As a Kiddo

Go Over Their Heads

We've heard baby talk is bad. We know the importance of talking to our babies even though they don't understand. Babies need to hear things they can't possibly understand so they can develop speech and understanding. But what about our toddlers and preschoolers? What about our school-age kids? It can be so tempting to think we need to curate everything to their level. But just like babies, our young kids learn so…
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As a Grownup

On Generational Strongholds & Hope

Dear Kiddo, Lately when something goes wrong you respond with, "Oh great," and then proceed to list every bad thing that's happened over the last 24 hours. I'm sorry to say you come by it honestly. Both your dad and I are good at making lists of the all the bad and ignoring all the good. Whether by nature or nurture, you've got the pessimism gene all wrapped up in…
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Love Deeply

When the Unthinkable Happens

The news far away and close to home is often unbelievably tragic. This summer I took a nap and had a nightmare about an acquaintance whose son had recently died. I couldn't find any words to say to him and woke up panicked. Especially since one of our kiddos tripped and fell into a lake the day before my dream. (All was fine: it was very shallow and said kid was quickly plucked out…
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As a Grownup

Four Things I Learned in November

My 3-year old's rendition of a sea turtle Once every 108 years, you gotta be flexible I had just written in October about the need for our family to slow down. And then the Cubs won the World Series. Woohoo! And with friends we were missing in Chicago and a victory parade to watch, how could we say no to a quick trip? We went and had a blast and it…
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Love Deeply

Keeping them Safe

The other day my daughter was flipping through a World Vision catalog in the car, trying to see if she had enough money to buy a rabbit or a soccer ball for another family. When suddenly she stopped and gasped and said she knew what we needed to do. As we pulled into our driveway she showed me the picture with the title, "Safety for a girl who has been…
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Faith

There Will Be Days

There will be days when we wonder if anything good will come out of this hard work of parenting. Days when one kid complains that her dress isn't fancy enough and the other complains about leftover pizza and you wonder where you've gone wrong. Days when the constant bickering and occasional spitting make you cry in overwhelmed wonder at the task of raising decent human beings. On these days, may we…
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As a Family

6 Things I Learned in October

Mt. Kilimanjaro 1. I like music! Okay, well I already knew I liked music. But I often get really stressed out when there's music on and anything else is going on. I've always felt that music adds to the chaos, and I have to be in just the right mood for a dance party. But then I realized it's because I wasn't playing the right kind of music at the…
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