Open Mouth, Insert Apologies … lots of them

shhhh Anyone that knows me well, knows that when it comes to confession opportunities in prayer, mine are almost always about a mouth that says too much. And I’ve been true to form of late. Saturday, when picking up Jack at birthday party, I had the chance meet someone new. She was so nice. And our kids will be in the same grade next year. But, rather than ask her about herself and her four beautiful children, I jumped into a conversation about my own child. It started with her asking a couple questions about him, then led to Jon’s & my decision to hold Jack back (start 1st grade this coming year rather than last) since his birthday is so close to summer. We didn’t make the decision in a vacuum. And though holding back might appear like we’re setting the bar low, we tried to decide what is best for him. So where did my mouth go wrong?

Table Talk: A Child is Not a Product by Bill Hendricks

YOU Today’s Table Talk is by my friend Bill Hendricks. He is in the business of connecting people with their giftedness. Everyone is gifted. A couple of my kids don’t believe it. A few of mine look at the world around them to define their giftedness, chasing after what looks to be the “right” thing to do. They forget that in their DNA there lies unique talents and aptitudes to be who they are created to be. But finding that can be a challenge – for all of us. So, when I saw that Bill compiled into a book (The Person Called You) so much of what he has learned through the years of helping folks, I asked him if would share a snippet with us. It’s terrific. Really. And freeing because, though we’re are lured to believe it, a child is not a product. And neither are we, for that matter. Anyway, I hope you’re

End of the School-Year Survival Guide

survival-guide Some of us calendar-challenged types are sucking air right about now. We can see the finish line; we can taste the lazy-summer-afternoon-lemonade-stand drink, we can hear the “I’m bored”s … and we can’t wait. School is almost over. In what realm four different schools for our five children ever made sense, I will never know. And, though the end is near, it has not quite arrived. So here are a 15 tips from my End of the School Year Survival Guide with a few applications from last week. If your school is already out, maybe some of the tips might help in other stick-a-fork-in-me-I’m-SO-done situations. 1. Keep essential tools close at hand, especially needle & thread or duck tape. Because you never know when a kid might come downstairs minutes before we have to be out the door and in the car missing

Table Talk: Top 10 List for Graduates & Their Parents, by Lisa Clark

top ten Today’s Table Talk is by our friend Lisa Clark (SkyMoms). Since graduation is hitting several of you directly and the rest of us indirectly, some perspective and advice might help navigate the road. No need to point out – lots of the tips apply to the rest of the house … including me :) Thanks for sharing, Lisa … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Several years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of seniors and their parents upon their impending graduation from high school.  I was given 10 minutes to share my thoughts.  At that time,  my daughters had already graduated from high school, so I knew what the parents were needing to hear, and naturally I knew exactly what the students needed to hear! So, God laid on my heart some “high points” and I developed the top 10 list.  A little background
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