Faith + Family

An 11-Year-Old’s Honest Letter to Sports Illustrated

In my free time I run a blog with my mom called Nitty Gritty Love. My brother was recently out for the day with my dad, and came home upset after seeing the most recent Sports Illustrated cover. My mom and I told […]

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Giving Your Child a Heart For the World

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” —Matthew 28:19 When our kids were growing up my husband did an incredible job of cultivating in them a love for the world. Often he would orchestrate “culture night” to teach the kids […]

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God and Pregnancy Disappointments

Stunned might be the best word to describe my husband Ted's reaction when those two pink lines appeared. The ones that screamed, "Your wife is pregnant!" We'd only been married eight months. Home pregnancy tests weren't something we anticipated on our […]

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The Secret to Confident Parenting

Parenting is a crazy journey. It can feel simultaneously wonderful and terrible all at the same time! I know because I’ve been there. I’ve raised four kids and now have five grandchildren. Most of my parenting journey was great, but I found that […]

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2 Tools to Help Kids Do Anger Better

She was angry. There was no doubt about it. Her words, "You stupid egghead," made it clear … even if they proved to be an oxymoron. After all, it's common knowledge that eggheads are smart, right? Well, at least to all […]

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3 Not-​​So-​​Simple Steps to Help Your Children Succeed

It’s that time of the year again when I tally up how many piano lessons I’ve taught for the year, not wanting to cheat Uncle Sam! As I add up each student’s lessons, it is not surprising that the ones who had […]

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