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The Quitter

By Sandra Clark

I let my daughter do that thing that I swore I WOULDN’T do. Hot tip to younger parents- promise nothing- you’re going to spend a lot of time eating so many of vows. I let her quit piano. After years of playing while visibly and vocally and powerfully sharing her displeasure with everyone in the …

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Building My Empty Nest Support Team

By Karen Austin

  At the start of the summer, I knew that all of my children would launch eight days apart. True, I only have two children, but when they both leave home just days apart, that made for a busy summer. What I didn’t realize was that the emotional side of their launch would pack a …

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Taking the Name of God in Vain?

By Sandra Clark

I was brought up to never, ever “take the Lord’s name in vain.” As a kid growing up among peers with colorful language, my milquetoast exclamations made me feel like a Puritan. Oh my gosh. Dang it. Gosh dang it. But they were the only words that felt comfortable in my mouth. I got bolder as …

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Soccer Dad, Piano Mom

By Emily Milner

(Photo by Lukas from Pexels)

Every Saturday this May we watched our boys play soccer. We sat our sagging bottoms in the sagging seats of our lawn chairs and prepared to be charmed by the little boys chasing a ball. Seven-year-old knew enough to stay in a designated spot. He kicked the ball in the right direction the majority of the time. He had a couple of pretty good assists this year. Five-year-old landed on a team with three or four fantastic players, so his team consistently dominated. He was just along for the ride, not quite sure what was going on but enjoying running around and cheering for his team.

I found the entire season delightful, in part because I have zero athletic expectations of my children. It’s fun to watch them and if they are ever any good I’m thrilled for them. If their team is bad or they don’t play well I simply don’t care at all, except to the extent that they care. If they’re sad a post-game treat will usually cheer them up just fine.

My soccer mom attitude is in contrast to the father of one kid who played on an opposing team one game this year. We’ll call the kid Eric. Eric’s dad shouted instructions in Soccer Language to his kid, who clearly did not yet speak Soccer, following him around the field with demands about what he should be doing right then.

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Those Little Hearts

By Justine Dorton

I don’t very often write publicly anymore. When my children were small, I felt I somehow ‘owned’ their lives and stories and they they felt like my stories to tell. I created and mildly curated a darling little life that involved funny anecdotes and poignant learning moments, with a proper amount of spiritual growth and …

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How can I help you? Using Home Centered Church to Boost Emotional Health

By Michelle Lehnardt

, I’d already drafted this post before I noticed the top story pushed to the newsfeed on my phone this morning: One Teenager Killed Himself. Six More Followed. It’s a haunting story from the Wall Street Journal about the epidemic of teen suicides in Utah. I’ll let you read the story and come to your own …

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Not a Blog Post

By Jes Scoville

I haven’t written a blog post today. I was late to work because there was a serious and prolonged existential crisis about which shoes a certain child should wear to school today. (I’m glad she took the boots because I can see the clouds scooting down the mountains.) On my lunch I ran over to …

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Timshel and the Art of Creative Captivity

By Terresa Wellborn

If I could collect all of the hours I’ve spent waiting at appointments and lessons over the years, I would be rich with time. Here are a few of the regular visits and necessary errands I attend with my family: Dentist appointments Orthodontist appointments PTA meetings & misc school functions Church meetings Dermatologist appointments ENT …

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Patterns and “Up-cycling”

I noticed my eldest daughter struggling to choose something to wear to church on Sunday. Her most recent growth spurt, both in fashion sense and body, had outgrown what few “churchy” things remained in her closet. She was miserable. “Can I skip church, just today?”   But like my mother, and grandmother, I say, “God …

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Private Kvelling

By Emily Milner

To begin with, a definition of this excellent Yiddish word: Kvell: verb: kvell; 3rd person present: kvells; past tense: kvelled; past participle: kvelled; gerund or present participle: kvelling feel happy and proud. “my mom was kvelling—bursting with pride” My oldest son just turned eighteen. Last week. Everyone told me it would go fast and I …

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