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by Julie Branstetter, Th.B. Welcome to my family blog. I have been a 'stay at home mom' from the time I gave birth to my first daughter in 2002. I started homeschooling in 2013. I am a Christian mom and often find much of my encouragement through my faith. My writing is inspired by Scripture. Then there are the things that we ladies learn from experience. Once you've been married with children for a number of years you pick up a few nuggets of wisdom. I am so thankful for the help I have gained from other parents and couples over the years. I hope these articles will also enlighten and encourage you in the same way. Guest posting is always welcomed.

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COOKING CAN GIVE KIDS CONFIDENCE!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
 

We've reached another milestone and I love this one!  My daughter, Zoe, has turned 10 years old and she is learning to cook.  She started out making a chocolate cream pie from a kit in a box from the grocery store.  It was very very delicious.  It was too delicious; like adding weigh to my hips delicious.  so after I devoured the second pie I realized I needed to show her something else.  She has since learned to responsibly use the oven and the stove.  She makes Ramen noodles, and boiled e...
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MY CHILDREN ARE SPECIAL AND YOURS ARE TOO!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, June 14, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
My children are special and I hope you believe that yours are too.  I recently read an article about why a person believed their children were not special and even went so far as to say their readers' children were also not special either.  The attack was on the word 'special'.  The political correctness monster has now found a new word to taboo and apparently it is the telling of one's children that they are 'special'.  Somehow, from the slant of the article, telling children they are specia...

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AWARDS DAY AND HOMESCHOOLING

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
I am so proud of my girls.  I know, aren't we all?  I attended their awards day ceremony last week before school released for the summer and I was reminded of an earlier post I made about "My Stutter Bug" and how I had come to terms with the fact that Willow does have a stuttering problem but that I was determined to help her overcome that obstacle and make high achievements despite the problem.  I am happy to say that she received 5 awards on awards day; one for music, reading, math, the lit...

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TEACHING GIRLS TO BE GRACIOUS

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
When my husband finally built up the nerve to ask for our first date, I embarrassed myself.  I didn't know it right away, but I embarrassed myself.  He stammered several times when asking me if I would like to go out on a date with him.  Although this was 12 years ago and I was much less mature then, I actually didn't notice that he stammered.  I was only playing with him when I asked him what he said which forced him to ask me again.  I knew what he had said, I was just flirting.  So he stam...

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MY STUTTER BUG

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
As much as I had hoped my youngest daughter, Willow, would grow out of some of her speech issues, I now realize that she has a speech disorder and in order to help her I have to be able to admit it.  Some days are better than others and some times she will regress and have difficulty completing her sentences.  Just recently I noticed her changing which words she chooses to use when speaking.  Last week, out of frustration, she just stopped mid-sentence and said, " never mind." My heart sank, ...

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THE MOST PRECIOUS MOMENTS

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
I took the girls hiking and we stopped for a rest along the way.  I grabbed this shot of them when they weren't looking.  I love moments like this.  I love having a photo that will one day remind me of the tiny span of their shoulders, of a time when their feet barely touched the ground.  Any amount of time that passes while they are growing up is too fast for me.  I just can't hold on to it enough.  But thank goodness for grabbing shots like these.  These are my greatest accomplishments taki...

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MY CHILD, THE MONKEY!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
So Saturday afternoon, Willow decides she is no longer a human being, but wants to be a little monkey.  I am laying down in the bedroom trying to rest off an impending headache and Mike is playing on his drum set.  All of a sudden we hear Zoe screaming!!!  That kind of scream that tells you something IS WRONG!  So we both run into the living room and Mike takes Willow tot he bathroom because she is bleeding like crazy from her face. :(  I start finding out exactly what happened from Zoe...

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HOW TO TEACH A CHILD TO LIE

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Parenting Girls 
The quickest way to teach a child to lie is to overreact when they tell the truth!  Who in their right mind wants to walk into a hurricane?  Not I, Not you, not our children either.  They learn very young how to avoid uncomfortable situations and it includes lying.  It's true no matter what they're age.  Everyone makes mistakes and everyone needs to know they have a safe place to go and admit their wrongs without being overly punished.  How would you handle a friend who confesses they've acci...

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