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Bearing the Burden of Sub-Par Teaching

Posted by Hallee on Feb 1, 2012 in Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

My daughter, Kaylee, is incredibly driven. She wants to excel at everything she does. For a while that manifested itself into her not trying anything because if she couldn’t perfectly succeed, she absolutely refused to try. As she’s matured, it has become a driving force – she must try and she must succeed.

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Seeds of Faith: Lies Women Believe About Children

I enjoyed chapter seven of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them Free. Gregg and I are raising our children to be conformed to the Word rather than to the world, and we get a lot of confused reactions to that.

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Dear Hallee: Baking with Small Children

Posted by Hallee on Dec 20, 2011 in Parenting, Raising boys, Raising girls

It’s amazing to me how much time you spend cooking/baking – seriously – do you have hired help? You have young kids – who I’m assuming make messes and require your attention – any tips? ~Miranda

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Endurance

Posted by Hallee on Oct 26, 2011 in Life, Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

On Monday, Kaylee has softball conditioning for two hours and Tuesdays are horseback riding lessons. This past Monday she really worked out at softball conditioning. She was worn out Monday night. Tuesday morning she could barely move. Tuesday afternoon, I got a text from her that said that she was so sore she couldn’t walk. I texted her back and said that she still needed to go to horseback riding lessons and at least try. My thought was that her muscles would warm up once she was on the horse.

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Sunday Viewing

Posted by Hallee on Oct 21, 2011 in Christian Faith, Family, Life, Parenting, Raising boys, Raising girls, Raising teens

Our rule for Sunday viewing is this: it must be a Bible story, or about God or the Bible in some way. We have a HUGE movie selection, and a big portion of our movies are God focused, so there is no problem finding something to watch. We love it when the kids pick something that is a specific Bible story, but we’re happy with Veggie Tales or similar programming. Kaylee has several Christian themed teen appropriate movies and documentaries, and Gregg and I could watch the documentaries, video studies, and movies we have for a solid month and not put a dent in our choices.

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Proverbs

Posted by Hallee on Aug 6, 2011 in Christian Faith, homeschooling, Parenting, Raising boys, Raising girls

The before dinner devotions are open – it will be whatever my husband or I determines will be discussed at that time. During breakfast, however, we have a set Bible reading.

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THE Body Image Talk

Posted by Hallee on Jul 7, 2011 in Life, Parenting, Raising girls

My sister, Misty, is the managing editor of her West Virginia town’s newspaper. She has been writing columns for her paper for years – sharing her family and her life, making the mundane day-to-day life sound interesting and exciting, bringing the readers of her paper into her home and making them feel like a part of the family. She is an amazing writer, and I have long hoped that she would want to write for us. She is married to Mike and has three amazing children, Hal (who is 9), Jamye (who is 7), and Jackson (who is 3).

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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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