Parenting

Prayer Of The Day – Husband, Wife & Children

Dear Heavenly Father, We lift up husbands and wives who are raising children, or are expecting soon! We ask that you would help each couple support each other and encourage one another. We ask that your Holy Spirit ministers to each parent and helps them to raise their children according to your ways. Lord, take away any anxiety or fears about their children and replace with your peace! Show them how to trust you. We pray for awesome health and great moments of joy to experience daily in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Children Are Always A Blessing

I grew up in a big family. There have always been children around me to nurture and to play with. When I turned 18, I became a teacher’s aid at a preschool–a profession I stayed in for nearly 8 years, even through moving to different states. I spent so many hours each day communicating with 2-4 year olds, getting to know them, helping them, teaching them, and facilitating their play. After my husband and I tied the knot, we traveled to Africa where we spent 4 months immersed in a culture I was not familiar with, a language I couldn’t speak, and yet, I figured out quickly that the children laughed just as easily as they did in my home town half way across the planet.

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One Great Way To Investing In Family Memories This Year

Whenever I ask my husband what kind of gifts he desires for a holiday or birthday, his answer is always the same… You know I love experiences!” It is true that my husband enjoys experiencing memorable events. As much as he loves to experience things, I love to document them. This investment I am going to share today is one that is an experience AND a great way to capture the memory of it!  Investing in family memories is significant to both my husband and me. We do this by getting professional family portraits taken of us. Photography is an art. It is an art that is widely accessible to just about everyone these days. Although many people have the ability to snap photos, there

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A Special Little Letter From A Mom Who Gets It

I wanted to encourage you. I wanted you to know you are not alone. I wanted you to know that you are so valuable.  So I wrote you a little letter…but you have to read it over at The Better Mom, (a site I write for often). I want you to read it there because I want you to also utilize The Better Mom…get lost in the articles on there from many other moms who get it. Moms who know what you are facing and offer words of life to help you persevere! To the mama who didn’t get to brush her hair this morning… I get it. The pull on your heart to give everyone and everything your attention. The more you give in

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39 Rituals To Do With Your Family To Build Strong Love

Is today any different than yesterday? Yes, today is different and I want to celebrate! Today I woke up to a winter wonderland. The first snow of the season has made its debut and it is absolutely stunning. About a week ago my friends and I were in bible study discussing the importance of rituals – things we choose to do with our family that will make a positive impact on them. Ritual: always done in a particular situation and in the same way each time. My pastor’s wife challenged us to consider what kinds of rituals we already do or plan to do with our families to make our families closer and stronger. I had remembered back to my childhood, growing up in Southern California. Whenever

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Affirming Your Husband In His Role As A Father

Today I am featured at The Better Mom where I share a personal story of when I affirmed my husband in his role as a father. {Read it here!} I believe it is extremely important for wives to see the value in our husbands and affirm them. I believe it is vital for us to encourage them in their role as a dad. Our words are powerful. Our words are meaningful. Our words can help our husband’s see the good they truly are. My husband was just doing what he does, loving our children and playing with them. But he didn’t have the privilege of seeing what I saw. He didn’t get to savor the moment from my point of view. So I told him

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