It’s Summer, Now What?

By Dougetta Nuneviller   

black-young-woman-and-toddler-playing-wiht-dandelion-300x200As a homeschooling family, summers in our home,are a time of great anticipation.  We take this season to explore the  great outdoors. Charlotte Mason, a great school teacher in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, believed in taking her class outside for nature walks. She gave her students, pads of paper and pencils  to  journal about  and draw pictures of their observations and created a “nature notebook”.  I’ve followed Ms. Mason’s example and did this with my own children. After  learning:  John 1:3 “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

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Summertime Activities!

By: Heidi Jo Falk

ID-10081702A summertime day can be filled up just running around the backyard, splashing in the pool, or laying in the grass gazing at some fluffy clouds.  But even on sunny, summer days, we need a few good ideas for fun stuff to do.  Here are a few to keep in your back pocket!

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Summertime “Yes” Mom!

By Heather Patenaude

YesFor many moms the hectic schedule of school is coming to an end and they are beginning to dream of those lazy days of summer! We are looking forward to not be at a break neck pace with school, activities, and other commitments. But summertime can be a challenge for moms who have hours a day to fill with restless kids! Today I want to challenge you to become a: Summertime “Yes!” mom!

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Groundhog Sightings

By Erin Davis

GroundhogI have a random theory.

I think that God chooses one thing from nature to remind each of us individually of His love for us. He uses that thing to woo us and to remind us that even though He is the Creator and we are the created, He’s totally smitten with us. I’m not sure if it’s a theory that works across the board, but I do know that God has always used one specific creature in nature to affirm His love and remind me of His sweetness.

What is it, you ask?

Groundhogs.

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The Forgiveness Lifestyle

By Kimberly Wagner

faith based parenting graphicA precious young mom shared with me last week that she had to ask her son and the rest of his eleven year old soccer teammates for their forgiveness. She loves the Lord, loves His Word, but in a moment of frustration, she lost her cool in front of the team. The next week, she gathered them together so she could look each one in the eye and explain why she needed to ask their forgiveness. Many of these kids are from non-Christian homes and had probably never seen or heard a gospel demonstration like that!

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New Birth

By Dougetta Nuneviller

ID-10079850Spring is the perfect time to talk about birth. Baby animals are born, baby plants spring from the ground. Life begins again, and all things are new.  Just like when we are born again in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! II Corinthians 5:17

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Are you a “Here I Am” person or a “There You Are” person? {Giveaway!}

By Jill Savage

friendsI once read that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who walk into a room and say, “Here I am. Come talk to me. Come ask me about me. Come make me feel comfortable,” and those who walk into a room and say, “There you are! You look interesting to get to know. Tell me about yourself.” It’s a subtle but essential distinction.

Friendship has to begin somewhere. If you’re friends with someone from childhood, you may not remember how that friendship began. As adults, however, we need to know how to meet someone new, get to know them a bit, and determine if pursuing a friendship would be valuable. The quicker we can learn to be a “There you are!” person, the easier it is to meet new people. When we stay in our “Here I am” corners, we are more concerned about our own comfort level than we are about the comfort of those around us—and we are slow to make friends.

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Be A Yes Mom! {Giveaway!!}

Join Jill today on Focus on the Family: Embracing the Imperfections of Real-Life Motherhood

By Jill Savage

YesOne summer when my two youngest boys were in grade school, they ran inside and said, “Mom, it’s so hot outside! Can we see if it’s hot enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk?” The practical side of me started to say no, but I caught myself. Why can’t they try it? Why is my first thought always no? Why can’t I say yes? Is it “wasting” an egg, or simply using it for a different, but just as valuable, purpose?

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What’s Wrong With Me? {Giveaway included!}

Join Jill today on Focus on the Family: Embracing the Imperfections of Real-Life Motherhood

By Jill Savage 

284647_10150319625036346_4245194_nWhen child number one threw a fit in the grocery store one day, screaming at the top of her lungs in this very public place, I was so embarrassed. I’d witnessed a scene like that before I had children, and I swore my kids would never do that. Since becoming a mom, I’ve found myself in all kinds of situations I never thought I’d be in.

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Erasing the Perfect Mother’s Day Fantasy {Giveaway!}

Note: Be sure to listen in as Erin talks about her book for moms, “Beyond Bath Time” on Focus on the Family today.

By Erin Davis

sb10062916r-001I can feel it happening again. I’m dreaming of a Mother’s Day where I am allowed to sleep until 10, wake up to a fancy brunch and a clean house, and enjoy an endless stream of compliments and thank yous from my husband and children. It’s the kind of Mother’s Day we all dream of and the kind, of course, that ain’t never gonna happen.

And then what? Shall I sulk? Throw a fit? Pout in the corner? Probably not.

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Sending Out the Bat Light To Moms Everywhere {Giveaway!}

By Erin Davis

batmanBatman probably ranks high on most lists of superheros. I certainly dig his leather pantsuit and underground lair. But my favorite thing is the bat light. When citizens were in trouble, they would shine a giant bat-shaped spotlight over Gotham, and down would swoop their hero to save the day.

God has sent out the bat light to parents for generations. If we look in His Word, we find countless calls to make teaching and living our faith out at home our highest priority. In verse after verse, God sends the clear signal that our children are a gift and a mission field. When we miss this message, the consequences are huge.

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Mother’s Day from the View of Adoption: An Opportunity to Celebrate the Gospel

By Amy Catalina

AdoptionOf all holidays, Mother’s Day is probably the one that evokes the widest spectrum of emotions.  Perhaps it’s warm thoughts of your own mother or joy that you ARE a mother.  Perhaps it’s pain and disappointment if you are enduring infertility.  Perhaps it’s heartache if your relationship with your mother is strained or she’s gone.  Perhaps it’s angst if your current season of motherhood involves more pain than joy.

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Reflections on A Mother’s Prayer ~ Kristyn Getty

By: Kristyn Getty

Kristyn_GettyIn the spring of 2008 I first prayed for a baby, and in the spring of 2011 God answered that prayer with the birth of our beautiful daughter.  My joy was full but so were the fears I wrestled.  In some ways I felt like a baby Christian again, caught in a whirlwind of emotions, learning and applying what I have known and trusted into a completely new life – I know I’m definitely not the first to feel that!

Friends of ours had given us a card when their first son was born; it was full of prayer requests for his little life, a prayer for every day of the month. My prayers were not quite as coherent as those, especially at first, but the urgency of the moment drove me to my knees.  “Help her, help me” baby prayers at 3am; prayers as I heard the baby monitor light up in the morning; prayers when I thought of her safety, her soul, her future; prayers  with my husband; prayers while Eliza listened in.

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Honoring Mom ~ Even in the Painful Memories

By Heather Patenaude

mom-and-daughterMom.  Just hearing or seeing the name brings up so many thoughts, memories, and feelings.  For you as a mom…and of your mom.  (Kiddo: “You have a mom?!?!”  You: “Yes.  Mommy has a mom.”)  Perhaps those thoughts, memories, and feelings are rich and happy.  Perhaps they are sad, painful, and full of loss.  Or perhaps they are a swirling, complex mix of both.

I’m certain there are those whose Mom-memories sit on one of the two extremes—utterly happy or truly painful.  And for those of you in that painful place, let me stop to say I pray you know the healing and redemption of Jesus and are fueled by His power in your own mothering.  But my guess is that many of you fall into that last, complicated mix—because that what life is!  A complicated mix of joy, pain, awkwardness, humor, hurt, wisdom and a host of other adjectives.

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