Day 14: We take care of our own

Friday night my 17-year-old twin son Mickael Josef wasn’t feeling good after we went to see Jurassic World. I wasn’t feeling great either. My 12-year-old son had talked us into purchasing the D-box seats for this particular showing of the new dinosaur hit movie; D-box... read more

Day 13: Teach them to work

When I was growing up, we had a family friend named Brent and he used to say about my very German family: “In your house, you are only worth what you work.”   For me, that would not have made me worth very much since, compared with my sister, I was not the... read more

Day 12: Go on outdoor adventures with your kids

Today is the fourth full day of summer vacation with our kids home from school. It is always a juggle to get into a rhythm with our summer days. Following in the footsteps of my friend Andee, I am giving my kids a week to just “chill” (as my twins call... read more

Day 11: Talk about God

We were glued to the TV during the NBA finals these last weeks. I am a basketball fan and loved the adrenaline rush of this NBA finals series where Golden State and Cleveland duked it out.   Then, after the heart racing series, it was of course the Golden State... read more

Day 10: Show hospitality

The Other day, I came home too late from a meeting and my teenage twins were still up and one of their friends was over and they were playing x-box in our living room and it was really late and I was really tired and after my standard greeting of “Hello, how are you... read more

Day 9: Say, “I am sorry”

  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”- 1 Peter 5:5 I messed up. Again. I overreacted toward my 17–year-old son the other day. I raised my voice. I made something a bigger deal than it was. After I did this, I felt so badly. I am a... read more

Day 8: Support your family

Yesterday my husband and I drove an hour and a half away to attend the graduation ceremony of our niece Colette who was graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.   We wanted to be there for family. It was so nice to be able to see... read more

Day 7: Be present with your kids

  When I was a youth director at the church my husband were married in, I would visit different members of the youth group when they were hurt or had surgery. Pretty typical church-leadership-pastoral type of ministry. At the time, I was a newly married, 20-something... read more

Day 6: Find reasons to Celebrate with your Children

It’s the last day of school, time to celebrate.   I took my 17–year-old twin sons out to Starbucks to celebrate this morning. At first one of my twins said, “No, it’s okay, we don’t have to go.” But I countered, “Oh, Wes, I’d really like to take you and Micki... read more

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