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Everybody Can Help Somebody

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“Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.” ~ Denver Moore This is my favorite quote from “Same Kind of Different as Me” (and the new “Same Kind of Different as Me for Kids“). The beautiful lesson this teaches our children is that although everyone cannot help everybody, someone can help somebody. This simple concept demystifies the definition of …

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A Simple Bible Reading Plan for Kids (& you!)

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With the New Year comes resolutions, plans and goals to live differently in the coming months. While some will quickly fade, there are others we hope and pray will stick around forever. One of those, at least for our family this year, has been to start a consistent Bible reading routine – not just for ourselves, but with our kids. …

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Top 5 Children’s Books (Elementary) for 2016

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Some of our favorite memories come from the books our kids receive for Christmas each year. Not only do we give our kids books, but some of our favorite memories come from book gifts our kids have received from friends and family. With all the books that come out each year, it can be difficult to pick the perfect one …

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Teaching Girls to Embrace their Unique Style

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From an early age, we knew our daughter would stand out from the crowd. Even as a toddler, she would gravitate towards clothes that were shades of blue, red or black amidst the typical pinks and purples. By the age of three, she was giving unsolicited fashion advice to her babysitter. Before long, that same babysitter would seek her advice …

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Feeling the Father’s Love through the Loss of a Parent

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Losing a parent is never easy. I know- I lost my father one year ago this month. Even as I write those words, I can hardly believe it. I had fallen into a rut of telling people I lost my dad six months ago. Then last week, I started getting emotional about him all of a sudden, including in dreams. …

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When Kids Lose: 3 Truths to Tell Them

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“You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes, you’ll lose, but there’s no need to cry. Win or lose, one thing that’s true… No matter what, I love you!” ~ Lysa TerKeurst from “Win or Lose I Love You!“ I dare say our deepest heartache once we become parents is not when we get hurt, but when our kids …

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5 Old School Values to Teach Your Kids

5 old school values to teach your kids

My dad died recently. He was 89. If you’re assuming he was quite a bit older than I was, you’d be correct – 49 years my senior to be exact. While some may argue that I was at a disadvantage by having a father old enough to be my grandfather, I’d have to disagree with you. Although my parents divorced …

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What to Do When Your Child Questions God

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Having not grown up in the church, I can’t really say what a child’s relationship with God should look like. On one end of the spectrum, there are kids that may go to church each week, but not remember much more than “Jesus loves me”. On the other end of the spectrum, there are children like Colton Burpo who have …

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Moms Summer Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Make Time for Yourselves this Summer

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Wake up, get dressed, read the Bible, do devotions, pray, drink water, brew tea, make breakfast for the kids, get in a load of laundry, clean up the kitchen from last night, pack bags for swim team, fill water bottles…and that’s all before the kids even woke up. I thought summer was supposed to be relaxing?

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Encouraging Tween Boy Friendships

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I’ve always thought I’d have to work hard to coax the right friendships with my daughter, but I’ll be honest, I never gave the same amount of thought towards my son’s friendships. After all, he’s my baby, so wouldn’t he just naturally want to hang out with me and my husband all the time? Having both a daughter and son …

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