10 Life Giving Songs Your Kids Need to Know

Kids Playlist

Lately, as I introduce my children to music beyond our preschool playlist, I am rediscovering the power of songs. I worked in the music industry for over 15 years and after being away for 4, I’m now remembering why I was once so passionate about helping artists get their message to the masses. The right […]

To the Mom Whose Child is Leaving…

College Daughter

I was that mother {and by was, I mean, I still am}. The one who marched her kids to the front yard for a first-day-of-school picture and then cried as I walked, or drove, back home. Or now, while my kids drive themselves away to the school. This past August, we had our last “both-kids-in-the-picture” photo, because […]

Protecting Your Family Against Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

A few months ago I attended a mom’s group and our guest speaker was a woman from the Tennessee state government whose job is to educate and equip parents and leaders to protect children against child sexual abuse. The statistics she presented were sobering…frightening even. My girl is almost 7 and we’ve yet to address […]

Family Story: Develop the Plan {Short and Long Term Vision}

Vision Glasses

Now that we have taken a magnifying glass to assess our family more closely, it’s time to pull out some bifocals.  You have identified your family’s values {the what}, your family’s mission {the why} and now it’s time to tackle vision {the how}. We imagine and dream of what our family will look like, what we […]

Family Story: Develop the Plan {Why We Need Vision}

Vision Planning

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 We are 14 days from the onset of Spring and it cannot come too soon, in my opinion. Winter has taken its toll on me, both physically and emotionally. It’s hard to plan with unpredictable weather and honestly, the cold makes me depressed and longing […]

Family Story: How to Write Your Mission Statement

Family Mission Compass

A mission statement is a summary of goals, values and culture that provides a compass by which a company, organization or family is guided. As I mentioned when we first began sharing about family mission, most mission statements are clear and concise. The mission of a business may only be one sentence. As a family […]

Use Visuals to Share Faith with this Family Lent Devotional

Grow with Me Lent Family Devotional

  Using Visuals to Share Faith with Your Children Children develop their ability to comprehend and understand ideas through images or pictures as they learn and grow. Beginning with bold color and shapes in baby books, then moving through picture books, kids eventually abandon illustration for simple words on a page when they are ready. […]

Family Story: Consider the Plot {Developing Mission}

neighborhood

We have looked at defining our mission, but now it’s time to develop it a bit. I first wanted to share my own story of a recent plot development that drastically changed my family story. While nursing my third child, I found great joy in reading a good book on my phone. When I finished […]

Why My Second Chance at Love is Good for My Kids

Second Chance at Love

We’ve all heard that it’s better for kids to grow up with their mom and dad under the same roof. I wouldn’t dream of discounting that theory, as I am an adult-child of divorce, and I know firsthand the damage done to my emotional well-being by not having a “whole” family throughout my childhood. There […]