Category Archives: family

A few tips for living with ungrateful teenagers

It happens to the best of us.  You’re sailing along, raising a beautiful, compliant child who is a joy in nearly every way.  Suddenly, almost overnight it seems, you’re living with a sullen fiend with a sense of entitlement.  Nothing you do for the child is appreciated, and in fact, he/she just wants more.  You […]

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The things I love about summer

Whenever someone complains to me about someone else in their life (spouse, child, co-worker, etc.), I advise them to make a list of all the things they like/love about that person.  Many of you know I have been on a mission to stop complaining in general, and specifically, I decided to try to accept whatever […]

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Hallmark doesn’t make a Mother’s Day card for those who hurt

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”  Psalm 34:18 Ah yes, Mothers’ Day.  The day of flowers, candy, cards, phone calls, and breakfast in bed.  For some of us, it’s a wonderful day of being pampered and appreciated by our families. For others, the day is difficult and filled […]

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Packers vs. Vikings: a lesson in unity (seriously!)

19 years ago, my husband and I said, “For better, for worse.”  Apparently that included our football rivalry. A few weeks after our wedding, September 26, 1993 to be exact, we experienced our first Packer-Viking game in the Metrodome.  Let’s just say, it was our last time attending a Packer-Viking game in person.  (Here’s a […]

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Rocket fire and Hannah Montana

It’s a busy week at the Grant house, as we prepare to host my husband’s family for Thanksgiving.  It’s easy to get caught up in the cooking, cleaning, and decorating, so I’m trying to intentionally carve out some quiet time each day this week to reflect and pray. When I’m quiet before the Lord, He […]

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Remember when you had little to be thankful for?

It’s so much easier to be grateful after you reached the end of a trial.  To look back and see that you persevered through a time of difficulty, and to experience relief from the pain and suffering (even if it’s only partial relief) provides a whole new perspective. I was contemplating this today as I […]

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Want to make a difference?

I may have forgotten a lot of details from my childhood, but I still remember the way I felt on the first day of school every year: excited to see my friends but dreading school work.  Add to that anxiety, wondering if I would be cool enough or measure up.  And for girls, that always […]

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Top 10 Parenting Books

One of my favorite bloggers is Sarah Bessey.  I don’t know what kind of parent she is, but based on her recent blog post, “10 Books That Influence My Parenting“, I think we may share similar styles. I often have parents ask me for book recommendations, and I’ve loaned out so many of my favorites […]

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When they’re all grown up

A remarkable thing happens during pregnancy. Genetic material and cells pass not only from mother to child but also from child to mother. That means a child always carries a part of their mother with them, and the mother also carries a part of their child…forever. This is a really beautiful thing for a mother […]

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The impossible task of motherhood

  I love being a mom. When I was in high school, I said I was never having children.  I wanted to be a career woman and had some illusions of what that looked like.  God had other plans for my life, and He definitely knew better than me.  I’m so thankful for the beautiful […]

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