Devotion: How is Carving a Pumpkin Like Being a Christian?

I used to be completely against acknowledging anything about Halloween. When I learned the true origins based in Paganism, I was convinced that by joining in any of the traditions, I would be condoning paganism, and opening myself to demonic activity. (I do feel that, at this time in my life, I gave way too much credit and attention to evil, even while praying about it) Until I had children.…

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Notes from the Road Children

My children always have various notes, hand-made posters, and bulletins posted around the house.  An anticipated guest might expect to be welcomed with “Come This Way —->”  signs about. And then, there are the obligatory “Your Name Here‘s Room” signs.  But sometimes they give me such a laugh, I have to share!  Walking down the hallway last week, I spotted this benign-looking sign with mermaid stickers, and bright colors.  At…

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Parenting in the “Entertain Me” Age

“Will you play with me, Mom?” “”I’m bored.” “What is there to do today?” “Can we watch a movie?” “Can you go outside with us?” On one hand, I am really glad that my kids want to spend time with me.  And I really love spending time with them, as well.  But it seems they are constantly wanting to be entertained, for me to be leading an activity.  After a…

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A Lesson in Choices

They say, “Be careful what you wish for,” right?  What would you say if you had the choice to eat only candy all day, or eat only regular food for the day? Well, my high-spirited husband spontaneously decided to pose this dilemma to our three daughters last week.  I listened intently from the bedroom as the commotion ensued. “What would you rather have- only candy for the rest of the…

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10 Ways to Teach Basic Music Skills to Your Children (Even If You’re Not a Musician)

After college, I taught K-8 General Music, Chorus and Drama for 4 years. When I had HipChick, I organized homeschool music classes for a while, and began teaching private piano and voice lessons from home. Around the beginning of the year, parents usually start asking me about getting music lessons for their kids. I usually don’t take on more students in the middle of the year. Sometimes, they’ll get someone…

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What Really Matters

I thank God that he has been giving me grace to roll with life just as it comes lately. Sometimes, if it all doesn’t happen like a Southern Living Magazine, I get really uptight. But I’ve been finding joy in the imperfections lately. Last night, I was tempted to get annoyed when I came home, bringing guests, and the house was a wreck not quite as clean as I’d left…

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A Child’s Fear

I recently wrote some posts on When I die… and Heaven, because some thoughts stirred in me after hearing a sermon at church. One of the questions he asked was, “Are you afraid to die?” You can read my thought process on the topic in Heaven, but today, while I was a crew leader at Vacation Bible School, I saw it from another perspective. A 4 year-old girl, one whose…

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