The Mingling of Collegiate Ministry and Adoption

By Bekah Ross My current season of life looks like a constant juggling act of parenting a toddler; managing our household; keeping up with friends, family, and our local church; investing in young women on campus, and more. Perhaps this sounds similar to your life! Some days are frustrating and defeating; while other days I feel immense joy and purpose in the “Holy mundane.” When … Continue reading The Mingling of Collegiate Ministry and Adoption

Fostering a Love for the Lord in our Kids

The idea that there is a formula to follow to insure that our children will grow in love for the Lord is simply not true. Faith in Christ is a supernatural process that we cannot control. Jim and I prayed from the beginning that our children would develop a genuine faith in Jesus and follow Him all of their days. Years ago my sister asked … Continue reading Fostering a Love for the Lord in our Kids

Helping our Kids Become Best Friends in Christ

By Linnette Bachman As campus staff we often work through conflict and relational skills with college students. We hear stories of broken family relationships that break our hearts. But what will be the story of our own homes and the relationships between our youngest disciples? I desire for my kids in adulthood to be not just siblings, but best friends in Christ. I desire for … Continue reading Helping our Kids Become Best Friends in Christ

Post it Note Parenting: Adjusting our Dreams for our Children

When my oldest was still very young, I recognized that she has a lovely singing voice. I was ecstatic! I am a singer too! I’m all about oratorios and acapella groups and art songs! I was so excited and proud and like any good mama – I started to plan out her musical future. When we moved to Champaign, I signed her up for a … Continue reading Post it Note Parenting: Adjusting our Dreams for our Children

Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

By Joy Meekins I have heard the Lord say to me “You’re a good mom.” That is invaluable. It has freed me from comparison, insecurity, and doubt. I don’t need the affirmation from others and can freely give it instead. Hearing those words fills a longing inside of me that does have serious doubts about parenting. This strength and confidence comes from something I have … Continue reading Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

Nurturing at Home and on Campus

By Linnette Bachman Nurture (verb) to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.  To help or encourage the development of.   I’m sure many of you know way more about this than I do, but a few summers ago I tried my hand at a vegetable garden.  In February, I bought some tomato plant seeds online and started growing them indoors.  … Continue reading Nurturing at Home and on Campus

Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?

One of the biggest lies I confronted while raising our children was: “My child’s future and faith all depends on me.”   Perhaps I felt this pressure because as a wife and mom in the ministry, I knew their were eyes on me, especially as I parented!  And, to be honest, I just wanted to be the best mom ever for my kids!   This … Continue reading Does My Child’s Faith Depend on Me?

Confidently Terrified: Why We Chose Public School

When it comes to our children’s education, I know we all want the absolute best for them, but navigating what that looks like is no easy task for any mom. Just four days before 4K began for my oldest I felt God lead me to pull her from the private school we had chosen and enroll her into public school. Very few people from our … Continue reading Confidently Terrified: Why We Chose Public School