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Encourage a Dad Today!

I was the lone female at a men’s conference... a rare opportunity to speak. As I stood at the podium I saw the faces of some men whom I knew, whose wives and kids I also knew. I was aware of some of the challenges in their homes. Yet as I looked out I saw men who truly wanted to be good husbands and dads. Some had come to their positions as...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 3: The Monster Called FEAR
Single Mom Survival Kit 3: The Monster Called FEAR

Is there something wrong with me? Will anyone ever love me again?  Have you caught yourself asking these questions? Have you worried about how you’re going to figure out finances and look after the home while juggling your children’s lives? If so, you are not alone. When I first became a single Mom I asked all these questions too. When you...

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Lost Boys (and Girls)
Lost Boys (and Girls)

He was 52 and his father in his mid-70’s when they learned about each other. No kidding – they had each lived all those years without knowing the other one existed. Well, the son, whose name was John, knew he had a father, or had at one time, but his mother had told him that his father had died after abandoning them. And the father, whose name...

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Single Mom Survival Kit 2: Boundaries
Single Mom Survival Kit 2: Boundaries

As a single mom, boundaries are essential to keep your family’s life stable and constant. Some people think that boundaries are negative because they put limits on our choices.  I have to disagree. We all need boundaries to safeguard us for a healthy lifestyle.  Without boundaries, life can be one exhausting attempt to catch up. Some families...

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Single Mom Survival Kit: A Box of Resources
Single Mom Survival Kit: A Box of Resources

I never imagined that I would be a single Mom. It only took a moment, just one question really, to turn my life upside down and change it forever. For years we sat in church together as a family. People used to say we looked like the family from Leave It to Beaver. Now here I was, parenting alone.  How could this happen? Read Linda's story of...

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10 Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday
10 Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday

Does your Christmas spirit get lost in the frenzy this time of year? Is your household so hectic during December that it could drive even Bob Cratchit to tear out his hair? Well, you might as well face the fact that not even the Grinch can stop Christmas from coming; so we must learn strategies for surviving the holidays with our sanity (and our...

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What is Advent?
What is Advent?

One of my fondest childhood memories of the Christmas season is the Advent calendars my brother and I would receive every year. If you’re unfamiliar with this tradition, the particular version my family enjoyed consisted of a nearly flat decorated cardboard box, with tiny doors on it, numbered from 1 to 24 representing the days leading up to Christmas...

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Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

Christmas morning came early when three small children roamed our house. They are teenagers now, so we’re happy if they wake up before lunch. When they were little they pounced on me at 4 a.m., jarring me from slumber. “Let’s open the gifts,” they’d holler. Hey,” I’d say, trying to remember where I was, “It’s December 4th. Christmas...

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