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Celebrating Birthdays While Still Grieving

As many of you know, within the first year of a loved one passing, certain holidays, anniversaries, or special days can trigger more additional grief or sorrow. September 16th is that day for me. Today would have been my dad’s 75th birthday. My brother, Troy, who shares the same birthday, would have been 43 years…

Spiritual Disciplines – What Are They and Why Practice Them?

In talking with a friend the other day, the subject of spiritual disciplines came up in our conversation. What exactly are spiritual disciplines, and how do we practice them? In the past, I’ve always had the thought that the only people who practiced spiritual disciplines were monks hidden away in a monastery high up in…

31 Days of Prayers for Our Schools – A Free Resource for You!

At the end of July, social media was in an uproar over schools across the country reopening. People who were so supportive of teachers when schools unexpectedly closed were now judging them for wanting to get back into the classroom. The judgment continued on to the parents for wanting to send their children back to…

Watching My Son Walk into School One Last Time

Every school day, I have watched my children head into school. Whether it was dropping them off at the front door, or watching them from the front porch as they drove away in their vehicles, I have never missed seeing Grant and Connor leave for school. College was no exception. One Week Ago Last Tuesday,…

Three Ways the Quarantine Prepared Me For My Son Leaving for College

One week. Just one week until we move our son into his dorm at Baylor University. Waco is a 14-hour drive or 2 1/2- 3 hours by flight (depending on where you fly into.) I will never forget the conversation that Grant and I had when we were touring the campus during Spring Break 2019.…

Five Things to Help Parents Prepare for the College Transition

“Did you get a chance to read the email for school today?” I asked my husband during our nightly walk. “Which school?” Craig replied. And the tears began to well up in my eyes. The Little Things that Make Me Cry Yesterday, we received emails from both the high school and the university where our…

Trusting Jesus While Preparing to Move My Son to College in Another State

Three weeks from today, the dynamics in our house will change. There will be a seat empty at the kitchen table. There will be only one child to get out the door for school. The house will be a little quieter without that infectious laugh that I have heard throughout the years. And if I…

Five Verses to Pray when You are Angry With God

With all the COVID-19 restrictions these last few months, our 14-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Bailey, was in dire need of grooming. If you know anything about Cockers, it’s that their hair grows incredibly long, and when maintained, it’s quite beautiful. However, for our family, it’s easier to keep Bailey shaved down. It’s cooler on him, and…

Finding Shelter Amid the Storms

Throughout the past few years, I’ve never really liked how our front porch looked. In my mind, a front porch should look inviting and warm. Ours looked dark and cold. With a metal table and two chairs, I tried my best to spruce it up with decorative pillows, a bright wreath on the door, or…
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Five Ways to Quiet Your Heart

No one cried out of frustration. No one whined because they didn’t get to what they wanted to do. No one argued with one another. No one asked the dreaded question, “Are we there yet?” No one got mad at her family because they were getting on her last nerves. Everyone laughed until we cried.…

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