Looking Forward to the Real Mother’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | May 3, 2016 | 3 Comments

My first memories of Mother’s Day are sitting as a child in church as the minister recognized all the mothers. I remember them standing in recognition of their day. I also remember them all wearing corsages. It was a tradition in that generation, and somehow the men knew it was part of their jobs to provide the corsages […]

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The Beauty of Do-Overs

By Barbara Rainey | January 7, 2016 | 3 Comments

Celebrating newness means embracing the opportunity for a new response, a new us to whittle away a former us that’s not God honoring.  Take a look at how my friend Julia, who I have admired for a long time, is allowing herself a Do-Over in her motherhood.  She’s intensely honest about the struggles she faces in her […]

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The Key to Raising Grateful Kids

By Barbara Rainey | November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the great privileges of my life has been visiting orphanages in places like Russia, China, and South Africa. Taking our children to see those little ones who had no parents, no room of their own, no toys or clothes of their own, was life changing. Through these many visits we learned that those […]

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A Back-to-School Time Saving Idea

By Barbara Rainey | August 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

  With a full house of six kids, getting ready for school each morning often presented more challenges for me than I was ready to handle before the sun came up. I’m not a morning person so I struggled just to be alert and patient with hundreds of questions and complaints filling the air. Even […]

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A Story About Sixth-Grade Peer Pressure

By Barbara Rainey | August 2, 2015 | 4 Comments

Our children took lunches made at home for most of their school careers. It was a financial decision for us. In high school they had the flexibility to go out to lunch if they met the school’s grade requirements and saved enough money or they could buy in the cafeteria, again on their dime. But […]

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