“I’m sorry, sis. Forgive me. I won’t do it again.” “Well, you know what? You say this all the time. If you’re really sorry, you’ll stop doing it.” “I know. I’m sorry sis.” “Fine. Stop telling me you’re sorry and just stop being so annoying.” The conversation went something like that. It was many years ago, and I can’t quite remember what it was all about. But, I still remember saying … [Read more...] about Principle 6: Quickly Forgive | Family, Kids, and Grace
I’m not a believer in New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I think in terms of growth goals. This year, I want to continue fostering intimacy and growth in my relationship with my kids and my husband. Rather than coming up with the growth areas on my own, I decided to do something a little different this year. I asked my family to give me input about my strengths and weaknesses as a mom and … [Read more...] about Want to be a Better Mom? Two Questions to Ask Your Kids
Here we are.... a few days before Christmas. The pressure is on to get the gifts on time for Christmas and some folks are living and breathing the coined American idiom, "Shop 'til you drop." Contrary to the common belief that all women love shopping, I don’t. Maybe I am an exception, but I avoid the mall as much as possible. Christmas can be such a hectic time and, for someone like me who … [Read more...] about Big Family Gift Overwhelm Solution
I woke up one morning this Advent season with a song bursting from my heart. “Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing….” I’ve been ruminating on the words of this song. Although not a new song, I feel as though I have been caught up in its joy, its proclamation, and its hope this season. The lyrics capture … [Read more...] about Let Earth Receive Her King! An Advent Reflection
Any suggestion on gifts for the kids for Christmas? Every year, I get asked by members of my extended family, “What do your kids want for Christmas?” When I ask my kids, their answers are generally "I don't know," although they have had specific requests like an Elsa doll, Lego, or a ski trip! We don't watch television, so our kids don't know about all the cool toys that are out there for their … [Read more...] about Terrific Christmas Gifts for Ages 1-5 that Grow with Them
The other night, we had beans and rice for dinner. Nothing else. It was not by choice. This was what was served. Our kids and I spent a few days serving at a Youth With A Mission base in central California where we packaged dried food for the poor for distribution in various parts of the world. The hosts thought it would be good for us Americans to experience what many people in developing … [Read more...] about Can You Feast with Crumbs?