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Day 27 – Flinching At Life

In Parenting, Walking Brave by Caris Adel5 Comments

Art by messycanvas  bumped from the archives   I jump when they say, “Boo!” Why does my heart race and I feel alarm even when laughter has covered their faces, and I feel no shame in having been gotten? This fear, where does it come from?  ***** It comes from sitting on the toilet and having the door burst open.  …

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The Privilege of School Choice

In Parenting by Caris Adel6 Comments

  I don’t talk much about the fact that we educate our kids at home for lots of reasons, but one of them is I’m very aware that it’s a privilege.  Choosing to use that privilege, especially now that we’re in a new community where the choice takes on greater socio-economic implications, makes me uncomfortable. So I don’t want to …

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Incarnation – It Means Something!

In Parenting by Caris Adel3 Comments

  Conservative Christianity has not taught me to be a healthy person, and it has not taught me how to raise healthy children. The view I was raised with, the advice I keep seeing handed out, the wisdom I listened to for 90 minutes this morning, basically assumes everything needed for life – even for parenting and marriage – is …

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Seeing Faces, Not Statistics

In Parenting, Spirituality by Caris Adel9 Comments

  The church was always cold.  It had a high ceiling and a low budget. The faded carpeted floor sloped gently to the stage at the front, making it difficult to use the round tables in the back. The old white church, complete with steeple, looked as if it had been plucked from a small town on the prairie and …

Beautifully Unuseful to God, and an Interview

In Parenting by Caris Adel6 Comments

I am on the neon green blow-up raft, desperately trying to stay afloat, to relax amidst the play of kids.  Futile, I know.  They’ve decided to play ‘King of the Raft’ instead, and I am being pushed and pulled off, toppled and dunked by 3 small children.  Their currency is laughter and they spend it freely. I have an interview …

10 (+2) Books for the Kiddos

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  I homeschool, so we go through a lot of books.  We own a lot of books.  My husband finally had to build me a very large bookshelf/desk/storage unit in our entryway, and that still isn’t enough.  (I’d take a picture but it’s really dirty!)  All that to say, I love books, and kids books.  These are a few of …