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Surprising Benefits to Being Totally Desperate

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We were totally desperate. My husband got his paycheck and we hoped that this week there would be money in his boss’s account to be able to cash it.

We had just started raising support for our plans to move to Brasil as missionaries.  In fact, our first presentation at our first church was that next Sunday, one hour away. 

By that Sunday the only money we had was for gas for our vehicle to travel the hour, and gas for my husband to work during the week.  

We had run completely out of milk.  We simply explained to our kids that we didn’t have any milk and that they would just have to wait a few days until we had money to buy some.  Oh…and we ate the last of our bread for breakfast too. Continue reading “Surprising Benefits to Being Totally Desperate”

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How to Be a Close Knit Family

We had the privilege of living in Southern Brasil for 10 years.  It contributed to our being a close knit family. Our family experienced challenges and grew during our time there.  Yet, one of our struggles was in finding consistent ways to connect to each other. There were so many distractions and important things that vied for our time. Continue reading “How to Be a Close Knit Family”

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What Changed My Life as a Parent–Part 1

What is it that changed my life?  Let me tell you…. when I took myself out of my parenting, then my life as a parent was changed forever!

What do I mean when I say ‘took myself out of my parenting?’

Read on and you’ll soon find out.

We were recently talking in Sunday school about how we react to stimuli based on what we think and what we believe. The discussion came around to how we might react angrily if we take someone else’s behavior personally.

It brought something to my mind that seemed to fit this same scenario.  It’s what changed my life as a parent. Continue reading “What Changed My Life as a Parent–Part 1”