Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness


Recently I am being asked more and more to share a talk I have created on building resilience in children. The basic foundation of the workshop is intentionally teaching our children how to forgive. For any children in our lives, we need to actively find ways to eliminate brittle bitterness. Instead, we need to model and … Continue reading Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness

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I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away


I recently had a new tattoo created. It is a protective caim encircling each of my children’s names on arrows. The symbolism is centered around Psalm 127. I want to provide a sanctuary of safety and security for love and acceptance for my children as they grow and develop. However, my ultimate desire is to shoot … Continue reading I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away

One lie we cannot afford to keep selling to our children and 10 scriptures to help them break through


I am going to say it. I may not have had to walk uphills both ways in the snow wearing one shoe while chewing on cornstalk for daily nutrition but I do think there is something unique about my upbringing that is lacking today. I wasn't allowed to quit. To be called a quitter was … Continue reading One lie we cannot afford to keep selling to our children and 10 scriptures to help them break through

Like crepe paper


This morning I'm spending some time researching in preparation for a parenting workshop I am presenting in September. The concept of intentional parenting is very personal. I adamantly believe in shaping safe and accepting environments for children to develop, expanding the definition of discipline pass punishment, and of being present and available for our children. … Continue reading Like crepe paper

Because I Have A 6 Year Old


For some reason I let the grief and fear come tonight. I've been trying to shut out what happened last Friday in Newtown. I couldn't bear to look at the tiny little faces. I didn't want to see parents grieving through this awful nightmare. I didn't want to think of up-opened Christmas presents under a … Continue reading Because I Have A 6 Year Old

I’m Not There Yet


I can't put down words about the precious children lost at Sandy Hook in Newton, CT. So there is this until I get there. “to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you've held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the … Continue reading I’m Not There Yet

Where were you?


Where were you on September 23, 2006? I can't really tell you exactly what I was doing on September 23, 2006. I may have been celebrating my husband's birthday. I may have been training for a race. I'm sure for some part of the day I was on a soccer field watching my 2 children … Continue reading Where were you?

Guest Blog: School Dad’s Prayer Warriors


DH and I have been blessed this past year to become really good friends with Joe and Julie Falcomata. There is no doubt that their children are the highest priority for them. For example, Joe is one of the few dads on the field trip. But lots of other  kids are receiving their blessing as … Continue reading Guest Blog: School Dad’s Prayer Warriors

I’m insanely curious


Some folk might call it nosy but I just call it being insanely curious. Now right off the bat, you have to know that my curiousity is not always child like and innocent. I think part of my curiousity about what people are thinking and the choices they make is simply centered around the fact … Continue reading I’m insanely curious