Don't Get Smug: Good Parenting Isn't a Guarantee

I think one of the scariest things about parenting is one that Becky at Smithellaneous recently brought up. It's just a scary thing to realize that even if you do everything "right," your kids can still make bad choices. On the one hand, she wants families facing crisis to know they're not alone. But she warns that even if you raise great kids, you shouldn't ever feel smug. ...more
 @drannmaria That is so very true.   And that is the very thing that keeps me far, far away from ... more

Don't Get Smug: Good Parenting Isn't a Guarantee

I think one of the scariest things about parenting is one that Becky at Smithellaneous recently brought up. It's just a scary thing to realize that even if you do everything "right," your kids can still make bad choices. On the one hand, she wants families facing crisis to know they're not alone. But she warns that even if you raise great kids, you shouldn't ever feel smug. ...more
 @Jan Reuther Jan,  thanks for your encouragement.  It means a lot! more

Don't Get Smug: Good Parenting Isn't a Guarantee

I think one of the scariest things about parenting is one that Becky at Smithellaneous recently brought up. It's just a scary thing to realize that even if you do everything "right," your kids can still make bad choices. On the one hand, she wants families facing crisis to know they're not alone. But she warns that even if you raise great kids, you shouldn't ever feel smug. ...more
 @queenybaby82 Wow--great insight!  I'm not even going to add anything to that except to say it ... more

Don't Get Smug: Good Parenting Isn't a Guarantee

I think one of the scariest things about parenting is one that Becky at Smithellaneous recently brought up. It's just a scary thing to realize that even if you do everything "right," your kids can still make bad choices. On the one hand, she wants families facing crisis to know they're not alone. But she warns that even if you raise great kids, you shouldn't ever feel smug. ...more
 @the.me.i.be That is a great point.  I once heard a speaker say, "There are people waiting for ... more

Don't Get Smug: Good Parenting Isn't a Guarantee

I think one of the scariest things about parenting is one that Becky at Smithellaneous recently brought up. It's just a scary thing to realize that even if you do everything "right," your kids can still make bad choices. On the one hand, she wants families facing crisis to know they're not alone. But she warns that even if you raise great kids, you shouldn't ever feel smug. ...more
Margie,  If you're referring the woman at Pizza Hut, that's an excellent question!! more

Our Son Desperately Wants to Go to Church

“Mommy, when are we going to church again?” It’s become a regular refrain from our oldest son. Sometimes he asks me. Sometimes he asks his daddy. On Easter Sunday, when we went to my parents’ church, he had a very serious conversation with my own father about how his mommy and daddy were still looking for a new church. I have a very heavy heart and a bit of parental guilt that we haven’t found one we like yet, but the truth remains: We haven’t found one we like yet. ...more

Visiting a church for the first time is almost as scary and nerve wracking as running completely ... more

Cancer Sisters and the Scene By the Sea

As a pastor’s family, we are often given the honor of being involved in the different passages of life that affect various members of our congregation. Ten days ago, one of those passages came in the form of a memorial service for a church member’s daughter, Allison, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-seven. She left behind a daughter in her teens and a son in his twenties. ...more

Jan, it was such an honor for me to even get to be there; I'll never forget it. I was so happy ... more

Cancer Sisters and the Scene By the Sea

As a pastor’s family, we are often given the honor of being involved in the different passages of life that affect various members of our congregation. Ten days ago, one of those passages came in the form of a memorial service for a church member’s daughter, Allison, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-seven. She left behind a daughter in her teens and a son in his twenties. ...more

I love your line about peoples' "first glimpse of Allison's sails as she approached a beautiful ... more

Cancer Sisters and the Scene By the Sea

As a pastor’s family, we are often given the honor of being involved in the different passages of life that affect various members of our congregation. Ten days ago, one of those passages came in the form of a memorial service for a church member’s daughter, Allison, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-seven. She left behind a daughter in her teens and a son in his twenties. ...more

Just returning to explain the comment I wrote above!

I had several blog readers e-mail me ... more

Cancer Sisters and the Scene By the Sea

As a pastor’s family, we are often given the honor of being involved in the different passages of life that affect various members of our congregation. Ten days ago, one of those passages came in the form of a memorial service for a church member’s daughter, Allison, who died of brain cancer at the age of forty-seven. She left behind a daughter in her teens and a son in his twenties. ...more

Loved this story; thanks for sharing it.

Debbie more