Motherhood. You mold them, you scold them, you ask them how many times you have told them. Sometimes your head is in the clouds. Sometimes it’s in the sand. But through each day, each season, every word and every action should propel kids toward one goal: the launch.
And launching kids isn’t, well, rocket science. However, Newton’s First Law of Motion does apply: Objects at rest will stay at rest and objects in motion in a straight line will stay in motion unless acted upon by another force.
What is that force? It’s you, Mom!
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. -Philippians 2:14-16 Our oldest had flown the coop. First to college, then then navy. It had been months since we had seen him, and his birthday was coming. "Why don't we go see Tiger for spring break?" Captain Fun said to me one morning. "Uh, do you know how much that would cost?" I failed math in college, but I did know that
Chapter Two Text “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I Corinthians 13: 11 The Captain and I launched number six this summer. Our daughter, Emma, is off to the Coast Guard Academy. If there is one thing I have learned about the American military academies, it is this: it is hard to get into them and hard to get out of them. The application process is a long, grueling series of forms, interviews, essays, tests and health clearances. If you get accepted (and only a fraction of the kids who apply get in) you report
Chapter One Text “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” -Romans 12:3 When you have as many kids as I do, lots of folks solicit your advice. Being the chatty southerner that I am, I enjoy sharing my experiences with other moms. My ninth baby was the first not born in Memphis. I had the privilege of having him in the great state of Vermont--land of freedom, even during labor. By that I mean that I (the one in labor) called the shots. Now, having
In honor of National Redhead Day, an excerpt from my book, Launch: Preparing Your Kids for Takeoff “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way...
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I have known this sweet mom of 10 for over 20 years and have watched her grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus. She is a remarkable woman with a God-given ability to glean truths from the Word
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As the mother of 10, Margie Sims has experienced the many rich and varied seasons child-rearing brings. What’s more, she’s gained keen insight along the way. Margie shares her views on what it takes to raise independent, resilient children in