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Exposure therapy

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.         Philippians 4:6 Therapists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN have developed an innovative approach to helping children overcome anxiety.  It’s called Exposure Therapy. Exposure…

Dying to self…not my cup of tea

The Tea Cups. One of my favorite “must dos” when hanging out at an amusement park. Oh, but Tea Cups are just a warmup for me. I am the consummate theme park “fearless warrior”. I can ride anything at any time…and multiple times in a row if given the chance. For you see, I am called to lead the family through…

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Summer plans? 4 low-cost ideas to try with your kids

Summer is officially upon most of us. The calendar has turned to June and that means school is out for most of us. It also means we need to fill the suddenly empty days. Whether you homeschool or not, here are a few ideas to get you started. Then let me know what ideas you can pass on to the rest of us!   Become a tourist in your own back…

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Ten tips for raising a daughter

We came across this blog by Ron Edmondson on christianpost.com and it touched our hearts. We hope it does the same for yours~ I never had a daughter. I have a great daughter-in-law, and she has a special relationship with her dad, but I never got to raise a girl. I missed out, didn’t I? But, I know a few grown girls. I’ve witnessed…

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Homework???

As a kid, my opinion of  homework was pretty clear, I didn’t like it, and in some cases, I just blew it off. While I certainly don’t recommend this behavior, fact is, getting kids to do homework can be a challenge for some families.  There are, however, things you can do proactively encourage your kids to do their homework…

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A cancer journey, a song, and a family’s journey of faith

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Zach Sobiech’s story and his song, you can do both at the same time with this powerful video: We were able to talk with Zach’s mom, Laura, about her son and how life has been since the diagnosis. How is this impacting your faith? If you would like to help out the family, you can…

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Developing a love of reading in your young children

Periodically I get asked questions about how my children became lovers of books. Look for several posts that address what I did, starting with tiny kids otherwise known as infants and toddlers. 1) When my kiddos are infants I started by reading to them any moment we were sitting down. Before they could sit up or hold the book, we’d…

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The importance of family

A couple weeks ago my kids and I made the trek to Nebraska to visit family. Anytime we make the trip, it is a drive with a capital D. It takes 14 hours to get from our home in Indiana to North Platte, Nebraska, where my parents, siblings, and their families live. To my kids, it’s a time of COUSINS. Yep, the all caps is quite intentional.…

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Help your family receive the undeserved

This week, our family read John 13. Jesus was celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples. As the evening was beginning, Jesus took off his cloak and began to wash the feet of His disciples. When we read the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, it is easy to focus on the act of service. Jesus gives a wonderful example…

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