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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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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7 Ways to Celebrate Your Mom This Month

Written by: | May 17, 2013

My last five Mother’s Days have all begun the same – breakfast in bed, served by a smiling husband and giddy children. They wake up early (or maybe it’s that they let me sleep late), working hard to make me feel special. On my tray, there’s always a handmade...
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They Are Little Mirrors

Written by: | April 19, 2013

There are some lessons our children learn not by listening to our words but by watching our examples. I want my kids to grow up to be honest people who please God. I want them to have integrity, to always do the right thing. Just like they write in...
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10 Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate Jesus This Easter

Written by: | March 28, 2013

All month long, we’ve shared ideas for celebrating Jesus instead of the Easter Bunny, but many of them have focused on the season of Lent. It’s a little late for Lent, so let’s give up on that goal for 2013. Celebrating Jesus now – the weekend of Easter –...
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