Apr 282015
 
Freedom promotes Responsibility; why I let my boys go to the Skatepark

You might say there was a more reasonable choice than picking a green slushie drink on a warm day, but I’d have to argue that its fine and good that one little boy made that choice.  You live and learn from the choices that you make, and if you are not given choices, then you won’t grow. Take a preschooler, for example, and let him pick out his own clothes.  He might look kinda weird with striped shorts and a plaid shirt and mismatched socks, but he chose it, so he’s happy.  Contrast him to the kid that his mom [ …read full story ]

7 Guidelines for Young Love

 Posted by on Wed, Oct 1, 2014
Oct 012014
 
7 Guidelines for Young Love

Young Love.  An Idealized notion.  The stuff Cinderella dreamed about.  The beautiful dress, the handsome prince, the dance, the kiss, the happily ever after. But what is it really like? What is it all about?  And, what is love’s purpose in God’s eyes?  There are seven (perfect) points that I think will help in navigating the rocky years of love relationships between guys and girls before marriage. So here goes. 1.  Pray for your heart.  Pray that God would be your first love.  Pray that you would love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  (Deut 6:5). [ …read full story ]

Sep 142014
 
So you are thinking of Homeschooling....

Are you thinking of Homeschooling? If you are even remotely thinking of homeschooling, here are some things to consider. Homeschooling is just like anything else in life that God might ask you to do.  It is a task.  It requires relationship.  It includes discipleship.  It requires discipline.  It’s a lot of fun. God would not call you to do something that He will not equip you to do.  You don’t have to be smart, organized, or perfect in any way, to homeschool.  If you are a parent, you can homeschool.  God will give you the wisdom you need to provide [ …read full story ]

Real Relationships

 Posted by on Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Aug 122014
 
Real Relationships

How do we do ‘Real’ in our Relationships? My kitchen is messy.  My cupboards are cluttered. There is laundry on the couch. The kids homework isn’t finished and they just left to go play basketball.  I haven’t planned my homeschool year yet, and it started last week.  I lost the remote control garage door opener to my friend’s house where I was cat-sitting, and when my husband picked them up at the airport last night, they had to come sleep over because they had no other way to get in their house!  Thrilling, with a 10 month old. I fail [ …read full story ]

Jul 242014
 
Traveling to SheSpeaks Conference in North Carolina

I headed for Starbucks in Sky Harbor before my flight to Raleigh, North Carolina. I was minding my own business (playing on my iPhone), when someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I knew the time. Turning around, I realized it was a familiar face, a friend from church! Instead of the time, I gave her a giant hug! She asked where I was going, and we discovered that she would be the flight attendant on my flight. After an hour delay, we boarded and got underway. I got through half of Michael Hyatt’s PLATFORM (highly recommend), and [ …read full story ]

The School Dilemma

 Posted by on Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Jul 182014
 
The School Dilemma

How do you decide where to send your child to school? The local public school, where the neighborhood kids go? Or private Christian school where you know they will get some good Bible teaching? Or maybe Homeschool, where you tailor the education to fit each one of your children? There are benefits to each type of educational environment and I wanted to share a few. This past school year, all of my children have been in different school settings. My oldest, Amberly, is attending a Private Christian High School. My middle, Jonah, is homeschooled. And my youngest, Benjamin, is attending [ …read full story ]

The Growing Mama

 Posted by on Sun, May 19, 2013
May 192013
 
The Growing Mama

You know that mom with the perfectly organized everything? A place for everything in her house? She alphabetizes her spices, and uses her grocery list. Her house is spotless, any time, day or night. She is always ready to entertain and show hospitality. Her kids are perfect. Such little peaches. She speaks to them gently and kindly. She delights in them. They adore her, and make her little gifts. They always tell her She’s the best mom in the entire world. But she knows. She knows the mom with the crazy messy fun house, where all of the neighborhood kids [ …read full story ]

A New School Year

 Posted by on Mon, Aug 6, 2012
Aug 062012
 

It’s a new school year. The house is quiet. Plans are made. Schedules are set, routines are laid out. Kids are sleeping. Waiting and wondering what tomorrow will hold. I hold their tomorrow, and God holds me. A magnificent job when I look at it that way. I hold their environment. I hold their lifestyle. I hold their discipline. I hold their opportunities to grow, learn, stand, fail. I hold them. And I hold them dearly, and I hold them loosely. Its got to be a miraculous dance combination of sticking close and letting go. The books have arrived. We [ …read full story ]

Mother’s Day

 Posted by on Sat, May 12, 2012
May 122012
 
Mother's Day

Why do we honor Mother’s day? Celebrate our Moms one day a year? Thank them, love them, hug them, give verbal affirmations. Remind them that you notice all of the little meaningful things they do for you? Honoring Mom on Mother’s Day can be a special occasion to set aside time to think and reflect on our relationship with our moms. Today I was challenge to write about what I appreciate about my Mom. Trust me, I could list a thousand easy things. Where to start is the hardest part. I will go where I go naturally. Love. She started [ …read full story ]