Parenting Is Hard On the Heart

By Samuel Rainey | September 10, 2018 | 13 Comments

Today’s guest post is by my son, Samuel Rainey, husband of Stephanie and dad to four kids ages 15 to almost 7. Samuel is my third born, whose birth was by far my most difficult delivery, yet his life ushered into my world a son of delight whose presence makes me smile every time I […]

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It’s All About Our Hearts

By Barbara Rainey | August 13, 2018 | 4 Comments

I just wish my kids would behave! If I thought it once, I thought it a thousand times.  All the lessons on common courtesies, kindness, saying please and thank you, and Can’t you just be grateful you have food to eat instead of complaining about the meal I chose to prepare for our family, seemed […]

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Back to School Time Saving Idea

By Barbara Rainey | August 6, 2018 | 7 Comments

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 moms […]

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Schooling for Moms

By Barbara Rainey | August 2, 2018 | 7 Comments

Motherhood, for me, was a minefield of less-than-honorable passions. Sloughing through a thankless and often humiliating gauntlet of messes and mistakes elicited more anger and exhausted misery than I ever thought possible.  Yes, there were multitudes of joys. But that was not where most of the lessons were learned. Not until I had been mothering […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Decide Which New Friends My Child Can Play With?

By Barbara Rainey | July 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

Dear Barbara, We recently met a family at our library who has since that day been asking our son to come play. I don’t feel comfortable with my children spending a lot of time with a family I barely know, so I invited the family to a 4th of July party we were going to. […]

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