The Prodigal’s Mom

2017-02-16T00:44:06+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Categories: Parenting, Prayer, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

Several years ago, while I was away on a business trip, I received a call from my eighteen-year-old son, Kyle. “Hey, Mom . . . guess what?” Without giving me a chance to hazard a guess, his excited voice continued. “I might be moving to Canada.” Now to put things into perspective, Canada is a [...]

A hole in it!

2017-09-22T00:55:28+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Divorce, Grief, Parenting, Singleness|Tags: , , , , |

The following is a devotional birthed out of recording artist Kim Hill’s personal story, written to help single parents guide their children through the fallout of divorce. Divorce is experienced by children as a devastating event When children experience their parents’ divorce, no matter how old they are, it’s a devastating event. When asked how [...]

How to teach what “being beautiful” looks like

2017-09-22T00:58:09+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Confidence, Parenting, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Teach your daughter what being beautiful is all about Our culture emphasizes outward beauty, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The question is: How do we teach this to our girls? “Do I look beautiful, Mommy?” My three-year-old daughter gazes up at me with big brow eyes, eagerly anticipating my response. She looks [...]

Frazzled and faithful: Reflections on single parenting

2016-07-08T15:40:12+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting, Relationships, Singleness, Stress|Tags: , , , , |

Popular worship leader and single mom Kim Hill offers insight into the chaotic single-parent life. Kim is a Grammy-nominated, multiple-Dove award winning singer/songwriter. She is also the frazzled, joyful single mother of two boys. Last Monday morning I was cajoling my boys, Graham and Benjamin (15 and 11), to hurry up and come downstairs. Suddenly [...]

Greatest accomplishment?

2016-07-28T15:32:58+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Relationships, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , , , |

On 12th December 2014, we left South Africa for a month’s holiday overseas. In the weeks preceding our departure I was packing, making lists, cleaning, making lists, washing, and making lists . . . I wanted to, no, needed to be prepared. Life’s busy, so I had to give myself sufficient time to ensure nothing [...]

10 characteristics of a great wife and mother

2016-07-22T18:36:57+00:00 June 19th, 2014|Categories: Bible Study, Marriage, Parenting, Serving|Tags: , , , , |

I am utterly intimidated by this Proverbs 31 woman I am not sure about you, but when I read Proverbs 31, I am utterly intimidated by this woman. She is no ordinary woman—this is superwoman on steroids! She “selects wool and flax,” and I don’t even know what flax looks like! She is compared to a [...]

A love letter to my children

2016-07-20T19:52:06+00:00 May 11th, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , , |

December 25, 1999 Dear Children, Just wanted to write and let you know that Dad and I are about half way through our "parenting years." Don't get alarmed--we'll always be your parents. This doesn't mean we're quitting in 2009. It just means that our toting, tickling, training, teaching time with you is half done. People [...]

Homework problems

2016-07-14T17:30:20+00:00 May 17th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , |

Some women dread the summer months and the unavoidable protests of boredom. No such thing at the Lofaro home. We (the children and I) stay up late and sleep in late and watch cartoons and dress by noon. It’s “every man for himself” at breakfast and lunch. We read new books and rent old movies [...]

Life is beautiful

2016-07-14T00:31:38+00:00 May 15th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, God's Love, Parenting, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I love my children. I think they’re wonderful and I’m pretty nuts about them. Please don’t mistake me for a misguided, misinformed, mushy mom. I am quite aware of their sin natures, I dislike some of their personality traits (some are too close for comfort), and I discipline them when it’s necessary. I have never [...]

Be at the gate

2016-07-14T19:28:43+00:00 May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting|Tags: , , , |

Rainy days and Mondays don’t always get me down but they sure make me sleepy. Especially when the rainy day is a gloomy, chilly Monday in  late fall. The laundry was folded and put away. The kitchen floor was mopped due to heavy weekend traffic. The guest bedroom sheets were changed. The Bible study that [...]

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