The Cultivation & Care of Climbing Roses OR My Second Son Spreads his Roots


The Care and Cultivation of Climbing Roses


My Second Son Spreads His Roots


Kim Childress


Though I have the proverbial “green thumb,” a love for all things gardening, I’ve never been good at growing roses.

Rose growers know this flower is temperamental and highly reactive to its environment. Everything has to be just so—the soil acidity, the need for watering at specific times, the constant threat of a multitude of diseases, and the susceptibility of attack from all kinds of insects specific to roses, Over the years, every rose plant I planted, I’m sad to say, died.

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Faith and Football

Jesus spotted at Qdoba

This is a cool story I felt inspired to share.

A God Moment, another example of witnessing God at Work. Thank you to Grand Rapids Christian Schools, for teaching our children to be a light for Jesus. And kudos to this mom, who took the time to write this letter. I believe letter writing is a very effective tool, and we need to write about the good and the bad.

I don’t know about you, but I often think of random acts of kindness done by people, and I think to myself, I need to send them a note, but then time, life, and whatever excuses keep me from writing the note, until too much time has passed.

But remember, no matter how long its been, or how simple it seems, or how insignificant–you could be a light in a person’s day.

When you read the letter below, you will see the Holy Spirit at work.

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Today’s wisdom from Dr. Alice, “Practical Suggestions for Teaching Moments”

Breathe, Pray, Give: Dr. Alice’s Guide to the Universe

Okay, that’s my title for the bits of wisdom I have learned over the past ten years from my friend and counselor, Dr. Alice. She has guided and mentored me and many others in so many ways, that they can never be counted. She has helped me through many of the Murphy’s Law Moments in my life, as well as the normal chaos that comes with life, work, marriage, parenting four children, and all the unexpected (such as falling off a longboard–see previous post).

To me, she is one of the wisest, godliest, kindest women I have ever met, and I thank God for bringing her into my life. May her wisdom be spread. But as she would say, “It’s all from God.”

Today’s wisdom from Dr. Alice:

“Practical Suggestions for Teaching Moments”

Each of these ideas can enhance the life of you and your teen.

1. Keep your promises: Let your word be your honor! Keeping a promise that you made is one of the ways you demonstrate integrity and the value you place on your relationship with your teen.

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