Category Archives: Children

When your #fullemptynest feels eerily empty

Disclaimer: I know very well, regardless how I feel in this moment, my situation pales in comparison to much of the world suffering that is going on today. Not only around the world, but in my microcosm of the world. … Continue reading

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Bappy Hirthday Ari! (borrowed from Conner)

June 26, 1990, at 6:06 am, our lives changed forever in wonderful ways! July 29, 2017, at 4:00 pm, our lives will change forever in wonderful ways. Happiest of birthdays today Ariana! Because of you our lives are enriched in … Continue reading

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One thing I’m weary of hearing & One thing I love to hear #immigration

If I have to hear one more time… “they just need to wait in line.” Really Jeff Sessions?! What do you know about it? What about the child who has escaped their country with their life as the local gang … Continue reading

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On things I want my kids to know and/or remember ðŸ’¬

Above all, always love. Even the annoying coworker, friend, and family member. Also, love your enemies. No one should be exempt from your love. As you rise in the morning remember it’s your job to love. This, above all else. … Continue reading

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Happiest of Birthdays!!! **29**

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLI! I am so grateful for you, and thrilled to see and know the person you have become. You are a talented, compassionate, intelligent woman, capable of great empathy. < In a world in which empathy is in … Continue reading

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On things that melt my heart~

On a day my heart is broken, something like this happens. It awakens my soul, and melts my heart. Heart mended. Facebook Alli Smith shared Act SPU’s photo. Act SPU SOLIDARITY WITH BALTIMORE FROM SEATTLE (PACIFIC UNIVERSITY) ‪#‎baltimore‬ ‪#‎prayforbaltimore‬ ‪#‎baltimoreriots‬ … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Bubba! “22”

I just reread what I had written only a couple of months ago to honor your graduation from Seattle Pacific University- On our last college graduation and beyond -a reminder of how the past 22 years have gone by at warp speed. … Continue reading

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On the life of Alli~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLI! I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday, even though it was 28 years ago. Truly one of the best days of my life – the day I became a Mom. You started me … Continue reading

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On parenting & rolling the dice :)

A friend recently shared the article 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church – it’s a good article and worth the read, yet I still felt like something fell a teeny tiny bit flat. Clearly there is no perfect … Continue reading

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On Spanking… or not.

“While a violent expression of guidance could be gleaned from Proverbs 13:24, it is not in line with New Testament teaching.” a wonderful article by Kurt Willems When Violence Hits Home: “sparing the rod,” spanking, & peaceful parenting

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