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Transgender Bathrooms and Parent Identities

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With transgender bathrooms now a federally required provision in public schools, I've realized how gender roles are naturally investigated by children who look to their parents. My realization was birthed while staring at a family portrait, snapped while we were on vacation. [Tweet "Gender roles are naturally investigated by children who look to … Read More...

Steak Sandwiches and Roosevelt Lodge Beans for Memorial Day BBQ

Steak Sandwiches and Roosevelt Lodge Beans for Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer. In Minnesota, lake cabins open up and we look forward to the first outdoor barbeque. I love outdoor dining. It’s casual, relaxed and takes us outside to enjoy God’s beauty. [Tweet "Outdoor dining: casual, relaxed and takes us outside to enjoy God’s beauty. @TonjaEngen @1C13P "] This meal can be … Read More...

Gospel Parenting 101

Gospel Parenting 101

(This is part 3 of a 4 part series on how the gospel affects our relationships. For the introduction, click HERE and for last month’s post on marriage, click HERE.) Imagine this. You are the parent of a very active and strong willed 3-year-old. The 3-year-old is causing much stress in your marriage and family. You decide to run to your local … Read More...

Great Expectations

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The dentist’s office called changing her son’s appointment from tomorrow to today at 3:30 pm. Mary was thrilled because she just found out she had an important meeting the following day.   Her son usually arrived home a little after 3:00 pm, in plenty of time for the dental appointment. But today, he wasn’t home when she expected him. He had … Read More...

Parenting

Transgender Bathrooms and Parent Identities (1)

Transgender Bathrooms and Parent Identities

With transgender bathrooms now a federally required provision in public schools, I’ve realized how gender roles are naturally investigated by children who look to their parents. My realization was birthed while staring at a family portrait, snapped while we were on vacation.  Gender roles are naturally investigated by children who look to their parents. @ChannelMom […]

Single Parenting

How Single Fathers Can Help Their Children Honor Their Mother

How Single Fathers Can Help Their Children Honor Their Mother

I have to say, this has been a great spring! One of the highlights has been watching my daughter play her first year of softball. Although she and I have played whiffle ball plenty of times at the park, I completely underestimated her skills (a little Daddy bias here). She has also been in dance […]

Marriage

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What’s at the HEART of Your Parenting?

Being a parent is a special blessing but it’s not easy by any means! Parenting comes with a lot of questions. Look around your home. Are there many items without a manual or at least a set of directions? Yet children come into the world without instructions! Thank heaven for God’s Word. The Bible gives […]

Media

There's a Terrorist In Your Home

There’s a Terrorist In Your Home

There’s a terrorist running loose nearby, desiring to behead, burn, and bash our children. This terrorist is not Islamic, clad in black, or carrying a gun. This terrorist is called pornography. It’s clad in nothing, literally, and it wants to take over your child’s life. Consider the following statistics: Average age of first view of […]

Recipes

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My Treasure Box of Recipes and Memories

Fall has been ushered in by the falling thermometer reading and the change of aspen leaves in my little corner of the world.  Football and spiced cider. I love this time of year. I get out my recipe box and start making things in my crock pot again and start searching for all the recipes […]

Faith

Reconciled, Restored, Redeemed

Reconciled, Restored, Redeemed

I was in over my head. Right after my high school graduation, I got a job on a roofing crew to make some money before I started my freshman year in college. I was literally a boy among men. The work was tougher than I’d ever imagined it would be. The men I worked alongside […]

Grandparenting

Four Ways to Make an Impact for Jesus as a Grandma

Four Ways to Make an Impact for Jesus as a Grandma

Friends, We have the great privilege of having Pastor Lisa Shaw guest post for us today. She is a mom and a grandmom, who has a love for the Lord and a huge desire to pass along a legacy of faith to her grandkids. Be blessed by her warmth and wisdom. Lori & Becky … when […]

Education

Owning an Education

Owning an Education

What has been your biggest failure in life? This might not be the happiest memory but it may be one of the most important. Did you take responsibility for your failure and learn from it? Did you blame someone else? In a Psychology Today article, “A Nation of Wimps”, a research study suggests that young people […]

Special Topics

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6 Actions to Help Kids Deal with the Boston Bombing

Dear Friends, It is hard to believe this type of article needs to be posted again. It’s just a few months since the Sandy Hook shooting. Disbelief is the only word that applies to the Boston Marathon bombing. We tend to think sporting events are off limits. Obviously nothing is sacred…we learned that with the […]

Home & Holidays

Top 3 Quick Spring Cleaning Projects for Kids

Top 3 Quick Spring Cleaning Projects for Kids

Spring is in the air! And among other things, that means it’s time to do some cleaning up. Spring cleaning can be a very gratifying job, and a great opportunity to teach your kids to pitch in and help around the house. Here are three quick and easy chores your kids can help with this […]