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growing pains, Growth, parenting, Teens

Giving Up the Driver's Seat

In 2010 we traded in our Honda Accord for a new, roomier SUV. The Honda Pilot was an easy sell. It’s still our family car today, and in it, we have accumulated far more memories than miles. It has faithfully journeyed with us on road trips, vacations, a cross-country move, and more back-and-forth trips to… Continue reading Giving Up the Driver's Seat

grace, Growth, parenting, Teens

Encouragement for Living Life in an Instagram World

The headline immediately stole my attention. On November 9th, news broke that Instagram will be removing the “like” feature from posts for some users. This particular announcement was timely for me. Just one week ago, my husband and I allowed our daughter, who is rapidly approaching 16, to get her own Instagram account. It was… Continue reading Encouragement for Living Life in an Instagram World

grace, growing pains, Growth, parenting

No Costume Required

It’s early November 1984 in Abilene, Texas. I’m 7 years old and just coming down from the excitement that Halloween dished out just days before. I had a store-bought costume, straight from the aisles of K-Mart. It was a princess of some sort. The long white polyester dress came with a plastic white mask and… Continue reading No Costume Required

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Speaking Your Teen’s Language

There have been so many moments as a parent that I have to sit back and laugh at the irony of it all. While I’m steadily approaching middle age and somehow can’t ever remember where I put my car keys, I can still remember my teen years in vivid detail. Those years of friendships, experiences,… Continue reading Speaking Your Teen’s Language

growing pains, parenting, Teens

Grieving Their Childhood

I was headed home on my morning walk when the white feathers against the green grass caught my eye. Two baby birds lay still near the sidewalk, just a few feet under the nest carefully resting on the branches above. I noticed the mama bird immediately. Flitting from branch to branch, she was unable to… Continue reading Grieving Their Childhood