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A Dad’s Prayers for His Daughter by Rob & Joanna Tiegen

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This was a very sweet read. It is written for Dads of Daughters. The authors write that of course you love your daughter so much, but where do you begin to pray for a young lady you do not understand? There are 88 life situations given, along with Scripture and a model prayer for that area of her life.

I was not expecting the format for some reason. The title of the book says it all, though! It was difficult to just read it through, but it would make a great reference book. When my daughters are faced with a difficulty, I can grab this book and find the matching section, read the Scriptures and model prayer for guidance.

One thing I really loved about this book: In the model prayers, there is usually a reference to the Dad himself being the example in that area that he should be. For instance, if his daughter is struggling with being discontent, the father should pray that he himself would be content, and be a good example in that area.

Another thing I really loved: It could be called Parents’ Prayers for Their Children,Β as most of it is not necessarily for Dads, or Daughters.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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John 3:16

This year, we are going to do our best to memorize 50 verses as a family! This will be word-perfect quoting by the oldest three of us! Timothy is 3, and can probably learn about 98% of them too, I’m just not going to stress about him. πŸ™‚

Verse #1, the most important verse in God’s Word, John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

After working on it only 2 times, Jackson almost has it! It’s amazing what little minds can learn.

Also, another thing we are going to do to help is learn Scripture songs that go with the verse we are working on. Bible Truth Music has an amazing collection of Bible verse songs! You can listen to them on Spotify, or go to their website: bibletruthmusic.com.

Join us and learn 50 verses this year!

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Thanksgiving 2012

This is our 6th Thanksgiving in Ohio. That’s so hard to believe sometimes. The years are flying by!

Our first Thanksgiving here at the Reagan family home was in 2007. I was expecting our first little blessing. The Reagans’ 5th little one was Β only 5 months old.

Things have changed! πŸ™‚ Now there are 9 little ones between us, and 5 years of friendship.

Sights of the 6th Reagan/Boyer Thanksgiving:

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Sermon in the Sink

As I was washing dishes… again… I thought of how often I wash dishes. Not a day goes by that dishes don’t need to be washed. Now, days go by when I don’t wash them, but I could wash at least 1 dish every day! Most days, it’s a couple sink loads!

They are dirty. The forks, the spoons, the plates and bowls. They get used. They serve and hold. If they are not washed, they can’t be used again…ewww…

You know, I got to thinking with my hands in those suds. We are like dishes. We are used daily for different tasks for our Master. We hold and serve. We have many jobs. But if we are not clean, we cannot be used effectively. I mean, you could eat with a dirty fork, but it wouldn’t be sanitary (umm… YUCK!).Β Can I serve the Lord if I am dirty? Not effectively. I would leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth!

How thankful I am that my Master puts me in that sudsy bath and gets rid of all my impurities. He gets rid of the crusted-on meals, the chocolate milk, and everything that is keeping me from being clean, and being used. It’s usually not comfortable getting in that hot water, but it’s necessary.

Next time God is “washing me,” (without complaining, I might add) may I remember the sermon He taught me at the sink!

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The Lady I Call "Mom!"

My mother…
What can be said about such a constant in my life? Someone I always counted on to be there. Someone I wanted to follow and grow up to be like. How can I begin to count all the ways she has encouraged me and uplifted me? What can be said of all the times I have laughed at her, and all the times she laughed at me? All the times I’m sure I embarrassed her as a toddler, and she embarrassed me as a sensitive teenager? πŸ™‚
As time marches on, and youth is no longer as much on my side as before, I see more wisdom in my mother. She has such strength! Of all the things I admire about my mother, I think the biggest thing that stands out to me is what a godly wife she is! She has made a life of making her man happy and she has done a tremendous job at it! I have never heard my parents fight in my life. Never! There are so many things she modeled as a sweet, caring wife for my entire life. I learned so much from her.
Thank you, Mom for encouraging me. You never fail to give me a kind word about my daily struggles. You let me know that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed with my little ones and my messy house. You tell me that I can do it and it will get better. You tell me to rest when I need to, and sew when I want to… within reason! πŸ˜‰ When something exciting happens, you are the first person I want to call. When I want to do some serious shopping, you are the one I want to go with. You are my best woman friend on this earth! I love you! πŸ™‚
Happy Birthday, Mom!
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The Daddy I Love!

