Brain Day

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

brain dayWe’re big on traditions in the Fulk home, but one stands out from most other families—Brain Day.  It’s one of the biggest remembrance stones in the 14 year marriage and family of Dan and Heidi Jo Fulk—and it’s today.

Thirteen years ago today, I was in an eight hour surgery to have a 2.5 centimeter benign tumor removed from the center of my brain.  I was 23, had been married for just 18 months, a first grade teacher for 3 months, and had no idea that was the way I would start either.  I also had no idea of the impact and far-reaching effects the privilege of having that tumor would have on my marriage, my family, indeed, my whole life.

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Cultivating an Overflow of Gratitude

By: Kimberly Wager

faith based parenting graphicMy son’s eighth birthday party wasn’t the best. He had a birthday meltdown. It wasn’t pretty. There were a lot of contributing factors: too much cake and punch, high expectations. His birthday meltdown was a wake-up call to me that I needed to take a more intentional approach to cultivating gratitude. We used that next year to focus on studying and developing gratitude and I saw real change take place in that little guy.

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Tiny clothes

By Erin Davis

From (04.20.10)

I recently found myself surrounded by tiny clothes, bawling my eyes out. I was sorting through bags of my oldest son’s clothes looking for hand-me-downs that would fit my new baby. Eli just turned two, and his brother, Noble, is quickly outgrowing his newborn onesies. As I sorted through mountains of little boy clothes looking for items that would fit my little guy, I was suddenly struck by how quickly the time was passing. It seems like just a few weeks ago that Eli wore those clothes as I snuggled him close or rocked him to sleep. But now he’s too busy to do much cuddling and too big to rock to sleep. I know I will soon face the same reality with Noble. Continue reading