Unique Ways to Thanks Teachers at the End of the School Year

Written by: | April 24, 2017

We all know educators in our circle of influence.  Whether at public or private school, homeschool co-ops, home educators, church, or someplace else.  Teachers are amazing, simply put!  Some teachers do it for a job, but most, teach out of an abundant heart of love.  It’s their calling.  We...
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Surviving Standardized Tests: Encouragement for Every Child

Written by: | April 21, 2017

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The word “test” can strike fear into the heart of kid and bring out the best in another. I was more of the latter as a child. I saw tests as a great challenge. I took them very seriously, but they didn’t scare me. This attitude served me well...
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Embracing Fresh Grace through an Ugly Season

Written by: | April 19, 2017

She rubbed her eyes in the early morning hours, bone weary and emotionally exhausted. To watch as her dear friend and teacher, Jesus, was crucified was simply more than her heart could bear. He did not deserve the torture he received and yet those words, those haunting words he...
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What Does It Mean to Have Self-Control?

Written by: | April 17, 2017

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Last week one of my boys took his brother’s favorite toy and hid it.  The little brother had been a nuisance and older brother got tired of it.  It had been a hard day for everyone, but the hiding of the toy was a new low for us.  I...
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What Does It Mean To Be Honest?

Written by: | April 14, 2017

The definition of honesty is to be free of deceit and untruthfulness. It’s a beautiful virtue that we desire for our kids to bestow. The honest truth is that it can be hard, especially when we’ve done something wrong. So, how do we teach our kids what it means...
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A Good Friday Reflection on our Good, Good Father

Written by: | April 12, 2017

Our family loves the zoo, especially the African safari, aquarium, elephants, monkeys, spiders, reptiles, and unusual birds. Okay – we like it all! It is one thing to read about these creatures from distant lands and exotic places, but quite another to get up close and personal with wild...
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Teaching Kids about Communion

Written by: | April 10, 2017

Some of my earliest church memories involve communion plates. Watching those shiny discs pass by me for years before I could partake of their contents drove me crazy. At the time I had no idea how sacred they were. As a young child I simply wanted a snack, and...
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10 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Son

Written by: | April 3, 2017

Bible Verses to Pray for Sons
I am the mother of three sons, ages 6-27 years old. I’ve raised two sons from newborn to adulthood, and it’ll be a while until the third leaves home. As a mom of older sons, I understand clearly that they do grow up and make decisions about God—and their...
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5 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Daughter

Written by: | March 31, 2017

Bible Verses to Pray Over Daughter
Have you ever prayed Bible verses over your daughter?  Praying Scripture is a practice near and dear to my heart.  I never have to wonder if I am praying for God’s will because I am praying His own words.  Beautiful! When it comes to praying for our daughters, we...
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What Does It Mean to Be Faithful?

Written by: | March 29, 2017

Yesterday as I was driving, a little voice called from the back seat, “Hey, Mom?” “Yes, Sweetie?” “What is Off Ice Max?” As a kindergartener, she’s really starting to read more and everywhere we go, she is putting letters and sounds together. Of course, Office Max seems like pretty...
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Learning from Grandparents Before They Are Gone

Written by: | March 27, 2017

My kids’ old elementary school always celebrated an annual Grandparents’ Day. While I loved the theory of it, my heart broke a little bit each year because none of my kids’ grandparents live near us. One year, when my kids were about 7 & 9, I had them save...
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4 Ways to Honor a Grandmother’s Legacy

Written by: | March 22, 2017

I’m not sure why, but I have been thinking about my mom a lot lately. She passed away in 2013 after a devastating battle with pancreatic cancer. My biggest fear back then was that my daughters, 2 and 5 at the time, would not remember their grandma. If you...
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