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It was one of those days.

I felt like I was going to scream because I’d been cooped up in the house with a two kids, had a work deadline breathing down my neck, AND could feel a sinus infection coming on.

The day had started pretty well. That morning, seven year-old Jordan, two year-old Jackson, and I were cuddling on the bed and Jordan said, “Jackson is so cute I could die!”

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In A Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L’Engle wrote:

During the long drag of years before our youngest child went to school, my love for my family and my need to write were in acute conflict. The problem was really that I put two things first. My husband and children came first. So did my writing. Bump.

The conflict—or collision—of work and family summed up in a word:  Bump.

Ouch.

Yet we’re often stuck trying to get it all done without compromising family or work. Is it even possible?

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Take some inspiration and advice from The Beautiful Life, who seeks beauty in the ordinary, treasuring each moment.

She offered two great quotes:

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” (Elizabeth Lawrence)

“It is never too late to have a happy childhood.” (Tom Robbins)

Click HERE to read several suggestions to slow down and take time to play.

If you’ve got snow on the ground, act now, before the fun melts away!

Photo provided by The Beautiful Life. Used with permission.

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Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come
(Revelation 4:8)

Sunday we pull out our Advent wreath and begin the season of anticipation, praying, pondering and worshiping the Lord Jesus, who was, and is, and is to come.

I bought an Advent wreath years ago and decorated it simply without realizing the fake plastic berries and cheap gold beading would be with us for years.

But that’s how traditions sometimes tumble into our lives:

We try something out.

And it sticks.

Here’s a picture I snapped last year:

adventwreath

It’s simple and humble, but it’s an integral part of our Christmas traditions.

We tried it, and it stuck.

Traditions … wow, traditions are so wonderful.

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weary kid

In case you haven’t already seen this popular post at Time, pay a visit to Nancy Gibbs’ article Can These Parents Be Saved: The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting.”

Overparenting goes by other names, like hyperparenting and helicopter parenting. It boils down to being overinvolved in our children’s lives—perhaps to the point of holding them back.

Kids growing up with parents who take these approaches end up smothered, overwhelmed, overprotected, and ill-prepared for their transition to adulthood.

To give you a taste, here are some excerpts and memorable lines taken directly from the article (with bold from me):

  • We were so obsessed with our kids’ success that parenting turned into a form of product development.

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soccerball

Soccer moms, dads, grandparents, and coaches, please ignore the title of the following article and read it before this weekend’s matches:

“For Kids Only…”

And feel free to pass it along, humbly, to your children.

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