Why Gathering for Thanksgiving Matters … and Always Will

By Barbara Rainey | November 15, 2021 | 7 Comments

  Our youngest child was just a toddler. Our oldest was double digits but not yet a teen. We were spending Thanksgiving as we had the previous six years at a conference we hosted for singles in Colorado called the Keystone Kaper. While the event was always amazing ministry and fun for our kids to […]

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Seven Books That Shaped and Guided My Parenting

By Barbara Rainey | November 8, 2021 | 8 Comments

  Books have been a significant part of my life in more ways than I can describe, including how Dennis and I parented our six. The recommendations of others introduced me to some of the best books in many categories including parenting, so here are the seven that most shaped our parenting. All are full […]

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Friends & Family: October 2021

By Barbara Rainey | October 29, 2021 | 2 Comments

  Hello friends! This was a month we won’t soon forget and this letter to all of you … not what I anticipated in early October. The month began with our plans in place; I checked things off day by day, marking lines through my listed to-dos with great satisfaction. Made me feel in control. […]

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How to Forgive Your Parents

By Barbara Rainey | October 25, 2021 | 15 Comments

  A sweet friend has been struggling with her childhood and what she experienced from her parents. Like many of us when we become adults, get married, and begin raising our own families, she sees clearly as a mom of two all the mistakes her parents made. I understood because I felt the same way […]

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When Kids Ask Too Many Questions

By Barbara Rainey | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

  “What is hair made from?” “Do lizards go to heaven?” “Why do we stop at red lights?” “Who’s your mom’s mom?” “Why do I have to tell Jesus what I did wrong when He already knows?” In our house with six kids, a menagerie of outside pets, and two often exhausted parents, our kids’ […]

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