year being home with the boys. It was also the year I entered the world of blogging. And had our second child. And my husband started medical school. No big...
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Choosing Family This Christmas

Written by: | December 1, 2011

It’s finally December and Christmas is rapidly approaching! Our Tommy Mommies are going to be sharing some of their favorite memories, traditions and ways they celebrate the season with you throughout this month, but I also wanted to share another reality so many of us face during the holidays....
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