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Without Shadows, There is No Depth of Character

By Lilly | January 25, 2018 | 4 Comments

I don’t know about you but I want my kiddos to have perfect lives. You know- the stuff we see on Pinterest:  All the 100 ways to create the perfect childhood, with the best holidays and birthdays, paired with the best education. We don’t want to be lacking in any area.  As a country, we go into national […]

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Fail as parents

Why I Almost Quit Writing About Parenting

By Lilly | December 6, 2017 | 6 Comments

For months, I’ve wrestled with continuing to write this blog. I mean, there are a million how-to blogs out there. You click whatever link that floats your boat, follow step by step instructions, and voila, you get a product that somewhat resembles what the blogger’s promises. How to make chicken soup via Instant Pot? How […]

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guest post

How Video Games Are Robbing Your Son

By Lilly | August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today, I have the honor of sharing with you a NEW post I just wrote. The FUN thing is, it’s featured as GUEST POST for another blog that I’ve respected, admired & been following for quite some now….eeeek!!!   I’d love to invite you to hop on over to check out my latest post: How Video […]

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When Our Kids Question God

When Our Kids Question God

By Lilly | July 25, 2017 | 5 Comments

As a parent, what’s your worst fear? Well, for me, I have a loooong list.    Big scary words come to mind: Cancer. Kidnapping. Accidents. Catastrophe. Sexual abuse. Disease. Illness. Terrorists. Getting run over by a car. Drowning. Forgetting a baby in a hot car. I should add being bullied on that list.  And just for […]

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When There Are No Quick Fixes

When There Are No Quick Fixes

By Lilly | July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was 4:00 am. I woke up to the trickling sounds of rain. I peeked outside our window–it wasn’t raining. Hmmm… that’s odd, I thought. I needed to go to the bathroom. As I stepped out of the room into the hallway, I could see directly into our kitchen. There it was… water pouring from […]

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What I did not want to see

The One Thing I Didn’t Want To See (But Had to Ultimately Face)

By Lilly | May 3, 2017 | 21 Comments

Once upon a time.  There was a nice girl. She was kind, patient, caring, and comforts others when they’re down. She always tries her best to say the right thing at the right time. She is helpful and thoughtful.  If anyone looked a little sad or even just a little out of it, she’d pick on […]

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Long term effects of technology

Long Term Effects of Technology and our Kids (That We Can’t Ignore)

By Lilly | May 1, 2017 | 7 Comments

There is no doubt about it.  Technology is here to stay… forever.  From reading the news, browsing social media, catching a ride, streaming movies, ordering groceries, educational apps…we can all do now with just a simple swipe of a screen. Technology has forever altered our everyday life. But do you ever wonder… what about kids […]

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7 Principles for Equipping Our Kids

7 Principles of Equipping Our Kids (A Manifesto)

By Lilly | May 1, 2017 | 14 Comments

Before we had kids, my husband and I lived overseas for 2 years. During this time, we had a chance to hike through the Yellow Mountains (Huang Shan) of China with friends.  I love talking about it….except one part that I always leave out…because it was just too embarrassing. Sure, I’ll talk about the thousands of steps we […]

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