Today is a special day, and has been for my entire life! It is the day I share with my Daddy, celebrating our birthdays together! When Mom was expecting me, I was due on his birthday, and Daddy told her they weren’t going to the hospital until that day! And good thing it worked out, or Mom would have been miserable!
I want to share a few special things I have learned from my Dad. He is a man of few words, and little emotion. But he is a big man, and in my book, a man after God’s own heart. What I have learned from the wonderful man I call “MY DAD”:
  • Don’t worry about what others think. He has always been a man who did what he thought was right, despite what anyone else thought of him, or how they judged him. He has been the man who was faithful to church when hardly anyone else in his family was. (That has since changed since several others are now πŸ™‚ He kept us in Christian school and home school, despite people telling him we should go to school so we could play ball. There were many times in my high school and college days when I would get worried about what others were thinking or saying. And Daddy would reassure me that I was doing fine and needed to stop worrying about what others think. It was a rock in my life.
  • After Pawpaw Snow died in 1997, we were driving back that night after the funeral. I knew Dad was very sad and I had seen some tears in his eyes throughout the evening. On the way home, he said, “You know, God’s grace really is sufficient.” And that stuck in my mind. I have never forgotten it. He was sad, absolutely! He would miss his dad. But he was trusting the Lord in His grace, and that spoke volumes!
  • My Daddy taught me that we go to church! It so saddens me in the day we live, that so few children are taken to church. They don’t even know how to sit quietly. Many have never even heard the name of “Jesus.” But my Daddy took us. We knew when we woke up on Sunday morning… we’re going to church! And because of that faithfulness, I’m so glad I have known the Lord practically my whole life. And many struggles have been taken from me because of this. Not that I could never do wrong!! But I’m thankful that the “choice” of church attendance was taken from me. I’m glad they didn’t let me make my “own decisions” when I was a child!
  • This one is far less touching… he taught me to drive! Mom and I were joking the other day about how she was horrible to learn to drive with. She has always been a high-strung panicker! So, Daddy was always our choice for the passenger seat when we were learning. He was so calm and quiet. He would gently tell us, “Okay, you need to start slowing down now.” πŸ™‚
  • He also taught me to keep up with things. He took very good care of his personal things. He never threw things around or left something laying out in the yard. If one, just one of his thirty ink pens was missing off his desk, he immediately knew. I will never understand how he knew, but he did!
  • Men should work! My Dad has worked in the same job for about 35 years now. The same job! He doesn’t always love it, it is a job after all. But he has always worked! No wonder marriages fall apart. I could not respect a man that didn’t work. Daddy taught me that!
  • The importance of your marriage… my parents will be married 39 years this spring. They have a wonderful marriage. He has always taken great care of Mom. He adores her, and laughs at her and calls her cute. He’s not too “macho” to hold her hand in a store. Therefore, his wife adores him! Many questions were removed from our early marriage because of the amazing examples I had seen patterned every day of my life. My Daddy taught me how important yoru marriage is, and I’m grateful.

There are SO many things I could post of my Dad. I love him. I recently read a book called Strong Fathers Strong Daughters. It is a tremendous book and I highly recommend it. As I read it, I realized what a rock my dad has always been for me. I knew he was always there. I could count on him. I wasn’t afraid of him. I didn’t wonder if he would come home drunk at night. And I firmly believe that because of these things, I have trusted God. I believe that parents ARE God to a young child. All my little boys and girl know about God is what I tell them, and what I am. That’s what my Daddy did for me… taught me about God. And he taught me with his life, not just his words.

I love you, Daddy! Happy Birthday!

Mom and Dad this summer meeting Eva

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Not Enough!

Bows, and ribbons. Flowers. Headbands, hats. We’ve got it all. What we don’t have is…
enough hair!
Well, we tried. Five months is not a sufficient life span to grow enough hair for pig tails!
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Mini Vacation

We have had many plans this year for things we wanted to do. We had romantic getaway plans, which changed, but actually came about! We had family plans, which really got changed, then changed again.
But we decided it was definitely time to have a little un-interrupted family time. So we got on hotwire.com, found a GREAT hotel deal, and took off. On hotwire, you don’t see the name of the hotel until you pay. But it was a four-star in downtown Cincy, so we took it. It turned out to be the Hyatt Regency. It was so nice, and we were really happy with it.
The boys on “their” bed. Yes, I think Jackson is picking his nose.
The boys had never been in a real pool before, just the ones we have bought them from year to year, that you blow up. πŸ™‚ They were so excited!

They were so scared at first. They just wanted to sit on the side. It took us a while to convince them it was fun! After a while, they were jumping in to us. We even let them go under a few times. The loved it!! The boys with Daddy:
Getting ready to check-out of our 21st-floor room. πŸ™‚I had a quick dr. appointment, then on we went to EnterTrainment Junction. It is a neat little place. They have over 2 miles of track, and lots of displays. The boys loved it, but we did lots of holding because they weren’t tall enough to see. πŸ˜‰

My biggest “boy” building “Cranky the Crane”:

They could shovel coal. They LOVED it!

Going on a “Thomas the Train” ride all by themselves! We were so proud of them:

All-in-all a fun adventure. We wouldn’t pay to go often, but it was worth it! πŸ™‚ Our happy family:

We ran by Hobby Lobby so I could get some of those cute little crocheted hats and bows and flowers to clip on them. πŸ™‚ Then, we stopped by Steak-n-Shake before we went home!
We had a terrific time! It’s wonderful to just spend time with our boys. We are so thankful for them. Sometimes life gets busy, and you have to slow down and just “be” together. Happy memories…
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