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Summer Goals

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Goal #1: Take my kids skating: I seriously cannot believe my children have never done this. Goal #2: Teach my children my phone number and our address: When I was the same age as my children, I not only knew my phone number, but everyone else's.... Read full article

Take it Back

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Socialization is a major component of our existence. It is a determining factor in others’ opinions of our character. Since we do not reside in Utopia, we make mistakes. These mistakes are evidenced in our conversations and physical interactions. We ... Read full article

Attitude of Gratitude

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Before our daughter could say “Thank You,” she could sign “Thank you.” “Please,” “More,” and “Thank you,” were the first three signs we taught her. Thanks is a response we all try to instill in our children from the earliest age. “Please” and “T... Read full article

Bless Their Heart

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It is a widely-known witticism that when you talk about someone in the South, one can self-pardon by simply adding the words, “bless their heart.” The reality is, what is being said rarely does actually bless anybody. It seems harmless enough, until ... Read full article

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done...In America

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The voice on the radio said that it was time for the program’s weekly tribute to America as the piano and voice of Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful” came through the speakers.... Read full article



Why Have Faith in the Valley?

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If we are honest, as humans, we’ve all had these types of thoughts in our lives. ... Read full article

Awaiting the Dawn

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” This lyric, from the song “Closing Time,” oddly articulates the bittersweet paradox signified by Good Friday and Easter. If we really want to live for others, we must be willing to die to s... Read full article

Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp

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Ask anyone who has ever been to overnight camp about his or her experience, and you will hear endless tales of comradery, cabin mates, and campfires. Many times, campers will say overnight camp was the first time they rode a horse, shot a bow and arr... Read full article

Mom's Toolbox of Summer Sanity Savers

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“I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do!” Moms dread to hear these refrains, especially in the weeks after the school year ends. Between keeping the house running smoothly, and ensuring a good balance of entertainment, education and relaxation, it can ... Read full article

10 Things to Make Road Trips with Kids More Fun and Less Stressful

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Summer is officially here. Whether you’re planning to road trip to the great waters of the Gulf of Mexico or make the haul to The Happiest Place on Earth (Disney World, obviously), a little preparation for the drive goes a long way.... Read full article

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