Category Archives: spiritual formation

Just Relax (A Parenting Lesson Learned)

  I’m an uptight person. I like things to go according to schedule. I like plans to work out exactly. And I have five kids.   In my early parenting years, I was in a church situation and environment that … Continue reading

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It’s Early Morning

It’s early morning here. Still dark out but everyone is up except Daisy. She woke earlier and nursed and bit me and went back to sleep. Thankfully we have a morning routine that allows the bouncy people to be bouncy … Continue reading

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Stay Away!

Respect is a big deal these days and so often it just means that I choose to stay away from those who disagree with me. Avoiding my neighbor isn’t really loving him, though, and loving our neighbor is what each … Continue reading

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Waiting For Obedience Before Moving On

One of the lessons that seems to be most difficult for my bigger children is understanding that they need to obey in the little things before we can move on to other (often good) things they feel like doing in … Continue reading

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A Little Reminder

One of the readings on Sunday was from Colossians Chapter Three.   Put on then, as God?s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,?forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each … Continue reading

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Bearing One Another’s Burdens

The other day I saw a comment online about “chasing the little ones while they squeal and you pretend you enjoy it.” and I thought how sad to have to pretend to enjoy one’s children. Then I thought “Isn’t enjoying … Continue reading

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Kind Is Just A Word

A friend of mine and I were at the playground and two of the children got into a spat. “She did this!” “He started it!” “It was her fault!” “Were you being kind?” I asked. “Yes!” they answered each caught … Continue reading

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The Realization That Revolutionized My Parenting

My children and I are not at war “Well, duh!” you say, “Of course not!” Of course not? Then why do we talk and act as if we were? Haven’t we all said and heard these kinds of things: “I … Continue reading

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Helpers

One of the hardest things in a family with many littles is figuring out how to incorporate everyone into the work of the household. It?s not too hard to train the oldest ones but then the littler ones want to … Continue reading

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Keep Pushing Ahead

One of the tricky things for me to balance as the children’s mother and teacher is where I should deal with attitude issues. My preference is for school not to be a time when I discipline, but if there are … Continue reading

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