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Be a Moment Maker

Be a Moment Maker

I make moments on a daily basis because I want to know that when life has decided it has had enough of me, it’s gonna be because it is exhausted from trying to keep up. Moments are fleeting, but they can have a huge impact. The experiences we have in those moments, good and bad,

Helping Our Kids Love the Disabled, the Disadvantaged, and the Different

As human beings, we’re pretty gifted when it comes to sizing others up. If they don’t have our level of education or live in a place as nice as ours; if their skin color or language or religious heritage is different; or if they walk funny or talk funny (or can’t walk or talk at

Talking to Kids about Independence Day

Talking to Kids about the Importance of Independence Day

Independence Day with our family is about as cliché as cliché gets! It’s family, food and fireworks. In typical Texas fashion, the weather will be scorching hot.  We will head over to my in-law’s home and the older kids will immediately run into the backyard and jump in the swimming pool. The toddlers will beg for

The Stuff of God: Making Our Parents’ Faith Our Own

On Sunday nights, dad and the house church men would sometimes take me trot-lining with them. We’d take a couple of boats out and string out the long trotlines, weighted at both ends with plastic milk-jug floaters in the middle and multiple baited hooks. My dad knew just where to go. We’d catch all kinds

Pain Is a Part of Relationship

“You always hurt the one you love,” the old song goes, and it’s sadly true. The moments will come when you hurt your kids. You’ll say something you shouldn’t have. You’ll do something that embarrasses them. You’ll break a promise. None of us are perfect. And even when we say we’re sorry and admit our faults, we can’t erase what

St. Patrick’s Day and The Trinity

Growing up with a rich Irish heritage, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big deal to me. We celebrated as a family with an Irish meal and adorned our clothing and home with green everywhere. I celebrated the holiday with pride and would tell everyone I knew about my family’s ancestors, their origins and

Your Daily Schedule: Make Time for These Two Things (Before Kids)

We learn pretty quickly in this life that part of being human is learning how to balance. We have to learn about balance as we begin to walk, as we learn to ride a bike, and as we play sports. And we learn quickly because if we don’t, we’ll fall, and though falls can bring

handprint valentine

A Simple Handprint Valentine’s Day Craft

One of my family’s favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day. We don’t go overboard with gifts, but it’s definitely fun to focus on the “love” aspect of the holiday and find new ways we can show our love to others. Our favorite gift and DIY valentine is a simple handprint Valentine’s Day craft. This year, we’re making these

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