Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours

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Each year at the first of December, I tell myself “Christmas is over 3 weeks away. Plenty of time…” and then somehow, before I can take another breath, the day arrives. Time flies so quickly; I know you understand.

I don’t often give you a family update of all the hustle and bustle with the Wojo tribe, so I thought I would share a little of our year with you.

My Hubby

After working in hospitals for over the last twenty-five years, my awesome husband, Matt, moved from the hospital setting to a medical office setting in July. He enjoys helping the patients greatly and it’s a perfect fit for him as the clinical director. Just when I think I couldn’t love this man any more than I do, he proves me wrong.

Tiff & Zach

Tiffany, our oldest daughter, and her husband, Zach, are working hard at their jobs in the local area. We are extra proud of Tiffany for her acceptance into Physician’s Assistant school, which she will begin in fall 2015.

Taylor

Taylor girl is steadily changing from her usual smiling self to a mostly quiet and fragile, sick girl. With her disease of MPS and its average lifespan of 10-15 years, she is considered “aged” for the disease at 18 years old and it is beginning to take more of a toll. She has missed a ton of school this year and does best when she keeps a calm, daily routine. We’re doing our best to make the most of each day.

Michael

Our almost teenage boy, Michael, is playing basketball in the community club and enjoying drum lessons. He had a great week at Scioto Hills camp over the summer and loves playing in the band at school. Saturday nights are one of his favorite times of the week- church youth group!

Tristina

You’ll often find Tristina trying to flip her way through the house, even in our limited space. Her love for recreational gymnastics is great fun to watch and she is a fantastic student. With a big heart, she helps me a ton at home and on special projects, like the Ohio MPS Gathering.

Samuel

Samuel keeps us laughing and he enjoyed playing baseball this summer. He is not in love with school, but he loves logic and works hard, even when he doesn’t like a subject or assignment. Samuel loves being a kid.

Tarah

Sweetie Tarah hit the kindergarten mode this fall and just about broke Mommy’s heart. I have enjoyed every moment at home with her from the time she was born and while she is reading and loving every minute of school, I am super glad that her school day is only a half day.

Tessa

It’s really hard to grasp that Baby Tessa is already 3! She is Mommy’s helper when it comes to caring for Taylor and although she gave up her naps over the summer, we still manage to get in some snuggles each day. She has an extra spark of curiosity and personality that everyone else in the family simply adores.

All of You

I can’t say “thank you” enough for engaging here in this prayer community and space for Bible lovers!!

I’d appreciate your prayers over the next two weeks as the next writing deadline on my first published book is January 8th.

The 2015 Bible Reading Challenge will launch within the next couple days and I want to be sure that you saw the last post on How to Read the Bible All the Way Through On Your Own. This post includes a fabulous FREE printable that you don’t want to miss and there was a small issue with our mailing list, so some of you may not have received the email for that post. We’ll send another between the holidays.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours and looking forward to all God has for all of us in the New Year!

Rachel

Free New Ebook Release Marriage Hacks

Marriage is an increasingly unnatural and confusing thing for most couples today. In light of this, Tyler Ward—author of Marriage Rebranded—recently asked 25 leaders for their single best marriage advice for young people. The level of insight and wisdom he received—compiled in the free eBook Marriage Hacks—is guaranteed to help many navigate this uniquely beautiful relationship called marriage.

I am honored to have been one of the leaders Tyler interviewed for Marriage Hacks and excited to share this incredible new resource with you!

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Marriage Hacks is a compilation of the best marriage advice for young people from 25 leaders including:

  • Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages
  • William Paul Young of The Shack
  • Gary Thomas of Sacred Marriage
  • Danny Silk, Keep Your Love On
  • Jeremy Cowart, Celebrity Photographer
  • Jonathan Jackson, Emmy-Award-Winning Actor
  • And many more…

The book speaks to some of the most common questions in marriage including…

  • how to keep things from never going stale
  • how to handle personality differences
  • how to cultivate emotional intimacy
  • how to spice things up in the bedroom
  • what to do when your spouse isn’t as intentional in your relationship as you are
  • and more…

Marriage Hacks is for those of us that could use a little help in navigating this unique practice.

If marriage is hard for you at the moment, this read will simply comfort you to know you’re not alone. If marriage is amazing and fruitful, it will help you sustain. If marriage is confusing, it will offer some insight on this unique union. If marriage feels pointless, it will add purpose and depth.

Be sure to get your FREE copy by clicking above on the “FREE Download” button! Have a great Thursday!

Rachel

 

20 Things to Say to Encourage A Sibling

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Ahhh, there’s nothing like the sweet life of summer. Quiet afternoons, sipping lemonade with my feet propped up…

Not exactly. But one can dream a bit, right?

Seriously though, I am enjoying summer and it’s flying by. I love summer so much that I’m digging my feet into the ground in effort to make it slow down a bit. However, there is one thing that has wearied me this summer. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

SIBLING RIVALRY!

Sorry, was that a shout?!

I had to yell so you could hear me over the “Mo-om, he’s doing it again.” “She started it.” Ahem.

Perhaps I exaggerate. Just a tad. But wow, do we ever need to work on words that are flying from one sibling to another! For our family’s house rules, the first one is “Be kind.” So I frequently say to my children, “If you will follow the first rule, then you won’t have to even think of most of the others.”

Today I’m sharing the list of phrases that would be great for brothers and sisters to share with one another. If you’re like us and need a sibling rivalry break, then feel free to use this list of 20 things to say to encourage your sibling.

“But this will only give them something more to argue over.”

Perhaps we’ll make it a competition. Maybe the reward is surprise treats from Mom when she overhears SINCERE praise from one sibling to another. Just an idea. Would love to hear yours!

1. Thanks for helping me.

2. You can do it.

3. Good job!

4. Way to go!

5. That was cool.

6. I’m glad I got to see you accomplish that.

7.  Let’s try again.

8. I’m sorry.

9. No problem.

10. It’s okay.

11. Yes, you did it! I knew you could.

12. May I help you?

13. Wow- that was creative!

14. I’d love to.

15. You did awesome!

16. Sure, let’s go.

17. I appreciate what you did.

18.Want to play _________ together?

19. Let’s do it!

20. I’m thankful for you.

Having encouraging words to use IN PLACE of the words so often used between siblings can be transforming if we take the time to work on it. So I’m off to do that. And a few dozen other things.

HUGE thanks to our reader, Faith, for the awesome suggestion of this list!!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Rachel