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Compassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting

Learning from the Best

Though Jesus was never a physical parent on earth, I would say He knows a thing or two about parenting! He is God; He is Shepherd; He is Creator; He is Love. Recently, I opened theCompassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting Word asking the Lord to direct my steps and give me wisdom in parenting. The following very familiar verses were viewed with a new perspective.

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Just Five More Minutes: Earning TV Time

always knew that watching television was a great motivator for my daughter, but what I didn’t know is that I had been going about it the wrong way. After reading the book Have a New Kid by Friday, I combined the principles I learned from that book with the principles I learned from Parenting With Love and Logic, and came up with an idea.

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What a Mama Does

In several countries today is Mother’s Day. In the U.S., mother’s day isn’t until May. But any day is a great day to celebrate our mothers! I noticed many people are viewing a poem I posted a year or two ago called: When a Daughter Understands. Here it is again in a new format. Note:…

Thisfunctional Family

Often we hear about the dysfunctional family. Obviously within a family lives a strange assortment of characters, and as each younger character grows toward adulthood and independent thinking and living the family becomes even more different. What makes a family functional? Caring about and loving each one regardless of the differences. Praising strengths, supporting weaknesses,…

Everything You’ve Got

A friend of mine who also adopted an older child wrote me today about a recent meltdown with her child. She shared a song with me I had not heard before by Francesca Battistelli called “Worth It.” I’ve included some of the lyrics below (you can see all the lyrics on Francesca’s website. Several of…

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Choosing to SEE

I am reading the book Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman, wife of award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. After having written our adoption journey, Nine Year Pregnancy, I thought it would be nice to read the journeys of others. One of the things that really resonates with me about Mary Beth’s journey is the daily reality of clinging to God for direction, wisdom, and hope each step of the way.

A Time to Cry

We all have them. The ancients wrote about them. A time to cry. A couple of months ago at a marriage conference I heard about the medical properties — health benefits — of crying and tears. As the parent of an older adopted child, I am learning quite a bit about the grieving process my…

A Duck and a Buck

Seeing one duck, two buck, three doe and hundreds of birds made for a beautiful morning! When we were getting ready to leave the house to hit the bunny trail today, our daughter angrily expressed her preference to stay at home and watch cartoons. We told her that she had to go with us, but…