Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This past Valentine’s Day had me rethinking a lot about how we give and receive love. Often we search for that complete love, which is unattainable unless you truly know God’s unconditional acceptance. Divorced couples used to be the minority when I was younger. It was almost taboo to have divorced parents. Now it seems as if it is rare to have a whole family, unaffected by a failed relationship.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Some days seem like obstacle courses to us parents. Just when it seems all is well your four year old gets a fever or your six year old jumps off the couch and bites through her lip. arenting is never without some sort of scary or stressful surprise. Sometimes it can feel as if you are in some sort of TV reality show competition, waiting for the next big challenge.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Pinterest. These social media sites can broaden your horizons, be a tool for businesses and help maintain long-distance relationships amongst family and friends. However, when these websites start to cause stress, it may be time to shut it down.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Materialism and charity are a strange mix during the holidays. We expect gifts during this time of year. At the same time, we are celebrating the best gift we have ever received, our Savior. I know many families who put themselves in severe debt to put more presents under the tree for their children. Ringing up credit cards and borrowing to ensure the best Christmas. I’ve even been guilty of this. What are we truly giving our children by going into debt? Worse yet, what are we showing them about
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Every morning should be as exciting as Christmas morning for us as Christians. The fact that we wake up every day to the gifts that our Lord has for us should start our day off with joy and anticipation. There really should be no bad days. God is in control. And when we follow Him, even the bad can be turned into good.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Relatives… can’t live them, can’t live without them. Most of us have at least one or two we don’t particularly get along with or understand. It’s not to say we do not love them; of course we do. The holidays remind us of how we must balance this. Sometimes it can be hard to have harmony during the holidays when there’s an uncle who’s always angry, in-laws who criticize your cooking, overly competitive siblings or an opinionated aunt.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Who doesn’t love this time of year? Delicious food, crafts, family and thankfulness abound. And it seems this time of year brings an abundance of sickness. Like clockwork, the colder weather and beautiful season changes deliver an array of random viruses to our home every year. My mom would tell you that when I was young, it was always me who was feverish and miserable during the holidays. It seems my children have inherited this aptitude for catching nearly all of the colds that are so freely p
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
What is your stance on Halloween? Do you feel your children should not participate in any Halloween activities? Honestly, I have struggled with this holiday since year one of being a mom. I love the concept of dressing up, becoming a superhero or a princess for a day. As a child, I so looked forward to Halloween and finding that perfect costume. Mostly, I enjoyed the idea of carving pumpkins, making scare-crows and the excitement.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I have emotional garbage. It’s true. In fact, many of us do. It occurred to me recently as I explained to my daughter the similarities between her messy room and my life. I am not running a dump. I am running a household, a family. If I hoard emotional baggage, I am not allowing room for growth.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
My six year old hates school! Those are her words. She comes home and tells me every day, “Mommy, I hate school.” It breaks my heart. She wants to be homeschooled. I’ve tried to do this in the past, but I feel I am not up to the task. I have friends who home school and they make it look fun and easy. It’s just not for me. When I tried, I failed miserably. I had to admit defeat for the sake of my children’s education and my sanity.