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Lost & Found

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Lost & Found | a touching story of a father's love... must read!

It was a stupid thing to do. That much is obvious. Normally, I would have spent recess swinging or sliding or riding on the merry-go-round. But that day, I sat alone at the edge of the playground holding my new ring, admiring the way it caused the sunlight to dance in my hand. The ring was a birthday gift from… Read more »

Praying for Your Unborn Child

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Praying for Your Unborn Child | a free printable prayer guide from www.flandersfamily.info

A friend of mine once told me that, all through one of her pregnancies, she prayed God would give her a beautiful little girl with blue eyes and dark hair. God granted that request, but the little girl was also quite stubborn. She was so headstrong, in fact, that by the time she was two years old, my friend was… Read more »

Pray for Your Teen!

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A free printable prayer guide for interceding for your teen | www.flandersfamily.info

I received a request from a reader this week for a printable prayer guide for teens. Here’s what she wrote: Thank you so much for your head-to-toe prayers! I’ve been using your husband one to pray for my husband for a few months and it’s been powerful! I like the one for children, also, which I just found today. I’d… Read more »

Do You Wanna Have a Baby?

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Do You Wanna Have a Baby

I’ve been hearing daily reprises of FROZEN songs ever since the movie hit the theater last fall. My kids love it and have memorized most of the songs by heart and can even play a couple of them on the piano. My personal favorite is “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” which I’ve been singing for months — but with… Read more »

Lessons Learned from a Two-Year-Old

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Snips and snails and puppy dog tails... that's what little boys are made of!

In celebration of my son David’s birthday today, I wanted share a couple of my favorite stories from his childhood (and important lessons learned along the way). Enjoy! Anybody who has ever given birth knows that a having a baby can turn your life upside-down; however, after experiencing this phenomenon twelve times over, I can testify that some babies turn… Read more »

15 Unexpected Benefits of Big Family Living

The Unexpected Benefits of Big Family Living | Loving Life at Home

I love children and have wanted a bunch of them for as long as I can remember. Not surprisingly, this fact significantly narrowed the field of potential marriage partners back when I was in college. “Want to grab a cup of coffee?” an interested classmate might venture. “That depends,” I’d answer matter-of-factly. “How many kids do you plan to have… Read more »

Pray for Your Children from Head to Toe

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Pray for Your Children from Head to Toe | free printable from Loving Life at Home

After I published my popular “Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe” printable, several readers requested a similar prayer guide for wives. I made one, and my husband published it on his blog last year. Recently a reader suggested I do a “Praying for Your Children from Head to Toe” guide, which I agreed was an excellent idea. So… Read more »

A Mother’s Job Description

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A Mother's Job Description - 4 Habits that Will Help You Raise Happy Children| Loving Life at Home

It’s really something we all should be doing. But when I came across this verse in my Bible reading a couple of weeks ago, it dawned on me that 1 Thessalonians 5:14 provides a particularly apt job description for mothers: “We urge you [to] admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” Doesn’t that about… Read more »

A Letter to My Father

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A Letter to My Father

Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary of my father’s passing. I remember dreaming that Daddy died several years before he actually did. The dream came long before the cancer diagnosis, before his health began to deteriorate, back when he was still in the prime of life, while he was still here. But the dream shook me up. In my dream, my… Read more »

Then Comes Baby in a Baby Carriage

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The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults."

Peter DeVries once said, “The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.” I think both processes are important, but have nonetheless found his point to be true. Having children does tend to mature us faster and better than we might expect to mature without them. When my husband and I first married, the… Read more »

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