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If you never want to be bored, have a large family. Something is always changing.

Over the last few months many of our kids have made big changes. Noah got married (it still surprises me to see a ring on his finger), Hannah became a third year resident, Samuel decided to go to graduate school, and Isaiah surprised us all by deciding to go to college.

He also surprised us with metal in his nose. Thankfully, he sent me a text saying, “Mom, I got a piercing. Just wanted to tell you before I post a picture on Instagram.” Warnings are always appreciated – he’s a good son.


When I published my post Monday, I felt some anxiety – I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. You poured your kindness on me through your comments and my heart was encouraged. I honestly have the best readers – thank you.

One of the keys to successfully parenting children from “hard places” seems to be flexibility. If we cling to what we’ve known and refuse to consider new ways of doing things, we’ll miss out on insight, healing, and joy.

The Year I Sent My Kids to School

A week ago today, I stood at the bottom of the driveway and watched my children get on the yellow bus. I didn’t write about it right away because I needed time to sit with the decision. I have lots to share, but the end of this story is that I’m taking a sabbatical from […]

My Learning Curve: Handling Hard Feelings

  In my last two posts I’ve written about three points of encouragement we are focusing on with Dimples. The first two are: 1. Fun to be around 2. Cooperation and Respect The third is: 3. Handling hard feelings

My Learning Curve: Cooperation and Respect

Monday I wrote that we are focusing on three points of encouragement with Dimples. 1. Fun to be around  I wrote about that earlier this week in this post. Our second point of encouragement is: 2. Cooperation and Respect

My Learning Curve: You Are Fun to be Around

Dimples continues to have great days, one after another. We want to grab hold of this honeymoon period and keep the positive coming, so we’re focusing on three points of encouragement. The first is: 1. You are fun to be around. Last week Dimples’ glasses broke, so in the midst of the back-to-school flurry, we […]