Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Blessings From Our Fathers by Natalie Chandler

Because Sunday is Father's Day we are writing about how our Fathers blessed us. Truly, I was so blessed with such an amazing Dad that it was difficult to pick one thing. He taught me about my Faith, how to work hard and serve others, and how to love unconditionally. But many times my mind goes back to the memories we shared. 

Blessings From Our Fathers by Tammy McCord

Blessings From Our Fathers by Tammy McCord

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men out there who are honorably called "dad." It's extremely easy for me to think of the blessings my father left me during the time I had with him. One blessing in particular has been life-changing and deeply impactful:

Faith in Christ

My dad had an extremely strong faith in Jesus all of my life. He led singing at our small church for as long as I can remember.

Introverts Part 5

Introverts Part 5

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing what it means to be an introvert.  

Some people assume that being an introvert means that you are shy.  That is not necessarily true!  Introverts can be very outgoing and sociable people.  In fact, many times, introverts love people-- learning about others, doing things for others, and can be very loyal, caring and loving individuals.  As Christy mentioned on Monday in this weeks earlier blog series, the difference with introverts is that, usually, they need to "re-fuel" their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical "tank" by doing things that are more solitary and self-reflecting.

Introverts Part 4

Introverts Part 4

It is so interesting to learn more about introverts. It seems they get the short end of the stick for sure and it's nice to see what they really think (generally speaking) and what they bring to a relationship. 

Not involved in the popularity contest! Introverts are not out to win the popularity contest. In fact, they don't really like the attention. They prefer for people to get to know them personally and not have to put it on for display. This requires deeper communication and thought

Introverts Part 3

Introverts Part 3

This week we have been talking about introvert personality traits.  Introverts are best known for being "loners" and for preferring spending time with just a few close friends.  In an extroverted world of noise, social media, and an aggressive "cut throat" culture being considered as the 'norm,' introverts are often lost and misunderstood.  Extroverts have a difficult time understanding the internal world of an introvert.  Today I will be talking about how these unique individuals think and process their thoughts as an introvert.

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

As we have been discussing parenting a difficult child, we encourage you to keep in mind that parenting isn't just about teaching your child how to "behave"-- It's also showing them love by teaching them how to navigate their world and learn more about themselves.  Today we will complete the series on strategies for coping with difficult behaviors in kids.

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 3

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 3

I can say from experience, parenting is the biggest blessing in life and the biggest challenge. I have never felt so proud and inadequate in all my life! Any suggestions I can get are always welcome. I hope you have felt the same way this week as we have discussed strategies to help with difficult behaviors. Here are some more suggestions of things to do.

How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? Part 2

How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? Part 2

Parenting is hard enough, but throw in difficult behaviors, and ugh, watch out! All my respect goes out to parents, I really don't know of a harder job. Here are some suggestions this week for coping with difficult behaviors:

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 1

How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 1

Let's face it- Parenting is HARD work! It keeps you on your toes from minute to minute. Once you think you have mastered one challenge, everything changes and a new one appears. The way parents handle difficult behaviors can have a big impact on who a child develops into. It's important to keep their self-esteem intact, while involving them in the process of modifying their behavior.

What Memorial Day Means To Me by Tammy McCord

What Memorial Day Means To Me by Tammy McCord

I do associate family cookouts, my mom's awesome bbq ribs & the official start of summer with this holiday. However, I also associate personal freedom as well. When thinking back on the true representation of Memorial Day, it's a day set aside in remembrance of those U.S. soldiers who died while in military service, the ritual beginning after the civil war.