“I want a husband, not a roommate!” I thought. Young kids, busy jobs, and church commitments left my husband and me as little more than two adults sharing the same house. We occupied the same space, talked in short directives like “she needs a diaper change,” “grab that will you,” “the van needs gas,” and filed jointly on our taxes, but our relationship was thread bare.
While it's true that children need our love to thrive, what we've generally swept under the rug is that they need us to like them, too. They need us to see them, see who they are, and to like what it is that we see, because this ultimately is how they come to see themselves. Therefore, it's essential to the well-being of our children and to the peace and contentment within our homes that we learn to see through a positive lens, even through times of trial.
I come from a childhood packed with millions of sweet memories surrounded by family, friends, and people that understood what love is. It is amazing to me that most things I remember from my childhood make me smile and happy, considering that we had really little money, a lot of empty stomachs and much reason to pray for help. I had a wonderful childhood not because of the things we had but because we had each other. This post is about creating sweet moments that our children will always remember.
Ideas to have fun with friends and family from sledding to making dough ornaments. Christmastime is a good time of year to build old relationships and to possibly begin new ones. People are more open. We should take advantage of this. Attempt to reach out to your neighbors, co-workers and family members.
Some of my most precious childhood memories came from Christmas time. Even though we didn’t have much while growing up I knew we had each other and that was the only thing that really mattered. Christmas was a magical time, was a family time, was a time to be grateful for the special joy that comes from loving those around you and creating memories with them.
The holiday season is a time to build lifelong memories with your family. Traditions also help you bond and reconnect with loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Creating traditions takes just a little time and energy to plan. We’ve put together a list of fifty traditions to inspire your own holiday traditions and make the season a little brighter.
Traditions are super important for family unity and bonding, but they are also really important for couples and marital relationships. Marriage isn’t always easy, but taking the time to create traditions and memories—just the two of you—will do wonders for marriage. It will also give you plenty of good memories to look back on.
Ginny and I were an unlikely pair — the elementary-school version of Laverne and Shirley. I was quiet, guarded, and careful not to scuff my shoes or put a hole in my white tights. Ginny laughed loudly, spoke out of turn, and somehow convinced me to tie a rope around my waist and swing from the ceiling of an old barn. We said we’d be friends forever. Grownups told us our friendship wouldn’t last that long.
Love is great when spoken, but greatest when shown. Do little things daily to show your loved ones you care.
In 2013, a twelve-year-old girl was lured away from her home by a 21 year-old-man. Once they met, he took her to a motel and took advantage of her. How did this little girl meet this terrible stranger? Through an app called Whisper on her handheld device (yep, the one her parents bought her). And Whisper is only one of many dangerous apps, apps that every parent should be aware of...
Forget getting dressed up or putting on makeup. Don’t worry about setting up the perfect meal with candlelight. Date night is about connecting. It’s about sharing your most precious commodity: time. So often, we can miss the fun of date night by planning date night. Here’s to a practical date night that will continue to rock your marriage long after it’s over.
There are many resources, especially blogs, to help mothers equip their daughters in their future roles as wives and mothers. All of these resources are needed because if a young woman is called to marriage and motherhood, they will be her primary ministries. However, today’s daughters need more than marriage and motherhood preparation. With all of the struggles they face in our changing culture, our daughters need preparation in being women complete through their identity in Christ.
Each day I hear from people whose occupations, family situations, and life stressors cause them to wonder if they are home enough … if they provide enough … if they ARE enough. And what I believe with my whole heart is that it is not about how much time you have with your loved ones—it’s about choosing to be ALL THERE in the time that you do have.