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Father Knows Best: 4 Surprising Secrets to Raising Kids Who Have an Impact

In light of Father's Day weekend, I wanted to post this article written by my husband of 38 years, Gregory. He's a rare bird in our crazy, mixed-up world; a wholehearted, faith-filled, faithful covenant man who has weathered many storms...

Mommy, when you can’t see beyond the mess…Let ME be your eyes.

After 34 years of parenting, I’ve put on a lot of miles in my journey as a mom. I’m now one of those people you young parents scratch your head and ponder…an empty nester. Yes, I’ve crossed to that mysterious...

Memorial Day in the United States of America

Memorial Day is perpetually in my heart. I’m sobered by the realization that my incredible freedoms have been purchased by the blood of my fellow Americans, and I grieve for those who have been lost defending my glorious liberty. May...

Why Summer ‘School’ is for Every Kid!

Here in the USA the natives are restless in schools across the nation as they wrap up their studies this month and anticipate a lengthy summer break from the monotony of classroom routine. How we define 'school' and 'education' is...

5 Pivotal Truth Bombs to Drop on Your Kids Before They Meet Their ‘Soulmate’

Here in the USA, gittin’ hitched is averaging $25,000 - 30,000 dollars per celebration. Gulp. Great pains are obviously being taken to plan the Big Day, but judging by the dismal outcome of too many of these pricey unions, many...

Building a Strong Foundation in Your Child: the Magic is in the Details

I’m convinced that the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of an individual - call it their moral and spiritual DNA, is formed by what is taught and trained, ingrained in them day-by-day over years and years. This process creates...

5 Priceless Practices for Your Little Leader-in-the-Making

"It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results."—Warren Buffet Beware the pervasive weak parenting culture where everyone’s tip-toeing around the tulips, afraid of crushing little Johnny and Sally. Adults driven by this misguided philosophy seem unwilling...

Valentine’s Day Blues Gotcha?? Here’s the Cure.

Here we go again. Barely got past Christmas, then the Super Bowl and now… Red. Hearts. Everywhere. Digitized, printed, wrapped, hung and glued on the whole universe: billboards, cards, candies, candles, lingerie, jewelry, steaks, and all that our men can...

Win YOUR day!

Christmas week I woke to this gorgeous view - a frosty winter morning here in Washington State. Every season has so much beauty when we take time to notice; when we decide to be intentional about finding the gold hiding inside our...

Is FEVER phobia a part of YOUR Mom life?

A guest post by Heather Michelle* F E V E R That dirty little 5-letter word indicating our normal 98.6ish body temp is climbing, spikes our anxiety level as well. Particularly mothers of young children sense fear’s grip as they...

12 Secrets to Taking the ANGST Out of Your Family Holiday Gathering

(How NOT to Drive Your Kids Away at Christmas!) It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, indeed, but smoldering beneath the festive twinkle lights, there seems to be a pervasive sense of unhappiness associated with family holiday gatherings. Do...

Happy Thanksgiving! (or bust😤)

A week ago today I woke to the news that our WA State elected officials declared 'COVID' is surging, oh my!😲 so we were immediately reverted back to Phase 1.  (Notice how they've trained us to understand this term, and we all snap...

Surprised Myself

Hello friend, This coming Wednesday, November 11th is a federal holiday here in the U.S. when we pause to thank our military veterans; those who have served or are serving in our armed forces in peace and in war. In light...

Surprise!

It's a girl! Our precious granddaughter arrived early this morning (ahead of her due date!) to change the world - that makes 6 grands so far - and Nana Denise is gah gah and although I'm 3,000 miles away from...

Scary Mommy?

Flipping through the greeting cards at Target, I bumped into this one... "I saw Mom at the store today. (I sure hope she didn't see me!")   (Note to self: Don't be that mom) We've all been 'that mom' from time to time (I'll...