Author: Autumn Ward

Stay Connected :: 5 Choices We’re Glad We Made (Part 5)

Imagine the end. Say words that build. Use everyday moments to tell a bigger story. Be the person you want your kids to be. These are the things I am so glad someone much wiser than us encouraged us to do when we were beginning our parenting journey. There’s one last thing, and it’s the most important thing, because when we choose to do this on a daily basis, it helps make all the others possible: Stay connected. Stay connected to God. Stay connected to a faith community. Why? Because parenting is hard. And when you’re trying to be the person you...

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Christmas in Hurt Park (FREE Advent Calendar!)

This is the time of year when joy should abound, yet many of us still find ourselves searching for it. Homes are filled with families rushing through the season filling their schedules and shopping carts to overflowing. But, as you already know, these things just don’t produce the joy for which our souls were created. Maybe it’s because joy is not a thing to be found, but a person to be known. And, when we choose to live as Jesus showed us, joy will naturally follow—much like the Christmas my family spent in Hurt Park.

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Read It Again

When our oldest daughter was a preschooler, her favorite book was the “bird story.” Countless times she would say, “Read me bird story” as she plopped it (and herself) in my lap. The actual title of the book was Little Bird Biddle Bird, by David Kirk. We both had it memorized by the time she started kindergarten! Our youngest daughter’s favorite was “mouse book,” better known as Where Does Maisy Live? by Lucy Cousins. I can still hear her sweet giggle as she would say, “Noooo” when I asked, “Does Maisy live in the hen house?” Parents read books...

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Connect Everyday Moments to God’s Story :: 5 Choices We’re Glad We Made (Part 3)

There are plenty of things my husband and I would change about how we’ve parented over the last 20 years, but if we could go back in time, there are a few things we would do all over again. I’ve already shared how we are glad we chose to imagine the end and say words that build. Here’s another one we learned to do over time: We would, without a doubt, choose to Connect Everyday Moments to God’s Story, again. The idea to do this was actually born out of great frustration. Over time, two of our favorite words,...

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