5 Ways to Support Adoptive Families

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I was adopted at birth thirty-eight years ago. Back in 1976 adoption was a whole different ball-game, it was less expensive, and much more secretive. So much has changed in the world of adoption, some very good and positive things, some perhaps not so healthy, but I found through adopting our own children, that there remains a lot of confusion and misconception about adoption. When my husband and I adopted our son almost ten years ago we had no idea what we were doing and very little money, but we had some wonderful family, friends, and church family that truly supported and encouraged us. And when we adopted our daughter, even more people … [Read more...]

Slow Down, Speed Bump Ahead

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Ever feel like you are living life in the fast lane?  Ever feel like you have blinked and your kids are all grown up and you wonder where the time went?  I have felt like that way too often for my comfort. I love all the seasons that God gives us through our year here in the Midwest. And God Said, “Let there be light in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the nights, and let them serve as signs” “to mark seasons and days and years…” – Genesis 1:14 Each season can be reflected while watching my children grow and change.  Spring is a time for learning and beginning a new,  Summer a time for harvest and reaping the joys of … [Read more...]

Loving the Teen Years + Lemon Balm Pasta Recipe

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Ever since my first daughter was born, I had been warned about the teen years.  Such comments as “oh, sure, she’s cute now…” and “just you wait…” were frequently stated to myself and my husband.  It got to the point that I was dreading the teen years as much as one would dread a painful medical procedure!  (I actually think I might have opted for the medical.) Then, it happened;  our eldest turned 13.  I waited for the world to become an unending battle of teenage drama vs. my sanity.  Didn’t happen.  I waited for my sweet child to become a mouthy know-it-all that pushed the limits and my buttons.  That didn’t happen either.  As 13 turned … [Read more...]

From One Heart Mom to Another: Tips for When Your Child Has Heart Disease

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A year ago I sat holding my sons hand as we waited for him to be rolled into surgery. There is no way to understand the fear a heart mother feels unless you are one. The weeks leading up to this moment are all a blur. Research, second guessing, guilt, and anger all come to mind. There is something truly terrifying about listening to someone explain how they are going to make your child’s heart stop beating. When my son was born we found out he had a congenital heart defect. In a lot of ways if he had needed surgery immediately after birth it psychologically would have been much easier. We would have been in panic mode desperate to do … [Read more...]

Making Time for Date Night: 18 Fun and Frugal Ideas

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“When there is love in a marriage, there is harmony in the home; when there is harmony in the home, there is contentment in the community; when there is contentment in the community, there is prosperity in the nation; when there is prosperity in the nation, there is peace in the world.” -Chinese Proverb Think you can't do date night? We were those people. There was never enough money (with four kids is there ever?), we couldn't get a sitter, our timing never lined up at a decent hour, we didn't have any idea of what we wanted to do. Does this sound like you? Well, I am here to tell you that you don't need a lot of money--nothing past … [Read more...]

We Are Not That Family: Choosing to Homeschool

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We are a homeschooling family. We are not that family. We are the other one. Looking back, God made it very clear to me that I should homeschool from the beginning, but I pushed those thoughts and feelings to the side. I had no idea at the time where they were coming from. I must have had a bad dream or one of those homeschoolers at church had gotten inside of my head. Surely, it was not for us. The first time I drove past the elementary school in which our son would attend kindergarten, I cried. I’m talking big-ole-crocodile tears. My husband laughed at me and just assumed it was the usual mommy issues, as did I. We signed him … [Read more...]

When the News is NOT Good…

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There are words from a physician that can stop even the most mature believer in his or tracks. Words like diabetes. Alzheimer’s. Cancer. Lupus. Recently, it seems as if I have heard these words spoken all too frequently amongst my family and close friends. These are the times that try a woman’s soul, and it would be easy to ask God, “Why?” I am convinced that this is often a place where people lose faith and even walk away from Christ. “Well, if God cared so much, why did He allow _______________ [insert your personal catastrophe]?” I am equally convinced that because of the way we sometimes handle bad news, the babes in Christ and/or the … [Read more...]