We’re pregnant!

Well, OK, my wife is.

Yes, 10 years after child number 4, number 5 is on the way and due next Spring (D.V.).

Just when I was getting ready for winding down…

How old are we? Let’s just say I’ll be a Senior the year after he/she is…although at slightly different ends of the spectrum. Shona’s age? Let’s just say she’s as young as the day I married her.

Random thoughts

It’s been a great joy to see so many others rejoice with us. Some of the reactions have been unforgettably priceless. I should have taken pictures and secretly recorded them.

I’m grateful for the chance to put into practice many of the painful lessons I’ve learned over the last 16 years of parenting. This should be just about the perfect child by the time I’m finished with him/her.

I’m conscious of the greater risks at this age for both my wife and the baby. Taking nothing for granted and praying for the Lord’s mercy.

As my wife has suffered with pre-partum depression before, we are working hard to build up her physical, mental, and emotional reserves by ensuring she gets extra rest, sleep, and relaxation. It helps that we don’t have toddlers hanging on to her legs this time.

Glad to have two mini-moms (aged 9 & 10) ready to spring into action with the diapers.

I should have ticked the “Pregnancy” box when I filled out the medical insurance application 5 years ago.

After almost dying last year from blood clots in my lungs, God’s given me not just an extension of life but another life to care for.

People are obsessed with knowing, “Was it a surprise?” (Or as someone said, “Is it an ‘Oops’ baby?”). My best answer so far, “It wasn’t a surprise to God.” Any other ideas?

Comment that left me most speechless: “At least you’ll have something to show for your sabbatical!”

Early Infant Loss

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In this week’s episode of the Connected Kingdom podcast, Tim and I discuss a difficult subject. Early infant loss is a term that applies to miscarriage, stillbirth, and the death of a newborn. We asked Glenda Mathes to join us to help us understand this issue from a practical and biblical perspective. Glenda is the author of Little One Lost: Living With Early Infant Loss and we ask her about how we can minister to (and how we should not attempt to minister to) those who have suffered this kind of loss, about the guilt that is so often a part of the grieving process, about how the church has too often failed such people, and about so much more.

Glenda has been married for forty years to the nicest guy in the world, David Mathes. They are parents of four living adult children and one little one in heaven, grandparents to five grandsons on earth and one grandchild in heaven. She regularly writes for Christian Renewal and The Messenger and blogs at Ascribelog. She has also written Not My Own: Discovering God’s Comfort in the Heidelberg Catechism, the first volume in the “Life in Christ” catechism curriculum, which is being translated into seven languages; and A Month of Sundays: 31 Meditations on Resting in God, scheduled for release in November from Reformation Heritage Books. She loves watching sun rays pierce clouds, smelling line-dried laundry, and crunching through autumn leaves. Her greatest joy comes from witnessing her children and grandchildren walking in the faith.

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Balancing the books and the babies
Kim Shay: “For a woman who wants to be at home full time but wants to continue to feed her mind, I have a few suggestions that don’t involve enrolling in classes if you don’t want to or can’t.”

7 Reasons not to have children
Want to see how secular humanism reasons?

My custom built community
Tim Challies asks “Who is my neighbor?” in the internet age.

Language learning makes the brain grow
Might help motivate a few Greek and Hebrew students.

Mind-flippin’ stuff
Barry York on “Flipping the Classroom” and other innovations that Seminaries are considering in the digital revolution.


Parenting teenagers in Grace University

Anonymous post by a concerned parent.

I’ve learned a lot about grace since being married – mainly in receiving it. But I’ve never learned so much about grace as I have in parenting teenagers – mainly in giving it.

  • The grace to love them when they don’t want to be loved.
  • The grace to love when they are not very loveable.
  • The grace to keep giving when it seems I can never give enough.
  • The grace to keep giving when there’s no giving in return.
  • The grace to forgive when I know the sin will be repeated again…and again.
  • The grace to ask forgiveness even when most of the sin was on the other side.
  • The grace to say “Sorry” even if I will not be forgiven.
  • The grace to communicate when there’s no communication in return.
  • The grace to offer help when help is not welcomed.
  • The grace to give advice, when the advice will be rejected.
  • The grace to say “Yes” when they deserve a “No.”
  • The grace to be resented for my love.
  • The grace to be viewed as uncool rather than über trendy.
  • The grace to not let the sun go down upon my anger.
  • The grace to explain when I could simply demand.
  • The grace to never be told, “Dad you were right and I was wrong.”
  • The grace to be thought of as an enemy for trying to be a faithful friend.
  • The grace to rejoice in their successes even when there are serious failings elsewhere.
  • The grace to pursue reconciliation when I’m the wronged party.
  • The grace to accept that I’ll never be the super-parent I wanted to be and others seem to be.

This is the hardest university I’ve ever been in, and I’m not sure if I’m ever going to graduate. If I do, it certainly won’t be with honors. However, I’m learning so much about God’s lifelong grace towards me (and about my parents’ grace towards me over 30 years ago), that I’d be willing to repeat the course.

By Anonymous.

What have you learned about grace in parenting teenagers?