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31 Days :: My Body Is A What?

Health is important to me. I deeply enjoy exercise. I’m one who runs because I have learned to love it. So it is sometimes difficult when I see that my boys don’t necessarily share my same passion for wellness. If you were to ask Grant his favorite food, chances are very high he would say … Continue reading

31 Days :: Teaching Them Authority

Are you tired of me yet? Thirty one days is a lot of coffee for one little blogger! I am so grateful for you sticking with me through this series. I truly believe we can all learn something from each other. Thank you for sharing with me through this, too. God uses you so often … Continue reading

31 Days :: Pointing Out Specks

The other night, as the boys were getting ready to go to bed, Grant went to brush his teeth. Ethan had just finished brushing his and was snug in his bed. I heard Grant in the bathroom, “Mom. Ethan made a mess in the sink. There is toothpaste everywhere. He didn’t clean up after himself.” … Continue reading

31 Days :: What Do You Do With Stealing?

Saturday evening, when football games were over and dark was closing in, we started our bedtime routine. Little did I anticipate finding myself on unfamiliar parenting ground. Once Grant hopped out of the tub, he went to his room to put on his PJ’s. As I ran bath water, I remember walking in the boys … Continue reading

31 Days {minus one}

If you were to see me right now, you would take one look and say, “Girl, take that all back to bed.” This morning, I am nursing one mean head cold, chills and congestion with a cup of Starbucks, a little medication and a whole lotta prayer. So in lieu of today’s post, I am … Continue reading

31 Days :: A Little Reminder (for me)

Handbook: a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference : manual Yesterday, my mind swirled all afternoon. And I want to share with you why. I want to be very clear about something in regards to this 31 Days in the Parenting Handbook. The very, very, very last thing I want to … Continue reading

31 Days :: Celebrate Your Kids

It is said that we are our own worst critic. Well, I can also say that I am my child’s worst critic, too. I. Can. Be. So. Hard. On. My. Kids. I don’t mean to be. I just want them to do well. To listen. To love each other. To thrive. However, I need to … Continue reading

31 Days :: Better Than A Super Hero

My boys wish so badly to be super heroes. If you drop by my house at any given moment you just might be greeted by Obi Wan Kenobi or Dash the Incredible. Every now and then Bumblebee the Transformer hangs out here, too. Sometimes, Tyler Bray, Quarterback for the UT VOLS, and Chris Johnson, star … Continue reading

31 Days :: Nothing Is More Important

Thoughts from Brent: I work with college men everyday. Over the years I’ve been in groups with literally hundreds of young men ages 18-24. While I haven’t done any official surveys, I do ask most of them in the context of curiosity, “How many of you had a mom or dad that you saw praying … Continue reading

31 Days :: Taming Pride

My children love to one-up each other. Do yours? “I got in the van first.”“I have read that book before.”“I ate all of my dinner.”“Oh, I’ve already done that.” {head shaking} Pride, pride, pride, pride, pride, pride, pride. David writes, “Surely I was sinful from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm … Continue reading