Author: Autumn Ward

One Marble At A Time

So I’ve started this blog post like 14 different ways (not exaggerating). It just might be the most challenging one yet. Once you know what it’s about maybe you’ll understand why. I’ve been told there are 936 weeks in the life of a child from birth to 18. We have a visual for those weeks here at Orange in the form of a jar filled with 936 marbles. The idea is that when you count the weeks you have left with a kid, you stand a better chance of making your weeks count.  As you take one marble out of the...

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Wipe The Slate Clean

So there we were, standing on a sidewalk in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A couple in their mid-thirties with three kids ages 5, 8 and 10 struggling to have fun and enjoy a vacation together. It wasn’t happening. People were passing us on either side much like water going around a rock in the middle of a stream as we argued over kids not obeying, how much money had been spent, who was chewing too loudly, and whatever else we could get mad about. To be honest, I don’t really remember what we were upset about ....

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Staying Connected To Your Kids

Want to know one of the most effective ways to stay connected to your kids? Have fun with them! Laugh! Play! Create! Explore! God has given you not just a child to raise but another human being to enjoy, get to know, learn from and best of all, LOVE. We want to help get your creative juices flowing so we’ve come up with a few hangout ideas for you and your kid. Yes, that was singular. Kid. These ideas are meant to be experienced one-on-one. It’s great having siblings and being a member of a family, but every now...

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Don’t Pack Up Christmas

I love Christmas decorations. They have a way of making everything more beautiful. Even the most humble of homes becomes a breathtaking site with just a few strands of twinkling lights. Our family has accumulated quite the collection over the past 19 years. Every yard ornament and strand of garland has a story as to how it became a part of our family. The 9’ snowman in our front yard. The moving reindeer. The candy canes that won’t stay straight no matter how far we push them in the ground. Then there’s the ice sickle lights hanging on the...

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Smile

When was the last time your kids heard you laugh uncontrollably? Watched you totally let go and have fun? If you can’t remember, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. If we all pulled back the curtain, we would probably see some pretty worn down parents. We’re running kids around, washing clothes, working jobs, managing homes, paying bills, cutting grass… doing all the stuff we have to do. Then, when the time comes to have a little fun, we’re content to just sit in a chair and watch. Maybe we watch because we’re tired. Or because that’s what our parents...

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