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I definetely feel better when my 3 kids are all home. It just feels right when we are all together. Actually, when I think about the kids going back to school (in a week!), I feel sad over it. If I were able to homeschool them, I would. Hopefully my life will one day be in the place I can. I do have to fight my feelings, because they easily transfer over to my 7 yr old, who does not like to be gone from the house all day when he is at school.
I love summer! And holidays, and weekends... But alas, life can't be those days everyday, lol.


One thing I found that kids are drawn to for a gathering place, a spot where they can be themselves and speak freely, and tons (literally) of food.


Think how exciting it will be when the girls arrive home from school each day! They will be sharing new stories about the crazies of each day. I too prefer my children be at home . . . I suppose we all get a false sense of "if they are home, they are safe".

Great post.

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I know just what you mean Toben, which is why I'm feeling conflicted about becoming an "empty-nester" when our 4th and youngest heads off to Whitworth in a month...Even if they're spread all over the house, I treasure the times our kids are all home under one roof. But alas, they're all young adults and that doesn't happen very often. Enjoy your time making memories with Audrey & Emma and give Joanne a hug.


Toben, I am the same way. I love having our family under one roof. There is a feeling of safety. It's especially difficult if you've had a scary event happen in your family, which you did. And we did too. But, like you, I have to fight that tendency and let my child have adventures and trust God.
I think it is great that you all are in counseling. Renewing my mind happens when I read God's word. It's usually when I have the "world" talking in my head instead of God's word that I am in need of renewal. That can be like, every day!It's so hard sometimes.

I will be praying for both girls to have a great start to the school year and that Audrey finds a christian friend at school.


Ruthy :o)

Hi Toben I thought you where a GREAT description of Father God because He LOVES US (His kids) so much BUT doesn't smother us,He sends us a sunset,or a beautiful flower or a cheery word, a love token to let us know how much He does LOVES us.

God continue to Bless You n Your Family with Love Tokens xx xx


You feelings make sense.
By the way, kids can watch tv anywhere! What makes is a great place to hang out is love and lots of yummy food. :)


We had 14 kids at our house yesterday at one point in time. We have 4 of our own, 3 we were babysitting and the other 7 were just neighbors who stopped by. Kind of crazy.

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Toben this may be none of my business, and I mean no disrespect, but it may not hurt either of your girls to get a little bit of counseling to help them process some of these enormous changes that have happened in their lives. Couldn't hurt to try it. Hope everything works out the best for all of you.

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