There she was, sitting in a corner by herself.
As she aimlessly ruffled the pages of her science folder, her sweet face turned downward showing no expression. My heart tightened as I glanced around the room.
Everywhere I looked girls giggled, moms chatted, and boys gobbled the remainders of pizza left over from our home school group’s party.
But she sat.
I scurried to her trying to make up for lost time, yet I knew that as the leader of her group and not a peer; it wasn’t quite the same.
Just last week, her mom shared with me that her daughter didn’t feel like she fit in, and yesterday, the evidence smacked of it.
We all have that young girl bottled up somewhere in us, and personally being involved with women’s ministry, I’m struck again and again how we wrestle with those feelings.
It makes me wonder what would happen if we purposed in our heart to attack this very issue?
Just how much could we change our culture if we would all make room for one more? [Read More…]
This coming weekend, I co-host my 5th annual Becoming Conference . As I prepare for one of my money saving workshops, I dusted off some prior posts and even after a few years of writing this, I still stand by all these tips.
One of my blogging goals this year incorporates sharing the steps we are taking to train our children in financial responsibility.
I thought it would be a good intro to just a few ways that we’re maneuvering this process. Interestingly enough, it’s changed SO much just since our eldest has gotten his drivers license, and I chuckle at the teaching that has occurred just around that topic.
Balancing the budget with a houseful of five children is never easy, but training those blessings to be “Money Saving Kids” in a culture where the credit card “is king” results in an even greater challenge.
My husband and I’s desire to raise children committed to debt free living has encouraged us to implement important steps that aid in casting this vision. A vision, which one way or another, will impact generations to come.
1. By understanding that fiscal responsibility is to be woven into the fabric of our family as a long term goal, we mentor and model the understanding of need vs. want. For many children (and adults), this is a very gray area.
We sit down and determine as a family what our true needs are and then spark frequent discussions from that framework.
Taking advantage of teachable moments help us navigate the “Why not?” waters of frugal living. [Read More…]
As technology continues to emerge and I spend time online with varying forms of social media for my blog, I often scream “STOP. NO MORE!!!”
As you can tell, I’ve stepped back from posting as much on my blog. After my Becoming conference is finished next week, I am sure I will step it back up, but it’s almost as if I’ve been allergic to my computer. I guess that’s code for burnout. I just want to hang out with you all in real life and chat about all the things I’d normally write about since I haven’t wanted to write. That’s why Periscope, the new live streaming app bought by twitter is about to become my new favorite thing.
While I vowed I wouldn’t add one more app to my phone, I caved this past weekend when some of my (in)courage friends talked me into giving Periscope a try. [Read More…]