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How Being a Mom is Like the Relationship Between Earth and Jupiter

In science this week, the boys and I have been studying Jupiter and the curriculum we are using, Apologia Astronomy, compared Jupiter to a mother protecting her children. Jupiter’s size and position in space are crucial in protecting Earth from rocks and debris that would otherwise threaten catastrophic destruction. As we were reading through these comparisons, my mind started to […]

The Excruciatingly Painful and Important Work of Mentoring

The other day, I was reading through a devotional that was talking about mentors. As I pondered the women in my life who have poured into me, I was reminded of how blessed I have been to have so many wonderful examples. In each stage of my life, God has blessed me with women who have pointed me to Jesus. […]

How to Raise Siblings who Enjoy Spending Time Together

When I was pregnant with my fourth, I started watching the show “Parenthood”. While there was a lot of dysfunction between the four adult siblings, I loved the camaraderie that they had and the way they were there for each other. And then I found out that my fourth would be a girl, making our total 2 boys and 2 […]

Parenting Fails

Your tears run down your cheeks as I share my ultimatum and suddenly the thing I was sure about a second ago becomes a little less certain. Because I underestimated the intensity of your feelings. I didn’t take the time needed to assess the situation. Instead, I jumped to conclusions when I saw the bad grade and the teacher’s comments. […]

No Ideals in Parenting, Just Faithfulness

Build others up, don’t tear them down! It’s a mantra that I say often to my children. But then I talk to other parents and in the course of conversation, I can feel torn down and I wonder. How am I supposed to teach my kids to build others up when so many adults don’t seem to have a grasp […]