Children Teach Me to Laugh

Children Teach Me to Laugh

The blue lines on the pregnancy test appeared within seconds to form a bright, blue cross: we’d never done this before, but we knew exactly how to read it. I waved the stick with glee at my husband: “Positive! We’re pregnant,” I squealed. I looked down at the test...
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...

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