Parenting

Lost and Removed Parenting: Holding it Together, Falling Apart

By 3:45 am I had lost it, removed myself – was barely holding it together and completely falling apart. I really do need to correct my verbiage.  A few weeks ago our long term foster placement was returned to her birth home. #Joybaby was with us for 18-months.  Our grief is substantial. I should say, “Since she was returned.” I have a tendency to say, “Since we lost her…” My dad pointed out that sounds morbid. To us it feels …

One Day at a Time: How to Battle the Enemy Like a Boss 2

One Day at a Time: How to Battle the Enemy Like a Boss

One Day at a Time: How to Battle the Enemy Like a Boss We didn’t exactly evacuate from the Houston area because of Hurricane Harvey, we were leaving for the weekend anyway. We were returning to the Abilene area, from which we moved recently, which you can read about here, for a couple of reasons.  Harvey just added to our list of “to-do’s.”  It is strange to be a visitor in your hometown.  But the best place to rest is …

Get a Bikini Ready Body In Two Easy Steps

Get a Bikini Ready Body In Two Easy Steps

Get a bikini ready body.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t frequent the Dr. Oz page.   The desire starts early.  Our fourteen-year-old just performed in a recital and when she watched the video after she said, “Oh my gosh, my abs are a mess.” While choosing her swimsuit, she lamented the same. For the better part of 45 years, I have been discriminating my body and wondering when I would finally be okay with it.  Even if …

Christian Living: You’re Doing It All  Wrong, Here's How to Fix It 1
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Christian Living: You’re Doing It All Wrong, Here’s How to Fix It

I am a Christian, in the sense that I believe Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. However, for the better part of my Christian walk I have been doing it wrong, living that is. We took a new foster placement two weeks ago today. She is a doll, although… she is every bit of a 2-year-old and has tried some less than endearing terrible two antics.  It is a pleasure to serve her. A few days …

To the Intolerant Jesus Squad, Choir Preachers, Fish Mongers, Toe Tappers, Hand Raisers, and Praise Posse: Play Nice 1
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To the Intolerant Jesus Squad, Choir Preachers, Fish Mongers, Toe Tappers, Hand Raisers, and Praise Posse: Play Nice

Be nice… Be not… intolerant. Play nice. Look out for the little guy. Sit with the lonely… Feed the hungry. Care for the sick and suffering. These are the things I told my children. Recently, I overheard the vandals, our 3 and 5-year-old sons, discussing niceness from the kitchen.  Charlie explained to Sam, “I haf to be nice to you, you’re my brudder.” To which Sam explained, “I haf to be nice to you too, cept for when Riley is here. …

Best Tips for Effective Parenting for Every Parent 1
Parenting

Best Tips for Effective Parenting for Every Parent

October 1999, I thought I had the parenting thing down pat. I could have easily written tips on what I knew then about effective parenting for every parent. I would have been wrong.   Mary Margaret, aka Maggie, Magpie, and the Magster was easy… even if we thought she was hard.  I did, in fact, take her to the emergency room once for a nasty temper tantrum.  So outside the realm of her “normal” behaviors, I thought she had a …