Category Archives: Family Life

Teaching Integrity

I’ve been reading a book called Souls of Steel by Pat Williams. His book is filled with stories of sports heroes, leaders and coaches who have reached their goals by maintaining a life of integrity and honesty. Stories of coaches who choose to take the high road; stories of players who don’t take shortcuts and easy paths.

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Snapshots of Thankfulness

320 days ago I was given a book called 364 Days of Thanksgiving, by Andrew Schroer. This book challenged me to take a moment each day, for 364 days to write down something that I am thankful for.
The thankful moments are supposed to be unique each day which forces me to take tiny snapshots instead of always looking at the big picture.

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Raindrop Days

Do you remember playing the raindrop game as a kid? Rainy days can create all kinds of opportunities for play that involves all of our senses.

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Learning Compassion

Merriam-Webster describes compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. A few years back our oldest daughter started riding the bus and it was not a smooth transition. Tears, pleas for mom or dad to drive her and sad glances out the bus window were a regular part of our morning routine for several weeks.

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Building up and Encouraging Kids

It has been a rough week learning about Las Vegas and the tragedy there. From this tragedy I am reminded again of the importance of building each other up and sharing encouraging words. This is something that we can so easily do for the kids in our lives. Over the past year, I have been encouraged by teachers and pastors to write words of encouragement to kids in my life.

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Continuing to Let Go

Six years ago, Jeff shared a post about Letting Go. He shared that his professor at Calvin Seminary had said one time, “You spend the first two years of a child’s life holding them tightly; you spend the next 16 years letting them go.” Our goal as parents is to move children from a place of complete dependence to a place of independence.

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Living Intentionally

A friend of mine just finished spending 40 days focusing on Mindfulness. She simply made it a priority to be mindful of her thoughts/actions and how they affected others. It was interesting to watch her observations and see how often they affected how she interacted with her children.

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Remember When

Someday “today” will become “remember when”. This past Sunday, my family was able to enjoy a wonderful skiing day with some extended family. Others spent Sunday watching a Superbowl game that turned out to have an amazingly shocking ending.

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Thank you for the beautiful day!

It can be so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. Especially as we enter the holiday season. As adults, we see to-do lists, obligations, special events and upcoming snowy/stormy weather as things to conquer, overcome and simply push through. However, I have witnessed two people recently who take a different approach to day-to-day life and I admire their optimistic attitude.

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Read, Read, Read!

I attended parent night at my children’ school last night and walked away with one main lesson. READ! Here are some of the basics that I walked away with…

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