Life in Stride Blog

Over the years, my husband and I have established a few traditions with our family. Some were cultivated from our favorite childhood traditions, and some were established through new routines with our children. A few of my favorite traditions are opening one gift on Christmas Eve, Friday night family nights with games, movies, popcorn, and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and the birthday boy getting to choose dinner for their special day. Family traditions can be fun, give...

November is National Adoption Month!! I have many friends with beautiful adoption stories. One in particular where you could see the Hand of God moving mountains to make it happen. It was awesome to witness. I also have friends whose adoptions stories are not so pretty and have even ended in loss and heartbreak. And then, for our family, we never even made it to the adoption phase.   The uncertainty of outcome can make it terrifying...

You know that moment when you are sure you've reached your peak? When one more thing has the potential to crash your world down around you and wreck you?  We usually call that our breaking point, but what if we chose to bend instead? What if we flexed with what's happening to reach toward hope, survival, and joy in every circumstance? This is Bend. International Journalist and Author Beth Lueders takes us to the bending points of...

Waiting is not my forte'. And, although I can appreciate the good waiting does toward developing godly character in my life, I fail miserably at waiting.  I feel like a child in "big church," squirming in the pew, waiting for the service to end. I look for stuff to fill the time, occupy my mind, and hopefully make time pass faster. It reminds me of what used to happen in my house when we were getting ready...

It used to be that we could feel pretty safe about the influences in our children’s lives until they hit college age and were exposed to more diverse beliefs and cultures.  It seems, however, that radical views are coming into play as early as 3rd grade. And, by middle school, many church-going children have decided they do not believe in God.  Some religions are more evident in how they contradict Scripture; but, many religions have an element...

In honor of October being National ADD/ADHD awareness month, I thought I'd share some tips and tricks that helped our ADD household survive the school year. Our household was actually a mixed bag of learning complications that we worked through over the years: ADD w/inattention, ADHD, Dyslexia, Visual Processing Disorder, extreme auditory learner (in a visual household)...

There is nothing like talking to a friend and hearing her words echo something God is producing in my life and vice verse. It is so validating and confirms that God is at work--not that I should need confirmation, but sometimes, I really do. This past week, I spoke with a friend about some difficult circumstances in her life, specifically her child's health. I told her the verse that is my "Truth I'm Standing On," which...

Today is National Step Family Day!! So if you are a blended family, bonus parent, step-something, this post is especially for you. If you are not in any of these categories, please stay with us as there are universal truths here for you too. Cultivating new relationships is difficult in any scenario, but trying to merge two families takes an extra measure of care. Here to give us some "tried and true" advice are Your Morning...

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