Speak Life Into Your Student

Speak Life Into Your Student

Classroom windows open to walkways and gentle breezes unwittingly invite conversation into classrooms. As the spring day yawned to a close, I heard the shrill voice of a mother carry through my window screen. Her piercing tone and harsh words whipped out to flog a...
An Easier Way to Steer

An Easier Way to Steer

It hits me how this mirrors parenting. Lately, I have been paddling hard, telling my kids where they’re off track and how they need to change what they’re doing. I tire myself this way. Instead, I should simply set my paddle in, fixed on what I know God is asking of...
Walking Down the Parenting Path by Faith

Walking Down the Parenting Path by Faith

Despite nearly two years of therapy, when our adopted daughter, Ruth, turned 3, she displayed the physical abilities of an infant. Once, during a rare family dinner at a local diner, Ruth, who had cerebral palsy and was deaf, raised her fisted hand to click a spoon...
The Fellowship of Parenting

The Fellowship of Parenting

I have a complicated relationship with parenting books. As a new mother, I read all the books, analyzed all the angles, second-guessed all the decisions, and the only thing that saved my sanity is that Google had not yet been invented. That tightrope walk persisted...
Find the Joy in Parenting

Find the Joy in Parenting

A few weeks ago, my middle daughter asked to go to a local trampoline park as a family for her 7th birthday. We arrived at the facility, signed the hundreds of pages of waivers (I exaggerate only slightly), herded the children to a table, stashed shoes in cubbies and...
No Guarantees

No Guarantees

Our firstborn was about to enter kindergarten. We had struggled and prayed and labored over the decision of where to send him to school. I was pregnant with our third child, who was due soon after school was starting. The idea of a public school where I could just...

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