Welcome to In This Family!
I’m starting this blog because I want to create a space to talk about family. Real families. Real issues. Real successes and real failures. Real honesty, humor, and hopefully a dose of encouragement.
This is decidedly, most definitely not, a parenting advice blog. My girls are 4 and 16 months. If you want advice on how to remove a barbie from the vacuum, that I can give. Advice on how to make a 4 year old cry? Got it. (Hint: tell her she can’t wear the same Princess Sophia underwear three days in a row).
Here’s what I’ve realized: we all have the power in our homes to define our families. To shape them. To decide what is permissible and what is not. To place value on certain things and not others. We have the ability to stand against what culture says our families will be or should be. We are the gatekeepers of our homes and, as Joshua said to the Israelites, we must choose for ourselves whom we will serve. (Joshua 24:15)
The choice itself might not be the difficult part for you. After telling the Israelites to choose, Joshua declared, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” The “declaring” part isn’t so hard. I can declare that my kids must sleep past 7 am, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. (Maybe I should go with 6 next time? Or 5?) Deciding whom we will serve is the first step. Then, we need to intentionally plan how we will do that in our everyday lives.
This is not me telling you what works. This is me, in the trenches with you, trying to come up for air long enough between the piles of laundry, boxes of mac n cheese, and things that need to be done RIGHT NOW MOMMY!! to parent with the end in mind. If I want my kids to be Christ followers, selfless friends, wise consumers of technology, generous givers, confident individuals, creative problem solvers, and to eventually, maybe eat something other than mac n cheese, that starts here.
In this family.