Author: Autumn Ward

Say Words that Build :: 5 Choices We’re Glad We Made (Part 2)

Words That Build Not long ago, my husband and I were asked to share with a group of parents what we would do again in regards to raising our kids. We began asking ourselves if we had to go all the way back to the beginning (20 years ago) and start over, what would we choose to do again? We had some great talks as we looked back over the years and came up with 5 things we’re so glad we did— things we would without a doubt choose to do again. I shared first about how we are glad...

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Imagine the End :: 5 Choices We’re Glad We Made (Part 1)

Imagine the End If you were asked to share with a group of parents things you’re glad you did as you were raising your kids, what would you say? My husband and I were given this opportunity recently at our church. Over the next five posts, I want to share with you the five choices we’re glad we made. If we had to go all the way back to the beginning – 20 years ago – and start over, here’s the first thing we would without a doubt choose to do again. We would Imagine the End, again. When...

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Choosing a Passion

There will come a time in your parenting journey when you will have to help a child decide if they should quit doing one thing so they can pursue another. How will you help them decide the best thing to do? Not a hard choice if they’re terrible at one thing and seem to have more potential in another, but what if they’re actually good at both? And what if it means quitting sports? Wait. What? Quit sports? Yes, quit sports. You mean after all the years, money, games, and practices . . . we’re just going to quit?...

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Just Because

Have you ever felt like your kids aren’t listening to what you say? Do you sometimes struggle with finding time to talk with your kids about something more than what time they need to be wherever they need to be and how they need to clean their room before they go? I have. And this is what I decided to do about it. I’ve been sending my husband and kids a text every day since the beginning of the new year with a very brief summary about whatever I read that morning in my Bible. I figured with one...

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Tangerine Day

Do you remember parachute pants? If you do, sorry I brought it up. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s probably a good thing. Parachute pants were slim fitting pants made of a similar material to that of a parachute. They made you hot in the spring and summer (imagine that material sticking to your sweaty, bare skin) and cold in the fall and winter (like a walking-around-without-wearing-pants kind of cold). I honestly have no idea what season was a good time to wear them, but they were the rage when I as in seventh grade,...

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