Author Archives: Beth Dahleen

Seasons of Life

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seasons

There are seasons of life When we play Endowed the luxury Of open windows of time Blank spots on the calendar Frivolous, fun hobbies Late nights out carousing. There are seasons of life When we work Entrusted with responsibilities Appointment-full calendars Eye on the clock Showing up prepared To do… Read more »

Prayers for Joy

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Joy Cheerful, faithful Engaging, loving, welcoming Unity, generosity, isolation, hardship Withdrawing, abusing, abandoning Heartbreaking, miserable Sorrow I have had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family and friends, full of joy. But, today I am thinking of the lost. Today I lift up those in sorrow and those at the grips… Read more »

Halleluiah! Gratitude List

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It’s that time of the year to be thankful. I one blessed piggy, so I am so I’m making a list. I am grateful for.. My health. I have been very sick with flu-like symptoms the last two days. I was miserable, but I’m on the mend and feeling almost back to myself…. Read more »

A Transforming Mom

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butterfly transformation

I am having trouble my youngest son who is four. I would love to transform him into a better behaved child. I am really putting a lot of thought what I can do to decrease his tantrums and outbursts. I decided yesterday on a behavior chart—simple handwritten chart with the… Read more »

The Helicopter Mom

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helicopter

Am I a helicopter mom? Sadly, I think by definition I may be a bit so. helicopter parent: a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children. “some college officials see all this as the behavior of an overindulged generation, raised by… Read more »

My Four-Year-Old Needs An Exorcism

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Four Year Old

I had a tough morning today with my four-year-old. Up until about two and a half years old my second born was an angel. He was easy, independent, a great eater and self-soothed. Since then I seriously think the devil has taken residence in that adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed body. Sometimes… Read more »

“Unpacking” Religion and Politics

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Oh no, I didn’t! I just commented on a political post on Facebook giving my opposing perspective gently. But, I still did. I try very hard not do so and have been so far successful till today. I think your political affiliation is a product of your upbringing, your environment,… Read more »

Morning Brightness

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Morning Brightness

Awaken bright As nature lights up The world Make the sun rise In your soul Fuel yourself first Paint your background Gloriously Fill your tank Then sing “…this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.” “This Little Light of… Read more »

Encourage Me

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encouragement

Encouragement Has such worth Priceless value To the worker-bee Going about The daily grind Trying to be all Good things Spouse Parent Son or daughter Just a participant In life Words of critique Or no words Wound the soul Lift up Praise good Build better beings Instead of crushing The… Read more »

About My Beds

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bed sheets

New sheet sets for each of the family beds arrived today. I bought them from an acquaintance as part of her daughter’s cheerleading fundraiser. She had me at wrinkle-free, 1500 thread count, and $35 per set. I usually go colors, but this time I went all white for our king bed and my sons’ queen… Read more »