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To Be More Joyful: Get Thicker Skin

This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I remember being five […]

Counting My Blessings Once Again

I’m stunned that these children are all mine. There once was a time when we only thought we’d have one child. And here we are with six, pretty darn cute little babes. When I get frustrated with fussy toddlers, insistent preschoolers, angry little boys, and angry little big boys, I’m reminded. I’m so blessed that […]

To Be More Joyful: Encourage Others

This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. This past week as my kids and I hit a few bumps in the road as regards […]

Back to School Traditions

It’s hard to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. I, for one, prefer not to have obligations and schoolwork to do. My kids would agree. However, we can soften this change of seasons by creating and maintaining traditions that our families enjoy and look forward to. At our house, that means apple pie […]

Booking It: Monthly Update

How are you doing on your reading? It’s amazing that we set reading goals almost nine months ago. Where did the time go? Today would be a great time to review what you’ve read, especially if you’re not sure how much you’ve read this year. You’ve still got a little more than three months until […]

To Be More Joyful: Read a Good Book

This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. I have always been a book lover. My parents taught me to read when I was still […]

Keeping Things Steady

Grant

Life is full of ups and downs. Like a roller coaster, there will always be a turn we don’t expect, a sudden drop, an exhilarating high. For kids, it’s helpful when Mom and Dad work to make things move on an even keel. Consistency is a key to making that happen. Despite my best intentions, […]

To Be More Joyful: Live in the Now

This year marks the twentieth since I graduated from high school and moved away to college. Oh my! I had a very different picture of my future life back then. What’s funny is that I’m so much happier with the current state of things than I would have been if I had got the things […]