Becoming a More Grateful Woman and Teaching Children to Give Thanks Too {Part 1}

By Barbara Rainey | November 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

While there were many things that I loved about being a mom, I hated it when my kids complained, often multiple times daily. With six children someone was always unhappy about something – what they had to eat, where they had to sit, who they had to sit next to, what they had to wear, […]

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Part 2: 6 Lessons I learned about God as an adoptive mom that every parent needs to know

By Barbara Rainey | October 15, 2018 | 8 Comments

Like all new parents Dennis and I welcomed our first four bio babies with joy and great anticipation for what God had planned. It was no different with our adopted daughter. We had equally lofty hopes and dreams for life with her. Our story, like most adoptions, was marked by the unmistakable hand of God. […]

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6 Lessons I learned about God as an Adoptive Mom That Every Parent Needs to Know, Part 1

By Barbara Rainey | October 8, 2018 | 12 Comments

Stepping into the hotel lobby, I took a deep breath and exhaled. After traveling all day I was more than ready to be done with crowds of strangers and airline demands. Happily I stood with the luggage a few steps from the front desk while Dennis checked us into our hotel. Moments later with room […]

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5 Reasons to Talk to Your Kids About Heaven

By Barbara Rainey | September 24, 2018 | 3 Comments

So, here’s a question to ask when you pick the kids up from school, or at dinner one night this week, or at bedtime, though bedtime will mean a delay in lights out. Bonus for the kids, maybe not for you. You find the best time and ask God to help you make this happen. […]

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When Your Home Feels Empty

By Barbara Rainey | September 20, 2018 | 17 Comments

“One day when the kids are gone, we will sit quietly by the fire and listen to the laughter in the walls.” For years a printed version of these stanzas from “Laughter in the Walls” by Bob Benson hung on a wall in our home, reminding me of a someday that, at the time, felt […]

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