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The Timeless Qualities of a Virtuous Young Woman

Posted by Hallee on Jul 2, 2011 in Christian Faith, converstations, Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

In continuing our discussion of Vicki Courtney’s 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter, we reach the final Chapter 19, “The Timeless Qualities of a Virtuous Young Woman.”

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5 Conversations: Princess Today, Royal Pain Tomorrow?

My daughter, Kaylee, spent the second semester of seventh grade living with her father in Florida. My boys and I went to spend Spring Break with her. In our beach house, we had cable – something we don’t have at home. Kaylee insisted that I watch a show with her about sweet sixteen birthday parties for young up and coming divas that she’d been watching at his house.

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5 Conversations: Bad Is the New Good

Posted by Hallee on Jun 4, 2011 in Christian Faith, converstations, Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

The director over the entire group put a hand to her chest and said, “Doesn’t it just break your heart?”

To which I replied, “It might, if she hadn’t practiced that for two hours today. She used a hand mirror and once she got the face right, she used a mirror in her room and watched herself walk away with several angles. She’s been waiting for an opportunity to do it all night and knew she couldn’t sit with me.”

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When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Mom, Part 2

Not long ago, my husband, Gregg, and I were just chit chatting about life in general. At some point in the conversation, he said to me, “What are you going to do when both of the boys are in school?”

I kind of paused, then stuttered. “Uhhh, what do you mean?”

He said, “You know. What do you plan to do?”

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When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Mom, Part I

Posted by Hallee on May 7, 2011 in Biblical womanhood, Christian Faith, converstations

I have been mentally working on a post on this topic for some time. It’s always kind of been there, in the background, but several months ago, I was blog surfing and came across a blog called Homemaking on a Whim and a post titled, “Is Working Outside the Home a Sin?” The title kind of threw me off guard, and I dug a little deeper into it, finding the reference to another series of articles on a blog called Courageous Homemaking.

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Hooking Up, Shacking Up, & Other Marriage Busters

Posted by Hallee on Apr 16, 2011 in Christian Faith, converstations, Marriage, Sex

Right after my first wedding, my ex-husband and I visited his brother and one of my bridesmaids. They had recently moved to another town in Florida. They’d been living together for about eighteen months. I had weddings on my mind and asked her when they were getting married. She said, “Oh, we’re never getting married.”

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The Anti-Marriage Agenda

Posted by Hallee on Apr 2, 2011 in Christian Faith, converstations, Parenting, Raising girls

It took me quite some time to decide what to write about for this chapter in Vicki Courtney’s 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter, and the introduction to conversation number 4: It’s OK to Dream About Marriage and Motherhood! Chapter 14, “The Anti-Marriage Agenda” listed all sorts of statistics and social thoughts about marriage and the state of marriage today. They were interesting, but not overly surprising. Less people get married today than they did 40 years ago, and they’re getting married much later in life than they did 40 years ago. I think that is obvious and I don’t need to rehash it all.

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Seeds of Faith: A Reality Check for Christian Parents

Ninety-five percent of women will have sex before they’re married. It doesn’t matter if they’re Christians devoted to purity or not. It means that if you had a church ladies’ group of one hundred women, only five of them were virgins on their wedding nights.

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Teen Pregnancy: Being Honest About the Options

The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate than any other industrialized nation. In 2006, there were 750,000 teen pregnancies. One third of all end up pregnant before their 20th birthday.

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What the Culture is NOT Telling Your Daughter About Sex

Yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter, Kaylee, and I were at a store buying some essentials to put into a care package for my husband (who is in Afghanistan). While we were there, I stopped by the large magazine rack to see if there were any fitness magazines that he might want or need (he is about to launch a fitness blog). Kaylee asked if she could get a fashion magazine. She is extremely interested in fashion and has even made noises about maybe becoming a fashion designer (the fashion industry could really use a Christian influence – heh.) Before I realized it, she had a copy of Cosmopolitan in her hand. Right on the front cover was: The Sex Quiz You Must Take.

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