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Category: Inspiration and encouragement

Giving and Receiving Grace-fully

Create traditions that work within your family, greet gifts with love and gratitude, and whatever you give, give in a spirit of love and grace, releasing the recipient from any assumed obligation for a specific type of response or reciprocation. True gifts come without strings!

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Our First Grandbaby is Here!

Here’s our new grandbaby, Imogen Violet!

On Charley and Being Different

We live in a society that worships “average” and fears anything different, but we can teach our children to appreciate the infinite variety in creation, and to be compassionate to those who have difficulties. Here’s one small place to start....

Prayer of Francis of Assisi as a Labor Day Meditation

Many are celebrating today as Labor Day, and I wanted to share this song from a prayer by Francis of Assisi as a meditation on the kind of labor that has eternal value. Lord, make me an instrument of your...

A quilt for my granddaughter.

The Blessing of Creative Handwork

Helping your children learn to use their hands creatively can help develop imagination, creativity, and fine motor skills and will provide them with the means of giving unique and beautiful gifts to others, even on a very small budget.

Read to Learn, Not Just for Story

As parents, we can’t begin to teach our children everything they need to know, but we can teach them to read, and make sure they have plenty of good books. Truths carried to the heart through the power of story wil linger far longer than anything that comes through a lecture or a worksheet. As you begin the new school year, make time for reading, and I promise, learning will happen.

Learning while Caregiving: Tips for Crisis Homeschooling

Can Learning Go On While Caregiving? Crisis Schooling for Homeschoolers

If you can align your expectations with reality, make adjustments that keep you sane, and focus on priorities and essentials, you’ll be able to homeschool while you’re a caregiver.

Advice for Friends of Caregivers

Advice for Friends of Caregivers

Caregivers face daily challenges, but friends who are understanding and kind can make the path easier.

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