Category: Family

Making Her House My Home: How To

In my teenage years and through college, I had a pretty clear vision for what my first home was going to be. I was imagining a small apartment or a little townhouse, something in a big bustling city with very little square footage. What I was not expecting was a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house partially attached to a restaurant in a part of Pennsylvania that I had never visited let alone wanted to live in. Oh, and to make matters worse, it was the house my husband shared with his ex-wife and their children. Talk about an interesting start to marriage and my new family. 

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Stepkids Are Not Accidents

When I first joined the family, my stepdaughter shared with me that she was “an accident.”  As a believer, I am acutely aware that our words have the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21).  I realized that she must have overheard an adult conversation, and it hurt to know that these words were spoken over her.

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What Parenting a Teenager has Taught Me as a Stepdad

Spoiler alert, raising a teenager is understandably known as a painstaking experience. For a parent who has never had a child before, like myself, the teenage years can be overwhelming. The child may often be quick to remind you that you are not their parent and your spouse may even run to their defense during times of conflict. One minute you and your spouse are on the same page, the next minute you are in the hot seat. This is a sensitive and precarious time. 

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When Its Hard to Love

Flowers, balloons, hearts, candy…Yes, it’s February and all things Valentine’s Day.  You can barely go anywhere right now without being bombarded with romantic cards and chocolate candy in heart shaped boxes.  But what if you aren’t feeling all of this love?

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