Tag Archives: children

Amaze your kids: A Jesus perspective on interrupted naps

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”  […]

Posted in parenting | Also tagged , , , , 1 Comment

My kid is driving me crazy!

    I’ve been hearing this from a lot of moms lately.  I think it’s directly related to several weeks of polar vortex, during which “cabin fever” has morphed into  “housebound psychosis”, aggravated by children who seem to push every button (figuratively and literally!).  Eventually, you find yourself barking at your child, “I love you, […]

Posted in faith, family, parenting, teenagers | Also tagged , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Parenting lessons I learned from my dogs

Several years ago, we got a pug puppy. Mugsy was a great dog in so many ways – affectionate, funny, and obedient. I prided myself in the training I had done with Mugsy. What I didn’t realize was it had very little to do with me at all. We were just very blessed with a […]

Posted in faith, family, parenting, teenagers | Also tagged , , , , , , Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in current events, faith, family, social justice | Also tagged , , Leave a comment

Freedom from hunger

Yesterday I read some statistics (courtesy of Jeremy Willet’s blog) on fireworks and children: Nearly 13,000 people visit the hospital each year due to fireworks-related injuries.  Over half those injured are children. Approximately 6,000 fireworks are launched during a 20 minute fireworks show.  That is one firework every 5 seconds. One child dies every 5 […]

Posted in current events, social justice | Also tagged , Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in faith, family, parenting | Also tagged , Leave a comment

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Thanksgiving is just 11 days away, when many of us will feast with family and friends to proclaim our thanks for all we have. In the spirit of this holiday, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness set aside the week prior to Thanksgiving as National […]

Posted in current events, faith, food/recipes | Also tagged , , , Comments Off on National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Messy mercy

I have a picture on my desk of my two oldest children.  It was taken when they were around the ages of 4 and 8.  To anyone else, it’s just a cute picture of a couple of kids.  To me, it reminds me every day to dispense mercy. You see, the picture was taken a […]

Posted in faith | Also tagged , , , 1 Comment

Hallmark doesn’t make a Mothers’ 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 […]

Posted in grief | Also tagged , , 2 Comments

He gives and takes away

I am the very proud mother of four children – one son and three daughters.  My oldest daughter, Alyssa, left us 22 years ago quite unexpectedly.  She has celebrated every one of her birthdays in heaven, including today. This day is usually quite emotional for me, but it’s also really necessary in the grief journey. […]

Posted in grief | Also tagged , , 2 Comments