Summer is a Great Time to Reclaim Your Family's Culture

School is out...the sun is shining....the kids are fighting...

Wait! Hey kids, you are messing with my idea of our big, happy family. 

Anyone else? 

Our kids are (9,8, and 7 year old twins) have just finished a whole year of school. For our twins, this was their first year of full-time school since they attended part-time kindergarten. This means for the past 9 months, they have spent the majority of the week around other kids and teachers. This is good for the most part (especially the teacher's influence - thank you very much!) but re-entry into 100% family time can be brutal. 

They aren't used to each other. We as parents are not up to date on this new version of them. In the past 9 months they have learned so much academically but even more, they have learned some new behaviours. Some, I am a fan of like, they have learned how to be patient and adapt to other peoples ways of doing things. Some, I am not a fan of like they picked up some annoying new phrases...

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What Love Requires of Me

adoption character family Oct 08, 2018
We are finishing a full Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Growing up in the US, I never knew that Canada celebrated Thanksgiving in October, we always did it in November, but I have come to love the earlier date. It ends up being a stand alone holiday instead of the beginning of the long holiday run to Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Is it too cliche to say we have so much to be thankful for? But maybe we could follow that thought up with a question: 
How does that gratitude change us? 
I want to tell you a story of how gratitude has changed my life, but I have to set it up a bit. Please bear with me while I give you a little framework. 
I am reading a book right now that should be required reading for everyone who says they are a Christian.
Bold statement right? Let me explain. 
Irresistible is Andy Stanley's new book and here is the synopsis: 
"Once upon a time there was a version of our...
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