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I am inadequate. For almost three months, I have fretted the days away, frustrated that I can’t parent two children at the same time. It’s almost harder than I can bear. I haven’t enjoyed my new baby because I’ve been so focused on how hard she’s made my life, how she’s complicated everything. Bed rest, her slow start, her serious illness, her early teething. Nothing is easy with this little baby. Yesterday, I had a revelation. I am inadequate. I’m supposed to be inadequate. We all are. I am inadequate, but He is more than enough. He created this little … Read more

Teaching Children to Give featuring The King’s Christmas List

For my entire adult life, I’ve done a lot of giving during the holiday season. Children have a special place in my heart, and my heart aches to know that some children miss the magic of Christmas. Because I am able, I give gifts to children where ever I can. Because they are organized locally and benefit children in my community, I’ve always focused my attention on giving trees and a local school’s toy drive. Last year, Grace was interested in giving gifts to other children. This year, not so much. When we go to the store, she wants to … Read more

Veggie Tales: Sweet Pea Beauty

You may imagine that this little girl hears a lot of compliments about her looks. She has blond hair, blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and she looks tan all year long. Especially because she’s shy, the compliments she hears most often are that she’s cute, adorable, beautiful, and the like. There’s so much more to my daughter than her physical beauty. She has a keen memory. She can make anyone laugh. She’s reserved and observant. She has a kind spirit and a generous heart. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with seeing herself as beautiful; I want her to have healthy … Read more