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Giving Up a Second-Rate Dream

Sometimes we have to give up a second-rate dream to raise a first-rate family. It’s tempting to think we could run faster and farther by by ourselves. But when did faster and farther become the goal? Each step I take with my children is infused with sweet richness. Each step is one of meaning, of …

But How Often Do I Follow?

He gently leads those that are with young . . . but how often do I follow? How often do I lay in bed listening to the Accuser tell me I haven’t done enough? Instead of reminding myself I don’t have to “do” because He has already done? He gently leads those that are with …

Bringing Me Home

For months I’ve felt myself cracking. My body. My mind. My emotions. I thought I knew who I was—what I wanted to be. But it all became so fuzzy, so hopeless. Each morning, I’d get up, tie the pieces together, and keep blindly charging into the fog. Praying for a light at the end of …

Raising Sons

Realize that from day one, he’s wired to be self-reliant. Don’t change that. – Harrison My son turned four this month, and already he has me catching my breath as I watch him jump off high objects, flip on the trampoline, and show me what he whittled with his pocket knife. He wants to tie …

My Child is Not a Statistic

My child is not a statistic. They are not a growth chart. They are not a series of boxes I check that guarantee a happy healthy adult. Yet we live in a standardized world that attempts to eliminate the influence of a parent’s intuition—where anyone can look at a graph and believe they are making …