Dear Nate (on your first day of middle school)…

Dear Nate (on your first day of Middle School)… Yesterday you told me that you needed to get out of the house. We’d been inside for three days, thanks to Hurricane Nicholas and the chaos it brought to our town.  You said you needed to “find something more interesting.” So, we went for a walk,...
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Dear Elisabeth (on your first day of eighth grade)…

The other day a memory popped up of you on your first day of Preschool. I was struck by how your first-day grin has not changed. Back then—and on the first day of eighth grade—your smile looks the same: excited, silly, anxious, and grinning like you have a secret.   That was twelve years ago and,...
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Dear Catie (on your last first day of school)…

Dear Catie (On your last first day of school)… Senior Year. This is the big one, sister. All the other years have been practice for this one. There were the trials of Pre-K, when you wanted to stay home every day. Then, elementary school, with the constant drama of Fast Facts and Sight Words. Onward...
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Dear Sam (on your first day of Eighth Grade)…

Dear Sam… Whew! Welcome to your last year of Middle School. It’s been such a weird ride… Moving. Trying all the sports. Navigating friendships. COVID! Zoom classes. Quarantine. So much loss, learning, and adjusting. Through it all, I’ve seen you mature a bit more every week. Sometimes more than a bit. Lately, it seems like...
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Inspired as Beautiful Art!

It’s been a bit of bad news lately, but here is something that makes me smile. I’m sharing it with you because it’s beautiful and a captivating illustration of the Bible study I shared with hundreds of wonderful friends in Kentucky sometimes a picture is worth one million words I would use to describe my...
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Do You Need Inspiration?

If you haven’t checked out my YouTube channel yet, let’s hang out over there. Okay, honestly, how are you feeling lately? I don’t mean “fine.” I mean, how do you really feel? If your answer is any of these–worn out, scared, sad, stuck, or anxious–then this is your invitation to be inspired. If your spiritual...
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Video: Why You Should Send Your Kids to Camp

Sixteen-year-old Catie tells why you should send your kids to summer camp. After nearly a decade of going to camp, Catie has advice about what camp food is really like, how to fall asleep when you're away from home, and the best part of camp: learning you can live without your cell phone.
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Video: Three Tips for Making New Friends

If you have an anxious child or one who is worried about moving. Here is how to make friends at a new school. Nate tells his top three tips for changing schools. He gives expert advice about how to make the move easier, how to meet new people, and how to be your best self!
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Video: Tips to Help a Night Owl Sleep

Sam is thirteen and has a mind that goes a million miles an hour. Watch the video to see his three tips about how to get to sleep. In our family, three of us are night owls and three of us are early birds. We’ve all been like this from birth. The night owls can’t...
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Video: Best Journal for a Teen Girl

Where are you at with journaling? Have you followed the same journaling routine for years? Do you have a record of your daily dramas and big moments? What do you turn to when your weary and need real encouragement? I feel like there are two groups when it comes to journaling: those who do it...
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