How Grandpa Influenced Me

September 14 is my Grandpa’s birthday. Cal Mohr has been in heaven for more than five years now, but his influence on me and on his family is still strong. He loved us, and we knew it. He helped shape who we are. He started working for Portland General Electric at age 16 patching sidewalks, and he retired as a hard-working and well-respected line foreman. He was one of the […]

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Read this!

  Well, family took priority last night and today’s blog post didn’t get finished. I’ve been working on it this morning, and actually have it done. But I just read something that I would much rather direct you to today. It is a powerful and insightful analysis of common mistakes we parents make in our intense desire to raise godly children. I certainly found it helpful — and convicting. It’s […]

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Counting My Blessings

I enjoy our yearly girls’ getaways so much! All our Misses Forsters and Miss Forsters and former Miss Forsters gather together for some annual “bonding” time at the beach. It is a time I look forward to all year. Grandmas are supposed to bore people with pictures, so here I go! The four-day weekend started with a trip to the outlet mall. Our shopping marathon is a little more challenging […]

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No computers for four whole days!

By the time you read this I will have spent the past 4 days shopping and lounging at the beach with my lovely daughters, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters. It’s become an annual tradition. While we were doing girl things, my sons and son-in-law proved their manhood by backpacking several miles into a lake with 50 or so pounds a piece on their backs. We ladies are all really glad we’re not […]

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A Favorite Story

The Runaway Bunny is one of my all-time favorite picture books, and now I get to read it to my  grandbabies! If you’re not familiar with the book, you should be. It’s a sweet story of a little bunny who says he’s going to run away. When he tells his mother about his plans, she tells him, “If you run away, I will run after you. For you are my […]

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Training Our Children to See

“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them” (Proverbs 20:12). I’ve always been amazed at what children don’t see. They can step over an obstacle in the middle of the floor and not even notice it was there. Clothes on the floor, lidless toothpaste tubes, over-flowing wastebaskets – all are apparently invisible to many children. Children need to be trained to see before […]

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Ruby — A Precious Jewel

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged…” (Prov 17:6a, ESV) Ruby is my buddy. We both love ice cream. We both love bubble baths. We both have naturally curly hair. We share M & M’s after church. We go for walks with her mama and little sister. We take the lid off the salad spinner and watch the lettuce fly. She makes my day when I walk in the door […]

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The Child Who Delights in Another’s Discipline

I admit it. When I was a kid, I sometimes enjoyed seeing my brother get in trouble. He was an easy-going, good-natured big brother. He even tried his hardest to teach me to do backwards somersaults, and I still had the gall to gloat when he got in trouble!  I was definitely not born basically good, no matter what the secular psychologists may say. My old sin nature was up […]

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A Checklist for Parents (Book Review)

As the firstborn Forster child, I’ve experienced the child end (you can call me one of the guinea-pigs) of most of Doorposts’ materials. That’s truly been a great experience, but now that I’m married with two children, I’ve reached the point where I get to start using Doorposts materials as a parent. (Not to imply that being the parent is easier, by any means!) I praise God for the heritage […]

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When the Parent Becomes the Judge

Parents spend a lot of time helping children work through disagreements. Children can be trained to settle many of their own disagreements, but they will need help in learning this process, and some situations clearly require parental involvement and disciplining. It’s easy to become annoyed or discouraged with what feels like endless striving. It is tempting to ignore or downplay bickering, or to respond to it in a sinful manner. […]

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