Grandma Muffin

My mother’s birthday is tomorrow. She would have been 86 years old. Today Bethany, our second daughter, shares her memories and the lessons she learned from her grandma. Sometimes the people who change our lives most will only be there for a few years. Sometimes they won’t always know what to say and we won’t always remember what they said. But we will remember little things, like phone calls, poppy […]

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Teaching Our Daughters to Do Their Husbands Good NOW

Well, the next post on sharing will be here next Tuesday! Instead of finishing it now, I am working on a shower gift for my future daughter-in-law’s bridal shower on Saturday, writing a devotion to give at the shower, and editing a great new book on wedding planning that we’ll be publishing by the end of the year (written by the amazing lady who coordinated a couple of our family weddings). […]

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Magnifying God’s Glory through My Weakness

“…for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Do you ever feel completely inadequate for the job of parenting? I sure do. I take comfort in the fact that I am supposed to feel inadequate. The truth is, I can’t do anything. But God can do everything, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV). My daughter Bethany and I are reading David […]

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More on Sharing

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”(Philippians 2:4). What does it mean to share? What are we trying to teach our children when we teach them to share? There are at least two sides to sharing: Letting others enjoy the things we have. This is the obvious part of sharing. One child has a toy, and he needs to learn […]

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It’s Daniel’s Birthday!

“A wise son maketh a glad father…” Proverbs 10:1 Today is Daniel’s birthday! Daniel is the guy who runs Doorposts. He’s the guy who makes my computer behave. He’s the one who knows how to get pictures onto WordPress so we can post them on this blog. He’s the son who first introduced me to motherhood – and survived. He is the firstborn who hurled me into God’s accelerated sanctification […]

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Sharing

“…for  God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7) Teaching children to share is one of the big challenges of parenting. Sharing does not come naturally to the old sin nature. We shouldn’t be dismayed, disappointed, or angry when we hear the words, “No, mine,” coming from the mouths of our little ones. Our children are just proving that they inherited their parents’ sinful natures! Children need to be gently […]

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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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